How to use UJ library database

You can follow these simple steps in order to search for any article of Journal in the University of Johannesburg library database.

Please note!  If you are using a tablet or mobile phone this database list will be easier to use.
Access to online Library resources is managed either via WAM or via OpenAthens. If it is via OpenAthens there will be a note next to the Database title in the Database list below.

1. WAM Access to Online Library Services/Resources  (Online databases,  “My UJLink”,  UJoogle,  Electronic Course Reserves and Interlibrary Loans)  

  1. Use your UJ Email password and your UJ username (Staff) or UJ student number (Campus Option) OR
  2. Use the current Library Option (i.e. Surname, UJ ID & Library PIN) 

2. OpenAthens Access to Online Resources (such as online Databases, UJoogle)   
Access online Library services by using your UJ username (Staff) or UJ student number and your  UJ Email password. 
For more information on access using OpenAthens, visit this OpenAthens Guide.

How do I use the filter?
      1. To filter by Database Title, select the First Letter of the Title​ and select Submit.
      2. To filter by one or more Subjects, select the Box next to the required subject(s) and select Submit.   Remember to include Multidisciplinary in your selection.
      3. To clear all filters, select Reset search criteria.​

Searching the databases for ARTICLES

  • Go to the library web site
  • Select Databases. Use the subject filter or alphabetical filter to assist you with your selection.
  • To access databases you will need your UJ email address and password.
  • Select the required databases to start your search.
  • The databases have Basic and Advanced search screen options

    NOTE: Each database can be searched with the help of
  • In the Search/Find box, type the terms/keywords representing your topic
  • You can combine your keywords with the Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)to narrow or broaden your search. For guidance on using Boolean Operations, go to BooleanOperators
  • Additional limitations, which can narrow your search results, are: full-text articles only, time frame, type of documents(scholarly journals; magazines, books, dissertations), etc.
  • If no results are displayed, check your spelling, change your keywords, use fewer keywords, add a keyword or use a synonym for the keyword.
  • Once you have the results list, you can re-arrange them for example according to the most relevant or recent articles.
  • If the results are available in full-text, a number of options are available to view them: Full Text, Text & Graphics or PDF formats.
  • Choose PDF if you want to print.
  • SELECT the records you would like to access
  • If only the Abstract of the article is available, then search the UJLink (Library Catalogue) or check against the A-to-Z journal list for full-text availability.


  • Go to the library web site
  • Select A-to-Z journal list
  • Type the required journal title and select Search
  • If the journal is available in full-text, the available access options will be displayed.
  • If available electronically, click on the journal title hyperlink. Then select the required volume, issue and page to download or print the article.
  • If available in print, click on the “search” button to display the location and shelf number.