We are sure that you probably have this online resource handy at all times. But, just in case it has slipped under your radar, we would like to remind you of the value of the JSTOR digital library. A virtual store of academic journals, books and primary sources, JSTOR is a gem during times when access to your university library is limited. Ideal for short assignments and research projects, this online resource is a go-to for students of all disciplines. Most South African universities allow access to JSTOR through your e-library login details, so get researching!


ScienceOpen is a research and publishing network for the scientific community in academia. Undergraduate students may join ScienceOpen as a guest user without registering and still have access to their over 61 million Open Access articles and article records. Guest users are also able to read and download papers and share them with others via e-mail or social media. To write reviews on papers or create a personal profile, you must become a member (which is free of charge). If you are looking to expand your peer network in the science community or have a discussion about a paper you have read, ScienceOpen should be your go-to resource.


Have you ever wanted your own personal research assistant? Meet Zotero! This nifty software tool is a great resource for honours and masters students working on full-length dissertations. You know how it goes - you are deep in research mode and accidentally close the tab of the journal article you were just citing. Now you can't remember the name of the article and it's disappeared from your search history! Don't fret. Download Zotero and add it as an extension on your browser. While you work, the software scans your searches for academic content, prompting you to save it to your Zotero library. You can also create folders for each project you are working on, create reference lists and bibliographies, share resources and sync your data across devices. What more could you need to ace that next paper?

Open Culture

Language majors and film students, check out Open Culture for a mass of online resources. From free e-books and films, to language courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from the world's top universities, Open Culture has all you need to keep reading, writing and learning during this difficult period. The site also offers over 200 free textbooks in a range of subjects, including business and management, chemistry, art history and many more.


Writing is no easy feat. Especially when you aren't able to access your university writing and language centre. If you are anxious about tackling assignments, essays and research papers alone during this time, turn to Grammarly. This digital writing and editing software can help take your essay from clumsy to clever with a few quick alterations. The Grammarly tool tracks so much more than just spelling errors, it can improve your active voice, your writing style and tone and help avoid plagiarism. Grammarly can be plugged into your Microsoft Office software too, making writing a breeze.


Are you a visual learner? GoConqr is just the online resource for you. Offering you a free and integrated suite of content creation tools for each step of your learning journey, such as flash cards, mind maps, quizzes, slides and flowcharts. This tool is particularly useful for students with large chunks of information to learn in short periods of time (looking at you, med students). Why not take some time during this break from normal university activity to discover all the ways GoConqr can help you improve your memory retention and ultimately your final test scores?

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We understand that scouring the internet for the perfect journal citation can be frustrating, especially when you think you have found the right source, only to discover a paywall or a restriction on access to the full publication. Avoid all the nasty pitfalls of online research by visiting CORE - an aggregated, open access platform that does all the hard work for you. CORE brings together open access sources from repositories and journals worldwide and makes them available to the public, for free. Sign up here.

Having access to online resources will be pivotal during this period of lockdown. It's well worth investing in a reliable internet source to keep up with virtual classes, assignments and research. Check out our list of top recommended internet service providers to get yourself set up. 

Dalgona Coffee Challenge

Coffee trends come and go, but this one seems likely to be around for awhile as we're all becoming our own baristas at home. Try your hand at making dalgona coffee while in lockdown - it's a deliciously frothy coffee made using instant coffee, water and sugar. With a sweet honeycomb flavour, this may just become your go-to morning elixir. And if you're looking for more awesome coffee-inspired recipes to recreate at home, check this out.


Draw Something Challenge

Lockdown has inspired people around the world to get more creative. If you haven't done something creative in lockdown yet, get out your drawing pencils and join the #DrawSomethingChallenge. Whether it's a doodle or an intricate sketch, the point is to up your drawing skills and take your mind off of the global pandemic going on outside. For example, Harry Potter fans have been drawing up a storm since lockdown began, posting their sketches daily and engaging in online conversation about their favourite characters. If your artistic skills leave much to be desired, enroll in an online art course to brush up on your art history knowledge and technique.


