Research Assistance

Research Assistance

VUT Library research librarians (subject information specialists) have a broad range of subject expertise and a deep understanding of the Library’s’ main print, digital collections.  Like collections, they need to be mined.  Members of the university community and researchers may request an appointment with our subject information specialists who will provide advice on defining or refining your research questions, developing a research strategy and locating and using subject specific resources.

In your research for your thesis or dissertations, our subject information specialists will:

Assist with conducting searches and delivering any information that you need in your research.

Offer individual research consultations to help with in-depth information queries and use of library resources.

Help set up alerts and RSS feeds i.e. automatic updates so researchers can receive regular information about new material and publications in their subject area/topic.

They also assist in identifying related research done in South Africa and internationally.

Keeps in contact with the postgrad students and track progress with work and encourage the client to seek and use library professional’s assistance, etc.

They bring to the process specialized skills and experience that will benefit the researcher and the supervisor.

Gives advice on repositories and open access publications in your area.

Offers guidance on the dissemination of your research i.e. publication in relevant journals based on bibliographic and bibliometric studies.

The continuously engage in partnership with various support structures to serve as the bridge between the library service, the research student, and supervisor.

Contact Your Subject Information Specialist

Applied and Computer Sciences

Engineering and Technology

Human Sciences

Management Sciences