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Procedure for requesting and accessing theses

February 11, 2011

Following the previous post on theses, please see below an outlined procedure for accessing theses:

  1. Search for the theses on SAULCAT, the library catalogue.
    1. If the full text of the thesis is available there will be a clickable link in our repository, Research@StAndrews:FullText, “Connect to full text of thesis”.
    2. If the NOTE field states; “Thesis has been digitised as part of the EThOS digitisation programme”, the thesis can be downloaded directly from the EThOS website, ethos.bl.uk, (after free registration).
    3. If the NOTE field states; “Electronic version restricted until ****”, access is limited to the abstract only.
    4. If the NOTE field states; “Thesis in process of being digitised as part of the EThOS digitisation programme”, the thesis will be available for download from the EThOS website in the future, but note the process can take up to four weeks.
  2. If there is no electronic version available through SAULCAT, there are two options available:
    1. If an electronic version is specifically required, and the thesis is unrestricted, (Check for ‘restriction note’ in the SAULCAT record), then the thesis can be  requested directly at the EThOS website. As mentioned above, the process can take up to four weeks.
    2. To consult a print copy please contact staff at the St Mary’s Library, outlying@st-andrews.ac.uk, who will retrieve the print copy. Theses will be available for consultation in the St Mary’s Library within 24 hours of a request being made. Requests made on a Friday will be available for consultation on the following Monday..

For questions about consulting print versions of theses please contact outlying@st-andrews.ac.uk

For questions about Research@StAndrews:FullText and EThOS digitisation then please email Digital-Repository@st-andrews.ac.uk

There is further thesis information on the library website at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/library/resources/collections/theses/

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