Answered By: Marianne Glover
Last Updated: Jun 09, 2020     Views: 15

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to source physical Items, including foreign theses, via Inter-Library Loans, and all ILL International searches have been suspended during this period.

There isn't one single source for finding non-UK theses, and access options will vary according to the institution, but some useful links can be found on the Library webpages at:

International Theses traced via Proquest Dissertation Express (International) can be purchased by individuals. The Library does not subsidise the purchase of International theses. Researchers who are unable to meet the cost themselves could have a discussion with their research supervisor to see if there is funding available within their School to help cover this cost.

It is also worth checking individual University websites to see if they have an open access repository, as some research may be available online free of charge.

If all else fails, another free option would be to see if the author of the thesis had "re-purposed" any of their research and used it in books or journal papers. Or try to contact the author direct via social media or check the contacts pages on their University webpage.

Once Libraries have returned to some kind of normality, we will be able to request physical items again via Inter-Library Loans. However, International Searches are only available to Staff, Associate staff and Postgraduates and there is a charge of £15 for this service. We cannot guarantee that all foreign theses requested will be fulfilled as not all libraries will lend them.