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Science - Geography 2B: Economic & Population Geography: Online Searching Instructions

Search the UJLink: Library Catalogue

Steps in Online Searching

Step 1: Think about your research topic.

Food Insecurity

What is the title telling us? What should we focus on when writing the assignment?


  • what is meant by Food Insecurity;
  • why food insecurity exists; 
  • what factors make it worse,
  • where it exists;
  • solutions to the problem.

Step 2: Identify the main keywords and concepts

  Example: food insecurity, etc.

Step 3: Locate and Access Resources

  - Geography 2B LibGuide 

Step 4: Search for: 

  - Print & Online Books & Encyclopedias

  - Online databases for articles

Step 4: Make use of Boolean Techniques (AND, OR, NOT) when conducting a search
Step 5: Write your report. Ensure that you acknowledge your Resources (Cite & Reference)

BOOLEANS OPERATORS: Learn how to combine KEYWORDS for better results

Getting help with your assignments

Prescribed Textbooks 

  • Search the Course Reserve to find the books prescribed for your course
  • They can be used only in the Library for 2h;

Print & Online Books for your studies

  • Search the Library Catalogue for Books:
  • Borrowing & Returning books: you can check-out - 6 Print Books for 14 days

Lending Desk contact number: 011 559 2165

How to LOGIN to Library Online Resources:

Option A: You can create a Library Password, which will enables you to login to the UJ Library databases

Option B for Postgrads:  You can LOGIN, using your Blackboard credentials: Select Student, Type your student number and Blackboard password.

Option B for Staff & researchers:  You can LOGIN, using your Staff e-mail credentials: Select STAFF, Type the fist part of your work e-mail and password.


Login via Open Athens

If you are prompted to this screen please use your Blackboard credentials to login and select Student

Lean Library is a Library Access browser plug-in that allows you access to academic articles, books and other electronic resources

Library Training Sessions

You are invited to attend our information literacy training sessions. A variety of topics will be covered, and anyone is welcome.
The training sessions will be conducted via the online platform Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Use the  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link to join the session.  We suggest that you join the session 10 minutes before the session starts