Request a Literature search

This online request service is delivered by the Information Search Librarians Team to all Unisa staff and students.

The Information Search Librarians Team is a dedicated, experienced and committed group of professional information specialists. We will help you find quality information from Unisa’s impressive array of electronic resources.

The following services are offered to all registered Unisa students and to all Unisa staff:

  • literature searches
  • answers to short reference questions
  • support for independent use of Library resources

Requests for help vary from the shortest reference query to an in-depth subject-specific literature search.

What is a literature search?

A literature search is a selected reading list on a research topic. South African and international information resources are consulted in order to compile a list of books, theses, journal articles, etc., relevant to your research topic. See the LibGuide on How to Write a Literature Review.

How do I request a literature search?

  1. Login on myUnisa using your student number and myUnisa password
  2. Click on the More Sites button and then select Library
  3. Select the Literature search request form from the menu
  4. Complete the form and submit

Please note:

  • You will receive an email and sms informing you of your request reference number. Please quote this reference number if you contact us at a later stage to enquire about the status of your request
  • This form is used only to request a literature search and not to request books for loan or copies of articles, etc.
  • It is important to submit your request well in advance of your deadline because we receive a large volume of requests. Requests will be attended to on a first-come, first-served basis
  • If you are eager to get started immediately you might like to do a quick and easy search via the Encore discovery tool.

You may request a literature search using the MSWord copy of the request form ONLY if you do not have access to the Web request form via myUnisa.