Faculty Research Stimulation
Research stimulation funds are allocated to Faculties on an annual basis and are managed within the respective faculty.
VUT Gold Fields Library
The VUT Library subscribes to about 25 online databases which can be accessed by all registered VUT staff and students. They contain bibliographic references to academic, peer-reviewed journal articles in your field of study, as well as references to theses, books and chapters which are not necessarily available in the library. Many of these databases also contain full text articles which can be viewed, printed and downloaded.Examples of electronic resources that have reshaped choices include JSTOR, TDNet, SpringerLink, and aggregated databases produced by, EBSCO, Emerald Management Xtra and other Vendors.
A subject librarian is available to provide information services to the researcher/student. A subject librarian is a library staff member who has been formally assigned to be the primary contact person between the library and a particular Faculty. Their aim is to support, facilitate, and enhance research, study and teaching activities of students, academic staff and researchers in the Faculty. Subject Librarians undertake literature searches on a variety of databases, devising search strategies that are most appropriate for your research topic. Subject Librarians are available all day to assist with your research needs. Appointments may be made to avoid any disappointments. You may send your requests via e-mail or by phone to your Subject Librarian.
A computer lab for post-graduate students is available in the library. The Library maintains a number of computers in the library. All the commonly used applications are installed in the post-graduate computer lab. All computers have access to the internet.
Large capacity printers and photocopiers are installed in the library. Students can load print credit and check their print credit balance in the Administration building. Lab assistants are available to perform general maintenance tasks and to keep the printers and computers up and running. As far as possible, a lab assistant will be available in the lab to answer general queries and to assist with basic software problems.
Please click here to access the Gold Fields Library website
DigiResearch is the name for VUT’s institutional repository (IR) and includes electronic theses and dissertations online. The purpose of an Institutional Repository (IR) is to provide a suitable archival environment for the self-archiving of digital items, to facilitate easy access and to enhance research. DigiResearch will provide access to electronic theses and dissertations (ETD’s) through the library webpage, and will eventually include other scholarly publications.
Please click here to access DigiResearch
SATN Database of Technologies and Services
SATN in partnership with TIA and GTZ developed a database containing expertise, technologies and services available at Universities of Technology. People that need access to specialists and sophisticated instruments and equipment can locate them on this database.
Available instruments such as the following can found on this database:
- Electron microscope
- 3D Printer
- Textile tension tester
- Five axis milling machine
- Injection Moulding Machine
- 3D Body Scanner
- Light and Weather Fastness Machine
- Pastry Sheeter
- Thermal Camera
OASIS open access
Open Access is the immediate, online, free availability of research outputs without the severe restrictions on use commonly imposed by publisher copyright agreements. It concerns the outputs that scholars normally give away free to be published – peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and datasets of various kinds. Institutions benefit from having a management information tool that enables them to assess and monitor their research programmes, and they have a marketing tool that enables them to provide a shop window for their research efforts.
Scholars works can gain instant worldwide visibility, and they also gain from research is available on an Open Access basis for them to access freely and read. The online content is intended to provide training and resources for anyone or institutions who wish to provide open access to their research publications.
Please click here to access the Open Access Scholarly Source Book
Research Software Support
Several software programmes are available at the Research Directorate to support research. These programmes are available to all staff and postgraduate students:
Information is only valuable...
If you can use it!
Managing information and creating bibliographies for research papers has always been a time-consuming, complex task, often involving the use of different systems and applications. RefWorks makes this problem of the past by providing solutions for research management, writing and collaboration.
What is RefWorks about?
How to use RefWorks
EndNote is an industry standard software package for managing and publishing bibliographies on both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh platforms. It can help you find citations and format them. It can import records from major databases, and compile them into a complete bibliography. It can format in-text citations, footnotes, and full bibliographies using any one of over 2,800 bibliographic styles. In short, EndNote can help you with just about anything you would wish to accomplish in terms of citations or bibliographies.
Turnitin is an online service used by educators to identify elements of plagiarism within student work. The service enables lecturers to submit student assignments to Turnitin where they are checked against Turnitin’s database of resources including books, articles, internet sites and previously submitted student papers, for originality and plagiarism. Lecturers receive an online Originality Report for each submission highlighting areas of concern.
SPSS is a computer program used for statistical analysis. It is used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organizations and others. Among its features are modules for statistical data analysis, including descriptive statistics such as plots, frequencies, charts, and lists, as well as sophisticated inferential and multivariate statistical procedures like analysis of variance (ANOVA), factor analysis, cluster analysis, and categorical data analysis. SPSS is particularly well-suited to survey research, though by no means is it limited to just this topic of exploration.