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Doctoral students: Overview

Services and resources at the National and University Library

Submitting your thesis

Dissertations are required to have an ISBN number. Apply for an ISBN number from the University Library by sending an email to with the authors name and kennitala, title of dissertation, relevant school and faculty

Authors are also encouraged to apply for an ORCID ID

ISBN and ORCID should appear on back of the title page of the dissertation along with other relevant information

Submit an electronic copy of the dissertation to the University’s repository Opin vísindi, see instructions

Primary search tools
Searches different Icelandic databases e.g. Gegnir the collective catalogue of Icelandic librariesSkemman the repository of Icelandic universities and the e-journals which are on nationwide access.   

The numerous databases the library subscribes to offer more sophisicated search techniques than the above mentioned search tools. Technique that helps the user to focus the searches for better results. They often contain the full text of articles or links to the full texts hosted elsewhere.

Is a specialized search tool which focuses on information from scholarly and peer-reviewed sources. It intends to be a place for researchers to start.  As their About page says:" Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature". With Google Scholar you will find a lot more than in other databases ... but that can be problematic! 

Bottom line
For best results, use several search tools, and familiarize yourself with basic search techniques  and the search interface of the database(s) you´re going to use. Remember to contact library services if you need assistance    



Where to search for ...

You can find printed books and e-books which are available in Icelandic libraries in

All e-journal subscriptions and many Open access titles are listed in Find Journals which links to approx. 30 thousand e-journals.  You can browse categories, search for individual titles and articles. Most of these journals can also be found in 
as well as journals in print format.
The Catalogue Electronic Journals Library lists about 80 thousand e-journals which are partly open. Among them are a lot of digitized old journals.

Journal Articles  
When searching for journal articles on a specific subject most people start their search with GoogleScholar or 
The National and University Library has access to a number of licenced databases, general and subject specific, which offer more sophisticated search techniques that give better search results.      

Dissertations and Theses  
Icelandic doctoral and masters theses are listed in with links to the full text when available. 

Doctoral Theses  Is a bibliographic database of doctoral dissertations by Icelanders. PHD theses written at Icelandic Universities are deposited in the institutional repository  Other doctoral- or masters theses can be found in collective repositories or in those of individual universities. 

Interlibrary Loans
If the library does not have the materials you need it is possible to request an Interlibrary Loan which is fee based.