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For a quick introduction to ebooks, see our page Understanding ebooks.
The easiest way to search for ebooks is to use Library Search.
Library Search may not include all available ebooks so you may want to browse or search individual ebook collections. You can search a collection for ebooks on a topic by using keywords, or you can browse by subject area. A list of our ebook collections can be found on our ebooks page.
Ebooks are subject to Copyright Law. You can find out more about your obligations as a library user on the page Copying and download policy.
General guidance is that you may print one chapter or 5% of an ebook, whichever is greater. Many suppliers apply this limit automatically, by restricting the amount you can print and copy – some do not allow printing or copying the text at all. Many ebooks have to be read online, as there is often no facility to download them in formats that are compatible with ebook readers.
Open Research Online (ORO). Theses by Open University students are available via Open Research Online (ORO). You can search and view a digital version of a thesis, if it has been provided by the author.
The Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS). You can search for and download doctoral research theses from UK Universities using the Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS). This is a service provided by the British Library. If a thesis you are looking for is not already available, you can make a request to EThOS for it to be digitised, for which charges may apply.
Open Access Repositories. Many universities worldwide have their own research collections freely available online. If you know which university has awarded the thesis required, it is worth checking if they have a research repository and if the thesis has been made available. For a list of repositories see the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) or the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR).