Conditions of Access
Higher Degree Theses (Ph.D. and Masters)
The Thesis Collection is held by the Library pursuant to Clause 12 of the Rules for Higher Degree Theses which requires that "When a thesis is accepted for the award of a degree, two copies shall be lodged by the Faculty Registrar in the Library and one copy shall not be available for loan. ... The second copy must be available for loan to approved borrowers on demand. The two copies lodged in the Library will be paper copies or, with the prior approval of the Librarian, the second copy may be lodged in electronic format, in which case it will be available to be accessed through the Australian Digital Thesis Program."
Clause 13 of the regulations provides for restrictions on access to print copies of Higher Degree theses for 3 years after the award of the degree. These restrictions include a ban on all copying, and on consultation by anyone other than Flinders University staff and students, except with the written permission of the author, the Head of Department, or the Librarian. In practice this is interpreted as a ban on all loans. These restrictions may be waived by the author in writing (see Clause 14).
The arrangements for restrictions on access to print copies of theses are quite separate to those on digital copies as described above.
Honours theses are not covered by the Rules for Higher Degree Theses. When Honours Theses are held in the Thesis Collection, however, the same loan conditions apply as to Higher Degree Theses, that is, one copy is not available for loan, while the second copy (if any) is available for loan and is located in the general collection. The same 3-year restrictions on access may be placed on Honours Theses if the author specifically requests this in writing.
Where theses are available for loan, the loan period is generally four weeks. Theses available for loan are shelved in the general collection. Please note the location for individual items.
Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for more information.