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Emerging out of a partnership between UCT libraries, ICTS and the Research Office, the UCT eResearch Centre was established to link these support services to researchers and to take the University to the next level of research excellence. The UCT eResearch Centre’s mission is to partner with research groups around the University, working with them to:

  • Enhance their research and eResearch capabilities,
  • Connect them to the most appropriate tools or services, and to
  • Allow them to sustain these capabilities.


The eResearch Centre works

  • in close partnership with key service divisions on campus andlogo-small_cus service providers nationally and internationally
  • to improve alignment of UCT operations to support research


Have a look their website here as well as the UCT Savvy Researcher series here



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After numerous requests by postgraduate students for assistance on how to write a literature review, the library has decided to run an additional workshop entitled:

Finding sources for your literature review: an advanced guide for masters and doctoral students.

Date:   Thursday, 21 August 2014

Time:   17h00-19h00

RSVP:    cyrill.walters@uct.ac.za

Venue: Ulwazi Training Room, Knowledge Commons, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.

This workshop will present different literature review designs and provide a structured and comprehensive approach to finding suitable literature sources.

Although general in its focus, the workshop will provide a systematic approach to finding sources for the literature review across disciplines which will save the researcher time and avoid missing important content.


In the modern academic environment, postgraduate students and early career academics are continuously pushed toward publishing. This drive to publish, often makes them easy targets for vanity press publishers and can do irreparable harm the prospective academic career. If you are in the process of finishing off your studies and are considering publishing any part of your thesis, make sure that you are not taken in by the promises and sweet nothings of a vanity publisher.

The warning signs of the vanity press publisher and what to look out for:

-          Paying for the publication of your article.

-          Publication on the condition that you buy a copy of the book or pay for any part of the publication process like                  typesetting, layout etc. A reputable publisher would not request that of the author.

-          There will often be no peer review process required and no quality control during the publication process.

-          Signing over copyright of your work to the publisher.

For more information on Vanity Publishers, click here.

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Elsevier, in collaboration with University of Cape Town, are pleased to invite you to attend an Author Seminar “Strategies to increase the quality and the impact of scientific publications”. (more…)

UCT has acquired a campus wide site licence for EndNote, which is currently one of the most popular reference management tools available. Staff and students can use this software to find, store, create, save and share online information resources.

You can now install EndNote for free on a laptop or desktop. Simply navigate the downloads section of the ICTS website or borrow a copy from the ICTS Front Office. Remember to take along a R20 deposit and your staff or student card. Once installed, you can sync it to all your devices and access your library wherever you are.

Visit ICTS’ EndNote webpage for more information about the benefits and to access the available user documentation.Endnote


ICTS has procured NVivo for Windows and Mac and it is now available to the staff and students of UCT.

NVivo is available for download in the Downloads section of the ICTS website. You can also borrow the install disks from the ICTS Front Office. Take your staff or student card and a R20 deposit to the Front Office in order to borrow the disks.

What is NVivo? (more…)

Job hunting and don’t know where to start? This is certainly no rudimentary task. Now that you have graduated and fulfilled the “what” in the old saying, the time for the “who” to come into play, has arisen. The careers service brings you its Career Conversations series. This is a great networking opportunity to meet prospective employers and gain insight into their companies. The series starts on Thursday 24 July with Careers in Consulting with McKinsey & Company.

Have a look at the programme below and make sure to attend talks relevant to you.


There is nothing more exciting than submitting your thesis, and finally letting go of years of blood, sweat and tears. On the other hand, there is also nothing more daunting than the dreaded job hunt and hitting the working wAll-Degreesorld. Fortunately UCT’s careers service offers you all that you need in rising to meet this challenge. Stop by at Jameson Hall on Wednesday 30 July for the All Degree Careers Expo. Also have a look at the second issue of my semester planner below, for all career service updates and workshops.

My Semester Planner 2014

The Savvy Researcher Series brings information professionals and university experts together with postgraduate students to explore topics related to research and academic success. The series aims to attract all Postgraduate students across disciplines.

Postgraduate students are exploring new methods of research, resulting in new forms of digital output, e.g., data sets, blogs, and wikis; the series aims to meet the evolving needs of postgraduates and enhance the continuum of scholarly communication from discovery to delivery through the provision of information resources, services and partnerships.

The Savvy Researcher seminars are held in the Ulwazi Training Room in the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library on Thursday afternoons from 15h00-16h30. (more…)