Q. How do I access journals and databases from home?


In order to access these resources from off campus you must be able to identify yourself as a member of UWC community.

1.  In order to get access to full text articles from databases and online journals, you will be prompted for authentication.  This is your institutional login.


Students:  login with you student number   Password:  date of birth (yyyymmdd)

Staff:  login with your Novell login and the password you use for institutional access to systems such as  iKamva or SASI.


If you don’t remember your login information or experience a problem, visit http://mypassword.uwc.ac.za and follow instructions to reset your password.


2. The quickest way to search all the Library’s databases and eresources is to search using the Library search engine, uKwazi.  This is the searchbox you see on the Library home page.


Entering a keyword query there will return relevant results (books, ebooks and chapters, journal articles, theses).  The vast majority are available online.  You can refine you results by limiting by Resource Type, or Year, etc (see LH side).  Once you find a useful item, click on "Available Online" and you will be shown a link to access the full text. 


In some cases there is more than one link, depending on the years for which UWC has paid for access. 


3.  The same applies when you are searching for a known article or reference.  Simply enter the item's title into uKwazi.  If we have access to it, it will be retrieved. 


If you are looking for a specific article and it doesn't show up, double-check with the FullText Finder platform.  This appears under the uKwazi searchbox on the Library home page.  Here you enter the Journal title, to determine what access we have to that journal.  You can also browse FullText finder by subject to find relevant journal titles.


5..  Alternatively you might want to browse the Databases by Discipline webpage at https://lib.uwc.ac.za/index.php/database-by-discipline/

  • Last Updated Apr 23, 2020
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  • Answered By Anne Moon

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