British Library Open Day for PhD News & Media Students


The British Library is hosting an Open Day for doctoral students in the fields of news and media on Monday 11 Dec 2017, 10:00 – 16:30.

The British Library is home to a vast array of news and media content across all formats. Their extensive newspaper and magazine collection covers international, national and local publications from the 17th century to the present day.  The British Library sound archive has millions of historic and contemporary recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment. Our online Web Archive provides permanent online access to key UK websites of cultural or scholarly importance, while our onsite Legal Deposit Web Archive has every UK website available since 2013, including news sites. The Reading Rooms provide access to tens of thousands of TV and radio programmes broadcast in the UK since May 2010.  At this event researchers will learn about the full scope of these collections and how to unlock their potential as primary sources.  You will also have an opportunity to meet expert staff and other researchers across a range of disciplines and subject areas.

This event is for first year PhD students who are new to the Library.

Booking details are here:

Networked Digital Library of theses and Dissertation

A collaborative effort of the NDLTD, OCLC, VTLS, and Scirus, the NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations. For students and researchers, the Union Catalog makes individual collections of NDLTD member institutions and consortia appear as one seamless digital library of ETDs.

Index to Theses – 50,000 Full Text Links and a New Look

Index to Theses has enhanced its full text linking service to link through to full text theses in the British Library’s EThOS project and 40 UK and Irish University institutional repositories. This is in sharp contrast to the 3,000 available links in 2008, when Index to Theses started monitoring theses’ full text download availability.

In addition, Index to Theses has created a new sub-collection of Irish theses, increased coverage of theses accepted for higher degrees in the UK,  improved help pages, and a fresh new look to the database. There are now 480,000 theses in this database.

Get searching!

Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs)

As well as British Library’s EthOS service which can deliver theses electronically to your desktop look at DART – Europe the European E-theses portal. Also search the Library’s FirstSearch database. Use the advanced search option and under Any Content select thesis/dissertation. At the list of results click on the Internet tab for links to full text ETDs

Ethos: Online Theses Service from the British Library

ethosbannerThinking about your dissertation topic may encourage you to take a look at examples of other theses. You can get full text access to a large range of UK doctoral theses from EthOS – the new initiative from the British Library. Register for the service; search the database of available dissertations; add the items you need to your basket and, as long as you choose the Download option, they are free!