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Earth Sciences

A guide to selected resources for Earth Sciences

Postgraduate Research Support

The Library Postgraduate Research Support service provides guidance and relevant training that supports postgraduate students and researchers during their research journey.

Information and Research Guides

See the Library Postgraduate Research Support guide for more information on recommended and authoritative resources. This guide provides a useful starting point for finding relevant subject information.

You may also consult the SAGE Research Methods guide to help you in finding the best literature to enable you to choose a methodology and launch into your research project.  

For further consultation on various research-related topics such as Research Impact, and Research Data management consult the UWC Library Research Support & Scholarly Communications.


Training Programme

series of training sessions is scheduled to run during the 1st and 2nd semesters. Invitations to these sessions are sent to the postgraduate and research community through UWC Communication. 

In the case where dates are not suitable, presentations can be done by invitation. Send an email request to

The session cover but are not limited to the following:

  • Introduction to Library Resources & Facilities
  • SAGE Research Methods Online
  • Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar
  • Research Visibility and Researcher Profiles
  • Citation tools: Mendeley & EndNote

The Division for Postgraduate Studies (DPGS) offers virtual mentoring to registered UWC postgraduate (PG) students.

Duties of the Writing Coaches

  • Conduct a one-on-one academic interaction with postgraduate students on general academic writing skills.
  • Provide comprehensive assistance in writing skills within the context of organised, logical and coherent presentations of research proposals and theses.
  • Assist postgraduate students with supervisor's comments in proposals or thesis drafts.

Duties of the Statistical Coaches

  • Assistance with the development of data collection tools (surveys, questionnaires, etc)
  • Data preparation and cleaning:
    • Master sheet preparation, coding and labeling
    • Data cleaning
    • Assist with data analysis
    • Use of data analysis software: SPSS and AtlasTi.


To request and be assigned a writing or statistical coach, please complete the JOTFORM via the link below:


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