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Nursing Library Guide: Finding books, dictionaries, reference works

Guide to library resources for nursing students showing how to find information in books and journals, referencing and essay writing.

Library Catalogue (Aleph)


Search the Library Catalogue (Aleph) to find books, journal titles and all other

material formats in UCT libraries. To learn more about Aleph and how to find books

in this library catalogue, click this link to the Aleph Tutorials.


How to Interpret your reading list

Short video to help you make sense of that reading list.

Dictionaries, reference, etc


Masters and doctoral theses at UCT can be found via the Library Catalogue (Aleph) or via OpenUCT.

Printed theses from other universities can be obtained on inter-library loan (see below).


E-books that have been bought by UCT can be found in the Library Catalogue. Click here for more information on finding online medical textbooks.  See also the general library guide Finding eBooks for more information on how to find eBooks at UCT and how to use eBook platforms.

 Below are some e-books that are available free online:

Can't find what you are looking for?

If UCT Libraries do not hold the book that you are looking for, you may request it through the Interlibrary Loans System. Requests for interlibrary loans may be done online. For more information about interlibrary loans and to register for online requests contact