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


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…)

There is nothing more exciting than submitting your thesis, and finally letting go of years of blood, sweat and tears. On the other hand, there is also nothing more daunting than the dreaded job hunt and hitting the working wAll-Degreesorld. Fortunately UCT’s careers service offers you all that you need in rising to meet this challenge. Stop by at Jameson Hall on Wednesday 30 July for the All Degree Careers Expo. Also have a look at the second issue of my semester planner below, for all career service updates and workshops.

My Semester Planner 2014

The PhD journey can PhD Journey 1be an extremely isolated one, and students are often not aware of all the various resources at their disposal. If you have recently started your PhD and have felt this disillusionment, then take note.

Hosted annually by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), 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. This year will see the assembly of the Careers Service, ICTS, UCT Libraries, The writing Centre, Doctoral Degrees Board, International Academic Programs Office (IAPO), Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office and Postgraduate Literacies. (more…)

Writing Centre

Research Commons Librarian, Amina Adam, with Writing Centre consultant, Ilse Groenewald.

Building on the library’s strategic plan to foster and maintain collaborative relations with key stakeholders across campus in support of research, the Research Commons is elated to announce its latest collaboration with the UCT Writing Centre. This collaborative effort will see the Writing Centre making themselves available to postgraduate students for consultations in the Research Commons, encouraging and enforcing their motto of good writing practices. 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 Ilse Groenewald will be availing herself to students in the Research Commons Seminar room weekly, on Fridays from 9:00 – 13:00. 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

If you are interested in using a reference manager for the write up of your thesis, then click on the link below. UCT libraries’ experienced librarians have compiled this comparative table, to assist you with making the decision of which reference manager to use. In the link below is the “must know’s” of the 3 most commonly used reference managers at UCT. Have a look and see which of these meet your research requirements.Endnote Mendeley Ref works

Bibliographic Management Tools


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-proprietary alphanumeric code to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors. This addresses the problem that a particular author’s contributions to the scientific literature can be hard to electronically recognize as most personal names are not unique, they can change (such as with marriage), have cultural differences in name order, contain inconsistent use of first-name abbreviations and employ different writing systems. It provides a persistent identity for humans, similar to that created for content-related entities on digital networks by digital object identifiers (DOIs).

Source: Wikipedia.

Research Week 12 -16 May 2014

Research Week 12 -16 May 2014.

We will be adding each of the presentations given at Research Week 2014 to this page.

We would like to extend our thanks to all those participating in allowing us to make these presentations available.

Day One

Introduction to Research Week – Danie Visser  (PDF – 1MB)

The practice of research and publication in the South African context – Valerie Mizrahi (PDF – 347KB)

An overview of the research literature – Wieland Gevers (PDF –  138KB)

Day Two

Publishing Scientific Research – Fritz Schmuhl (PDF – 3MB)

Day Three

Open Access: be seen, be read, be cited, have impact! – Ina Smith (PDF – 768KB)