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Information Systems Library Guide: Finding Journals

A guide to information for Information Systems students from UCT Libraries

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Print Journals

To access print journals you need to browse the journal titles in the library catalogue, ALEPH .  In ALEPH, click Browse then select Journal Title from the drop-down menu, and type in the title of the journal.  The catalogue record for the journal will give you the shelf-number you need to locate the journal on the shelves.  It will also tell you which volumes of the journal are kept by the library - look for the Holdings field in the record for this information. 

 Print journals from 1965 to the present are shelved in one sequence on Levels 2 and 3 as follows:

Journals:  001.305 SOU - 378.005 JOU ... Level 3, main floor (down the spiral stairs).

Journals:  378.005 JOU - 657.05 JOU ... Level 3 side rooms (starting behind door 10, next to the lift).

Journals:  657.05 JOU - 960.05 JOU ... Basement (Level 2)  Blocks E and F.

Pre-1965 journals are housed off-site and must be requested at the Loans Desk.

Latest volumes are available in the Research wing Level 5.

If you need assistance in finding a journal, please ask at the Information Desk.

What to do if the journal title is not available at UCT Libraries

If you cannot find a journal title at UCT Libraries or if UCT Libraries does not have the date of the journal article that you need, first search SACat(SABINET) to find out whether that journal is available at any other Southern African libraries.  

SACat (SABINET) is the joint catalogue of all major libraries in Southern Africa. The database gives details of books, journals and audiovisual material held in each library.

Once you have found that the journal title is available at another library in Southern Africa, you can request it via UCT Libraries Interlibrary Loans Department. The request can be done online once you have registered with the Interlibrary Loans Department. Alternatively, you can visit the Department in the library and make the request in person. You will then be notified by e-mail when the article arrives in the library.

Find out more about the Interlibrary Loans service.

How to request items from Interlibrary Loans

How to make an online request for items from Interlibrary Loans

How to find a journal

The library subscribes to a number of journals, many of which are in electronic format. Click on this link for a slideshow on how to find a journal at UCT Libraries.

How to find a journal

Finding the full title of a journal abbreviation

This slideshow will give you a quick demonstration on how to find the full title of a journal abbreviation in PubMed.

You will find that you need the full title of a journal name (and not the abbreviated title) when you are searching for a journal title in a catalogue or a database.

The slideshow is best viewed in FULL SCREEN view. Click on the icon, which is located in the menu bar at the bottom right of the slideshow to see the Full screen view. Alternatively, the slideshow can be viewed by clicking on the moving arrow.