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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The Library Bindery offers binding services to UWC students completing theses/dissertations at competitive prices and a maximum 10 day turnaround, depending on the time of year.

Students from other institutions may also use the UWC binding service for their dissertations.

If payment is to be made via your department, we require departmental authorization on the binding order form prior to placing your order with the bindery.

The Bindery offers two types of binding services.


Hardcover thesis binding

  • University standards ie. Double-fan adhesive, trimmed, hardbound cover in vinyl bookcloth, plus glod lettering on spine and front of cover.
  • Service may take up to 10 working days.
  • Costs are R120.00 per  volume.
  • Supplying a shortened or alternative title of your work for the spines of the bound copies, if your title, last name and year of the thesis/dissertation approval exceeds 60 characters ( including spaces). This restriction is set in place by the bindery. Also, special characters cannot be supported by the bindery.


Soft  binding (temporary)

  • A temporary or soft binding is an inexpensive and quick way of binding your work for examination purposes.
  • This form of binding allows you to make corrections without having to do a complete reprint of your work as individual pages can be removed, amended and then rebound.
  • Temporary binding is a 30 minute while-you-wait service.
  • We use a ring-bound method for pages up to 290.
  • We also use a glue-based method for thicker volumes and provide a same-day service depending on what time the copies are dropped off. TTransparent cover, light card backboard and cloth spine.
  • Cost for ring-bound varies from R10.00 to R20.00 per volume. Glue-based volumes are R50.00 each.


Colour Charts

Please note that these colours are representative only. For exact colour matching, please visit the Bindery Department.

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None of our services need pre-booking, just bring your work along to us at the Library bindery when it is ready. Please make sure you check your work, as we start the binding process almost straight away, and it is normally not possible to make changes to page or text order without additional charges being incurred. We are happy to bind additional copies you need for your own use and departmental, both hard and soft.


Temporary Binding
Standard (glue-based)    : R50.00 each
Ring-bound clear front    :R10.00 to R20.00 each


Hard Binding
10 day service:
1-10 copies    R120.00 per copy


Digital Printing
Black and white    :R0.40 per page
Colour        :R3.00 per page
Printed on 80gsm white silk bond paper


Work carried out for students and staff of the University can be collected from the bindery on the 3rd level of the main library. Students will be contacted via email to collect their bound copies when it has been completed.

Submission Information for Postgraduate Students


Students wishing to have their dissertation bound can request this through the downloadable form (PDF, 372KB, opens in new window).


See the binding options pricing and delivery page for more information.

Thesis (print and electronic) are submitted to the library Bindery as follows:

  • 1 unbound print copy (compulsory)
  • Electronic version on CD or DVD (compulsory from 2009)
  • Letter from the Post Graduate and International Office Student Administration.
  • Paid receipt (yellow) from Student Financial Services. The binding fees must be paid at Student Financial Services located on the ground floor of the Student Administration Building. NOTE: If your thesis/dissertation exceeds 70mm thick, please contact the bindery before you pay for binding in case extra fees are required.

Binding Service Office Hours
The UWC thesis/dissertation binding service is located in the Main Library on the 3rd level. You are welcome to drop off or pick up your thesis copies during the following times:
Monday to Friday        8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

For any questions about thesis/dissertation submission and binding process, please contact:
Mr Errol Solomon
Head of Bindery
Tel: 021 959 2915
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It is important for anyone conducting research to know what impact their work is making. Increasingly, bibliometric data is being used to assess this impact by tracking and evaluating research activity. The guide "Measuring your research impact" presents some of the tools available to measure journal impact factor, h-index, how to create a researcher profile and alternative metrics, including article level metrics.


ImpactStory is a website that makes it quick and easy to view the impact of a wide range of research output. It goes beyond traditional measurements of research output -- citations to papers -- to embrace a much broader evidence of use across a wide range of scholarly output types. The system aggregates impact data from many sources and displays it in a single report, which is given a permaurl for dissemination and can be updated any time.


Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) is South Africa's premier open-access (free to access and free to publish) searchable full-text journal database in service of the South African Research Community. The database covers a selected collection of peer-reviewed South African scholarly journals. It provides a single point of access to SciELO Network of collections with searching, dissemination and bibliometric services.


Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features smart tools to track, analyze and visualise research. Scopus delivers the most comprehensive overview of the World's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, scoial sciences and arts and humanities.

Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations provides a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles; check who is citing your publications; graph citations over time; compute several citation metrics and you can also make your profile public. (Please note you have to log into your Google Account to view your citations on this platform)


View the following presentations to assist you in being able to publish your research:

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