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Resources for Alumni

Due to licencing restrictions, UCT Libraries is unable to give alumni access to all our electronic resources. However, with the ever growing Open Access movement, as well as various institutional digitisation projects, a large number of scholarly literature is available in the open. Listed below are some resources that may be of use:

NOTE: This page is under development and UCT Libraries is currently investigating resources that can be added to the list:


The African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII) is a project of the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) at the Department of Public Law,  Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. It was incubated at the Southern Africa Litigation Center (SALC). AfricanLII's main goal is to promote Free Access to Law and Open Justice in Africa.

AJOL (African Journals Online)

Tables of contents and abstracts of articles from journals in agricultural sciences, science and technology, health and social sciences. Published in Africa. Please note: AJOL hosts 211 Open Access Journals and not all articles are available in full text.

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews is a collection of critical reviews written by leading scientists. They provide a synthesis of the most significant primary research literature in a field, covering a wide range of scientific disciplines.

Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966

The Confidential Print series, issued by the British Government between c.1820 and 1970, is a fundamental building block for political, social and economic research that should be possessed by any academic library. The series originated out of a need to preserve the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. 

Digital Collections

UCT Libraries Digital Collections represent a selection of material available through UCT’s archival holdings, primarily held in UCT Libraries Special Collections, but also gathered through academic field recordings, primary data collation and UCT departmental collections.

DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books)

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books that meet academic standards.

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

The directory contains information about open access journals, i.e. quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web. The service will continue to grow as new journals are identified.

Educational Resource Information Centre (ERIC)

ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. Please note: not all articles are available in full text

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. 

Internet Public Library (IPL2)

In January 2010, the website "ipl2: information you can trust" was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites.

Journals of the American Medical Association

Full text access to the current issues and archive of JAMA, Archives of Dermatology, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, Archives of General Psychiatry, Archives of Internal Medicine, Archives of Neurology, Archives of Otolaryngology, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Archives of Surgery, and the Archives of Ophthalmology


The University of Cape Town, through our department - the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) - launched the very first set of UCT-run MOOCs in early 2015.

OECD iLibrary (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by the OECD, the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998 as well as content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).

Open DOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories)

OpenDOAR is an authoritative worldwide directory of academic Open Access repositories.

Open Journals

In an effort to make academic literature more accessible to researchers, by kick-starting and formalising Open Access publishing at UCT, UCT joins a list of institutions globally in producing academic journals free of limitations imposed by subscription based publishers

Open Monographs

Being aware of the changing landscape of research, open scholarship, information management and open licensing of scholarly content and challenges of access scholarly content in Africa, UCT Libraries has redefined its role to embrace the new trends of Open Publishing in this digital age. The adoption of the Open Monograph Press (OMP) has accelerated the fulfilment of UCT Libraries’ new role as a publisher. The scholarly content currently published has been peer-reviewed. The OMP platform will soon host and publish Open Textbooks to support those with specific identified needs and alleviate the challenge of access to textbooks in some subject areas.

Open UCT

OpenUCT is the open access institutional repository of the University of Cape Town (UCT). It makes available and digitally preserves the scholarly outputs produced at UCT, including theses and dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, technical and research reports, and open educational resources 

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg was the first provider of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and his memory continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.

Project Muse Premium Collection

The Premium Collection is MUSE's foremost collection of high quality, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journals from leading university presses, not-for-profit publishers and prestigious scholarly societies. All journals available on the MUSE platform are included in a subscription to the Premium Collection.

PubMed Central (PMC)

PubMed Central (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Please note: not all articles are available in full text


RefWorks is a reference management tool that enables you to store and organise your references in your own personal database. RefWorks has recently announced that their Alumni Program will now be offered as a standard feature of RefWorks, providing lifelong access to users that are alumni of subscribing institutions.


The Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) is an online repository of legal information from South Africa that aims to promote the rule of law and judicial accountability by publishing legal material for open access in line with the objectives of the global Free Access to Law Movement.

Sage Journals 

Access to Sage full text journals

Sage Research Methods

Tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with advanced search and discovery tools.


SciELO is South Africa’s premier open-access (free to access and free to publish) searchable full-text journal database in service of the South African research community. The database covers a selected collection of peer-reviewed South African scholarly journals and forms an integral part of the SciELO Brazil project. SciELO SA is managed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), funded by the South African Department of Science and Technology and endorsed by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).


ZivaHub is the institutional data repository of the University of Cape Town (UCT). It makes available and digitally preserves research data produced by academics, postgraduate students and research initiatives at UCT, and is able to curate and store almost any kind of data object, up to 20GB per user. It also offers a closed data area for sharing private links to your data for collaboration or for external reviewers. For more information on depositing and publishing data through ZivaHub, visit the Digital Library Services website.