Whether you are a master’s student or a doctoral student, this page gives an overview of how UCT Libraries can help you in your research journey.
Selecting a topic
The library provides access to information on past and current research projects. By looking at these projects, you can gain a better idea of what you should write on. Go to OpenUCT or click here to see a list of other database that you can use.
When looking for literature, Primo is a good place to start. Primo provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.
You can also look for journal articles. Click here to see a list of recommended databases that you can use to find journal articles.
If you find an interesting article or book that UCT Libraries does not have, you can request it through Inter-Library Loans. You can find them near the Information Desk in the Main Library. They offer an electronic request system. Find out more here.
When searching for literature, it is important to use citation databases such as Scopus and Web of Science to give you an overview of your subject area. Citation databases provide a record of what has been published and citations between publications. However, it is important to note that no citation database covers all publications.
With citation databases you are able to:
While no-one can do the final write-up for you, UCT Libraries can make it a more pleasant experience. The Research Commons, a facility for masters students, PhD students and staff, provides the ideal environment to do your final work. Facilities include a silent study area, better bandwidth and comfortable couches. Find out more about The Research Commons here.
Sage Research Methods is a tool with information about research methods. It provides an online collection of material that can be used throughout the research process with information on:
Provides a variety of content including:
Note: Access Sage Research Methods from the A-Z list of databases. Remember to go through the off-campus login if working from off campus.
UCT Libraries provides access to two reference management tools, RefWorks and Endnote. These are online research management, writing and collaboration tools designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
More resources for referencing are available here.
Need help getting started? Contact the Librarian.
UCT has access to Research Professional Africa, an online database of research funding opportunities and a source of international research policy and practice news. As a member of a UCT, you are free to browse the content of the site, create customised searches of its content and share this information with colleagues. To register on the site, send your name and UCT email to the Librarian