Understand your assignmentFind Background InformationIdentify KeywordsRefine topicControlled Vocabularly
Search StrategyFind BooksLocate and access BooksFind ArticlesFind WebsitesFind other sources (grey literature and conference proceedings)Find full-text articlesFind different media, formats and social media
Evaluate SourcesPrimary vs. Secondary SourcesTypes of Periodicals
PlagiarismTurnitinReferencingCopyrightReference management tools
Referencing elementsHarvard (Stellenbosch) examples A-ZAPAOther Referencing StylesUse responsibly: Why cite and reference?
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Find, access and use information effectively: a step-by-step guide
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2017 URL: http://libguides.sun.ac.za/StepbyStep Print Guide RSS Updates

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Search for Books & Other Items

Search SU libraries for Books & Other Items


Search for Books & Articles

Search SU libraries for Books & Articles



Books contain more in-depth information than journal articles, but because it takes some time for a book to be published, the information in books is not as current. For more information about the location of books consult the section locating and accessing books under the find information tab on the step-by-step guide.

Reference books, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, can be used to find background information on your topic and is a good place to start your research.

Reference books are kept on the upper or lower level (depending on the subject) on shelves with green disks on the side. 

Consult the Library's e-reference page for electronic reference works that we have access to.

Electronic book collections

Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service subscribes to a number of e-book packages. Select one of the packages mentioned below or visit our webpage for e-books. Opening the NXInetkey will download these web pages faster.

You could also consult the Subject Guide for your specific subject to see which e-books are recommended by your faculty librarian.


Search for e-Books

Search SU libraries for e-Books

My library account - for hold requests

My library account enables you to view the content of your library record and to perform library services, such as renewing or reserving a book or cancelling a request online. Sign in with your network username and password.


Only books and other material that has been checked out can be requested electronically booked via '''My library account'''. Material that has been booked is held (ON HOLD) at the Lending desk on a shelf (alphabetic according to name) for clients.

My library account - for renewal of books

Check to see how many books you have checked out and when they are due. You can also renew your own books - if they are not yet overdue and if they have not been requested by another user.  Students or staff members log on to: '''My library account''' with their own campus (network) Username and Password.



Consult the Subject Guide for your specific subject to see which books and reference works are recommended by your faculty librarian.

Books not in the collection


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