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WHSL New Students' Guide: Information Resources

A guide to the use of the Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library for new students

Print Books and Journals

The library has print books and journals that can be loaned out to library users as follows;

Overnight - print books that can be loaned between 13H00 - 10H30 the next morning. These books are housed at the circulation (issue) desk and can be used in the library from 08H30 - 12H00. Bookings for overnight loans must be done before 12H00 on the day you wish to have the item. Please note that if you do not collect any overnight book that you have booked, you will be blocked from borrowing books for a period of 30 days. Overnight returns may be dropped in the deposit boxes that are provided at the Security Centre by 08:30 if the library is closed, or you are unable to return items by 10:30. These boxes are cleared only once a day at 08:30. Cancellation may only be done by librarians at the issue desk, and overnight books may not be renewed.

1 day loans - some heavily used books have been placed on a one day loan. This means they cannot be "booked" or reserved, and are accessed on a first come, first served basis. Be well prepared in advance if you wish to make use of these items.

3 day loans - print books and journals that can be loaned out to library users for a period of 3 days and may be renewed to a maximum of 4 times if not needed by another user. These books are located on the "open" shelves within the library and can be taken at any time of the day but must be returned by the date stamped on the last page of the book.

2 week loans - print books and journals that can be loaned out for a period of 14 days and may be renewed to a maximum of 4 times if not needed by another user. These books and journals are located on the "open" shelves within the library and can be taken at any time of the day, but must be returned by the date stamped on the last page of the book. 

E-Books & e-Journals

The library has a number of books and journals that are accessible electronically through databases and the e-journal portal. If you know the title of the journal you may use the e-Journal portal, or use any database to search for subject-specific information. If you have registered for a degree in the Faculty of Health Sciences, you will be given training by WHSL on how to search various subject-specific databases successfully. Your lecturers will arrange times for you - please ensure that you attend these sessions. The e-books can be accessed alphabetically by title or by MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) term.

USEFUL DATABASES and e-books for 1st year Health Sciences Students

Subject Resource Guides from WHSL

You may find this list of subject-specific guides to various resources useful: