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Muckleneuk Branch: Training

Information Literacy

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed:

* have the ability to locate, evaluate

* and use effectively the needed information, definition from The Association of College and Research Libraries

Using the Unisa Library catalogue

This training unit will cover the following:

  • Basic Search Options
  • Essential request options
  • Basic Search Skills

Prerequisites: Need mouse and keyboard skills, and student attendees must have joined myUnisa

Introduction to Library Services & Procedures

This training unit will cover the following:

  • Basic Library Orientation and Tour
  • Understanding Information Literacy
  • Finding Library material and using Library services/facilities
  • How to borrow or request  Library resources
  • Library etiquette

Using Reference Sources

This training unit cover the following:

  • Defining reference sources
  • Types of reference sources (print & online)
  • How to access referencing sources

Prerequisite: First attend the Library Catalogue training offered by the Unisa Library.

Introduction to E-Resources

This training unit will cover the following:

  • How to use the A-Z list of electronic resources on the Library website
  • How to use the electronic resources by subject on the Library website
  • How to use the Unisa Library e-Journal Finder
  • How to access e-resources (including e-books and e-reference sources)
  • Electronic Thesis & Dissertations

Prerequisite: First attend the Library Catalogue training offered by the Unisa Library.

Book for Training

The Unisa Libraries offer training in the use of library resources to enable clients to find information easily and speedily. Training is offered free of charge to registered Unisa students and staff and booking is essential.

Bookings may be done via one of the following:

Introduction to Reference Techniques

This training unit will cover the following:

  • Copyright
  • Plagiarism
  • What is referencing?
  • In-text referencing
  • Referencing styles
  • Reference management tools

Students are required to book in order to attend training:

Encore Quick & Easy Search

Encore Quick & Easy Search is a (Google-like search) which includes:

  • The searching of the Library Catalogue (simplified searching and advanced searching)
  • Refining results (combining search terms and refine menu options)
  • Requesting and Downloading items, interpreting results
  • Signing into your account (view checkouts, renew items and view holds)

Results will typically include books, journal articles, audiovisual material, theses and more. From the lists of results, items can be requested or downloaded.