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The BASE search engine harvests metadata from repositories.

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has implemented a harvester (DATAD-R) to harvest African repositories.

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is an online collection of over1,500 open access scholarly books and journals from university presses and other leading publishing houses. KU is made possible by financial support from libraries. Visit

The Library’s financial contributions to SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) have helped convert key journals in the field of high-energy physics to open access at no cost to authors. SCOAP3 journals are open for any scientist to publish in without any financial barriers. Visit

OpenDOAR is the quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a powerful tool that enables you to collaborate on research and writing, keeping all your files, data, and protocols in one centralized cloud-based location. You control which parts of your project are public or private making it easy to collaborate with the world or just your team. OSF can be connected to other tools such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Git to share data, archive data, track project changes, assist in project management, and more.

ScienceOpen is an interactive discovery environment for scholarly research across all disciplines. It is freely accessible for all and offers hosting and promotional services within the platform for publishers and institutes.

Use Unpaywall to find freely available research articles, including those from UWC Research Repository. Install the extension in your Chrome or Firefox browser, and when you land on a pay-walled article, look for the “unlock” tab on the right side of your browser and click. For more information or to install the extension visit

Zenodo is a general-purpose open-access repository developed under the European OpenAIRE program and operated by CERN. It allows researchers to deposit data sets, research software, reports, and any other research related digital artifacts. For each submission, a persistent Digital object identifier (DOI) is minted, which makes the stored items easily citable.


ORCID is the acronym for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. Organisations can integrate ORCID into digital platforms and workflows to reduce administrative burden and connect ORCID iD records with institutional repositories, publishing platforms, HR systems, grant applications, and more.

Register or Authenticate with ORCiD.


This site attempts to address topics regardless of platform used, and would like to keep scholarly publications posted on recommended practices without being restrictive, within the South African research and higher education environment.


SCOPUS is a multidisciplinary navigational tool that contains records going back to the mid 1960s, offering newly-linked citations across the widest body of scientific abstracts available in one place. More coverage of scientific, technical, medical and social science literature (14,000 titles) than any other database.


Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SRMO links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SRMO focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

  • 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
  • Access and manage research from anywhere—on desktop, online, or the iPad


Endnote Installation Guide, click to view:

To download the EndNote Reference Manager , click here:

More information about using EndNote, with links to resources can be found here:



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.