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A guide for students of the Faculty of Medicine & health Sciences (created for Research Methodology module)

Step-by-step guide

How do I do my assignment? To find, access and use information effectively, use the step-by-step guide.

The Library and Information Service offers a wide range of group training sessions with the main focus on enhancing the information literacy skills of all students at Stellenbosch University. A framework for Information Literacy was contemplated and accepted in 2014 to provide structure for an effective information literacy skills training program. The framework describes the development of different levels of information literacy competency.


Welcome to our information literacy sessions!

The Research process typically includes five broad steps.  We'll touch on all of these, in various depths as we go along, but our main focus will be on steps 1, 2 and 5.

This guide was developed to help you, as a Human Nutrition Research methodology student, during and after our contact sessions where the outcomes will be

  • Navigational. You'll learn

    • how to navigate through the library website.
    • how to use  the search functionality on the Library website to search for books and other material in the Library collection.
    • what  bibliographic and full-text databases are; how to effectively use Pubmed, Scopus & other relevant databases with various search strategies, including identifying keywords for your search, building effective search strategies using various tools such as PICOBoolean operators, to find relevant information and save you time.
    • identify elements in a citation and how to find & get academic resources in hard copy and electronic format.

  • Content assessment and collection. You'll learn how to

    • decide which sources could be relevant.
    • choose, collect, save, export or print them.

  • Citation and reference management. You'll learn how to

    • use the Mendeley bibliographic management program, which can help you to organise & share references (collaborate) and also format your paper and bibliography in the style of choice, such as Vancouver.  Please Note: Effective 1 January 2018, the University Library is cancelling its subscription to RefWorks. The decision was based on the fact that the Library already supports Mendeley, a reference manager that is available free of charge. Over the last few years the number of RefWorks users at Stellenbosch University has dropped while that of Mendeley is growing. In the near future current RefWorks users will have to learn to use the new version of RefWorks and will have to transfer their references from the legacy version to the new RefWorks. They may as well transfer their records to, and learn to use, Mendeley.
    • We understand that this is a big change, but we are hopeful that with this early notice, RefWorks users will have ample time to transition to another tool.

      Anyone with a RefWorks account will have to transfer to another tool of their choice before the end of December 2017.

      Options for moving your RefWorks content to another citation management tool are outlined in this LibGuide. Please contact your Faculty Librarian with any questions or requests for assistance or attend one of the Mendeley training sessions indicated under Mendeley@SU on the LibGuide.

    • avoid plagiarism.

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