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School of Public Leadership: Facilitators Info 2021

Library access

Off-campus E-access
As a SU registered student  you will have access to a wealth of electronic publications available in full-text from off-campus via our library homepage. When off-campus and prompted to login, log in with your SU username (also called "network" or "portal" credentials) and password. See Password Selfhelp guide.

For off-campus access details, see our Library guide: Off-campus Access for Stellenbosch Registered Users.

Borrowing from other university libraries
Registered honours, master’s and doctoral students may complete attached form to request a referral letter to present at other  libraries in order to apply for borrowing membership. Find complete details on  Visiting & using other university libraries .

Interlibrary loans
Interlibrary loans is a service available to registered students  to request books and articles, not available at the libraries of the Stellenbosch University Library. Documents are requested from South African libraries as well as international libraries.  Use the online ILL request form to submit a request.

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Articles

A demonstration of how to use PressReader to read newspapers and magazines online.

Information and links to freely available E-journals are available on the library guide. This is very useful for prospective students, waiting to get registered.

Useful Library links and guides

E-Books

Course Reading lists
The Library and Information Service welcomes you to Course Reading Lists and encourages SU lecturers / facilitators of courses to take advantage of and implement this online tool that supports the creation and management of course reading / resourse lists in SUNLearn.

Stellenbosch Harvard Referencing guide and examples


Generic training - SmartResearcher workshops

Books

The Library purchases e-books from various publishers on specific e-book platforms such as EBSCO Host e-books and E-book central. Some publishers sell their e-books to individuals only and do not allow libraries to purchase their books in an electronic format. Textbooks are especially problematic and are generally not available on platforms that academic libraries have access to.

Some of the e-books and e-book websites only allow access to a limited number of Stellenbosch University members at the same time. You will get a message that the book is not available and you will have to try again later.

Please note: Copyright permission/reporting is not required if a link to an electronic resource is placed on SUNLearn/SUNOnline, However, reporting the use of third party content (e.g. articles or book chapters in PDF) in class notes/course material via CHEC is still required.

See guide with detail information on finding and using e-books in Stellenbosch University Library.

Due to licensing agreements with publishers, access to the library’s academic licensed e-resources is restricted to currently registered students and staff of Stellenbosch University. However, Open Access Books are freely available to anyone.

See Library guide for links to Open Access E-Books.

Open Textbooks links and examples:

Book platforms such as Knowledge Unlatched ;

The Directory for Open Access Books (DOAB);

Open Textbook Library  (Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.)

Openstax (OpenStax College offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers)

IntechOpen  (Boasting a collection of nearly 3,000 open books, InTech is the world's largest science, technology, and medicine open access book publisher)

OAPEN: The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality-controlled collection of Open Access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance and digital preservation

 

Send requests for new books to Ruenda Loots.

Boolean Operators

AND – returns results with both keywords. AND usually limits the search results
OR – returns results with one or the other keyword.It broadens your results by connecting two or more synonyms.
NOT – returns results excluding specific keywords

Use the Boolean Machine for visualizing the effects of Boolean operators .

More tips:

Quotation Marks “ ” – keep keywords together, for exact phrase searching
Brackets ( ) – keep concepts together, used for synonyms

Example:

("green energy" OR "sustainable energy" OR "renewable energy") AND (logistics OR "supply chain")

 

Google & Google Scholar

What is a Library Links preference on Google Scholar and how can I do it from home?

A Library Links preference allows you set your preferred Library Choice in Google Scholar. It will then automatically detect when an article is freely available via any of the electronic platforms that Stellenbosch University Library subscribes to. Use the guide below to change your Google Scholar settings on your own computer.

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*Google puts an AND between spaces

*Case does not matter - except for operators (AND/OR/NOT)Can use + (AND) or - (NOT)

*Word order matters, Google ranks results according to the order you search in

*Google ignores punctuation

 
Search specific domains:
intitle:
inurl:
Search specific files or results:

     filetype:

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a web address for a page or document on the World Wide Web. We can make some educated guesses about the reliability of a web site if we know a little about URLs. 

Each URL (for example http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships), consists of an access protocol (http), a domain name (www.whitehouse.gov), and an optional path to a file or resource residing on that server (about/internships).

The domain name indicates the organization responsible for the site (www.whitehouse.gov in the example above). The top-level domain indicates the type of site (gov in the example above).

The most common top-level domains and the type of site they indicate are:

  • com     commercial business or for-profit organizations
  • co.za   commercial South Africa
  • gov      United States government agencies
  • gov.za   government South Africa
  • edu      educational institutions
  • ac        academic institutions
  • mil       United States military organizations
  • org       non-profit organizations

In general, .gov and .edu web sites are more reliable than .com web sites.