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Exam papers

Digital versions of most exam papers back to 2004 are available to University of York members via York Digital Library (YODL).

They can be accessed via YorSearch.

Pre-2004 exam papers are held in the University Archive.

For further information please contact the Borthwick Institute for Archives.

To search for exam papers enter a subject (eg History), year, module code or exam title, and click Search.

To filter the results, select Exam paper under resource types on the left hand side of the page. Click on the Electronic resource tab to open a link to the Digital Library, where you will be asked to log in.

New papers are added to the Digital Library on an ongoing basis.

Note: we do not hold all papers set. HYMS and Psychology do not provide copies of past exam papers. Health Sciences have only provided them since 2010.

You can also browse and search for exam papers from the Digital Library.

Information for staff

Submitting past examination papers

Non-secure past examination papers should be submitted through e:vision. The Library will then make them available via York Digital Library. 

The following guide provides instructions for staff on how to upload past examination papers in e:vision:

Please note: secure examination papers must not be uploaded to e:vision.


Can I delete a document I've uploaded?

If you need to delete a past paper you have uploaded, for example, if it has been uploaded for the wrong module, please follow the instructions below.

  1. In e:vision select Upload past examination papers
  2. Add the search criteria for the module(s) you are looking for
  3. Select Search
  4. In the search results page locate the document you wish to remove, and select Delete
  5. In the following screen you will need to provide a reason why the document has been deleted. This message is then sent to the Digital Library team, who will remove the document within five working days.
  6. Click Delete Document

Do I have to upload a paper for every module?

No, you can choose which modules you upload a paper for.

Please ensure you only upload non-secure past examination papers to e:vision.

How do I convert a document to PDF format?

All past examination papers which are uploaded to e:vision should be in PDF format. Please follow the instructions below for creating or converting a document to PDF.

Microsoft Word 2010

  1. Open the Word document you wish to convert to a PDF
  2. Select File and Save As
  3. In the File name list, type or select a name for the document
  4. From the Save as type drop down select PDF
  5. Select Save

Microsoft Word 2007

  1. Open the Word document you wish to convert to a PDF
  2. Click the Microsoft Office Button in the top left, point to the arrow next to Save As, and then click PDF
  3. In the File name list, type or select a name for the document
  4. In the Save as type dropdown click PDF
  5. Next to Optimize for click Standard (publishing online and printing)
  6. Click Publish

Using PDF Converter Enterprise

PDF Converter Enterprise can be downloaded from Run Advertised Programs in the Control Panel on supported PCs. Follow the instructions below for converting documents to PDF using this software.

  1. Open PDF Converter Enterprise
  2. Click the PDF icon in the top left of the screen, underneath File
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Create Multiple Files
  4. In the new window, press the Add button
  5. Select the file you wish to convert to PDF and click Open
  6. Continue this process for all the documents you wish to convert to PDF
  7. When you have selected all the documents you want to convert, press the cog button at the bottom of the window
  8. Select where you would like to save the documents to

The documents will then be converted to PDFs