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The PhD thesis as a virtual guest house.

Macduff, Colin


Colin Macduff


PhD theses. Who reads them? Within UK nursing the answer is: hardly anybody, save a few PhD supervisors, students and enamoured academics. Since the millennium, the Royal College of Nursing’s Steinberg Collection of over 1000 hard bound theses has seen around 250-300 episodes of access each year. This low level of thesis usage is also characteristic of university libraries in the UK (Copeland and Penman 2004), where processes for accessing these tombstone-like tomes are often tortuous.

Journal Article Type Commentary
Publication Date Sep 30, 2008
Journal Journal of clinical nursing
Print ISSN 0962-1067
Electronic ISSN 1365-2702
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 18
Pages 2381-2383
Institution Citation MACDUFF, C. 2008. The PhD thesis as a virtual guest house. Journal of clinical nursing [online], 17(18), pages 2381-2383. Available from:


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