New Resource Available and Resource of the Month February 2016: SCOPUS

It’s a two-for-one deal! ¬†We’ve just managed to sneak it in as February’s resource of the month too ūüôā


We’re very pleased to announce that Scopus is now available to all Abertay staff and students!

What is Scopus?

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research.

Do you need to find the right references for an assignment, monitor a research topic or trend, identify the top researchers in a particular field or track the success of your own research? Abertay Library helps make your research pursuit easier through access to Scopus, the largest abstract and indexing database of peer-reviewed literature. Use Scopus to find and evaluate research, no matter what your area of interest.

How do I access Scopus?

Use this Link both on and off-campus to access Scopus.  You can also find it on the A-Z Online Resources page.

Both IP and Shibboleth authentication have been set up for this resource in order to make on and off-campus access easier. ¬†This means that if you don’t use the authenticated link and go directly to¬†– you’ll still be recognised as an Abertay user on-campus (via our IP range) but would have to select Institutional/Shibboleth login when attempting to access off-campus. ¬†We always recommend using the Library authenticated links provided so it’s best not to go direct to

The first time you login on-campus, you will see the screen below. ¬†Select the ‘Nesli Abertay University, Athens + Shibboleth‘ option and check the ‘Remember this organisation’ box so that you won’t see this screen next time. ¬†Click continue and enter your network username and password:

Scopus Login

How do I get the most out of Scopus? (User Guides and Training)

The publisher recommends following these five simple steps to get the most out of Scopus:

  1. Register with Scopus to create search, citation and author alerts
  2. Watch the Introduction to Scopus training video
  3. Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for easy-to-follow instructions
  4. Discover and follow insider tips & tricks on the Scopus blog
  5. Subscribe to the Scopus newsletter 

How do I use Scopus?

  • Click¬†Search¬†to open the Scopus search forms: Document,¬†Author,¬†Affiliation, and¬†Advanced. From the Search form, you can search Scopus for specific scientific documents.
  • Click¬†Browse Sources¬†to browse or search the indexed sources and journals by title.
  • Click¬†Compare journals¬†to analyse and compare journals based on citation metrics such as Impact per Publication, SCImago Journal Rank and SNIP.
  • Click¬†My list¬†to view and manage your temporary lists of¬†documents. You can select documents and save them for later use within a session, but you can also save documents in a basket permanently.
Top Tip!
You can view how many times an article in Summon has been cited in Scopus – look out for the ‘Cited by (Scopus) icon in the results list:
Summon Cited by Scopus
For help and support with Scopus contact your Academic Librarian or email

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¬†


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 for more information.