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Library- Research Navigator: Useful Library Resources

Your preliminary source of information and guidance as you begin or continue with your research journey.

Useful Resources

‚ÄčThe UJ Library has a variety of resources to help you in finding information during your research journey.

  • UJoogle: a powerful Library search engine that allows you to search the UJ Library Catalogue and the databases all at one go. 
  • UJ Library Catalogue: a gateway to millions of print and electronic books (e-books).  See this LibGuide and the short video (at the bottom of the page) for everything you need to know about e-books.
  • The Library databases offer subject-specific searching of academic articles and electronic books. Please see the Faculty Subject Guides for the specific databases in your research area. 
  • South African / African researchSabinet African Journals database and Africa-Wide Information
  • Newspapers: for current, local & international online newspapers including the Sowetan, Saturday Star, Die Burger, Sunday Times and many more.
  • UJ IR (Institutional Repository) gives you access to research previously done at UJ. 
  • National ETD Portal: South African Theses and Dissertations: gives you access to research done at other South African institutions
  • American Doctoral Dissertations is an open-access database built to assist researchers in locating both historic and contemporary dissertations and theses
  • The OpenDOAR service provides a quality-assured listing of open access repositories around the world. 
  •  ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database for locating Thesis and Dissertations from around the world.
  • Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Should you need to take a break from your research, please visit our wide selection of leisure reading electronic books on OverDrive. Find a collection of the most popular leisure reading books here

Google Scholar

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Library Services

Borrowing books

You have access to all the print and online information resources at the Library. A valid university card must be presented at the circulation counter for all the borrowing of the print resources. Find quotas and loan periods applicable to various client groups here.  E-books and articles are available for downloads. It will be helpful to watch the videos on how you can download Ebooks on Overdrive and EBSCOhost

Interlibrary and Intercampus loans

Intercampus Loans (ICL) is a service through which material held by one UJ campus Library is sent to another UJ campus library for your convenience. Read more about this service here.

Moreover, the Interlibrary Loan department provides a service to researchers by obtaining material not owned by the University of Johannesburg libraries. Material is obtained from libraries in South Africa and abroad. If the desired item cannot be located in South Africa, you will receive a notification indicating the additional cost of an international request. Please click here for more information about Interlibrary Loans. 

Library training: one-on-one consultations with a Librarian/ group training

The library offers workshops on information retrieval and use of information sources. We offer a selection of workshops to support you during the various stages of the research cycle. Please see our monthly workshop schedule here. You may contact your librarian for workshops that are offered outside this schedule.

Research information alerts: This service sends newly available research information to your mail without the need to search regularly across different databases. Alerts can be customized to appear daily, weekly or monthly and across as many databases as you choose. Contact your librarian for information on how you can set this up. 


The infringement of copyright may result in legal action by the authors or owners of the information used. Our copyright officer is available to assist with all the copyright issues. 

Popular leisure reading Ebooks