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Political Studies and Policy and Development Studies: Home

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Politics and Policy and Development Studies

Political Studies, Peace Studies and Policy and Development Studies (PODS) (Pmb campus) fall under the School of Social Studies

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 Useful links @ UKZN

UKZN website   

UKZN staff portal    

UKZN student portal

UKZN Library website  

Off campus access to e resources

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UKZN student email set up

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UKZN library collections

What is available at UKZN in terms of books, journals, theses, AV materials etc can now be found in the online library system called World Cat Local. The search boxes are located in the middle of the Library's main website page.

In the 'icatalogue' search box type your search words and when you get a results list, narrow your search by reference type (called formats on the left hand side). UKZN results show up first.

Search the catalog:

Off campus access

The Writing Place

The Writing Place (Pmb)

Do you need help with your academic writing?

Do you have an essay/project/assignment due?

Are you having difficulty with your tutorials?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Writing Place is for you!!

If you would like to book a session with a tutor, or for further enquiries, contact Stella Sabi: (Pmb campus)

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This support page provides information for undergraduates, graduates and researchers in general in the fields of politics and policy and development studies. This guide introduces you to the different information resources and associated activities in the academic environment.

 Where are we?

Politics is taught on the Pietermaritzburg and Howard College campuses. Policy and Development Studies is unique to the Pietermaritzburg campus and offers post-graduate qualifications only. Each campus has a physical library where relevant books, journals, theses and other resources can be located. Online access is available on and off campus to a wide range of resources.

For off campus access you will need to authenticate yourself first with your university lan login and password. Not all databases provide off campus access. It is best to access the University site via Firefox.

Library news: hours, access and off campus access


From 'Resources' on the red toolbar on the Library's webpage, choose the option from the drop down menu called 'off campus access'. Click on the name of a database or catalgoue, put in your university login and password.


 All staff and students are now required to produce their staff/student card to enter the library as a swipe card system has been installed. Your card will only work on the campus that you are registered. If you wish to use another campus library or have problems with your card, please see Risk Management Services  for assistance.


The libraries are open daily, Monday to Sunday, 24 hours, including the short vacations.

Note that these opening hours are affected by load shedding. Check your library for changes.


Monday to Friday:  8am - 4.30

Saturdays: 8.30 - 12.30 (July only)

Sundays: Closed

Google scholar

Not sure where to go to find journal articles and other scholarly materials? Try Google Scholar. Not everything will be available full text however.

Some tips for using GS:

  • Don't type in your whole assignment topic - analyse the assignment and identify the main topic. Type in the topic words
  • If you have a multi-word topic such as multi-party democracy, type it in double inverted commas: "multi-party democracy" for a more accurate search.
  • Use AND to link topics eg "multi-party democracy" and "south africa"

Click on the Journals or Databases tabs above for more options and information about journals.

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