Support for your Research

Faculty Librarians offer subject-specific library sessions to all postgraduate students. You can  make a research appointment to have a one-on-one training session with your Faculty Librarian. 


The training can be categorised as follows:

Introduction to Library and Information Services (Compulsory Attendance)

Attendance for this training is compulsory as the Library will assist users by providing training that will aid you in learning more about:

  • Off Campus access to the Library Web page & Login details
  • Introduction to the services and facilities on the library web page
  • Introduction to the library’s e-Resources
  • SmartSearch & Aleph catalogue training

Information Search Skills

Research is searching carefully, with a method, so that you can answer a question. It is wider than finding out a fact and more focused than reading widely around a subject. Research is a process of investigation. It is getting to know a subject by reading up on it, reflecting, playing with the ideas, choosing the areas that interest you and following up on them. Research is the way you educate yourself. Research Skills include using the UWC Library resources and services; planning to do the research and acquire search strategies.


This provides the researcher with training that will enhance the researcher’s literature searching skills when using the various electronic databases the Library subscribes to. Information Search Skills will cover the following:

  • Topic Analysis
  • Search Techniques
  • Search Strategies
  • Saving Searches and Alerts
  • Finding the full text of articles, etc.

Developing your skills in this area will help you to:

  • Plan a systematic and comprehensive search of the literature
  • Use advanced search techniques to find the most relevant information
  • Develop strategies to keep up to date with the latest research in your subject area
  • Critically evaluate information using a structured approach
  • Manage the large amounts of information that you accumulate during your research
  • Present information in an effective way
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues relating to information gathering and how you go on to use that information.

Search Alerts - Keeping up-to-date with Current Literature

As part of the continual process of research you are required to keep abreast of current developments in your subject area. One way to do this is to use an automated alerting service. Search alerts is a function of many Internet search engines that lets users specify keywords, phrases or tags pertaining to any topic that you would like to be notified of when new search results are available.

Email alerts, RSS feeds, and tracking engines allow you to:

  • Set up, save and re-run your searches against the latest additions to databases.
  • Set up profiles to automatically receive the contents pages of journal issues.
  • Receive notification of articles recently published and added to a database.
  • Keep up to date with breaking news
  • Discover new Internet resources in your field

Managing your references

Referencing is a standardized method used particularly in academic writing to acknowledge the sources used in an essay or paper. It serves as evidence from secondary sources to your research.

Research builds on  previous research and although it is essential that you show that you are aware of the current thinking in an area by referencing key works, you should also credit sources that have influenced your own work. This allows readers of your work to trace original sources that you have used as a basis for your arguments. By providing an accurate list of references and properly citing your sources you demonstrate the range and depth of the research you have done, as well as acknowledging the work of others.

One of the key challenges of managing your references is keeping track of all of them in an orderly way. Reference management software can be used for recording and utilising bibliographic citations or references.

Referencing software will help you manage your references, but many products also offer the facility to format citations in your document as you are writing. It is helpful to evaluate reference management tools such as RefWorks , Mendeley and Endnote which automatically generate bibliographies.

Reference management software, citation management software or personal bibliographic management software is software for scholars and authors to use for recording and utilising bibliographic citations (references). Once a citation has been recorded, it can be used time and again in generating bibliographies, such as lists of references in scholarly books, articles and essays.

The Library has identified the following reference, citation and bibliographic management software:

  • RefWorks is a web-based research management service which allows users to easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as automatic formatting of the bibliography. There are no costs associated with this resource for UWC staff and students. View the following presentations to assist you to navigate RefWorks:
  • EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. EndNote is a software program that works with Microsoft Word to automatically format in-text citations and end- of - paper reference lists with your chosen style (APA, MLA, Havard, etc.). EndNote can also be used as a personal database together and store citation records from different information sources. In addition, EndNote allows you to run searches via direct connection to a database. By storing citations in an EndNote library rather than a Word document or Excel file, you can:

    • Automatically insert well-formatted citations into your paper

    • Automatically reformat citation style in one click

    • Tag citations with your own keywords

    • Search live within your EndNote library

    • Sort your library by author, title, or date

    • Start your research with Endnote through a series of videos

Other useful tools

  • Google Docs is a free Web-based application in which documents and spreadsheets can be created, edited, stored online, import, and update documents and spreadsheets in various fonts and file formats, combining text with formulas, lists, tables and images. Google Docs is compatible with most presentation software and word processors. Work can be published as a Web page or as a print-ready manuscript. Users can control who sees their work. Google Docs is ideal for publishing within an enterprise, maintaining blogs or composing work for viewing by the general public. Google Docs lends itself to collaborative projects in which multiple authors work together in real time from geographically diverse locations. Visit the Google Docs Help Centre to get started
  • Dropbox is cloud storage service that enables users to store files on remote cloud servers and the ability to share files within a synchronized format. Dropbox provides an online storage solution powered by cloud computing service model of infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Dropbox users are provided by an online storage space hosted on Dropbox accessible anywhere via the Internet. The storage space provides storage for virtually any kind of fie type from documents, images, videos etc. Watch the videos Everything you need to know about Dropbox and My 5 favourite features about Dropbox or visit the Dropbox Help Centre to learn more about this product.
  • Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms, and also offers online synchronization and backup services. Learn how to use Evernote by watching this video

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO)

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods Online links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods Online focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

Author Workshops

Author workshops cover the following: Understanding scholarly publishing; How to get published; How to structure your article; How not to Publish -publishing ethics; and Peer Review.

This is a productive way to improve and develop the publication outcomes. It can offer the basics to meet the international standards in publishing high quality scientific article.

How to Upload Publications to the Institutional Repository

Articles published in subscription-based journals are not accessible to everyone. Depositing your peer reviewed research into the open access UWC Research Repository means that your work has the maximum reach for all who has access to the internet. It is proven that research that is open access has greater visibility and impact, which can result in collaboration of future research partnerships for authors. Learn how to deposit your peer reviewed journal articles, chapters in books, conference papers and research reports in the UWC Research Repository.



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