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Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics: Theses

Guide to Oxford University library resources, facilities and services for DPAG.

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Oxford University Research Archive (ORA)

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 publication.

The full text of many items is freely available. Members of the University of Oxford may deposit items in ORA.

Looking for a thesis?

University of Oxford theses

Oxford DPhil theses are deposited in the Bodleian Library, and now also in ORA. To find them search:

  • SOLO - the library catalogue lists printed and electronic versions. Add  "thesis University of Oxford" to your search.
  • ORA - Oxford University's Research Archive includes digital versions of theses by Oxford DPhil students

Tips for searching theses in ORA

UK theses

EThoS - Electronic Theses Online Service from the British Library.

Non-UK theses

Proquest's Dissertations and Theses with access to abstracts 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

Some of the following tools are only 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 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.

Consult books - suggested reading:

Depositing your electronic copy

D.Phil., M.Litt. and M.Sc. (by Research) students admitted on or after 1 October 2007 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.

Further information on depositing, and copyright and legal information, are available on the Oxford eTheses page.

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