The Department of Historical Studies has put together a ready reference guide for the students new to the academic world. It offers useful and practical guidelines on a number of day-to-day matters of the academe, including referencing and studying for exams.
Click here for abridged version of guide book.
All students at the Department of Historical Studies are required to know the meaning and consequences of plagiarism, and the University’s policy regarding this. Please be informed that you will be asked to use the declaration against Plagiarism for all courses where you write any substantial work, which you do unsupervised.
The Department of Historical Studies is intent on conducting historical research in ethically appropriate ways. It has developed through debates and discussions an elaborate set of Guidelines for all research associated with the Department. All our Honours students are required to obtain ethical clearance for their research proposals, and use Copy Right Release Form, Materials Release Form, and Student-Supervisor Joint Statement.
Learn more about Charles Struben Scholarship, Mandelbrote Book Prize, Marie Maud Memorial Book Prize, Eric Axelson African History Book Prize, and the Diocesan College UCT 150 Memorial Book Prize awarded each year to the postgraduate students at the Department of Historical Studies
The Department of Historical Studies encourages young students to engage in archival research. They can select their relevant databases from the link above.
The National Library, which aims at building a complete collection of published documents produced in or relating to South Africa, houses rare manuscripts, books published in South Africa, periodicals, government publications, official foreign publications, maps, technical reports, Africana and newspapers. Many of these are available on CD or microfilm, in digital format or accessible online.
The UCT libraries house more than 1.2 million print volumes, in addition to an excellent collection of African documentary and feature films. For a quick search of the bibliographic and full-text databases, electronic books and journals, click the link above.
The Collections, Research and Documentation Department of the District Six Museum curates and manages a unique collection of oral history recordings, historical materials, fine prints and paintings, physical remains of District Six in the form of street signs and architectural vignettes, artefacts, photographic images, books, dissertations, theses, and audio-visual recordings.
The Centre for Popular Memory is an associate research unit of the Department of Historical Studies. This oral-history-based research, advocacy and archival centre records and disseminates peoples’ stories to expand the democratizing possibilities of public history.
Staff members of the Department of Historical Studies are associated with the Van Riebeeck Society which issues critically edited volumes of rare primary sources on Southern African history.
Staff members of the Department of Historical Studies are associated with the Economic History Society of Southern Africa which promotes the study of and interest in economic and social history of the region.
Staff members of the Department of Historical Studies are associated with theInternational Oral History Association which seeks to stimulate research using the techniques of oral history and promotes the development of standards and principles for the collection and preservation of oral historical information.
Staff members of the Department of Historical Studies are active in interdisciplinary Antarctic research.