Taylor & Francis – John Nash Commemorative Research Collection

To commemorate the life and works of John Nash, who tragically passed away on the 23rd May 2015, Taylor & Francis have made 40 articles inspired by his ground-breaking work free to view until the end of the year (2015).

Nash was an American mathematician and economist whose work contributed to the areas of game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations.  He also won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. He is the subject of the Sylvia Nasar biography A Beautiful Mind.

To read the articles, click here


Wiley Online Library adds CAPTCHA to prevent systematic article downloads

Wiley have sent us the following information on their new security feature.  If you are a heavy user of the Wiley Online Library and tend to download more than 25 articles in one session, then read on!

Wiley has introduced a new security feature for access to articles through Wiley Online Library. This is in order to prevent systematic downloads of content and also to thwart hackers from creating other security risks for both library and vendor.

You may have encountered CAPTCHA challenge (see graphic below) after completing a poll, leaving a blog comment, or purchasing tickets from a website. This is a speed bump to deter bot traffic, by creating tests only humans can pass. If you are interested in additional information regarding CAPTCHA, feel free to visit their website at www.captcha.net.

What does this mean for you? Previously, the only security measure in place was to limit downloads to one-hundred articles per session. Wiley’s new practice will require a user downloading more than twenty-five articles in an active user session, (a session of activity that a user from within your IP range spends on Wiley Online Library) to complete a CAPTCHA challenge, like this one:


Once the user enters the CAPTCHA information, the download request completes and the user is cleared to continue downloading in increments of twenty-five, up to one hundred in a twenty-four hour period.

Again, the only patrons affected will be those who try to access more than twenty five articles per session. Upon successful completion of the CAPTCHA test, they will be granted all the access to the content they wish.

If you have any queries about this (or any other library resources) please get in touch with us at library.abertay.ac.uk

Finding Free Dissertations and Theses Online

If you are looking for dissertations and theses published in your area of research, there are lots of good quality, freely available online sources available to you.

Theses Repositories

EThOS (UK Theses)

  • EThOS is a service from the British Library.  It provides access to the full text of over 100,0100 theses wherever a copy exists that is freely available; either directly from the EThOS database or via a link to the repository of the awarding institution.
  • EThOS contains 380,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 UK institutions.
  • You need to register for an account in order to download a thesis (you may search their records without registering)
  • You will have to order items which are not freely available. If ordering via the Digitisation on Demand service, there may be a cost involved.
  • EThOS doesn’t cover Ireland and doesn’t include masters’ theses.  Not all UK universities are taking part in the EThOS service (notably Oxford and Cambridge)  If you require a doctoral thesis from one of these institutions, please contact interlibrary@abertay.ac.uk 


Here’s a video by the British Library on using PhD theses in research (EThOS)

DART-Europe E-Theses Portal (European Theses)

  • DART-Europe E-Theses Portal provides access to over 590,000 open access research theses from 578 universities in 28 European countries.
  • The theses listed are all open access and free of charge.  The DART-Europe Portal doesn’t store theses, but it provides a link to at least one electronic copy of every thesis listed in its database.
  • As a minimum each thesis contains details of the author, title and date of award.  However, many providers supply additional searchable information, such as abstracts and keywords.
  • The Browse feature allows you to browse records harvested by DART-Europe by author, year of award, collection, awarding institution (where known) or country.  Select an index to browse and follow the links to the theses which interest you.
  • Results are shown by default in a brief summary format.  To view the full record for any thesis, and to access a copy of the thesis, click on the title.



PQDT Open (Mainly US Theses)


  • PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.  The authors of these works have opted to publish as open access and make their research available for free on the open web.
  • Enter keywords or use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase e.g. “Digital Literacy”.  If you select ‘More Search Options’ you can also search using ‘Keywords (dissertation topic)’ to find dissertations and theses focused on a particular area, as described by the author.




Some 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 is a French union catalogue which allows you to search theses and dissertations completed at universities in France.


  • Dialnet allows you to search for theses completed at Spanish universities – many have links to the full text.

Abertay Research Collection (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, please email repository@abertay.ac.uk for more information.