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Economics: Dissertation support

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Centre for Academic Success

From help with structuring and writing assignments, to support with maths and stats, the Centre for Academic Success can help you. Click on the link below to find out more about their services:

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iView video tutorials

Swansea University has invested in a suite of assistive technology including Mind-mapping and Note Taking tools. To assist students in using these products, all students registered with Swansea University will be able to access training videos that can be found on the iView website.

Finding theses and dissertations

The library holds Swansea University theses at doctorate level and some masters dissertations. They are kept in storage in Singleton Park Library. You can use iFind to find and Request to view a thesis in Bay Library, Singleton Park Library or South Wales Miners Library. Follow our guidance to Finding Swansea University Theses.

There is also a selection of doctoral, masters and undergraduate dissertations available in Bay Library. Please ask at the Information Desk if you would like to view them.

You can search for doctoral theses in some of our databases. Try EThOS or ProQuest.

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Make a Document Supply Request

Document Supply Request Form

Request an interlibrary loan, a chapter, or an article copy for private study and non-commercial research.

Submit a request


Search for Open Access Content

Open Access Search

Skip the paywall and search CORE for free, legal, full-text articles.

Search CORE


Effective searching with Google

Google can be a useful tool for finding information online. However, it can be difficult to find the most relevant and reliable sources of information from a list of thousands or millions of results. Don't assume the results at the top are the best ones! The following strategies will help you search Google more effectively.

Search a website or group of websites

Use your keywords and the command site:url to find results from one website or from a group of websites. For instance, a search for foundation phase will find information about the Foundation Phase from the Welsh Government website. You could use to search academic websites.

Find a particular type of document

Use the command filetype: to limit your search to a particular type of document. This can be useful if you are looking for a certain type of information. For example, if you government documents are likely to be published in PDF form, so you could use filetype:pdf to limit your results to PDFs and make it easier to find what you need. Numerical data is likely to appear in a spreadsheet, so you could use filetype:xls to look for Excel documents.

Google Scholar searches scholarly literature such as journal articles and abstracts, but you may have difficulty accessing the full-text of the material you find. Linking your Google Scholar account to Swansea University will help with this. Just go to the settings cog from the menu


and then go to Library Links to find Swansea University.


Why use library databases instead of Google Scholar?

Although Google Scholar can be useful, iFind and subject databases such as Science Direct have certain key advantages:-

  • Identify peer-reviewed articles.
  • Easy access to an abstract (summary of the article).
  • Easy access to the full article, where available, with no extra charges.
  • Citations and reference lists for each article - usefull for widening your reading.
  • Pre-publication research.
  • Be more organised -  options to email, download & integration with bibliography managers (like Endnote).