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Starting the PhD Journey

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UCT Libraries was well represented at this year’s PhD journey workshop with the Postgraduate Research Commons team in attendance. Hosted annually by the UCT’s Postgraduate Office, the workshop aims to introduce first year PhD students to various resources available at UCT, as well as to provide a platform for students to build supportive relationships with peers. Departments that were represented at the this year’s workshop include the Doctoral Degrees Board (DDB), ICTS, the International Academic Programs Office (IAPO), UCT Libraries and the Research Commons, the Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office (PGFO), the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), SRC Postgraduate representative, the Research Contracts and Intellectual Properties Services (RCIPS) and the UCT Writing Centre.


Research Lecture Series: Introduction to Mendeley

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HSL reserach lecturesOn 6 April 2016, the Health Sciences Library’s Research Lecture Series will be hosting an introductory workshop to Mendeley. Easily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere.


Savvy Researcher 2016

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Covering various topics that feed into the research cycle, from academic writing to literature reviews, and bibliometrics, the Savvy workshops are essential in supporting research at all levels. The Savvy Researcher Workshop Series will be starting on Thursday 03 March and take place every Thursday for the rest of the semester. For more information on individual sessions and booking procedures, see the programme below:


03 March 2016: Academic writing for postgraduate students; book your seat

10 March 2016: An introduction to Refworks; book your seat

17 March 2016: An introduction to Endnote (Windows); book your seat

07 April 2016: An introduction to Endnote (Mac); book your seat

14 April 2016: Smart teaching techniques; book your seat

21 April 2016: What Google Scholar can do for you; book your seat

28 April 2016: What is a Literature Review?; book your seat

5 May 2016: Systematic Review; book your seat

12 May 2016: Funding your Postgraduate studies; book your seat

19 May 2016: Social Media and Academia; book your seat

26 May 2016: Open Access and Open Scholarship; book your seat

UCT Libraries publishes first Open Monograph Book

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book-defaultWith the conclusion of IFLA ARL Satellite meeting in August, UCT Libraries has been hard at work preparing the publication of the conference proceedings. We are excited to announce the publication of these proceedings as an Open Monograph Book, which is a first for UCT libraries.

This monograph is the culmination of months of contemplation as to whether UCT Libraries was ready to launch its Open Monograph Publishing service using the new principle of diamond open access publishing.

The Monograph is avaialble on UCT Libraries’ Open Scholarship page

UCT Writing Centre

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With the semester having come to a close on Friday 27 November, the Writing Centre’s consultations within the Research Commons has also come to an end. Although they are officially closed, the Writing Center will continue running on skeleton staff, with a reduced roster, to provide support for Postgraduate students until Tuesday 15 December. Appointments can be scheduled via their online booking system.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Writing Centre for providing an invaluable service throughout the year. We look forward to continuing this successful partnership between the Research Commons and the Writing Centre in 2016.

UCT’s newest A-rated researcher

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2015-11-24_Hewitson_700Climate change scientist Professor Bruce Hewitson is UCT’s newest A-rated researcher following the latest round of National Research Foundation ratings.

A-ratings are awarded to researchers who are “unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs”.

Further good news is that Drs Robyn Pickering and Katye Altieri have been awarded P-ratings, also known as the NRF President’s Award. These are awarded to young researchers (under 35) who, on the basis of their research outputs in their early postdoctoral careers, are likely to become future leaders in their field.

Pickering is an isotope geochemist and lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences. Altieri is a senior research officer in energy, environment and climate change in the Energy Research Centre.

Story by Helen Swingler. Photo supplied.

springerFollowing the recent events at UCT, a decision has been made to cancel the Springer Author Workshop (Publishing Scientific Research) that was scheduled to take place on Monday 2 November 2015. We would like to extend our apologies to all registered participants for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Springer Author Workshop: Publishing Scientific Research

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springerOn Monday 2 November 2015, Springer will be hosting an Author Workshop at UCT Libraries entitled: Publishing Scientific Research. This workshop is specifically aimed at, but not limited to, academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students in the Physics and Astronomy departments interested in publishing.

The workshop will be lead by Dr Elisabeth Mol and Dr Aldo Rampioni, who will be sharing their vast experience in publishing at Springer. (more…)

Student Assistant Positions 2016: Research Commons

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The Library hereby invites full time Masters and PhD students with a strong interest in research to apply for Student Assistant positions in the Research Commons. Successful candidates will be required to provide fellow students with general research support, assist with IT trouble shooting, assist with bibliographic inquiries and other assistance. See the advert below:

Student Assistant advert

Growing the Next Generation of Researchers

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BookshelfGrowing the Next Generation of Researchers: A Handbook for Emerging Researchers and Their Mentors
Lyn Holness

This book arises out of the work of the Emerging Researcher Programme at UCT and follows on an earlier publication. Designed as a tool for emerging researchers and their mentors, it provides strategies for research growth in areas such as understanding the relationship between teaching and research; obtaining higher degrees; producing peer-reviewed research output; generating and managing research funding; effective research planning; engaging in interdisciplinary research; and postgraduate supervision.