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Before you start
STEP 1: STARTING out
STEP 2: FINDING
STEP 3: EVALUATE
STEP 4: Legal and ethical USE
STEP 5: COMMUNICATE
- Writing an essay/assignment
Reading and making notes
Preparing the bibliography
Compiling the bibliography
Writing the first draft
Revising the assignment
Writing final draft
Collating the assignment
Checking the final draft
- Tips for presentations
- Tips for posters
- Tips for brochures
- Tips for displays
- E-communication guidelines
- Writing styles
Consulting information sources
Books that are reference works
- Some examples of reference material are dictionaries, encylopaedias,
etc. These are discussed in more detail in Step
2 of this course.
- These materials are shelved in the Reference section of the
Library. The Dewey call number is prefaced by the letter REF. The REF
stands for reference, which indicates that the materials are kept in
the Reference section.
- These materials may not be removed from the Library.
Books that you may borrow from the library
- Use the OPAC (Online
Public Access Catalog) in the Library to search for books that are in
your Library. If you need help to search the OPAC, ask a Librarian.
- Browse (look through the books on the shelves). This is often a worthwhile
source of finding relevant and interesting information (the serendipity
v. the scientific method). (Serendipity: the making of pleasant discoveries
Books on short loan
What is short loan?
Your Library will have a Short Loan department. Materials that are in
high demand are kept on short loan by lecturers or Librarians to ensure
that the material can't be taken out of the Library for long periods at
a time, especially when many students need access to the same items
within a limited period of time.
What type of material is kept at short loan?
Selected books, kept on semi-permanent or permanent
High-risk or expensive materials.
Lecturer's notes or photocopies, kept in files.
Certain test and exam papers.
Your lecturer may have put books/materials on short loan (i.e.
reserved in the Short Loan section of the Library). These materials may
be consulted in the library or borrowed overnight. Contact the short loan
department at your Library for more information.
Books that are NOT available in your Library:
- Use the OPAC to
identify material available at the other three tertiary institutions
in the Eastern Cape (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University,
Walter Sisulu University of Technology and Science).
- Use the National Library of South Africa (Cape Town Division). For
more information on the National Library click
- Cape Town City Library is opposite the Grand Parade. The address:
Central Library Information Service, 1st Floor, Old City Hall, Darling
Street, Cape Town.
- Find out where your nearest public library is. Register as a member
and make use of the services.
- There may be other materials which may be borrowed from other libraries
on inter library loan. You may discover the existence and whereabouts
of such books by consulting the bibliographies at the back of chapters
and books. Contact the Inter Library Loans Department in your Library.