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School of Public Health - Distance Students Library Guide: Welcome

Welcome* Literature Review* Find Books* Search for Journal Articles* Online Reference Works* Browse Health Websites* Referencing Guide* Manage your References* Keeping Current with Information* Tutorials

Introduction to the Library's Research Support Services

What to do if I forgot my Novell password or need to reset my password to access materials off-campus?

Resetting passwords


On this page you are prompted to enter your Novell network user name,

Staff: eg jpsmith and your UWC email address. 

Students:  Student number and UWC email address.

The system will send you an automated email. When you receive the email, click the link inside to complete the password reset.  Follow the instructions for devising an acceptable password.    Once the password is accepted, you will be able to use it immediately to access library resources.

If you are still blocked from accessing materials, please contact the ICS Help Desk at and copy in and

Please provide your student number, date of birth and or ID number.

Welcome School of Public Health Distance students

Welcome to the University of the Western Cape Library Distance Information Guide for students, faculty, staff, and researchers. The library has a goal of providing the same or similar level of resources and services to those learning, teaching, working, or researching off-campus. Although you may not be able to physically get to the library, you can still access books, journals, and other media either by requesting to have them delivered to you electronically or having them mailed to you. Please take your time and review this information guide to help you get to know the library and how it can make your life a little bit easier.


How the Faculty Librarian: Community and Health Sciences (CHS) can Help

Do you need assistance finding relevant information for your research?

Are you a student or researcher struggling to develop search strategies?

Do you need help searching databases, conducting a grey literature search, or managing your citations?

The CHS Faculty Librarian is pleased to offer a variety of literature search services to students and researchers and consist of the following elements:

  • Assistance finding relevant information for your research.
  • Identify relevant databases and gray literature resources in which to conduct literature searches related to your topic.
  • Design and implement complex, comprehensive search strategies to maximize retrieval of relevant studies.
  • Create search alerts to ensure that new studies are found while the systematic review is in progress.
  • Use citation management software, such as Endnote and Mendeley to manage the study gathering and selection process.
  • Assistance with manual referencing using APA or Havard referencing styles.
  • Track down hard-to-find full text articles for screening and review.

Please contact your Faculty Librarian at

Telephone no.: 021 959 2684

Faculty Librarian

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Karen Cook

Book an Appointment

Make an appointment by emailing Karen Cook at your Librarian who can introduce you to the library services and facilities. Guide you with your Literature Searching exploring the library's resources finding relevant, current information for you research. Introduction to Mendeley and EndNote, reference manager and academic social network tools that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Introduction to SAGE Research Methods Online, a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects.