Health Sciences Library (WHSL)

New Acquisitions

WHSL's new electronic acquisitions (books, journals and databases) are announced in the “Resource News” window of the WHSL E-Resources for Health Care LibGuide, as well as on the subject LibGuides..

Occasionally new print material appears in The Appendix, WHSL's newsletter. If you wish to receive this list of new information about WHSL, and new publications acquired by WHSL, please e-mail patricia.warner(at) and ask for your e-mail address to be added to the circulation list for The Appendix.


WHSL Desk: 27 11 717 2348
WHSL Information Desk: 27 11 717 2352
BARA Librarian: Contact Masana Masite on 27 11 938 8994


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 08h30 - 23h00
Wednesday 10h30 - 23h00
Friday 08h30 - 18h00
Saturday 08h30 - 15h00

Chris Hani Baragwanath (BARA) Library
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 08h00 - 16h00
Wednesday CLOSED

Helen Joseph Hospital (HJH) Library and Rudolf Geerling Medical Library (Tara)

These library branches are now 'virtual' libraries and no longer occupy physical space at the hospitals. Please go to for access to all e-resources.

WHSL Anaesthesiology
A guide to assist students and staff locate Anaesthesiology-related resources.

WHSL Asking the Clinical Question
A guide to creating a successful search strategy for EBM searching

WHSL Basic Searching in PubMed
A brief guide to using one MeSH term to search PubMed

WHSL Bioethics

WHSL Building a Search Strategy in PubMed
A step by step guide on how to design a search strategy using MeSH within PubMed

WHSL Chemical Pathology

WHSL Citing the Medical Literature

How to cite print and electronic books and journals using Vancouver or Harvard styles for use in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand (GEMP 1 PCMS, MTP1, MTP2)

WHSL Clinical Questions using PubMed
The first in a series of evidence-based medicine guides

WHSL Dermatology

WHSL e-Resources in Health Care
Links to electronic databases, books and journals relevant to health care. Like Amazon, but free.... 

WHSL Emergency Medicine

WHSL Evaluating Web Sites for Health Information
A brief guide showing how to evaluate web sites used to provide health information

WHSL Evidence-Based Medicine
This guide supplements WHSL lectures and tutorials on EBM information searching

WHSL Family Medicine

WHSL Finding the Evidence
Advanced searching tips for finding the evidence using PubMed

WHSL Forensic Medicine

WHSL Guide for New Academic Staff at the Faculty of Health Sciences
Useful information about WHSL for new academic staff members

WHSL Guide to Information Sources in the Health Sciences
Guides you through the various types of information sources and their use

WHSL Guide to Referencing for Psychological Foundations of Health PSYC 1008
This guide will help you to cite sources used for your assignments in PSYC 1008 in your text, as well as to compile a list of references at the end of your assignments. It will also advise you on how to avoid plagiarism.

WHSL Introduction to Research in the Biomedical Sciences
Helpful information for undertaking the research process in the biomedical sciences

WHSL Introduction to the Medical Literature
This guide will show you the basics of how to find information in print and online at the Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library (GEMP 1 PCMS Module 1)

WHSL Medical Subject Headings for PubMed Searching
This guide will assist you to use the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) when you are searching in PubMed

WHSL New Students' Guide
A guide to the use of the Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library for new students

WHSL Nursing

WHSL Occupational Therapy
Using Library resources related to Occupational Therapy

WHSL Oral Health

WHSL Paediatrics

WHSL Pharmacy and Pharmacology

WHSL Physiology

WHSL Physiotherapy, Biokinetics, & Sports Medicine

WHSL Postgraduate Students' Guide
Useful information for postgraduate students at the Faculty of Health Sciences

WHSL Psychiatry

WHSL Public Health
Guide to resources for students and staff of the School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

WHSL Radiology & Oncology

WHSL Saved Searches - PubMed's My NCBI
How to use PubMed's My NCBI, and other methods of keeping up to date with the latest medical information

WHSL Surgery

WHSL Systematic Reviews
A brief overview of how to find systematic reviews using PubMed

WHSL Vancouver Citation Style Guide for Theses, Dissertations and Research Reports
Replaces the section on citations (references) in the official Faculty of Health Sciences Style Guide for Theses, Dissertations and Research Reports