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.


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

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.

libby EatonWith the semester back into full swing, the Writing Centre will once again take up their postgraduate consulting in the Research Commons on Tuesday 21 July 2015 and continue for the rest of the semester. Writing Centre consultant Libby Eaton will be availing herself to students in the Research Commons Seminar Room weekly, on Tuesdays from 9:00 – 13:30. See their brochure below for the online booking procedure.

Writing Centre Brochure

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 23 July and take place every Thursday for the rest of the semester. For more information on individual sessions and booking procedures, see the programme below:

23 July: Academic Writing Skills for Postgraduates;  book your seat

30 July: An Introduction to RefWorks; book your seat

06 August: Techniques for doing Smart Literature Searching; book your seat

13 August: Data Management for Postgraduate Students; book your seat

20 August: IP Information for Postgraduate Students; book your seat

27 August: What is a Literature Review; book your seat

10 September: An Introduction to EndNote for Windows users; book your seat

17 September: An Introduction to EndNote for Mac users; book your seat

01 October: Funding for your Postgraduate Studies; book your seat

08 October: Navigating Research Ethics: Plotting a Researcher’s Course; book your seat

15 October: Bibliometrics; book your seat


The University of Cape Town Libraries hosted Elsevier last week, who facilitated an Author Workshop entitled Publishing Connect. The workshop covered various aspects of the scholarly publishing process including the peer-review process, Open Access publishing, getting your paper noticed among others. If you were unable to attend the workshop, and are planning to publish your research, make sure that you have a look at the Presentation.


LISClogohighres[1]UCT’s Library and Information Studies Centre is opening two of its Master’s courses (
NQF level 9) to occasional students. The blended learning format (weekly online seminars complimented by limited contact time on campus) makes these courses ideal for students based outside Cape Town.

See the brochure for more infomration on the course and requirements.

libby Eaton

Writing Centre consultant Libby Eaton

Building on the success of last year’s alliance, this year will see the UCT Writing Centre return to the Research Commons to provide ongoing support to students within the library.  This will serve the need for further support for the postgraduate student body as well as forging the way for both the Research Commons and the Writing Centre to be a prominent partner for research at UCT.

Writing Centre consultant Libby Eaton will be availing herself to students in the Research Commons Seminar room weekly, on Tuesdays from 9:00 – 13:30. Struggling to write that proposal, reworking a chapter, need a fresh eye to peruse your writing, we can assist. See the brochure below for the online booking procedure.

Writing Centre Brochure

The dawn of the digital age has transformed the the way the world shares and accesses information. This in turn, however, has had a major effect on scholarly name recognition. With about two thirds of authors sharing a last name and single initial, it has become extremely difficult for scholars to build their research brand.

ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID) has aimed to solve this problem with unique alphanumeric codes assigned to authors. This unique code identifies authors, and tracks their scholarly contribution with an open and independent registry. An ORCID by any other name has never smelled as sweet.ORCID

Please click here for a slideshow of a recent ORCID webinar and more information about ORCID.

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