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

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Training schedule

Please note:

All training/workshops have been suspended indefinitely.  Please visit our Online Training tab for presentations and guides, which we are updating regularly.   

Keep an eye on this page for any updates and contact for any information or virtual assistance.  

RC News and Announcements

New RC e-Books now available!

See the list below for some of the latest and most sought-after titles for your postgraduate needs.


For some informal keeping-up-with-the-commons, see our new blog called The Commons Informer here

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Dear researchers, 

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Please make use of the UP Care Line Number at 0800 747 747 for any emotional needs and concerns that you may have. Or contact the University of Pretoria Student Counselling Services (virtual counselling sessions during the COVID-19 lock-down) - free of charge!

For academic needs related requests please contact your information specialist


Welcome to Research

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:

COVID-19 Updates

Zero-rated data & access to UP resources

Prof Tawana Kupe has announced that all UP-related content and the University's digital systems can now be accessed without data charges from any device or browser. How? Through the new UP Connect portal! Thanks to providers such as MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C working with our institution to provide exceptional service to you during the national lock-down, you now have free access to:

  • The UP Web
  • clickUP
  • Library Services
  • Library Search
  • Lib Guides
  • UP and TUKS Gmail
  • GIBS
  • GIBS Blackboard

To make use of the free-of-charge access, log in to UP Connect, using your u+student number and portal password. Type the url into any browser on any device available to you. 

For more information on this service, watch this short video.

It has come to our attention that there are issues with accessing eBooks from the UP Connect portal (in particular the "HTTP Error 400. The request is badly formed"). Unfortunately, this error is not within our control. If you are having trouble accessing an eBook, please try the following:
1. Search the Library Website for the eBook (through the UP Connect portal) and test all the platform links under the 'Availability' section. 
2. Email us at from your student email, at zero-rated access from the UP Connect portal. Provide us with the details of the eBook and the chapters you require and we will get back to you ASAP. 

‚ÄčUPSpace thesis submission

Have you graduated but not yet seeing your thesis or dissertation on UPSpace? 
Under normal circumstances you would have been able to self-submit online or send electronic and hardbound copies of your thesis or dissertation to your Faculty Administration.  Unfortunately, since the national lock-down, these submission processes have been deterred leading to a wave of requests for electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) to be opened to public. To do this, we need your help. 
If you have self-submitted through UPSpace, please send us an electronic copy of the submission form you filed (signed by yourself and your supervisor). Once we have verification that you have graduated from your Faculty Administration, we can make your document available on UPSpace. 
If you have not yet submitted your thesis or dissertation to UPSpace or only submitted copies on CD/flash to Faculty Admin before the lock-down, please self-submit your work to UPSpace and send a copy of your submission form to Mr Tlou Mathiba ( so that we may speed up the process of opening your thesis/dissertation on UPSpace. 
Please note: hardbound copies can only be submitted once the lock-down is lifted. 

Post Graduate Student's Journey