UCT Savvy Researcher Series light up young researchers’ path to success

18 Aug 2014 - 20:45

(Written by Cyrill Walters)

The Savvy Researcher Series brings information professionals and university experts together with postgraduate (PG) students to explore topics related to research and academic success. The series aims to attract all PG students across disciplines and runs on Thursdays during the second semester from 15:00 – 16:30 in the Ulwazi Knowledge Commons (Chancellor Oppenheimer Library).

Postgraduate students are exploring new methods of research, resulting in new forms of digital output, e.g., data sets, blogs and wikis; libraries are being increasingly called upon to collect, manage and preserve these new assets. Users have come to expect ubiquitous access and delivery and are looking to exploit technology for research. This series aims to meet these evolving needs of PGs and enhance the continuum of scholarly communication from discovery to delivery through the provision of information resources, services and partnerships.

Stages of the research life cycle (adapted from John Unsworth’s “Scholarly primitives” published in 2000) are used as a framework for mapping the series. It is important to note that while we utilise the model as a tool to systematise and map the series, in reality, the fine structure of research and information activities may not conform to a simple linear or cyclical model for all.

The inaugural Savvy Researcher Series commenced in the 2013 second semester. The series provided the opportunity for UCT Libraries to engage with our users through a communication strategy that makes UCT Libraries’ resources and services more visible, more used and better. Some workshops are tool-based, some focus on particular library resources, and others are topical, but the goal of all is to help postgraduate students understand and use the library efficiently and effectively. It is important to note that this series only provides an overview of the scope of services. For in depth information on any of the aspects covered, a consultation can be arranged with the appropriate specialist.


Second Semester 2014 programme

When: Every Thursday at 15h00-16h30

Venue: Ulwazi Training Room

Bookings are can be made via http://researchcommonsblog.uct.ac.za/savvyresearcher/



Workshop Title




Academic Writing Skills for Postgraduates

This workshop will help you with academic writing in all disciplines.

Writing Centre



Funding for your Postgraduate studies

This workshop will alert you to what funding is available for postgraduate students; inform you on how to apply and complete application form(s) and highlight deadlines and closing dates for 2015 funding. NRF scholarship details will also be distributed.

Post Graduate Funding Office (PGFO)

Bongiwe Ndamane (NRF)

Cyrill Walters (RPA)



IP Information for Postgraduate Students

This seminar will provide postgraduate students with information on Intellectual Property (IP). The following will be discussed: UCT IP Policy; the patenting process (including how to identify a patentable invention); copyright ownership and your thesis; as well as the UCT Invention Disclosure process, which is important in terms of the new IP Rights from Publicly Financed R&D Act.

Philip Hoekstra 

(Research Contracts & Intellectual Property Services)



Data Management for Postgraduate students

This session will cover the essentials of research data management. Research data management covers the planning, creating, storing, organising, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data. This session provides information on best practice in managing research data.

Lynn Woolfrey




Academic Writing and Citation Management (Refworks & Mendeley)

Special software can help you to organize your research and easily create footnotes, citations, and formatted bibliographies. Join this session for a quick demo of these products to help you make a decision.

Amina Adam

Jen Eidelman &

Cyrill Walters



Geospatial Data and Map resources

This workshop provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and resources for those new to GIS.




Social Media in the Academy

This workshop will introduce you to the various aspects of social media for creating communities around research. We will explore tools like ResearchGate, Academia.edu, Google Groups/Docs/Calender as well as the ins and outs of using Linkedin for your job search.

Janine Dunlop,

Sarah Goodier & Careers Service



What Google Scholar can do for you

The Internet is here to help! There are a number of online tools to help with your discovery of library resources. This session is meant to help you learn to Google Scholar for library resources to your greatest advantage.

Solvej Vorster



Navigating Research Ethics: Plotting a researcher’s course

In this workshop, we will introduce the policies that govern research ethics at UCT and explain the role and scope of the Office of Research Integrity



Dr Robert McLaughlin

(Office of Research Integrity)



Where to publish and what to consider; Tracking Research Impact & Researcher Profiles

This workshop is aimed at providing you with the necessary skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about where to publish your research. It will also advise you on setting up at least one researcher profile in order to: distinguish you from similarly named authors, better track your citations and manage your publications list

Cyrill Walters &

Jen Eidelman



Techniques for doing smart literature searching

Learn to locate the most relevant databases and tools to search, create a search strategy and develop an effective information management plan.

In this session you will learn to:

{C}·       Develop an effective search strategy

{C}·       Select, locate and search appropriate databases to find relevant resources

{C}·       Be familiar with additional features of databases such as alerting services

{C}·       Capture and store the information retrieved

This workshop is designed to help staff and postgraduate students use library resources effectively for research.

Cyrill Walters &

Amina Adam



Open Access and Open Scholarship

Open Access and what it means for Academic & Research staff.

Ina Smith

(Stellenbosch University)