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WHSL Academic Staff Guide at the Faculty of Health Sciences: Journals and Articles

Useful information about WHSL and its services and Faculty of Health Sciences for academic staff members

Finding Print at WHSL

Remember we also have print journals that can be found on the catalogue.

Most journals at WHSL are now only available electronically. However, some of the older journals are only available in print. In order to find out if WHSL has a journal, first check for it by using the e-journal finder in the box above. However, if the journal you want is not available elctronically, then check the catalogue for print holdings. Make sure that you change the drop down menu from Keyword to Journal Title before searching.

Note the LOCATION of the title you want. The Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library (location code WHSL) is at the Medical School on the entry level (Level 4) on the Parktown Campus. 

Then note the SHELF NUMBER of the journal. This is the "address" at which the journal is physically housed on the shelves. Note: this location number may be different in different libraries, depending on which classification system is used.

Finally, note the STATUS of the volume and/or issue you want. The status may be ISSUED (ie. it has been taken out, and the date on which it is due to be returned should be reflected as DUE) or NOT ISSUED (ie. it should be on the shelf).

Finding electronic journals and electronic books

Click on the link below to open a search box where you can enter the title, or part of the title, of the journal you need. This is not for finding articles on a subject, but only for locating a particular journal when you know the title, or part of the title. 

Click on the e-books tab to search for electronic books by title.

 Please select one of the following options, from the drop down list. 

Starts with (this is the default)

  • Match all words (enter the full journal title)
  • Match exact words (enter the words exactly as they appear in the journal title)
  • Match any words (enter any words that may appear in the journal title) 

For subject searching, you need to go to one of the databases such as PubMed.

Please note that if there are errors in this portal. Please report these by email here. We apologise for this, and we will be working on fixing these. 

Remote Access to e-Resources

All electronic resources are available remotely (off campus). First create a Library PIN. This needs to be done ONCE only. Thereafter, when accessing e-databases, e-books, or e-journals remotely, you will be requested to submit your PIN for verification that you are a bona fide member of Wits' staff establishment.

How To find Articles

Find articles by searching in a subject specific database. WHSL has full text links to the journals in its holdings from both PubMed and UptoDate. You must access PubMed from the link in the WHSL Guide to e-Resources in Health Care to access this feature. UptoDate allows you to click on the PubMed icon and then on to the WHSL icon from within PubMed. Clinicalkey will assist in finding clinical articles, which often link to WHSL holdings if you register and then log in. 

How to Find Articles:Tutorials

Use the following PubMed and Scopus tutorials to help you search for articles.

PubMed Tutorials