Savvy Researcher

Hosted annually by UCT Libraries, 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.


The Savvy Researcher Workshop Series will start on Thursday 17 August 2017 , and will run for the rest of the semester. The sessions will take place every Thursday from 15h00 – 16h30 in the Ulwazi Training Room in the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.

Workshop presentations are available on our Savvy Researcher Library Guide 

For bookings, click on the title of the talk you wish to attend.

# Date Workshop Title Presenter
17 17-Aug-17 What the library can do for you?This session will provide an overview of resources and services at your disposal as a researcher. The session is meant for new postgraduates or those that require a refresher. Andiswa Mfengu
18 24-Aug-17 Funding for your Postgraduate studies This workshop will alert you to what funding is available for postgraduate students; inform you on how to apply and complete application form(s) and highlight deadlines and closing dates for funding Chantel Reed & Erica Van Wyk-Mias (Postgraduate Funding Office)
19 31-Aug-17 Academic Writing Skills for PostgraduatesThis workshop will help you with academic writing in all disciplines UCT Writing Centre(Monique Henry)
20 07- Sept-17 What is a Literature Review?Writing a review of the relevant literature is a key component of many kinds of research texts. In this interactive workshop, we will demonstrate a number of strategies that model a viable approach to the complex literature review (LR) task. This session will provide an overview of the literature review and its place in a research project, thesis or dissertation, and demonstrate some strategies and resources for finding the information you need using UCT Libraries. Although the LR can be a daunting task, especially in heavily-researched areas, there is a silver lining; students typically emerge from the process as experts in their chosen fields of specialization. Alex D’ Angelo
21 14-Sept-17 Systematic ReviewsThis session will take you through the process of searching for literature for a systematic review from formulating your question, developing an effective search strategy, and appraising your literature. Tamzyn Suliaman
22 5-Oct-17 An introduction to EndNote for Windows EndNote is a bibliographic management tool for publishing and managing of citations and references. Endnote desktop is a proprietary software tool and is compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems. EndNote Basic is entirely web-based and can be accessed from any computer with internet access, and can be synchronized with EndNote desktop. The advantage of Endnote is that you can work without an internet connection. If you work extensively with Web of Science databases, EndNote is the best tool, as it was developed by the same company – Thomson Reuters.  It also works very well with PubMed.  At present Endnote is not compatible with Linux. Dianne Steele
23 12-Oct-17 An introduction to EndNote for Mac usersEndNote is a bibliographic management tool for publishing and managing of citations and references. This introductory session will provide a basic overview of the features available on EndNote and equip users to get started.The session will cover setting up and managing your EndNote database, sharing references and generating in-text citations and reference lists Tamzyn Suliaman
24 19-Oct-17 An introduction to RefworksLearn to use RefWorks, an online reference tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate bibliographies in the citation styles of your choice.   This workshop will help you set up a RefWorks account, get information into RefWorks, create, organise and share folders, create a bibliography and use Write-n-Cite.UCT has a site license for RefWorks, and all UCT staff and students may register to use it. Dianne Steele
25 26-Oct-17 BibliometricsIn this workshop researchers will be guided through various resources that will assist them in deciding where to publish, finding the most important journals in a field, guiding students to the most important papers on a topic, and learning about the impact of a paper, researcher, or department. Jill Claassen (Access &  Visibility Services
26 2-Nov-17 Finding government statistics and  finding on-line government informationThe first part of this workshop covers sources of government statistics and where you can find them by using library tools and other tips. The second part covers how to find online government information by using library tools and other tips. Laureen Rushby

Please note that bookings and queries are administered by Dumisa Dlodlo (