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Research Support: Research Commons


Welcome to the Research Commons, the Unisa Library's virtual and physical gateway to library services for academic, graduate students, and researchers. 

The branch librarians on duty are:

To ensure a quiet space conclusive to research it is important to familiarize yourself with the usage guidelines and behavior guidelines applicable in the Research Commons.

Services and Procedures


January to November Monday - Friday 07:45 to 16:00
 Saturday Closed
December Moday - Friday 07:45 to 16:00
  Saturday Closed

The Research Commons is closed on all public holidays.

Please consult  the Unisa Library's website  for extraordinary closing times.

Research Commons Guidelines 

The following facilites are available in the Research Commons:

  • 49 networked desktop end-user pcs
  • 5 networked desktop end-user pcs for disabled users
  • Networked printing and copying facilities next door to the Commons
  • Reading room where selected titles of the latest journals are displayed
  • Easy chairs for relaxing
  • Wi-fi for users using their own devices

The Unisa Library's Research Commons offers admission to Unisa Master’s, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral students as well as academic and research staff.

Access to the Commons is via your university card (staff card and student card).

There is WiFi connectivity in the Research Commons should you wish to bring you own devices.Please see the attached for details on connecting to the WiFi.

Academics, Researchers and Post-Doctoral students

When using the computers in the Research Commons, log-in with the username issued to you by the university and the password which you use to access your personal workstation at Unisa.


When using one of the computers in the Research Commons you will need your student number and myUnisa password to log-in.

Your student number must be preceded by the word students and the back-slash icon  \




Other log-in to the Research Commons computers:

Username:  Microlab  (use Capital M)

Password:  Microl@b (use Capital M)





Name & Surname: Jack Chokwe

Email addresses: 

Phone numbers: 072 214 5489 or 076 471 6881



Turnitin - Plagiarism Detection Software - for staff and students

Please consult your research supervisor with regard to the plagiarism detection tools at the University

 At Unisa, Turnitin is used.

Turnitin is an internet based anti-plagiarism detection software that is aimed at promoting quality academic writing within learning Institutions. This allows students to develop quality writing skills as it facilitates rich, significant feedback on their submitted work. Hence in this process, they are able to improve their academic writing.

Instructors/Lecturers require students to submit their written assignments to Turnitin. The system then checks the submitted document for non-originality (possible plagiarism) by comparing submitted papers to several databases/repositories on the world wide web. Instructors/Lecturers are then able to monitor a student's similarity index.

Make use of the Turnitin website for more information.

Queries regarding Turnitin

All queries regarding the use of Turnitin can also be emailed to

Please find the attached Turnitin guide and the Turnitin form for your information. 

The completed form must be sent to: if you are not able to access the Turnitin. 

Kindly note that the University does not support private email addresses.  You may ONLY use your myLife email account for Turnitin at Unisa. You can claim your myLife e-mail at :


What is iThenticate


iThenticate is designed specifically for publications and may be used for your own articles or conference papers without fear of undue conflicts in the originality reports.

NO student work whatsoever may be submitted to iThenticate!


Queries regarding iThenticate

All queries regarding the use of iThenticate can also be emailed to


Kindly complete the attached form and attach your article/paper for us to activate your profile.

Training is presented every month and invites are emailed as soon as the venues have been confirmed.

Please fill in the month of preference for training on the application form so that we can invite you to the next training session.