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Printed theses held in the Balfour Library

A collection of over 450 theses written by members of the Department of Zoology are kept in the Library Office.

These are for reference only and are catalogued in the card catalogue drawer marked "Theses" alphabetically by author’s surname, as well as online in Newton.

The collection is by no means complete. If you cannot find the thesis you want, please ask a member of Library staff for help in locating a copy.

A copy of all the theses written by University of Cambridge students must be deposited at Cambridge University Library however, please see "Print theses held in Cambridge" below.


Printed theses held in Cambridge

Copies of all postgraduate theses written by students at the University of Cambridge must be deposited in Cambridge University Library. There is a catalogue of all theses published in the University available at Newton (click on the University Library Manuscripts and Theses database).


Electronic Cambridge theses

From the start of Michaelmas Term 2009 it is possible to access and deposit theses in electronic form in DSpace@Cambridge. There are currently two ways of doing this, either as part of the submission process for a new thesis, or if your thesis has already been examined, you can deposit it retrospectively.

Further information about the scheme is available at:


UK theses, electronic and in print

You may need to consult a thesis published by another university in the UK. For information on how to access these via the University Library and / or the British Library, see the University Library’s web page on Cambridge Doctoral Dissertations at

The British Library also has a new Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS)


International theses, electronic and in print

Try some of the "Quick links" on the right hand side of this page to locate national and international theses, either in digital or print format. The Quicklink to the University Library's Electronic Resources page for "Databases, full text archives and other resources covering Theses" details sources of theses that Cambridge University has subscribed to. They may require a Raven password off-campus, see the table provided for more information.

Many universities around the world now require their Ph.D. or Masters students to provide their theses in electronic format, so that they can subsequently be downloaded by everyone for free. Try finding the website for the university that published the thesis that you are interested in and then search for "theses" or "Electronic Theses and Dissertations" or "ETDs" - or try a Google search using the same search terms and the name of the university.