postgraduate Research Support

The Postgraduate Research Support service provides guidance and relevant training that supports postgraduate students and researchers during their research journey.

TRAINING programme

A series of training session is scheduled to run during the 1st and 2nd semesters. Invitations to these sessions are sent to the postgraduate and research community through UWC Communication. 
In the case where dates are not suitable, presentations can be done by invitation. Send an email request to
The session cover but are not limited to the following:
  • Introduction to Library Resources & Facilities
  • SAGE Research Methods Online
  • Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar
  • Research Visibility and Researcher Profiles
  • Citation tools: Mendeley & EndNote



The library compiles guides of recommended and authoritative resources that provide a useful starting point for finding relevant subject information and contact details relevant faculty librarians.


Research & Reference Support Librarian

Sibongiseni Mrwashu


Telephone: 0219592932

Literature review is one of the critical stages in a research process. The UWC Library website has many online resources which can be used to search for relevant literature and updated subject content.

uKwazi Search

The library catalogue search enables user to search across many resources available in print and online format. This search includes subscribed to content from databases, thesis and dissertations, journals and open access content. UWC Library subscribes to databases that are arranged alphabetically on the  A-Z Databases list and also grouped by Discipline
Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SRMO focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more. SRMO links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools.

SCOPUS is a multidisciplinary navigational database that contains records going back to the mid 1960s, offering newly-linked citations across the widest body of scientific literature available in one place.

Web of Science is a platform consisting of several literature search databases designed to support scientific and scholarly research.

Web of Science Core Collection is a rich collection of citation indexes representing the citation connections between scholarly research articles found in the most globally significant journals, books, and proceedings in the sciences, social sciences and art & humanities.



EndNote enables researcher to:

  • Promote new and ongoing research
  • Provide a standardized reference management tool with access anywhere
  • Track research trends, authors or topics easily
  • Capture, store, and organize vast collections of research in one place
  • Simplify bibliography and report creation within Microsoft® Word
  • Collaborate and share research across departments and organizations globally

Endnote Installation Guide

More information and tips on using EndNote and links to resources can be found here:

Mendeley is a free software that enables researchers to:

  • Set up, organise and manage a library
  • Find new research on the embedded search feature
  • Share documents and collaborate
  • Highlight and annotate documents

Download and install

Create a free account


The Research Commons on level 13 of the Main Library, is a research environment intended for use by postgraduate students at masters and doctoral level, as well as academic staff and researchers of the University of the Western Cape by means of controlled access to our facility.

It is equipped with computers, workstations, printers and photocopiers and three bookable seminar rooms, as well as areas for discussion and relaxation.

The main aim of the Research Commons is to enhance the Library’s contribution to postgraduate throughput and research output by providing an environment conducive to research, and offering services which directly support research aspirations of postgraduate students and researchers.

This cutting-edge and stimulating environment is supported by a core group of information technology-skilled student assistants and a research Librarian.



The Division for Postgraduate Studies (DPGS) offers virtual mentoring to registered UWC postgraduate (PG) students.


  • Conduct a one-on-one academic interaction with postgraduate students on general academic writing skills.
  • Provide comprehensive assistance in writing skills within the context of organised, logical and coherent presentations of research proposals and theses.
  • Assist postgraduate students with supervisor's comments in proposals or thesis drafts.


  • Assistance with the development of data collection tools (surveys, questionnaires, etc)
  • Data preparation and cleaning:
    • Master sheet preparation, coding and labeling
    • Data cleaning
    • Assist with data analysis
    • Use of data analysis software: SPSS and AtlasTi.


To request and be assigned a writing or statistical coach, please complete the JOTFORM via the link below: