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Information Studies: Books

Useful books for Information Studies

Information Studies

Information Studies books are arranged on the shelves in number order (Dewey system): 020 - 029. Knowledge management can generally be found at 658.4038. Some records management books can be found at 651.5.  Please consult the icatalogue for precise locations.


Guide to using World Cat Local icatalogue

Reference books

Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias Collection

Subject reference material is available in print and electronic format. Print reference works are housed in the Reference library on the ground floor. Go to the ebooks page to identify online materials.

Library Collection

Location of Library collection:

 Main Collection (Open Shelf)

 Books are available in different formats: print and electronic. Print books can be:
  • Borrowed for a limited period
  • Books can be loaned across campuses
  • Books can be renewed electronically or telephonically or by visiting the Circulation Desk
  • Books not on the shelves – can be done by visiting the Circulation Desk to fill  in a request or contact
  • Fines are charged per day, per item for late returns.

For further information on borrowing library materials, click here.

Academic Reserves (AR)

  • —Consists of recommended and prescribed books in high demand
  • —Loan period of 2hrs during the day
  • Usage only renewable if not wanted by another user
  • —Fines are charged per item per hour for late returns.

Finding books (print or electronic)

Build your search Using  Boolean Operators:

When using and, or, not, or to combine your search terms will narrow or expand your search results.

  • AND requires both terms appear in the items that are retrieved.
  • OR requires either term appear in the items that are retrieved.
  • NOT excludes a term.

Keyword Search

  • Simplest form of searching.
  • System  match the words typed, not the ideas represented by the words.
  • Some are “phrase searches”.
  • Truncation  -- word stem e.g.  creat*
  • Results can be by displayed by date or relevance.

Search the catalog:

Finding e-books

Search for e-books using EBSCHOhost and  or click on e-books on the  library webpage.



Research databases
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Reasearch methodology books

Most methodology books can be found at the numbers 001.4 and 300.72 on the top floor. Some of the latest editions of key texts such as those by Babbie and Mouton and Newman are kept in Academic Reserves.

There is a permanent display of methodology books on the ground floor of the Pmb main library.

 New methodology books at the Pmb main library

Please note that some methodology books in high demand in the Pmb library have been made available for a 3 day loan rather than placed on Academic Reserves. These 3 day loan books are on the wooden shelf opposite the circulation desk.

New print books @ Pmb main library

What if a book is not available at UKZN Library?

UKZN Library offers an Interlibrary loan (ILL) facility through which books can be borrowed from other libraries in the country if available. Most times there is no charge for borrowing a book. Copies of journal articles may also be requested and if it cannot be scanned and emailed there is a fee for this.

All ILL requests are done through the issue desk. You can also use the email: If you want to  borrow a book from another campus, fill in  details in the book at the issue desk. Requests for books not available at UKZN can also be requested via the ILL request button in the catalogue.

On the national system SABINET, the collection SACat indicates what books are in which library in the country.

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