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Friday, 10 May 2013

1,500 PhD eTheses & another 2000 coming soon!

Since 2008 University of Leicester PhD students have submitted an electronic version of their thesis (eThesis) alongside their print thesis, and these eTheses can be accessed via the Leicester Research Archive (LRA).

We're pleased to announce that we recently added the 1,500th electronic thesis to the LRA. To access the eTheses just go to the Leicester Research Archive - then search, browse the theses collection or browse by College.

Theses are some of the most heavily used items in the Leicester Research Archive – making the work of Leicester PhD students visible to a large audience.

For example our most accessed eThesis, and also the sixth most accessed item in the LRA, is:

Boutsikas, Efrosyni. Astronomy and ancient Greek cult : an application of archaeoastronomy to Greek religious architecture, cosmologies and landscapes, 2007, University of Leicester.

This eThesis has been accessed 224 times, whereas the print version hasn't been accessed at all - showing that having an electronic version of a thesis can bring the work of early career researchers to a much wider audience.

The Library is also embarking on a major project over the summer to digitise 2,000 print theses awarded between 1997 and 2007.  Leicester will then have one of the most extensive digital thesis collections in the country.

If you are a Leicester PhD graduate, were awarded your degree between 1997 and 2007 and do NOT wish your thesis to be digitised, please email ethesis@le.ac.uk


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