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Research Guide: Research Guide Home

This Guide provides post graduate students with the tips and tools necessary to successfully complete their research.

Letter to our Postgraduate Students

Welcome to our 2022 postgraduate students,


Merensky 2, Groenkloof (Education Library), VET (Jotello F Soga Library) & Health Sciences Research Commons'

BMS & Dentistry Research Commons

You are welcome to use these quiet study spaces, provided you have a permit to access the campus and made a booking prior to visiting it. Unfortunately, there are limited spaces available due to COVID restrictions.

And we are using a great new seat booking system!

For further instructions on how to use this seat booking system, download the guide below.

If you prefer to work from home, the Research Commons staff can be reached by email for assistance, as well as virtual assistance by booking.

RC News and Announcements

The Research Commons says farewell to Laetitia Makombe

While the Research Commons gained a new member earlier in 2021, it is with pride that we say Laetitia has moved on to greater things. While it is a great sadness to say goodbye to  Laetitia after such a short time, we wish her all the best in her future endeavours and we are sure to see her working hard on her Masters in the Research Commons. 

Research Tip of the Week: Get your layout and table of content right from the start. 

Watch this short how-to video on using the correct heading styles and automated numbering in MS Word for an automatic table of content. This simple step will make your dissertation writing process so much faster and smoother!



See our blog The Commons Informer for more tips. 

Contact us

If you need quick answers or you are unsure of who to contact regarding your query, visit our new Contact Us tab!

Welcome to the Research Guide

This Research Guide provides tips and tools for postgraduate students to complete their research.

Please see Prof McNaught's excellent presentation for an overview of the research process:

Learning the Art of Research: Combining organizational skills, critical thinking and creative thinking by Prof. Carmel McNaught 

Additional sources:

Post Graduate Student's Journey