Academic Librarians can offer help and guidance with using library resources, literature searching, managing your references and keeping up-to-date with your research topic. They are happy to provide one-to-one training sessions. To make an appointment contact your Academic Librarian.
The Library has a large selection of books, both print and electronic, to support you research. These can be found by using LibrarySearch. The Resources A-Z lists all the electronic book collections and journal databases that the Library subscribes to. More information on using the library and its services is available from Finding Resources.
Information about the University's research strategy, the next REF, and training for researchers is available from the Graduate School.
PhD and MbR Theses
- Your e-thesis: guidance on depositing your thesis in Pure, using copyright material in your thesis, and requesting an embargo for your thesis.
- Abertay Research Portal: browse or search for Abertay e-theses.
- Theses repositories: find theses from other universities.
As a researcher it is important that you keep up to date with published research. There are several things that you can do to help you do this.
- Journal contents alerting services
Many online services including the journal databases allow you to set up an alerting service. This saves you from having to repeatedly search to find out if something new has been published in your research area. You can be notified by e-mail or RSS feed about new journal issues or about new articles which match your search criteria.
Journal TOCS is a web-based service which allows you to set up email alerts or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles related to your interests. A guide to using Journal TOCS is available online. If you need help with setting up these alerts contact your Academic Librarian.
Zetoc alerts from the British library offers a current awareness service which gives access to over 30,000 journals and 52 million article citations and conference papers from the British Library's electronic table of content. Information on setting up alerts can be found on the Zetoc Alert reference guide.
Saved searches and search alerts: Many of the library's databases allow you to save searches to run again later or automatically run a search at set intervals and email the results to you/ Look in the help section of your favourite databases to find out how to set these up or contact your academic librarian who will be happy to help.
- Citation alerts
- Cited reference searching
Cited Reference Searching allows you to find out where key articles in your research area have been cited in more recent works. It is a useful way of finding out how ideas and research have developed over time. This service is available through Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.
- Professional bodies and organisations
The websites of professional bodies and organisations related to your area of research can be useful sources of up-to-date information. Many now offer a news section or blog which highlight new developments.