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Health Sciences Undergraduate Library Guide: Finding Books

UCT Libraries Catalogue (ALEPH)

Search the UCT libraries Catalogue (ALEPH) to find books, journal titles and other material formats in UCT Libraries. On the Health Sciences Library homepage hover your mouse over "search and find" on the navigation bar and click on catalogue (ALEPH). Alternatively, you can use the link in the grey navigation bar on the homepage.

To learn more about Aleph and how to find books in the catalogue, go to the Aleph guide.

Reference Materials

Before you begin searching for information, you should understand the topic you are researching. Dictionaries and encyclopedias are a good place to begin. Dictionaries provide definitions of unfamiliar terms, whilst encyclopedias give more detailed explanation and overview of topics.


AccessMedicineTM from McGraw-Hill provides access to more than 60 medical titles, updated content, thousands of images and illustrations, interactive self-assessment, case files, diagnostic tools, a comprehensive search platform, and the ability to download content to a mobile device. Access is limited to 2 simultaneous users.

AccessPhysiotherapy™ from McGraw-Hill is a resource for physical therapy students and lecturers. It provides access to content from leading McGraw-Hill texts, interactive imaging content, exclusive multimedia, and flexible curricular tools. 

The Oxford English Dictionary is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. 

Need a definition; an explanation; a map; an illustration; a quotation? Try the Oxford Reference Online ... it's got them all! 

Standard Treatment Guidelines

How to find a book in Aleph