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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 the Academic Librarian for your subject area.

The Library has a large selection of books, both print and electronic, to support you research. These can be found by using our LibrarySearch tool. LibrarySearch is a federated search engine that searches most of Abertay's resources in one easy search. It can be a a good place to start searching for journal articles as it will highlight individual databases that may be good for your research topic. 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 can be found on the library pages Finding Resources.

Information about the University's research strategy, the next REF, and training for researchers is available from the Graduate School.

Abertay Research Portal


The University's open access repository of research outputs.

Open Access Publishing

Open Access

Keep up to date with what's happening in Open Access publishing.

Research Data Management


How to organize, structure, store, and care for the data produced during a research project.

Article Processing Charges

Information on APCs available to Abertay authors to help pay the cost of Gold Open Access.

Research Funder Policies

Information on the OA policies of some of the larger UK funders.

Which journal should I publish in?

Information about journal bibliometrics.


  • EThOS. EThOS is a British Library service which allows you to search and download UK PhD theses. Further information on theses repositories can be found on our Finding Resources page.
  • Depositing your thesis. Information on how to submit an electronic copy of your thesis to Pure at the end of your degree as well as information on embargoes and third party copyright in your thesis. You are advised to read these pages at the start of your research degree as well as at the end. 

Keeping up-to-date

Alerting Services

Many online services including the journal databases subscribed to by Abertay allow you to setup 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. See our guide on useful tools for Setting up alerts. 

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.

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. A useful way of finding out how ideas and research have developed over time. This service is available through the Web of Science

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.


Intellectual Property

  •  IP tutor. An interactive, online learning tool developed by the UK IPO in conjunction with representatives from higher and further education, industry and legal sectors to increase student awareness of Intellectual Property. 

Research Data Management Training

  • Mantra. This  free online course by Edina is useful for postgraduate students who want to learn how to manage data collected during their research and practice with data analysis packages such as R,  SPSS, NVivo or ArcGIS. Early career researchers who want to reflect on their current research data management practice and revise or devise plans for future research projects and funding bids may also find it useful.

Library and IT

  • Workshops. A series of workshops offered by the Librarians and IT trainers run throughout the year.
The Graduate School also has training sessions specifically for postgraduate students - these are advertised on the Graduate School eventbrite page.


For help with referencing styles: Harvard, APA and OSCOLA.


Learn more about how to manage your references using RefWorks.


Guides for staff and students on what you can use and share legally.