Database of the month – Proquest Dissertations and Thesis

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There have been a few queries lately regarding finding dissertations and thesis. Our database of the month is Proquest dissertations and thesis however this blog will also look at other resources that can be used to search relevant dissertations and theses.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses


Proquest Dissertations and Theses is a searchable database of Masters and PhD-level dissertations and theses from universities around the world. Most of the dissertations within this resource are available full-text and downloadable.

This database, which can be found searching for Proquest dissertations and theses in iFind. This resource is useful for those still looking for inspiration on their dissertation project or those searching for information on existing research on the chosen topic.

The Proquest search screen is simple and intuitive. Just type your keywords into the search box to find results. Selecting the Full Text option on the left of the screen enables you to limit your results to full PDF version.

It is also worth using the Advanced Search screen within this resource. Options, including limiting by university, to a specific language(s) or finding results within a particular date range.

Other resources that are useful when it comes to searching for dissertations include Ethos and Open Access Dissertations and Theses.

Ethos – Useful for UK Doctoral Research Theses


EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. There are over 450,000 thesis catalogued on Ethos with over 160,000 of these available as full-text pdf. Every month around 3000 new records are added and an additional 2000 full text theses become accessible.  You can limit your search to only available items (just below the search box). However…

A digitisation on demand facility is a unique feature of EThOS. Users can order a copy through digitisation on demand. There is a turnaround time of up to 6 weeks and there may also be a charge for the scanning process (currently £47.70 + VAT £9.54 = Total £57.24). Once digitised the theses becomes available as a full-text pdf for all to use.

Open Access Dissertations – Useful for Worldwide Graduate Theses and Dissertations

ProquestDissertationOATD aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 3,895,905 theses and dissertations.

If you have any questions please do get in touch with us at


SAGE Research Methods


SAGE Research methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process (SAGE, 2016).

Whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate, researcher or staff there is excellent content relating to research methodologies within this resource.  From encyclopaedia references and book chapters that will help you understand the research process through to video clips and data sets that can be used in the classroom.

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool, linking Sage’s research methods content with search tools to help researchers answer their research methods questions.

From designing your research project, understanding your chosen methods, identifying new methods, conducting your research or writing up your findings there is good quality content available within this resource.

Sage Research Methods has valuable content in a clear, easy to navigate and visually appealing interface….

Research Methods homepageTo expand a little on content. SAGE Research Methods includes the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences (QASS) series aka the ‘Little Green Books’ series. This series is excellent for short explanations on Quantitative Methodology and Research Methods. The package also includes the Qualitative Research Methods series, “Little Blue Books”.  There are 1000s of other titles (also searchable separately via iFind) and videos written and complied by academics on various topics surrounding the research process.

Sage Research Methodology also contains datasets taken from real research projects, but edited and cleaned for teaching purposes. Each dataset is accompanied by a short, clear narrative description of the data and easy-to-follow instructions on how to apply the research method.

One lovely feature is the Mind Map.  This is useful for defining terms and importantly it also links to contents within the resource.  It is a good starting point for those with little experience in research methodologies:


Sage Research Map

There is also a nifty little planner to guide you through the different stages of your research project.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about SAGE Research Methods yout can email the team with any questions you have at  We’re happy to arrange appointments via Skype or over the telephone.

If you prefer to chat with a librarian online you can do so via our Ask a Librarian chat service which is accessible via  Library Guides.

Don’t forget that the Management Library Guide  contains a range of useful information including referencing guides and links to relevant databases.



Contacting your subject librarians over the summer

To those of you graduating this Summer we wish you well and hope you take away happy memories of Swansea.

If you have academic work to do over the Summer we want you to know that your subject librarians will be here to support you.


You can email the team with any questions you have: and we’re happy to arrange appointments via Skype or over the telephone.

If you prefer to chat with a librarian online you can do so via our Ask a Librarian chat service, which is accessible via Library Guides.

Don’t forget that that the Management Library Guide contains a range of useful information including referencing guides and links to relevant databases.

Database of the month – Web of Science

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This month we want to tell you about Web of Science which is a scientific citation indexing service that provides a comprehensive citation search with over 1 billion cited reference connections indexed from high quality peer reviewed journals, books and proceedings. Subject areas include engineering and business.

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Web of Science gives access to multiple databases that reference cross-disciplinary research, which allows for in-depth exploration of specialised sub-fields within an academic or scientific discipline.

Is there a book that you’d like us to purchase?

Is there a book that you’d like us to purchase?

We’d love to hear to hear your suggestions on what books you’d like us to purchase. Maybe you’ve spotted a gap in the collection or there’s a new book that you think would benefit other students.

You’ll find a book suggestion box in the foyer of the Bay Library, where you can write your suggestions down on paper and there will be a post box for you to post your suggestions in. We’ll then review every suggestion that we receive.


If you’d rather email your suggestion to us please email and include the title and author.




Shhhh! Silent study space in Bay Library and in Great Hall

We’ve made some slight changes to the silent study spaces in Bay Library. From now on, the North Wing will be a silent study zone. You’ll find three study areas in the North Wing:-

  • PC Room 1 – this is now the silent study computer room
  • Silent Study Rooms – these have individual desk spaces with power sockets and USB connections for you to plug in your devices

We ask that you respect your fellow students and work silently in these areas. If you need to talk while you work, you can do so in the Central Area or the South Wing, but please consider other library users and keep noise to a minimum. (Please note, PC Room 2 in the South Wing was previously the silent PC study space, but you can now talk in this room.)

SIgn on the wall reading 'You are now entering a silent study zone'

You’ll see some new signs in the North Wing  Sign on the wall reading 'Silent Study Zone'


To help you during the exam period, there is some extra silent study space available in the Great Hall from the 22nd May to the 16th June. Here are the details:-

09.00-18.00 Monday (excluding bank holiday)

Great Hall 043 & 049

09.00-18.00 Tuesday

Great Hall 043

09.00-18.00 Wednesday

Great Hall 043

09.00-18.00 Thursday

Great Hall 043 & 049

09.00-18.00 Friday

Great Hall 043 & 049

Good luck with your revision and in your exams. Pob lwc!

We want your help

We know that you are all very busy with assignments and exam preparation at the moment, but I’d like to ask a favour.

You may be aware of our Library Guides which were introduced last summer. They’ve been available for almost a full academic year now and we think they have been useful, but we’re sure we could make it better.

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We want you to help us improve the Library Guides. We’re looking for volunteers to come to the library and perform a few short tasks to help us judge how easy it is to find information on the library guides. We expect this to take an hour at most and we will give a power bank to each volunteer. (Power banks let you charge your mobile phone or other portable devices on the move. Very useful on long journeys!)

If you are able to help email and we can arrange a time that is convenient for you to come into the library

If you have some feedback about Library Guides but you aren’t able to come in to the library, please do email your comments to us or complete the short survey available at the bottom of each Library Guides page.