Safe Hands

Aside from social distancing, frequently washing your hands for 20 seconds or longer is one of the best preventative measures against contracting COVID-19. As such, videos teaching people the correct way to wash their hands are dominating social media platforms. From the hand washing dance challenge in Vietnam, to an array of celebrities doing their part to educate the world about good hygiene, hand washing is the viral trick of the moment. Why not create your own #SafeHands video to share with family and friends?

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Alright, here’s my #SafeHands Challenge 🧼 thanks @ariannahuff! I now challenge @iamcardib, @gigihadid and @oliviawilde 😘 hope everyone is staying safe inside! PS -I had to redo this video so many times. 🙄 best I got

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Toilet Roll Footie

Sporting events have been cancelled world over and while avid fans are disappointed, most understand the need to promote social distancing to flatten the curve and hopefully eradicate COVID-19. In response, many football fans have taken to the web to showcase their own fine foot skills using toilet paper rolls, plastic cups and other household items. The aim of the game is to see how long you can keep the makeshift ball off the floor, how many toe taps you can do in 20 seconds or how many cups you can dunk into a trash bin in a minute. Join in on the fun when isolation boredom starts to kick in (no pun intended).

At-Home Workouts

Missing your daily gym workout? No sweat. There are tons of ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine at home, whether you stream an at-home HIIT video or practice some calming yoga out in your garden. You can also make chores a whole lot more exciting by turning your cleaning routine into a workout challenge. You won't need any extra equipment for these kinds of exercises either, as the idea is to use your own body weight and strength to build and tone muscle.

Get The Pets Involved

Now's the perfect time to adorn your pets with extra love and spoils, especially since we can't show much physical affection to our human loved ones at the moment. Cuddling your pet has been proven to reduce anxiety and is a great way to keep calm while under quarantine. You can also get your pets involved in making fun videos. Looking for inspiration? Check out HamStarz on TikTok for pure unadulterated cuteness and sound advice on ways to prevent spreading COVID-19, or follow Doug The Pug on Instagram for daily content.

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“‪I’ve got the quarantine blues‬” -Doug

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What's In Your Fridge?

Being under lockdown is the perfect excuse to work on your cooking skills. Now is also a time when no one will really judge you for posting daily pictures of your food. Join the #What'sInYourFridge challenge with chef David Higgs and his crew of food experts to come up with delicious meals using whatever it is you have left in store. Alternatively, you can join our very own challenge at Joburg.co.za by using the very last of your pantry staples to make one of three tasty dishes. Don't know your toaster from your waffle iron? Join Yuppiechef's online cooking school tutorials presented by some of SA's most well-known celebrity chefs, including Sarah Graham and Pete Goffe-Wood.

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Feeling a bit blue or bored? We’ve bundled all 14 of our Online Cooking School Courses and we're making it available for FREE for 1 month. 🙌 That's a combined value of over R3000! Learn to master new recipes, techniques, and cuisines from the comfort of your home, at your own pace. Join professional chefs 👩‍🍳 and your favourite local home cooks, including Sarah Graham, Kamini Pather, Peter Goffe-Wood, and Franck Dangereux, in a series of high-quality video tutorials. Get the offer at the #linkinbio. Happy cooking! T&Cs apply.

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Quarantine Book Club

Minister of Sport and Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa has reached out to South Africans, encouraging them to join the #QuarantineBookClub challenge. All you have to do is post a picture of the book you are reading while under lockdown with the hashtag #QuarantineBookClub. The purpose of this challenge is to get people reading for entertainment, inspiration and knowledge during this difficult period. You may want to start your own online book club with friends too until you are able to meet up for coffee and a quick chat again. Not sure where to begin? Check out our list of new book releases to get stuck into this winter.

Please stay home, stay safe and keep positive!