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Centre for Sustainability Transitions: CST Research Skills Colloquium

Introduction to Library Sources

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.

The Carnegie Research Commons is a research environment intended for use by postgraduate students at masters and doctoral level, as well as academic staff and researchers at Stellenbosch University

Searching for sources

Useful tools and Apps for Research

This link and information is shared with permission from Faculty Librarian: AgriSciences, Elizabeth Moll-Willard

The PostGrad office has create a wonderful Postgraduate Research Toolkit to help you with getting started and essential skills:


Referencing assistance

Mendeley Library Guide
A how-to manual for the reference management tool, Mendeley

Getting started with APA 7 th ed and find examples for APA references  from this guide of Victoria University:


"Plagiarism is the theft and use of the ideas, material and other intellectual property of others that are passed off as one’s own." SU Senate. 1 Dec 2016. Stellenbosch University policy on academic integrity: the prevention and handling of plagiarism [Internet]. Stellenbosch University. Available: Policy document. [2017, 1 February].

Library Plagiarism Guide

Literature Review training notes by Elizabeth Moll-Willard
Literature Review Tips and tricks

The Writing Lab offer one-to-one and small-group writing consultations for students of all disciplines and at any level of study. The friendly, student-centric Writing Lab is a space where undergraduates, postgraduates, and international students can feel at home.