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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 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

download (1)As librarians from around the world descend  on Cape Town in August 2015, the IFLA Academic and Research Libraries standing committee will be hosting a satellite conference entitled, The quest for deeper meaning of research support. Through exploring the new and changing roles of the modern library, the conference highlights the library’s changing role in supporting research at all levels.

What do these new roles mean to you? Have a look at the IFLA ARL conrefence’s website to view the programme and for more information. The proceedings will be available on the Open UCT repository, further information to follow.


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.


The University of Cape Town Libraries will be hosting Elsevier, who will be facilitating an Author Workshop, titled: “Publishing Connect workshop”.

Workshop details:


Date: Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Venue: LISC Teaching Venue Hlanganani Level 6, Main library, UCT


The author workshop will include the following parts:

  1. The academic publishing industry
  2. How is UCT ranking?
  3. Publishing Ethics
  4. How to get published?
  5. Manuscript language
  6. The peer-review process
  7. Open Access Publishing
  8. Getting your paper noticed
  9. Using Scopus

Book your seat


tedxThis event will showcase excellence and innovation in African research across a huge number of sectors  such as health, education, science, ICTs, agriculture, technology, the arts, etc. For more information, visit quicket

Research Week Presentations

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Last week saw the conclusion of the much anticipated Research Week at UCT Libraries. With lively discussion and workshops on various aspects of the postgraduate experience, it was definitely the place to be. If you have missed any of the sessions and would like to get your hands on the presentations, please follow the links below:

Author Workshop – Session 1
Session 1 – Author Workshop, Emerald

Official Opening – Session 2

Session 2 – Official Opening, A. Prof Shay

Session 2 – Official Opening, Prof le Roex

eResearch – Session 3

Session 3 – eResearch

Undergraduate Research Support – Session 4

Session 4 – Student Presentation 1, Robyn Swannack

Session 4 – Student Presentation 2, Buhle Manana

Session 4 – Student Presentation 3, Alastair Rohrer

Session 4 – Student Presentation 4, Simon Hazell

Session 4 – Student Presentation 5, Simon Lee

Session 4 – Student Presentation 6, Amy Booth

Ethics and Copyright in Research – Session 5

Session 5 – Ethics and Copyright in Research, Dr McLaughlin

Session 5 – Ethics and Copyright in Research, Dr Schonwetter

Positioning yourself as a Research Leader – Session 6

Session 6 – Positioning Yourself as a Rsearch Leader, Thomson Reuters

In addition to the presentation, Thomas Reuters have provided some training links that may be of interest:

Guides and factsheet


General information

Research Support Services – Session 7

Session 7 – Research Support Services, Mrs Claassen

Session 7 – Research Support Services, Ms Adam

Session 7 – Research Support Services, Ms Steele

Session 7 – Research Support Services, Mr Pietersen

Noakes in the Archives

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Emeritus Professor Tim Noakes holding a copy of Bob Woolmer’s Art and Science of Cricket.

Following his recent retirement, Professor Tim Noakes, UCT Emeritus Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, donated his personal archives to Special Collections in UCT Libraries as a research resource. The formal signing of the Deed of Gift for the Tim Noakes Papers took place as part of UCT Libraries’ inaugural Research Engagement Evening on 17 April 2015 at which Professor Noakes was the guest speaker. (more…)

Postgraduate Research Expo

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Have you heard? The UCT Postgraduate Research Expo is taking place Friday 17 April from 12 – 4pm in the Library Learning Lounge.

The Expo creates an opportunity for postgraduate students from all disciplines to present their scientific and creative work in the form of a research poster. Celebrating excellence in research, creative activity and scholarship – the expo will showcase the best of postgraduate study!

Book your seat by emailing Dumisa at: dumisa.dlodlo@uct.ac.za

Join us on Friday 17 April for session 7 – Research Support Services.

From reference management tools to research data management, UCT Libraries’ staff showcase services and tools available to all UCT students during their research journey.

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