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This is an introductory guide for students who would like to explore the Library facilities, resources and services.

Prescribed texts and Exam Papers


Search uKwazi to find prescribed texts for your modules.

Exam Papers are available for download. Multiple choice question papers are not available on this site. Please use your network login to access the site.


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To think critically, think red

Google Scholar

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Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO)

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SRMO links over 100,000 pages of the publisher's renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SRMO focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more

Welcome to the Academic Development Department Guide

Welcome to the Academic Literacy for Business and Commerce. This guide provides links to information resources for coursework and research projects. 


The Library will not always have the books and journals that you would want to use for your research. If you would like to obtain them from another library, please complete the request form for Books and Theses or Journal Articles, or contact the Inter Library Loan (ILL) Section. You may also email your request to



Starting Points for Research

Not sure where to find information on your topic? Read the assignment topic, and try some of these suggestions.

Note the task instructions as they are guidelines from your lecturer.

Extract the most important concepts, check that you understand the meaning of the words, phrases, or the quotation provided.

For definitions and some background information on aspects of the topic, try using an online source which covers a variety of subject areas in your field of study like Credo Reference and Google Scholar to find scholarly publications.


Finding tertiary sources using Credo Reference and Google Scholar

The Credo Reference collection draws content from hundreds of reference sources from a broad subject range. Credo Reference offers options to search for concept maps, topic pages, or specific books.

As an alternative online resource for tertiary-level research, Google Scholar retrieves books, conference proceedings, journal articles, theses and dissertations, research reports, working papers, and many more open access publications.

Tailor your results with the Advanced Search option to limit a search to specific publication types where your search words appear in the article titles, and filter to return current sources on the topic.

Search Google Scholar from within the university network to link directly to full text articles which may be available only in proprietary research databases like those found on the EBSCOhost Web platform. Google Scholar will display full text content held by UWC with the following indicator, i.e. ViewIt@UWC.

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