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Journals and Magazines

Special Collections’ holdings of periodicals and serials are rich and diverse. These include significant runs of current academic journals related to such areas of research as African studies in both print and digital formats. It also has collections of popular magazines such as Drum that have historic significance, as well as older academic and community periodicals, many of which are no longer published. Of particular interest, for example, are the runs of Cape Town street directories going back to the nineteenth century. Special Collections staff make serious efforts to obtain important periodicals published in southern Africa and indeed in other parts of our continent.

Older and historically significant periodical titles may be accessed through the Aleph online catalogue, and are identifiable by the prefix BAJ. Please note that historic serial publications in health sciences and law are available from the specialised branch libraries of those faculties. Current print periodical titles are identifiable by the suffix .05 in the shelf number in the Aleph catalogue; many of these titles are also available in the principle electronic databases to which UCT Libraries subscribe, searchable here.

Note that some individual issues of journal titles, as well as offprints of specific articles, may sometimes be available as BAP pamphlets, or be included in particular manuscript sub-collections. For help in identifying such items, please consult one of our specialist librarians. To find articles on specific subjects or by particular authors in digital format, please use the databases available on the main UCT Libraries' website.