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Biological Science & Agricultural Sciences: Home

Welcome to the Biological and Agricultural Sciences (BAS) guide. This libguide provides links to some of our key BAS resources. Please explore the tabs on this guide and do not hesitate to contact your Information Librarian should you have any questions

Selected Books

Librarian: NAS

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Mashia Shokane
Sol Plaatje University
Central Campus
Library Building C004
First Floor: Office 108

Library week

South African Library Week 2023 Rationale

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is celebrating South African Library Week (SALW) with the theme “Libraries: telling powerful stories” from 20-26 March 2023.

Humans have told stories for as long as we can remember. These stories are used to share news, amplify the accomplishments of heroes, and pass on cultural traditions, and transfer knowledge and history. Libraries have been central in collecting, preserving and sharing these stories. The first library in South Africa dates back to 20 March 1818, with the establishment by proclamation of the first public library, the South African Public Library, now the National Library of South Africa (Cape Town Campus).

Stories make difficult information easier to understand. Stories can change the future for the better. This year we are focusing on telling those stories, both from a librarian's and library user’s perspective, focusing on the achievements of libraries in South Africa over the years, as libraries transform to fit into the New World.



Sol Plaatje University Library and Information Services Operating times

During Term

Monday to Thursday :  08:00 to 21:00

Friday: 08:00 to 16:30

Saturday: 09:00 to 13:00

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays


During Recess

Monday to Friday : 08:00 to 16:30

Saturday : Closed



Reader's corner

The SPU library encourages a reading culture to all students and staff 

Come and use the reader's corner on the first and second floors of the library.

Take time to relax and enjoy reading our collection of African-inspired novels and poems 

Exam preparation tips

Studying and preparing are vital to success in exams.

It is, however, difficult to know how best to manage your preparation period until you have some experience. Some of these tips sound like ‘common sense’, and relate to the importance of looking after yourself. Others are more about how you do your studying. Both types are important and will help you to both study better, and perform better in the exam.

1. revise early 

2. organize your study time 

3. Look after yourself during study and exams 

4. Use different techniques for revision 

5. change the location of where you study 

6. Take a regular break 

7. know your exam 
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South African Society for Microbiology (SASM)

Objectives of the society

  • to promote the professional interests of microbiologists, to improve the standing of the profession and to uphold the dignity of an honourable profession;
  • to act as the official and representative mouthpiece of members of the profession;
  • to create a channel by means of which the authorities may gauge the opinion of the profession regarding matters directly or indirectly affecting the profession;
  • to promote high academic standards in the training of microbiologists and to proffer advice in this regard;
  • to advise on the professional assessment of microbiologists;
  • to receive and administer membership fees, other funds and donations for the furtherance of the general or specific objects of the Society;
  • to lay down such rules as are deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the Society and the achievement of its various objects;
  • to make awards;
  • to further knowledge in the various microbiological disciplines and all areas in which it may be applied and to create channels of communication between members who share common interests;
  • to promote affiliation with related scientific societies in South Africa and similar scientific societies beyond our borders;
  • to collect and disseminate information on microbiology.