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This guide will show you how to search in the different Unisa Library resources to find relevant information for your research needs

Request a Literature Search

Need sources for your literature review? Struggling to find sources for your assignment, research proposal or thesis?

The Library can assist with a literature search, which is a systematic and comprehensive search for published, academic material on your specific subject/topic. How do you request one? Simply go to Request a literature search .

If you are experiencing problems accessing the form, please use this link

Library Support

A word about copyright

In accordance with the Unisa Policy for Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism, you are personally accountable for respecting copyright and licensing requirements. Violations of any of these restrictions could result not only in the loss of your own access to the information resources, but in the loss of access for the entire Unisa community. Disciplinary action may also be taken in terms of any applicable policy or disciplinary code, for example, the Unisa Student Disciplinary Code.

Be conscientious about copyright. 

Looking for a specific journal article in a known journal

Use this option if you have the citation to an article. See the Unisa Library e-Journal Finder.


Use this option if you have the citation to an article. See the Unisa Library e-Journal Finder.

Boolean Operators


Phrase Searching

Limiting Search Results

Limiting  search results to certain publication dates, peer reviewed journals and certain languages