Endnote Sessions Next Week

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1379512453571Are you looking to learn how to use Endnote, and what advantages it might offer over similar programs like Refworks? Then look no further! The Health Sciences Library is offering two Endnote sessions next week on the 22nd and 23rd of August! Find out more here!

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 second semester of the Savvy Researcher Workshop Series will be starting on Thursday 17 August and take place every Thursday for the rest of the semester. For more information on individual sessions and booking procedures, see the programme below:

For full descriptions of each workshop see: http://researchcommonsblog.uct.ac.za/savvyresearcher/

17 August – What the library can do for you?

24 August – Funding for your Postgraduate studies

31 August – Academic Writing Skills for Postgraduates

07 September – What is a Literature Review?

14 September – Systematic Reviews

05 October – An introduction to EndNote for Windows

12 October – An introduction to EndNote for Mac users

19 October – An introduction to Refworks

26 October – Bibliometrics

02 November – Finding government statistics and  finding on-line government information


Please note that bookings and queries are administered by Dumisa Dlodlo (dumisa.dlodlo@uct.ac.za)

ink-1582152_1280Keeping your head above the water in the ocean of text with the eddies of prose and verbiage all threatening to inflate your brain just a little too much today; it’s important to take note of how to swim, so to speak. Learning to write, and what methods may help with writing is incredibly important in an academic setting at any level. Helen Sword has more to say on the matter of such vessels.

Training with Lynda.com

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lyndaAre you using specialized statistical software and need to learn how to use it? Want to sharpen your Microsoft Excel skills? Learn whatever you need whenever you need it with Lynda.com.

Lynda.com offers high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts. The content, which covers topics such as software, design and business skills, ranges from beginner to advanced levels and is available 24/7 on PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones. Have you joined the Lynda.com learning revolution?


If your to do list today consists of taking Grandma out to the shops, home affairs and write your thesis, many of us may be wondering where these two shops are, why your grandma might be interested in them, and when did home affairs start selling things? The answer to this is of course the fact that those are three separate items on your list, but you missed the most controversial little piece of grammar: The oxford comma. So before you dedicate your thesis to your parents, Coffee and Madiba – you should consider whether Madiba and Coffee are your actual parents, or if you really meant your parents, coffee, and Madiba! Video is to the left!

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.

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.

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

rr2014Research 2014-2015 is now available online. Read about research highlights from the year including radio telescopes and gamma rays, fighting TB, reviving extinct languages, genetic diversity in baboons, culture and the constitution in SA, and the plant that is rarer than rhino but just as prized by poachers.

Research Report 2014 – 2015

Hosted annually by UCT libraries, the Savvy Researcher is a collective series of seminars and workshops aimed at postgraduate students. The series targets all aspects of the postgraduate experience, covering numerous topics that feed into the research cycle.

All the Savvy series workshop presentations are put onto the UCT Libraries Libguides. If you would like to get hold of the presentation of any recently attended workshop, a workshop that you have missed, or perhaps a talk on a topic covered in previous years, click here