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Savvy Researcher Series

Savvy Researcher Series

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.
The Savvy Researcher Workshop Series will start on Thursday 21 Jul 2016, and will run for the rest of the semester. The sessions will take place every Thursday from 15h00 – 16h30 in the Ulwazi Training Room in the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.​​

For bookings, click on the title of the talk you wish to attend.

# Date Workshop Title Presenter
12 21-Jul-16 Academic Writing Skills for Postgraduates

This workshop will help you with academic writing in all disciplines.

UCT Writing Centre
13 28-Jul-16 Systematic Reviews

This session will take you through the process of searching for literature for a systematic review from formulating your question, developing an effective search strategy, and appraising your literature.

Tamzyn Suliaman
14 04-Aug-16 Where does Insight Come From? (Fostering serendipity in research)

Research is sometimes presented as a linear, step-by-step, rather mechanical process. It is presented in this way because it is easy to teach in this way, and easy to explain or draft into a proposal to funders.

Good research, ground breaking research, on the other hand, seldom actually follows such a path.

Instead, it stems from moments of insight, from serendipitous encounters, unique to the individual who takes note of them.

This session is on how to conjure those moments and encounters.

Alex D' Angelo
15 11-Aug-16 An Introduction to RefWorks

Learn to use RefWorks, an online reference tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate bibliographies in the citation styles of your choice.   This workshop will help you set up a RefWorks account, get information into RefWorks, create, organise and share folders, create a bibliography and use Write-n-Cite.

UCT has a site license for RefWorks, and all UCT staff and students may register to use it.

Jen Eidelman
16 18-Aug-16 What is a Literature Review?

Writing a review of the relevant literature is a key component of many kinds of research texts. In this interactive workshop, we will demonstrate a number of strategies that model a viable approach to the complex literature review (LR) task. This session will provide an overview of the literature review and its place in a research project, thesis or dissertation, and demonstrate some strategies and resources for finding the information you need using UCT Libraries. Although the LR can be a daunting task, especially in heavily-researched areas, there is a silver lining; students typically emerge from the process as experts in their chosen fields of specialization.

Alex D' Angelo
17 25-Aug-16 An introduction to Mendeley

Mendeley is a reference management software. This introductory session will provide a basic overview of the features available on Mendeley and equip users to get started.

The session will cover setting up and managing your Mendeley database, sharing references and creating and reference lists (Cite-O-Matic).

Andiswa Mfengu 
18 08-Sep-16 An introduction to EndNote for Windows

EndNote is a bibliographic management tool for publishing and managing of citations and references.

Endnote desktop is a proprietary software tool and is compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

EndNote Basic is entirely web-based and can be accessed from any computer with internet access, and can be synchronized with EndNote desktop.

The advantage of Endnote is that you can work without an internet connection. If you work extensively with Web of Science databases, EndNote is the best tool, as it was developed by the same company - Thomson Reuters.  It also works very well with PubMed.  At present Endnote is not compatible with Linux.

Dianne Steele
19 15-Sep-16 An introduction to EndNote for Mac users

EndNote is a bibliographic management tool for publishing and managing of citations and references. This introductory session will provide a basic overview of the features available on EndNote and equip users to get started.

The session will cover setting up and managing your EndNote database, sharing references and generating in-text citations and reference lists.

Tamzyn Suliaman
20 22-Sep-16 What Google Scholar can do for you

The Internet is here to help! There are a number of online tools to help with your discovery of library resources. This session is meant to help you learn to Google Scholar for library resources to your greatest advantage.

Solvej Vorster
21 29-Sep-16  Funding for your Postgraduate studies

This workshop will alert you to what funding is available for postgraduate students; inform you on how to apply and complete application form(s) and highlight deadlines and closing dates for funding.

Chantel Reed & Erica Van Wyk-Mias (Postgraduate Funding Office)



Techniques for doing smart literature searching

Learn to locate the most relevant databases and tools to search, create a search strategy and develop an effective information management plan.

In this session you will learn to:

  • Develop an effective search strategy
  • Select, locate and search appropriate databases to find relevant resources
  • Be familiar with additional features of databases such as alerting services
  • Capture and store the information retrieved

This workshop is designed to help staff and postgraduate students use library resources effectively for research.

Susanne Noll




In this introductory workshop, researchers will be guided through various resources that will assist them in deciding where to publish, finding the most important journals in a field (JCR InCites and Scopus metrics), guiding students to the most important papers on a topic, and learning about the impact of a paper, researcher, or department (Scopus and Web of Science).

Jen Eidelman

Please note that bookings and queries are administered by Dumisa Dlodlo (