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Community & Health Sciences: Library Research Support: Library Research Support Services

Library Services

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 Librarians are 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.
  • Track down hard-to-find full text articles for screening and review.

Please contact your Faculty Librarians as below.

Bellville Campus:

Mr Joseph Mangadi -  Interim Branch Librarian


Main Campus:

Mr Gerald Louw

Inter Library Loans (ILL) Services

Requesting Full Text Articles & Books

The Interlibrary Loans (ILL) system allows for material (ie, books and journal articles) not held in our library, to be borrowed from other libraries within the system, or from libraries abroad if not available locally. Users can request books or journal articles by clicking here to complete a form or email your requests to


Tel (021) 959 2900 

Fax (021) 959 2920 

Located on Level 4 in the library

Library Research Support Services

Your Faculty Librarian can provide valuable support for your research in particular assisting with research-level enquiries, literature reviews, current awareness, use of specialist materials (including electronic resources), reference management, assist with open access publishing, copyright issues, running subject specific  classes as well as one on one consultations.

Besides rendering a physical Reference Service, the Faculty Librarians also provide  an Online Reference Service called Ask a Librarian. To make use of our Online Reference Service, go to the Library webpage, you will see a blue tab at the bottom on your right hand side. Please click on the tab and perform your request.

  1. Distance Students
  2. Contact us
  3. Reference Appointment

  4. Reference Desk

  5. Introduction to Library Services       

  6. Literature Searching                                                            

  7. Systematic Review: Literature Searching

  8. Scoping Review: Literature searching

  9. Searching Google Scholar Optimally

  10. Keep Up-to-Date with your Research Area

  11. Sage Research Methods Online

  12. Introduction to Mendeley

  13. Introduction to EndNote

  14. Research Support

Division of Postgraduate Studies (DPGS): Postgraduate Research Commons

The Divison of Postgraduate Studies  provides support through consultation with writing and statistics coaches on duty at the Postgraduate Resource Commons (PRC)- Level 13, Main Library.

Operating times:

  • Mondays to Thursdays: 8h30-24h00
  • Fridays: 8h30-20h00
  • Saturdays: Open on certain Saturdays until 17h00

Common Rooms: 4 common rooms, each accommodating between 12 and 30 students provide reading space and computer access. Time tables are available on the web portal.

Contacts: Mr. Peter-John Smith 021- 959 3920


University of the Western Cape,

Robert Sobukwe Road,



Tel: 021 959 2946