Trying to complete a PhD thesis in time for the October deadline? We share some advice on getting over that final hurdle.

Many PhD students are now in the final throes of writing their thesis. Turning years of research into a single, coherent piece of work can be tough, so we asked for tips from supervisors and recent PhD graduates. We were inundated with tweets and emails. (more…)

Emerging out of a partnership between UCT libraries, ICTS and the Research Office, the UCT eResearch Centre was established to link these support services to researchers and to take the University to the next level of research excellence. The UCT eResearch Centre’s mission is to partner with research groups around the University, working with them to:

  • Enhance their research and eResearch capabilities,
  • Connect them to the most appropriate tools or services, and to
  • Allow them to sustain these capabilities.

 

The eResearch Centre works

  • in close partnership with key service divisions on campus andlogo-small_cus service providers nationally and internationally
  • to improve alignment of UCT operations to support research

 

Have a look their website here as well as the UCT Savvy Researcher series here


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After numerous requests by postgraduate students for assistance on how to write a literature review, the library has decided to run an additional workshop entitled:

Finding sources for your literature review: an advanced guide for masters and doctoral students.

Date:   Thursday, 21 August 2014

Time:   17h00-19h00

RSVP:    cyrill.walters@uct.ac.za

Venue: Ulwazi Training Room, Knowledge Commons, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.

This workshop will present different literature review designs and provide a structured and comprehensive approach to finding suitable literature sources.

Although general in its focus, the workshop will provide a systematic approach to finding sources for the literature review across disciplines which will save the researcher time and avoid missing important content.

 

In the modern academic environment, postgraduate students and early career academics are continuously pushed toward publishing. This drive to publish, often makes them easy targets for vanity press publishers and can do irreparable harm to the prospective academic career. If you are in the process of finishing off your studies and are considering publishing any part of your thesis, make sure that you are not taken in by the promises and sweet nothings of a vanity publisher.

The warning signs of the vanity press publisher and what to look out for:

–          Paying for the publication of your article.

–          Publication on the condition that you buy a copy of the book or pay for any part of the publication process like                  typesetting, layout etc. A reputable publisher would not request that of the author.

–          There will often be no peer review process required and no quality control during the publication process.

–          Signing over copyright of your work to the publisher.

For more information on Vanity Publishers, click here.

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Elsevier, in collaboration with University of Cape Town, are pleased to invite you to attend an Author Seminar “Strategies to increase the quality and the impact of scientific publications”. (more…)

UCT has acquired a campus wide site licence for EndNote, which is currently one of the most popular reference management tools available. Staff and students can use this software to find, store, create, save and share online information resources.

You can now install EndNote for free on a laptop or desktop. Simply navigate the downloads section of the ICTS website or borrow a copy from the ICTS Front Office. Remember to take along a R20 deposit and your staff or student card. Once installed, you can sync it to all your devices and access your library wherever you are.

Visit ICTS’ EndNote webpage for more information about the benefits and to access the available user documentation.Endnote

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ICTS has procured NVivo for Windows and Mac and it is now available to the staff and students of UCT.

NVivo is available for download in the Downloads section of the ICTS website. You can also borrow the install disks from the ICTS Front Office. Take your staff or student card and a R20 deposit to the Front Office in order to borrow the disks.

What is NVivo? (more…)