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Statistical Sciences Library Guide: Topic Search

How to find information - a guide for Statistical Sciences students and academics at UCT

Search Everything using Primo

Primo (library searching tool) allows you to search for relevant resources for your topic. This helps you to discover all resources in a quick and easy way.

You can either search e-resources (articles, eBooks, reports and more) or UCT Library Catalogue (books, print journals, DVDs etc.) or Course Materials (Course related resources) or search everything.  

Topic or keyword search in Primo

This presentation will show you how to find resources in UCT Libraries on a specific topic or using keywords.

Electronic UCT Theses and Dissertations

To search for theses and dissertations by UCT students, or articles and open educational resources by UCT staff these are available electronically, through Primo or through institutional repository OpenUCT 

Finding Theses and Dissertations Outside of UCT

Some South African universities make their theses available electronically–check our e-Theses Links page.
  • Current and Completed Research
    South African research projects in economics, science, humanities and includes masters and doctoral theses from South African Universities and technikons, as well as research works from government, non-government and private sectors.
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
    The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations.
  • Nexus Database System
    Provided by the National Research Foundation, Nexus includes databases of: Current and Completed Research Projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences; Professional Associations; Forthcoming Conferences; Periodicals’ Submission Requirements; Research Organisations; Research Networking; Research Methodology Courses; and Women in Research. The database of Current and Completed Research Projects requires a password – please contact the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library on 021 650 3703/4 or the Law Library on 021 650 2708/9.
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    With more than 2 million entries, PQD&T is the single, central, authoritative resource for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350- word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Titles available as native or image PDF formats include free twenty-four page previews.
  • Union Catalogue of Theses and Dissertations (UCTD)
    Bibliographic records of theses and dissertations at Master and Doctorate level submitted to universities in SA since 1918. Updated annually.
  • WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
    This database provides access to the dissertations and theses available university libraries worldwide. Many theses are available electronically, at no charge, directly from the publishing institution.
    For theses that are not available electronically, UCT users should request a loan via our Interlibrary Loans Department. Normally the issuing institution will lend a hard copy, but microfiche copies may be supplied.