Research Support

As an institution committed to teaching and training, Walter Sisulu University makes a wealth of resources available to students and employees. These range from training, electronic databases, as well as other sources such as SA theses and dissertations, and guidance on copyright.

Please contact the following library staff members for your reference and information needs:

Mthatha Campus Libraries

Sasol Library

Commerce and Administration

Faculty Librarian

Ms N Sokhasi:  047 – 502 2308

Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Faculty Librarian

Ms L Tole:  047 – 502 2978

Educational Sciences

Faculty Librarian

Mr T Mabuto:  047  –  502 2315

Natural Sciences

Faculty Librarian

Ms B Bingwa:  047 – 502 2307

Client Services and Research Innovation

Senior Librarian

Mr S Mnengi: 047 – 502 2257

Africana and Special Collections

Section Head

Mrs V Lusu:  047 – 502 2382

Zamukulungisa Library

Site Librarian

Ms T Mpeta: 047 – 501 1433

Information Librarian

Mrs N Dukada:  047 – 501 1432

Health Sciences Library

Faculty Librarian

Mr M Somkoko:  047 – 502 2322

Circulation Librarian

Mr T Sonamzi:  047 – 502 2987

Buffalo City Campus Libraries

Potsdam Library

Client Services

Ms F Goqwana:  043 – 708 5410/5477

Business and Management

Faculty Librarian

Mr Z Mapukata:  043 – 708 5306

East London Libraries

Science, Engineering and Technology

Faculty Librarian

Ms P Mpambani:  043 – 702 9261/4027

College Street Library

Information Librarian

Ms W Pahlana: 043 – 702 9261

Chiselhurst Library

Information Librarian

Mrs L Bushula:  043 – 709 4026

Cambridge Street Library

Information Librarian

Ms N Ncede: 043 – 704 4828

Butterworth Campus Library

Management Sciences and Co-ordinator of Library Training

Faculty Librarian

Mr C Pakade:

Engineering and Technology

Faculty Librarian

Ms N Matiwane:


Faculty Librarian

Ms N Gcanga:


Harvard Referencing Style

Harvard Referencing Guide
Harvard System
How to cite references : Harvard style

Vancouver Referencing Style

Vancouver Referencing Style : Quick guide on how to use it
Vancouver Referencing Style
Citing and Referencing



EndNote 20 Workshop | University of Bergen Library | UiB

This software is an Electronic Reference or Bibliographic Management tool. It is an online bibliographic database that searches and retrieves the references directly from EndNote.
It specialises in storing, managing and searching for bibliographic references in your private reference library.

It assists researchers and students to keep track of all documents, books, articles, theses, dissertations, workshop proceedings as well as conference papers that have been consulted during the searching process of your assignment or research topic. It organises images, arts, tables and equations.

It also assist with in-text citation and compiles reference lists whilst you are busy writing your paper.
Therefore, by the time you finish writing your paper the reference list is already compiled.
It is a valuable all-in-one tool that integrates the following tasks into one program:
• An online search tool – it provides a simple way to search online bibliographic databases and retrieve the references directly into EndNote
• A reference and image database – it specialises in storing, managing, and searching for bibliographic references in your private reference library
• A bibliography and manuscript maker – it formats citations, figures, and tables in Microsoft Word
• A Cite-While-You-Write feature is included.

• EndNote Training  (
Instructions for downloading the software
Download for Windows
• Click on
• Click “Save File” to download the zipped file, (approx 82mb).
• Once downloaded, Extract (right click on .zip file and extract) the Files and save it into a new folder (for example, desktop).

Install for Windows
• Close MS Office applications (Word, Outlook & PowerPoint).
• Double click on the msi installation file.
• Click Run, follow the prompts “Next” and accept “License agreement” and select “Typical” Installation.

You are now ready to start using your Endnote X7 Software from the All Programs folder (create an EndNote icon for your Desktop or Start bar).

Please contact the ICT Service Desk if you need assistance to install the software.

Accredited journals are research publications recognised by the Department of Higher Education and Training(DHET)
Click here to see a list of the South African accredited journals.

To assist you with the effective use of any higher education library, we devote time to in-house orientation programmes for all first year students until June of every academic year.

As a follow-up to these orientation programmes the library conducts ongoing Information Literacy skills training that will help you to easily navigate the information environment. For your academic survival as a learner in a higher education institution, the following training sessions are available:

• General orientation
Library tour & arrangement of Library material
– Introduction to the available services & resources
• Online public access catalogue (OPAC)
– Locating items available in the Library
– Creating a Login in order to renew & view items borrowed from the Library and access library resources from off-campus
• Assignment writing
– Guidance on how to write an assignment
• Basic and advanced internet skills
– How to use the Internet effectively for information retrieval
• Electronic databases
– Training on using the following electronic databases: Emerald, EbscoHost, SABINET, Legal Info, Science Direct, ProQuest Central, Nexus, Access Engineering, Access Science, for example.

Academic staff and students may book to attend any of the above sessions at any Information Desk in the Library.

Off-campus(remote) access to the databases: Current WSU members only
Off-campus (remote) access to the Library’s electronic resources is restricted to WSU users only, provided they have registered at the Library for the current year. For the complete WSU electronic databases list, click here.

For off-campus access you will need to have your staff/student barcode number, which appears on your staff/student card and a PIN which you will set up.

Set up a login and PIN on Login

Africana and Special Collections are housed on the ground floor of the Sasol Library building at the Mthatha campus.

Africana and Special Collections have different collections:
– Rare books
– Theses and dissertations
– University archives from 1976 to date
– Pamphlet collection
– Broster collection (Xhosa beadwork)
– Cultural artifacts
– Statues and busts of South African political leaders, for example, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu and Chris Hani
– Late Prof Mafeje’s donation
– Moravian Church-early missionary records.


This facility offers technology-enabled spaces in which Postgraduates and Staff can have access to cutting-edge library research resources, conduct research, and collaborate with one another. With this new facility the Library and Information Services (LIS) is trying to assist researchers at the University in becoming more creative and productive.

There is space for consultation where Librarian/s can meet with individuals and small groups to provide more specialised assistance with regard to information retrieval.

Displays in this area will feature revolving exhibits and will showcase the latest print journals and research material.

Contact Ms N Ntsiko for further details.


The Copyright Act 98/1978 governs the making of copies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
• Photocopying or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study or personal use.
• The library reserves the right to refuse any request for a copy should the execution thereof be viewed as violation of the Act, or where the item may not be copied for a particular reason.