The UTREES Database
University Theses in Russian, Soviet, and East European Studies 1907–
Compiled and edited by Gregory Walker and J. S. G. Simmons
This page describes the database form of the UTREES project, which originated with the print form of this title.
University Theses in Russian, Soviet, and East European Studies 1907–, or UTREES, is a bibliographical database of research in the British Isles. The database has been continuously extended from the printed volume, most recently with 224 additional recent theses added in 2017: if you find it useful, please consider supporting the project by purchasing (or recommending that your library purchase) a copy of the printed book.
License. UTREES by Gregory Walker; J. S. G. Simmons; MHRA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.mhra.org.uk/Rights/index.html.
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The Resources menu then offers the ability to browse or search the database.
Omissions or corrections. The Editors are grateful to be notified of any omissions or corrections. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
Overview. For an overview of UTREES and some of the historical and demographic conclusions which can be drawn from it, see: Walker, Gregory, ‘Doctoral Research in Russian and East European Studies: Trends and Realities from the UTREES Database’ (Cambridge: MHRA, 2017), published online at this website.
Eligible theses. This database gives information about doctoral and selected masters’ theses in Russian, Soviet and East European studies which have been accepted by any British or Irish degree-awarding body. It does not include dissertations written for MA or other one-year masters’ degrees. B.Litts and B.Phils have been included where these were later made convertible to M.Litts and M.Phils. From the 2012 update onwards, only doctoral theses have been added.
Eligible subject matter. Theses are included if they deal wholly or substantially with any subject in the field of Russian, Soviet, Slavonic or East European studies broadly defined, including the social sciences as well as the humanities. Geographical coverage extends to Russia, the whole area of the former USSR (including Central Asia, the Caucasus and Siberia), and the area of the formerly communist states of Eastern Europe except the GDR.
Sources. The preferred source for the thesis details given in the database is either the library catalogue record of the awarding institution or – in the case of electronically deposited or digitised theses – their listing by EThOS or an institutional repository (see ‘Access…’ below). If no such record has been found, the data is drawn where possible from the catalogues of the British Library, the Senate House Library (for London University institutions), the National Library of Wales (for Welsh universities), or from the COPAC online union catalogue. For fewer than 2 per cent of entries, particulars have been compiled from other sources, including university departments’ own listings and the Index to Theses. In these cases the entry carries the annotation [NCR] (‘No Catalogue Record’).
Content of Entries.
Access to British and Irish Theses. Many institutions now offer open access from their own online research repositories to the texts of their recent theses, though not all do so quickly or comprehensively.
Nearly all UK universities also supply particulars of their new doctoral theses, and often the full text, to the British Library’s Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS). The EThOS website at http://ethos.bl.uk gives details of the service, and offers search facilities. EThOS also collaborates with universities to supply digitised copies of older theses on demand. The service does not cover masters’ dissertations, nor any theses from universities in the Irish Republic.
Hard copies of doctoral theses, and often of masters’ dissertations too, are normally deposited in the home institution’s library and will be recorded in its online public access catalogue (OPAC). Libraries will generally make them available to bona fide researchers, but if you want to make a personal visit to consult a thesis, you may need to arrange this in advance.
Applications for the loan or copying of theses or dissertations not available through other channels should made to the institution concerned, normally through an academic library’s inter-library loans office.
You are usually allowed to make reasonable quotations from a thesis if you give proper acknowledgment, but more extensive copying is not permitted without the consent of the copyright holder (usually the author). In some cases further restrictions may apply, such as an embargo on access for a stated number of years.
If you need to make a wider search of British and Irish university theses, the fullest listing is the online database ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – UK and Ireland (formerly Index to Theses), at www.theses.com. Most academic libraries subscribe to it. Abstracts are provided for some theses from 1970 and for nearly all theses after 1986. Links are provided to full texts accessible online via institutional repositories or EThOS where applicable.
This database, like the earlier printed bibliographies from which it is partly derived, is indebted to the catalogues of many university and national libraries, and to the Index to Theses (formerly Aslib Index to Theses), and more recently to the British Library’s EThOS database.
Picture credit. The above photograph of a 350 year-old yew tree is used by courtesy of Giorgos Vintzileos, and can be found on Flickr here.