UJ Sciences Librarian: New Library Books: Sciences (APK) blog

I have started at the end of 2011 a new blog for Sciences newely received library books. So far the academics are satisfied with this new way of current awareness. Direct links are provided for each book from the UJ Library Catalogue

Check out the latest blog posts from the UJ New Library Books: Sciences, APK Campus


UJ Sciences Librarian: RefWorks Portal

RefWorks is a web-based Research Management tool. Easily add and manage data. Collaborate. Generate bibliographies. Use it on- or offline, or from your mobile.

If you are NEW to RefWorks, check out the Sciences Librarian RefWorks portal: Provides access to RefWorks, databases, training instructions and step-by-step videos

The UJ Sciences students will have trainings sessions on RefWorks from April 2012.

Contact me directly for more information

Pavlinka Kovatcheva, Faculty Librarian: Sciences; pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za

UJ Sciences Librarian @ EduLink

These few slides are an example of the Virtual Learning Environment (EduLink) which I provide for the UJ Sciences students. Helping students access directly subject specific information on their student portal.

Picture 1: Usage statistics for Sciences courses on EduLink for the period Feb-March 2012.

I have created direct links only for a few Departments/Courses during semester, Term 1: Biochemistry, Biology 1, Chemistry, Energy, Environmental Management, Geography, Geology & Zoology.


Picture 2: How to access and find the available resources on EduLink (students & staff access). 

Picture 3: Examples of Courses on EduLink

Picture 4: Example of Library Resources for specific courses

If you have any queries, please contact me.

Pavlinka Kovatcheva: Faculty Librarian, Sciences (pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za)

UJ Sciences Librarian: Delicious Bookmarking

I have been using the Delicious Bookmarking site for years. I have TAGGED hundreds of academic articles, useful Internet articles and links, Assignments related articles and so on. Link to Delicious are available on UJ Sciences Librarian Portal and EduLink for students.

Have a look at the TAGS and the latest articles.

UJ Sciences Librarian on Delicious

Pavlinka Kovatcheva, Faculty Librarian: Sciences


UJ Online Book Collections

The UJ Library is subscribing to a number of Online Book Databases.

Click on any of the Databases for access to various books:


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If you need help, please contact me: Pavlinka Kovatcheva, UJ Sciences Librarian

E-mail: pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za

UJ Library Hours: January 2012

Welcome back to the 2012 Academic Year.

The UJ Library Opening hours (Kingsway Campus) during January 2012 are:

  • Weekdays: 7:00 – 18:00h
  • Saturdays: 8:30 – 13:00h

From the week of 30 January 2012 the opening hours will be as follows:

  • Weekdays: 7:00 – 22:00h
  • Saturdays: 8:30 – 15:00h

To view the other Campus Libraries opening hours, please go to the main UJ Library website

Exdended Library hours (Saturdays)

Extended Library Hours (Saturdays)

Please note that UJ library hours will be extended from 8am to 7pm for the following Saturdays:

  • 5 November 2011
  • 12 November 2011
  • 19 November 2011

The extended hours will only be applicable for the APK and DFC libraries, as there was no request for the other libraries.

Note that Protection Services and Bytes (printing + photocopying) have been informed accordingly.

UJ New Databases in 2011

Good NEWS for all University of Johannesburg users.

This year we have the following NEW Databases:

The Sage journals content is in the: Social Sciences & Humanities; Health Sciences; Life & Biomedical Sciences; Materials Science & Engineering. 

The journals relevant to Sciences are from: Geography, Urban Studies & Planning, Research Methods & Evaluation, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Cell Biology, Life Sciences, Engineering, Computing, Materials Science.

Informit service is the leading source of online full text, multimedia and index databases that deliver the most authoritative research from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. Access is to articles, Conference papers, working papers, grey literature, etc.

The UJ Library subscribes to the:

  • Business Collection
  • Engineering Collection
  • Health Collection
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Collection

 For more information visit: http://www.informit.com.au/ 

 The Thieme Teaching Assistant  is a state-of-the-art presentation tool featuring thousands of stunning illustrations and clinical images from Gilroy et al.

The UJ Library subscribes to the:

Atlas of AnatomyFundamentals of Medical Physiology

Reaxys is a unique web-based chemistry workflow solution which supports research and fuels discovery by integrating searches for reaction and substance data with synthesis planning and chemical sourcing.


The McGregor BFA  range of research products caters to the needs of the local and international research community. The depth and breadth of company research data available in the research products are unparalleled.  Access with PASSWORD!

The World Bank eLibrary  provides access to a growing collection of more than 6,000 ebooks, journal articles, and working papers from the world’s most authoritative source on international development as they are published

Topics covered are: Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Macroeconomics & Economics, Poverty reduction, Rural development, Transport, Urban Development, and much more….

OECD iLibrary is Online Library for Books, Papers, Factbooks and Glossaries and the gateway to OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)  analysis and data.

Topics: Agriculture and Food; Economics; Development; Education; Energy; Environment; Nuclear Energy; Science & Technology; Social issues/Migration/Health; Transport; Urban/Rural/ Regional Development. Worldwide Countries – incl. South Africa.

Access is available either through the UJ Sciences Portal or the UJ Library website.

University of Johannesburg: Open Access mandate

The University of Johannesburg Senate adopted an Open Access mandate (2010) that states that:

  • The University of Johannesburg (UJ) wishes to provide open access to publicly funded research output produced by UJ students and staff.
  • Research output submitted to the Research Office for subsidy purposes will be forwarded to the University of Johannesburg Institutional Repository.
  • UJLIC will seek permission to preserve research output in digital format.
  • Copyright compliance will be adhered to i.e. access to full-text articles will be subject to permission of publishers. Access will not be provided if permission is in doubt or not available. Short term embargoes by publishers will also be adhered to.

The university encourages the publication of research articles in accredited open access journals.

Sourse: eIFL Newsletter, March/April 2011

For more information on UJ Open Access & Institutional Repository initiatives visit:

How to find Print & Online Books @ UJ Library: Glogster Poster

How to Find Print & Online Book at UJ Library” (for Sciences users)

Have a look at this interactive poster to find direct links to the:

  • UJLink: Library Catalogue
  • Course Reserves
  • Sciences Online Books & Reference Works Collections
  • Individual Online Book Collections

Visit the UJ Sciences Librarian Portal for more resources