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.


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

Starting the PhD Journey

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009UCT Libraries was well represented at this year’s PhD journey workshop with the Postgraduate Research Commons team in attendance. 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 also saw the assembly of the Careers Service, ICTS, The Writing Centre, Doctoral Degrees Board, International Academic Programs Office (IAPO), Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office and Postgraduate Literacies.





Savvy Researcher Series

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After another successful year of workshops and training sessions, the Savvy Researcher Series will make its 2015 debut on Thursday 5 March and run for the rest of the semester. If you are starting out your research, the Savvy Researcher Series is not to be missed. Covering various topics from reference managers to writing literature reviews, to name but a few, the Savvy Researcher Series is the first step on the road postgraduate success. See dates and topics below:

5 March 2015: Academic Writing Skills for Postgraduates

12 March 2015: An introduction to Refworks

19 March 2015: An introduction to Endnote

26 March 2015: What Google Scholar can do for you

9 April 2015: An introduction to Mendeley

23 April 2015: Where does insight come from (Fostering serendipity in research)

30 April 2015: What is a literature review?

7 May 2015: Funding for your Postgraduate studies 

14 May 2015: An introduction to Geographical Information Systems 

20 May 2015: Open Access and Open Scholarship

21 May 2015: Making sense of Digital Humanities 

For a detailed programme and bookings, click (more…)