Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 16:30 during term.
(The Research Commons closes half an hour before closing time in order to check and store equipment).
Libguides are created by librarians to help you find library resources on your subject. These guides give you a starting point for research, and some guides contain extensive information about various topics of the research process.
Every effort has been made to point to library services and resources to guide users through the various stages of the research process.
The Library recognizes the varied needs of different scholarly audiences. The Research Commons aims to balance those needs and conveniences with a host of opportunities from a quiet research space to collaboration and interaction. Located in the William Cullen library the Research Commons provides quality services, expert help and seamless access to research information
The facility can comfortably seat 50 people with varied seating. The Research Commons includes the availability of laptops, convenient with WiFi, desks equipped with data/power points and research support.
Swipe card access grants entry to Wits staff engaged in research as well as postgraduate students at Masters and Doctoral level.
Research support services available to researchers include:
Researchers have access to:
Note: Users are free to bring their own laptops and are responsible for the safekeeping of their equipment. The user who checks out library equipment is solely responsible for its safe return in good condition and will be held liable for theft, loss or damage. Equipment will be checked in by the RC library staff member. Library staff will verify that the equipment was returned in good condition.
All students are required to submit their theses or dissertation electronically to contribute to the development of the University's Institutional Repository WiredSpace. The Research Commons offers support in the preparation of an electronic format of theses by converting it to PDF and writing it to CD. Students who need assistance with this process are welcome to contact the Research Commons to make an appointment with Andrew Chakane.