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Books and ebooks

Whether you are looking for print books or ebooks, LibrarySearch will find them for you in one quick easy search. Simply search for the title of the book you need, or search by keywords.

Search tips

  • Get It. To get details of the print book.
  • View It. To view the ebook.
  • Limit your search to, for example, 'books'. Look for the options down the left hand side of the search results screen.
  • Add more keywords. eg searching for 'sociology' will find thousands of results.  Add the author's name eg 'sociology fulcher' to make your search more effective.
  • Review your keywords. If your search doesn't find anything, think about the keywords you are using and change them if required.

Can I print or download from an ebook?

Usually, yes. We purchase ebooks from a number of different providers and their functionality might be slightly different. Look for the print or download icon within the ebook. Copyright legislation applies to ebooks in the same way it would apply to print books. Currently, copyright allows you to print or download up to 10% of a title, or one full chapter.

Where you have the option to download the whole book, this will be for a restricted period of time only.

Journal articles

Print journals are shelved on Floor 4, and a large collection of ejournals are available to Abertay staff and students.

LibrarySearch will find most journal articles, however it can also be useful to be able to find specific journals.

For example, if you wish to keep up to date with a specific journal or if a title has been recommended to you:

  • From LibrarySearch, go to 'Browse Journals' near the top of the page for our A-Z list of eJournals.

  • Search for the name of the journal eg Journal of Sports Sciences, making sure it is spelt correctly. 

  • Open the journal and browse content. Alternatively, most journals have a search function if you wanted to conduct a search within an individual title.

eJournals can also be used if you are trying to source a reference, eg

Jackson, S. and Hokowhitu, B. 2002. Sport, tribes and technology: The New Zealand All Blacks Haka and the politics of identity. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 26(2):pp.125-139

  • Search for the journal title Journal of Sport and Social Issues
  • Open the journal, checking our access dates, and browse for the year/volume/issue you need. 

Generally speaking, if you are searching for journal articles on a topic, it is far more time efficient to start your search using LibrarySearch. This will search multiple collections in one quick easy search.

However, certain subjects eg Law require you use specific collections or databases. Likewise, certain types of resource eg Market Research is better found from the database.

The A-Z of Online Resources lists all of our electronic collections and databases, or if you're not sure which one is best for your subject, check your Subject Guide for details of databases and websites for your subject area. 

Legal information

For help with finding case law and legislation.

Market research

Market research and company information.

Newspapers and multimedia

Including our AV collection and finding images and sound online.

Theses and dissertations

Theses repositories

EThOS - UK Theses.
EThOS is a British Library service providing full text access (where available) to theses from UK institutions, linking either directly from EThOS or via a link to the repository of the awarding institution.

It is free of charge to join, but you need to register for an account in order to download theses. Theses that are not currently available full text can be requested, but may incur a fee. Not all UK universities take part in EThOS (notably Oxford and Cambridge), but if you require a doctoral thesis from one of these institutions, please contact

DART-Europe E-Theses Portal - European Theses.
DART-Europe eTheses Portal is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses from over 600 institutions from 28 countries.

PQDT Open - mainly US Theses.
PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. 

Subscription databases

ProQuest Central 
Login in with your Abertay username and password. Very comprehensive coverage of United States and Canada, however there also other countries covered such as Hong Kong, Spain, France and Czech Republic. From Advanced Search, select ‘Dissertations & Theses’ as the Source Type then search on your topic/keywords. 

Other Useful Resources

  • NDLTD (Networked Library of Theses and Dissertations). An Open Access Initiative union catalogue of theses and dissertations from many countries, which are all immediately available electronically via links to institutional repositories.
  • Open Access Theses and Dissertations. An index of over 1.6 million freely available electronic theses and dissertations.
  • SUDOC. SUDOC is a French union catalogue which allows you to search theses and dissertations completed at universities in France.
  • Dialnet. Dialnet allows you to search for theses completed at Spanish universities – many have links to the full text.
  • Abertay Research Collections (ARC). The University’s digital repository of research output allows you to search or browse the different collections. If you are interested in depositing your research in ARC email for more information.

If you need more help finding specific theses and dissertations, please contact your Academic Librarian.

British Standards

Neither Abertay nor Dundee University Library provides access to the complete set of British Standards. If you need to find a standard, you have several options:

  • Construction Information Service 
    Includes many British Standards and Eurocodes. This resource is limited to one user at a time, so please log out when you have finished, and if you don't get in first time, try again later. Please note you are only allowed to print out up to 5% of the British Standards held in CIS for your own collection.
  • LibrarySearch 
    We do stock a small number of standards in printed format, so always check the catalogue.
  • British Standards Online 
    NOT a full-text resource, but you can check titles here, and also whether the standard is current, withdrawn, superseded etc.
  • Interlibrary loans 
    It is possible to use the Interlibrary Loan scheme to obtain copies of British Standards. You will need to note down the Standard Number, title and date of publication.


Some suggested sites for national statistics includes:

  • Quandl Financial, economic, and social datasets
  • UK Data Service 
    Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK Data Service collection includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data across a number of themes.
  • World Energy Council Objective data sets about energy to inform debate and support business decisions and policymaking.
  • World Bank Energy Reports Statistical reports on different energy topic.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and subject specific statistics are more likely to be available from particular organisations.  For help finding statistics for your subject area, contact your Academic Librarian.