Doing my dissertation

Dissertations held in the library

Writing your dissertation can be a bit daunting! The library holds examples of dissertations for you to look at, both to get an idea of what a dissertation looks like, and also as a resource in their own right.

Dissertations are held behind the Issue Desks at the libraries (you will need to check the library catalogue to find the classmark of the dissertation you are interested in). Use the Advanced Search tab and change the material type to Dissertation / Project. You will also find some dissertations available online; change the "limit to" option to Digital Library to narrow your search down to these.

Finding material beyond the University library

When you start work on your dissertation, or if you are studying a postgraduate qualification, there may be occasions when you require specialised books or journal articles which we do not stock.

The following databases will allow you to locate research material:
  • ZETOC - British Library's Electronic Table of Contents containing references to journal articles and conference proceedings.
  • ISI Web of Knowledge - International index updated weekly containing references to journal articles and conference proceedings.
  • EThOS - a database of doctoral dissertations from UK Higher Education. Some PhD theses are available as full text (individual registration is required to download these).
  • Library Hub Discover - A searchable database of 129 UK and Irish academic and specialist library catalogues.
  • British Library Catalogues - Students researching their dissertation may be able to use the resources held at the British Library in London. 

Accessing material not held by the library

To access material we do not hold in the library, you can either use the Document Supply Service, or library schemes such as SCONUL Access. Students studying for their dissertation are entitled to use the Document Supply Service to request resources where the full-text is not already supplied by the library. 

SCONUL Access allows you to visit and use most of the academic libraries in the UK. Guidance on getting your SCONUL card and accessing other libraries is available from the Visiting Other Libraries page.

For more research resources look at the Resources for Research page.

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