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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, 16 August 2018 , 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. Workshop presentations are available on our Savvy Researcher Library Guide





16 August

Conceptualising your topic


This workshop will show you how to  get a fuller understanding of your topic by finding the core authors in your field,  the most highly cited papers and topics surrounding yours to giver you a deeper understanding.


23 August

Academic writing for postgrads


This workshop is hosted by the UCT writing centre  to help you with writing in all discpilines

Writing Centre

30 August

Literature review


Any successful academic work is not complete without reviewing all the relevant literature. This workshop aims to equip you to successfully find and evaluate relevant literature through demonstrating different strategies and resources that you are able to use at UCT Libraries.

Elizabeth & Andiswa

6 September



This is session will be a basic introduction to EndNote for both Mac and Windows

Elizabeth & Tamzyn

13 September



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.


20 September)

Systematic review


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.


27 September

Stats and government data


The first part of this workshop covers sources of government statistics and where you can find them by using library tools and other tips. The second part covers how to find online government information by using library tools and other tips.


4 October

Research Visibility


This session will give you a full overview of how  to make your research visibile and acceesbile by explaining research performance metrics and how to publishing in  open access journals can boost your visibility as a researcher.

Lena & Bibliometrics team

11 October

Research Data Services


This session will present the range of research data services offered by UCT Libraries. Included will be a presentation of the individual platforms that the Libraries support for research data and a short demo segment to showcase each of these platforms.



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