A literature search is a systematic and comprehensive search for literature on a specific subject/ topic by using certain tools like the Library Catalogue and the subject databases.
Please note that this form can be used only for literature search requests.
If you have a short reference question, please click here.
This online service is delivered by the Information Search Librarians Team to all Unisa staff and students.
The Information Search Librarians team consists of a dedicated, experienced and committed team of professionally qualified information specialists. We will help you find quality information for your research from Unisa’s impressive list of available resources.
We offer the following services to all registered Unisa students and staff:
Requests may vary from the shortest reference query to an in-depth subject specific literature search.
Please note: Our team does not have face-to-face contact with students owing to the remote channels of communication we use.
Your search will be captured on our client contact management system and you will receive an automated email and/ or sms message from the system to acknowledge receipt of your request citing your assigned reference number.
If you do not receive the sms or email message, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you wish to enquire about the status of your search at a later stage please contact us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org and please quote your reference number.
To compile the literature search a number of electronic databases are consulted to provide you with an overview of the literature written on your topic. Please keep in mind that the lists compiled by the Information Search Librarians are not exhaustive. THey may contain book titles that do not at first glance appear relevant, but these titles usually contain a relevant chapter or essay that is picked up by the search software but is not displayed in the exported record. These items will therefore be useful.
The literature list provides a helpful starting point for your research. Your next step is to work through the literature search results and identify relevant material that you would like to download yourself or to request from the Unisa Library.
Please take note that the search results include citations, abstracts, and links to full-text articles when available.
If you wish to borrow a book or request a copy of an article or a law report that is not part of the Library's print or electronic collections, you may submit an interlibrary loan request. Visit our Interlibrary Loan LibGuide here.