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Information Literacy Tutorial

A module-based information literacy tutorial that addresses each stage of the research process, including selecting a topic, identifying information needs, selecting sources, locating information, evaluating information, and citing sources.


Your student card is your library card.  In order to borrow library materials, you must first have your card activated at the Loans Desk on Level 5.


The staff at the Loans desk will help you to:

·     Check out and return books

·     Renew books (extend the loan period of books you have already borrowed)

·     Find out where to get assistance



This table illustrates how many items you may borrow and the loan periods:  


Borrower No. of items For How long?
Undergraduates 4 2 weeks
Postgraduates 10 1 month
UWC Staff 30 3 months

NB:  If you return open shelf materials late, you will be charged a R1 fine for each day late.Once you accumulate more than R10 in fines, your card will be blocked from further loans.  Save your money - Bring back items on time!

Knowledge Commons


Your One-Stop-Shop!

One of the Library's most popular and well-used sections is the Knowledge Commons, a dedicated undergraduate facility on Level 6.  Also known as "KC", the Knowledge Commons brings together technology, content and information service in one physical space.  

Offering 106 computer workstations, 5 group study rooms, printing facilities plus a modern, fully-equipped training lab, this facility provides a one-stop-shop for the undergraduate student who wants to excel. 

Students access the Libraries' eResources, ELearning modules, use quality software and IT equipment, and receive assistance to support their research, writing of reports, essays, and assignments.

To ensure equitable access, students are limited to 1-2 hours on KC workstations each day.  You can monitor how much time you have remaining for your session at the top of the screen.

The Library Thinthana Training Room is also found in the KC.


Check your understanding

Please work through the following quiz:


Interactive Quiz




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