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Information Literacy

To be information literate means that you know how to find the right information and what to do with it! 

As a new student you need all the help and support you can get. The Library Information Skilling Workshops will equip you with the ability to effectively navigate the library; understand and reflect information; use sophisticated information retrieval systems; translate the data and information into knowledge, insight, and understanding; successfully apply reference techniques and academic styles; and understand copyright and plagiarism.

To book a Library Information Skilling training session contact the relevant campus or book online:

Elize du Toit
011 559 2317 

Debbie Ellis
011 559 1940

Yvonne Bucwa
011 559 1063

Tshedi Malefane
011 559 6310    

Richardson Mzaidume
011 559 5082

How to book online: 
  • STEP 1: On the UJ library web site, click on the student portal link (
  • STEP 2: Sign in with your username and password
  • STEP 3: Go to ‘Modules and Communities' 
  • STEP 4: Book your session

For more information, look at this guide.  Should you have any queries, please contact Elize du Toit

More Library tips:​​

  • Check out the library website and digital resources 
    The library's digital resources can help you with all your assignments and projects. It is not always possible to visit the library during library hours. It is therefore crucial that you can see what the library offers online when you have a deadline looming.
  • Quick Guides:
    -   As a quick 'help you', the interactive Harvard reference style guide  will help you when you have to reference a specific source.
    -   The library glossary will  help you familiarise yourself with library terminology and make the use of the library easier.
    -   Don't stand in line when you want to borrow or return a book, use the self check-out machine! See this short How-to video tutorial
  • How do I reference?
    The library has valuable resources to help you manage your reference list and compile a bibliography. Have a look at Research Tools
  • Library Rules
    To make your library experience as productive and pleasant as possible, you need to adhere to the following library rules.

  • Plagiarism and Copyright
    Plagiarism is a serious offence, as is Copyright violation.  Your faculty subject guides and the online information literacy  module will shed light onto these two serious topics 

  • Where do I find information on my coursework? (Electronic Course Reserves)
    The Electronic Course Reserves (ECR) gives access to materials reserved for a specific course. This can be prescribed books, recommended chapters, etc. You can access materials for this course by typing the course name, course code, or by searching
    using your lecturer's name. 

  • Past exam papers
    Past exam papers  are available online. You have various browse options, such as browsing according to faculty, subject, course code and lecturer.  

  • Theses & Dissertations 
    Electronic Theses & Dissertations completed at UJ can be searched by selecting Theses & Dissertations under 'Communities in UJ IR'.
    Theses & Dissertations can be browsed by Issue Date, Author, Title and Subject.

  • Where can I find information about my Faculty and subjects?
    Faculty and subject guides are aimed to meet your subject specific information needs .

  • UJ Institutional Repository
    The UJ Insitutional Repository collects and maintains intellectual scholarship such as published journal articles (pre-print and post-print), conference papers and proceedings, data sets, reports, and theses and dissertations.