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Faculty librarian services

Faculty librarians are specialist information professionals. They assist with literature searches, give research support and library training and develop the collection.


Open Access repositories /Free Medical Databases and journals

  • BestBETS
    Provides rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions in emergency medicine, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature. Developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK.
  • Blitter
    Blitter is an experimental search engine which offers a new insight into searching for clinical information in the context of social media. This innovative approach to clinical search within a social context has been designed and implemented by Jon Brassey and the TRIP database team
  • Cases Database
    The value added solution.
  • The Cochrane Library
    The South Africa Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and Wiley announced in June 2017 that a National Provision for the Cochrane Library for South Africa has been agreed to. The deal came into effect on 01 June 2017 and allow all South Africans access to this invaluable, evidence-based resource. The first year of the agreement runs from June 2017 to May 2018 and will be renewed for a further two years, conditional upon Governmental funds being available. Going forward, the cost of Years Two and Three will be born wholly by the SAMRC. This opportunity assist healthcare providers nationwide get free access to much needed information.
  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
    This directory offers a searchable database of nearly 10,000 OA journals or 1.7 million journal articles at
  • DOAR: The Directory of Open Access Repositories
    Allows users to search for any of thousands of OA repositories worldwide.
  • EuropePubmedCental
    Free access to biomedical literature resources. How does Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) differ from PubMed and PubMed Central?Europe PMC was developed in collaboration with the founders of PubMed and PubMed Central , the National Center for Biotechnology Information which is based in the United States. The principles of these services are similar - to provide free access to published peer-reviewed biomedical and health research abstracts and full-text articles (PubMed and PubMed Central respectively) - but there are some distinct differences too.
    Unlike PubMed Central, Europe PMC provides a single point of access to not only full-text articles but additionally the abstracts available through PubMed.
  • Free Medical Journals
  • HighWire Search
  • Open J-Gate
  • PLoS, the Public Library of Science
  • 25 Open Access Search Engines for the medical professional
  • Health / Medical directories list
    A list of Health / Medical directories. Health related products and services. Web directories specific to the Health and/or Medical niche. Free and paid business listings
  • Link Directory for Google Custom search engine - Health
  • Pubmed
  • Research output @ Stellenbosch
    SU SUNScholar repository

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