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Savvy Researcher Workshop Series: Home

Hosted annually by UCT Libraries, Savvy Researcher is a collective series of seminars and workshops aimed at postgraduate students. The series targets all aspects of the postgraduate experience, covering numerous topics that feed into the research cycle.

What are Savvy Skills?

The Library's Savvy Researcher workshop series brings information professionals and university experts together with postgraduate students to explore topics related to research and academic success. Some workshops are tool-based, some focus on particular library resources, and others are topical, but the primary goal is to help postgraduate students understand and use the Library efficiently and effectively.

It is important to note that this series can only provide an overview of the scope of services. For in depth information on any of the aspects covered, a consultation can be arranged with the appropriate specialist in the Library.

Research life cycle

  • This series has been structured to follow the phases of the research life cycle.
  • The specific model is based on one developed by John Unsworth in 2000.
  • The model consists of five phases (main phases in the life of a research project) and has been adapted to reflect the library resources, services and facilities in each phase of research.


Research life cycle

The Research Life Cycle, adapted from John Unsworth’s “Scholarly primitives” published in 2000

1.       Discover refers to getting an overview of the resources, training opportunities, materials and forms of assistance the Library offers to support your research project.

2.       Gather refers to resources, skills and strategies the Library provides for you to find information sources.

3.       Create includes ways the Library supports annotation, “writing up”, working collaboratively, and compliance issues (copyright, avoiding plagiarism, etc.).

4.       Share refers mainly to publishing, identifying suitable journals in which to publish, choosing between Open Access and commercial publishers, and preserving your research in the institutional repository.

5.       Measure refers to determining the value or impact of your research contribution.




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Tamzyn Suliaman
Research Commons, Level 6, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
+27 21 406 6388