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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!


A heartfelt congratulations to UCT Libraries’ very own Jayarani Raju on the publication of her research! More information below the cut.


No Seriously: Plagiarism is bad

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In an academic setting you’ve heard this time and time again, from the moment you’ve entered University to the end of your masters: Don’t copy other people’s work, seriously. It is our responsibility to maintain original thought, and make sure those around us are too. Video to the left.

Backfired Arguments

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Often times when talking to others in every day life you may find yourself correcting someone on a small (or even large) fact, however, how you do it matters, according to Matthew Wills of Jstor. The backfire effect is something to keep in mind as we engage with others in debate and discussion in our new information age – sometimes simply being correct is not enough.

Even Google can lead you astray

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When perusing for papers, scouring for sources or finding features to add to your latest bit of cutting edge research it’s important to remind yourself just how fallible our most trusted finding tools can be. Even Google, especially with it’s ‘featured answers’ feature, can lead you astray. It’s incredibly important to check your sources and make sure they are backed up themselves by research and peer review. Vox has more to say on the matter here:

What is eResearch?

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To many researchers out there research is a set of methodologies that you apply when gathering and interpreting data out in the physical world. But in the busy modern world with so much data available online, with connections to many millions of people on earth, there are other options for research too. Chido Mbambe has more to say on the subject here.


Here in the research commons the Savvy Researcher series of workshops is well underway! With insight into insight, and references to Refworks, the topics covered have been valuable at helping our librarians and researchers become their very best!

“But Zera!” I hear you cry, “Just how can I benefit if I missed out?”. Well my dear researcher, we save each and every workshop’s presentation on our Libguide! Just one click away and you too can see what our Savvy presentations have been like: http://libguides.lib.uct.ac.za/savvyresearcher. Enjoy!

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 16 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:

16 march 2017: Academic writing for postgraduates – book now

23 March 2017: Techniques for doing smart literature searching – book now

30 March 2017: An introduction to EndNote for Windows – book now

6 April 2017: An introduction to EndNote for Mac users – book now

13 April 2017: An introduction to RefWorks – book now

20 April 2017: Where does insight come from – book now

11 May 2017: What is a literature review – book now

18 May 2017: Systematic reviews – book now

25 May 2017: Funding your postgraduate studies – book now

1 June 2017: Open Access and Open Scholarship – book now

8 June 2017: What the library can do for you – book now

15 June 2017: Bibliometrics – book now

22 June 2017: Writing a journal paper for publication – book now

29 June 2017: Research Data Management - book now

6 July 2017: What Google Scholar can do for you – book now

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

HSL reserach lecturesUpcoming sessions of the Health Sciences Research Lecture Series will be covering various topics that include among others, writing a literature Review (19 August),  Systematic reviews (9 September) and tracking your academic footprint (16 September).

See the programme for more information


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kudos_butterfly_324x80Kudos is a web based service that helps researchers maximize the impact of their papers.  It provides a platform for assembling and creating information to help search filtering, for sharing information to drive discovery, and for measuring and monitoring the effect of these activities. Kudos is freely available to researchers, assisting with increasing article usage and citations.