ORA is a digital library of research publications by members of the University of Oxford.
It contains copies of journal articles, conference papers, working papers, theses, reports and other types of scholarly research publications.
The full text of many items is freely available. Members of the University of Oxford may deposit items in ORA.
To find an Oxford thesis search:
SOLO for print and digital theses. You can add "thesis University of Oxford" to the title or subject keywords in the search box, or select "Theses" from the limits.
For other British theses search:
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses — UK & Ireland for theses from British and Irish universities as far back as 1716.
EThOS - Electronic Theses Online Service from the British Library.
Both services provide abstracts for most theses and some full-text downloads.
For theses from any other universities search:
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, where you can see a preview before purchasing the full text.
DART-Europe E-theses Portal - gives access to open access research theses from 564 Universities in 28 European countries.
Plagiarism Checking Tools for Students
Some of the following tools are available to students of the University of Oxford through Weblearn.
Read the University Academic Good practice page.
Check your knowledge and skills on good academic practice and avoiding plagiarism using these interactive online tutorials.
Seek your Supervisor's or Tutor's guidance. In addition, your Supervisor or Tutor may decide to submit your work to Turnitin, accessible to teaching staff only. Visit the Turnitin website for product information.
Register with WriteCheck, a pay version of Turnitin for students, recommended on the Oxford Weblearn site.
Read the warning on sites offering free checking.
Consult books - suggested reading:
Neville, C. (2010). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism (2nd ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press. Title available in e-book and print format - shelfmark LB2369 NEV 2010 in the Radcliffe Science Library
Pears, R. & Shields, G.J. (2013). Cite them right: the essential referencing guide (9th ed.) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Title available in print format - shelfmark LB2369 PEA 2013 in the Radcliffe Science Library
Depositing your electronic copy
D.Phil., M.Litt. and M.Sc. (by Research) students who have successfully completed their thesis are required to deposit a digital copy of it. The digital copy should be deposited in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). ORA is an open-access repository that provides rapid and wide-ranging dissemination of information, and therefore gives maximum visibility to you and your research. ORA content is embedded in SOLO, which means that theses deposited in ORA can be searched for and retrieved via SOLO.