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Library support for Researchers: Resources for Research

Document Supply Service

The Document Supply Service allows registered users to request items which are not available in the University Library. We can support staff and students with research and learning by locating and supplying books, chapters, and articles held by other libraries. Information Services will cover the costs of the allocation for the different user groups in all academic departments, subject to available funds.

See how many free requests you can order and for further information visit the Document Supply webpage

Chapter digitisation

A  temporary chapter digitisation service has been introduced.

More information on the service and the online request form can be found here: 

Here is an FAQ with details on how to request a chapter: 

Contact the Academic Engagement team if you have any questions.

Some key databases

  • JSTOR  
    Multi disciplinary archive of academic journals, books and pamphlets.

  • ScienceDirect 
    An information source for scientific, technical, and medical research
  • Scopus
    A large abstract and citation database
  • Web of Science 
    Summaries (abstracts) of scholarly journal articles and dissertations in psychology and related subjects. You can check for the availability of full text articles by clicking on the '@aber' icon next to search results.

  • Business Source Complete contains access to over 3,000 journals. Covers all areas of business, including finance, management, management information systems, marketing and international business.
  • Computer Society (IEEE)
    "The IEEE Computer Society is the world's leading membership organization dedicated to computer science and technology. The Digital Library holds more than 550,000 articles and papers on computer science and technology."
  • Lexis®Library
    For key law and criminology resources
  • PubMed
    Comprises of more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. 

Gale OneFile News

Regional, national and world newspapers.


Search and current awareness tool from the British Library to help you keep up to date with latest developments in your field. Zetoc can provide you with regular emails detailing table of contents from selected journals.

Open Access resources

You can find and access Open Access academic material via the University’s library catalogue Primo and the Aberystwyth Research Portal. 
Increasing amounts of academic material is also being placed on the internet as Open Access.  This means that it is not hidden behind a paywall and is freely accessible by anyone.  Sometimes these documents are versions that have the same content as a final published version but are called post-prints or Author Accepted Manuscripts.  Sometimes they are final published versions.

Such material isn’t always easy to locate so there are a number of tools and websites available which can help students and researchers find articles, books and journals which have, intentionally and legally, been published Open Access.  These are listed on the following tabs. Some are in-built into the University’s system, others may have to be added as browser extensions.  Not all work on all browsers. 
Aberystwyth University’s research outputs can also be found via these tools and websites.

Special Collections

There are a number of University special collections available for research access, such as the Celtic Collection (which is available for loan), the European Documentation Centre, the Appleton collection on colour printing and binding, and the Horton Collection of children’s material. There are also departmentally curated collections such as the E.G. Bowen Map Library and the School of Art Collections.

Explore the University’s Special Collections page or contact for further information.