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Information for Researchers

Information about the University's research strategy, the Research Degrees committee and training for researchers is available on the Graduate School website.

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 got 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.

In addition to these resources you may find the following links useful.

  • Open Access publishing - Useful information on Open Access publishing.
  • Article Processing Charges (APCs)- information on discounted APCs available to Abertay authors to help pay the cost of Gold Open Access publishing.
  • The next REF - What's changing? Find out what you need to do to make sure that your research outputs are eligible for submission.
  • Research Funder Policies - information on the OA  policies of some of the larger UK funders.
  • What journal should I publish in?  - Information about journal bibliometrics and other factors that you might want to consider when choosing what journal you want to publish in.
  • Data Management- Information regarding Data Management Planning, The UK Concordat on Open Research Data , data storage and backup, and sharing and publishing your data.  
  • Mantra - (Research Data Management Training). 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.
  • PhD Theses  - Information on how to deposit your PhD thesis in Abertay Research Collections 
  • Electronic Theses Online Service - (EThOS) from the British Library allows users to search, download and order many British PhD theses free of charge
  • RefWorks - Reference management software which can help you store and share your references with others, create bibliographies and intext citations in various referencing styles. Guidelines on the styles of referencing used by Abertay are also available.
  • Keeping up to date - Information on how to stay up to date with the latest research in your area.
  • Sign-up-Workshops for researchers - a series of workshops offered by the Librarians and IT trainers run throughout the year.
  • Copyright guidelines - keep within the law by making sure you understand what is permissible under Copyright Law.
  • Intellectual Property - IP tutor  is 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 IP.
  • Abertay Research Collections (ARC) - the University's digital repository of research outputs allows you to search or browse the different collections. If you are interested in depositing your research in ARC email repository@abertay.ac.uk for more information. 

Remember to contact your Academic Librarian if you want help and advice on using any of these resources or need help with literature searches.

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