Monday, 28 April 2008

Index to Theses – Full text online theses on the way.

Index to Theses has now launched an important enhancement to its web-based service that identifies and links to the full text availability of theses online (ETD - Electronic Theses and Dissertations).

For the majority of entries, where an ETD is not yet available, the new Index will describe alternative routes for obtaining the full text of theses including specific reference to the British Library’s British Theses Service.

Index to Theses has identified some 3000 full text doctoral ETDs to date and this figure is estimated to be growing at around 100 per month. This growth is expected to increase significantly to represent an important percentage of the 1500 theses processed by Index to Theses each month.

Digitisation of theses covered by Index to Theses in the past will also yield full-text links and records will be regularly updated throughout the subscription year, reflecting current ETD availability. With some 517,000 entries - and growing at an annual rate of 18,000 - Index to Theses remains the most comprehensive listing of theses accepted for higher degrees by British and Irish universities.

Access via the library A-Z listing of databases at