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***You will need to register to use the system and login before you can order theses, though you will be able to search without registering.*** EThOS offers free access to the full text of UK theses. The service will digitise theses on request into pdf format rather than on microfilm to ensure a clearer copy is produced from the original.
The DART-Europe E-theses Portal is a searchable database of electronic research theses held in European repositories. The theses listed are open access - publicly available, in full, without charge. The DART-Europe Portal does not store theses, but it provides a link to at least one electronic copy of every thesis listed in its database.
Using PhD theses in research: EThOS
Understanding references for theses
The reference for a thesis looks like this:
Author surname, initial. (year). Title of thesis. Type of degree/thesis. University: Country.
Morris-Adams, M. (2008). Coherence and understanding in informal conversations between native and non-native speakers of English. PhD thesis. Aston University: UK.