|Oxfam Digital Repository|
Oxfam Digital Repository is proud to share through its open access policy the knowledge and experience it has gained over 70 years. The Repository provides access to a wide range of publications including: case studies and evaluations; journal articles; research reports and datasets; technical and policy briefs; and training manuals.
All items can be accessed free of charge and in full text with resources available in a range of formats (including documents, presentations, images and videos) and languages.
|Reference and Citation Management Software|
Now that you know the wide spectrum of online books and journals available to you, what is required of you as you make use of them? As a responsible researcher, you are obligated to give credit to the owners of the information by acknowledging them in your citations and compiling the information sources you have used in a reference list. This safeguards you from plagiarism accusations. You can do this manually (very tedious) or make use of citation and reference management softwares. Kenyatta University Library advocates for Zotero and Mendeley Reference Management Software. These two tools are free. They help you cite and manage your references automatically. The software additionally help you collaborate with other researchers, back up your work and access your work on the go from any device. The library also offers free training on these software. This takes about 30-45 minutes. Download and explore one of them and you will be amazed at how much easier the management of your references and citations will be.
|ProQuest Dissertations & Theses|
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT OPEN) provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses published free of charge by the authors. This Open Access Publishing is a new initiative offered by ProQuest's UMI Dissertation Publishing.
At PQDT OPEN, you can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.
|Tools and services that will make your research easier|
The Kenyatta University Library has provided tools that will make every stage of your research work easier and less time consuming. We will be telling you about these tools in subsequent posts. Let us start with the most basic. Current and up to date online books and journals are available here. Each of the database gives you information on the subject coverage. You can opt to search all the online resources simultaneously on this link. They are accessible from any location. If you are accessing the e-books and e-journals from outside the university network, click here and follow the simple instructions on the platform. In the next write up we will introduce you to tools that help you in citing and referencing. This means that you do not need to worry about the commas and the fullstops in your reference list or bibliography.
|Access online books form Proquest Ebook Central|
ProQuest Ebook Central (Formerly ebrary) is one of the richest databases of online books. The subject coverage includes Business & Economics, Computers & IT, Education, Fine Arts, History, Language & Literature, Law,Life Sciences,Medicine,Physical Sciences, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences and Technology.
|Understanding author rights through Sherpa Romeo|
The Kenyatta University Post Modern Library has been making effort to profile the university’s research products through archiving and uploading our researchers’ published articles to our Institutional Repository. One of the means we employ in identifying the research papers is through harvesting the articles from the internet. Where the full text is not available, we may request the author to provide one. However, often times the author is not sure whether they can share or archive the full text version. To find out the dos and don’t’s pertaining to your author rights, visit the Sherpa Romeo site. The site summarises open access self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights that are given to you as an author by different journals and publishers. The journal may for example allow you to archive the pre-print and post-print or publisher’s version/PDF while another may only allow archiving of your pre-print (ie pre-refereeing) article version. Other journals allow you to archive your article after a defined embargo period. The respective journal website may spell out these rights. The publishing license agreement you sign with the publisher also stipulates your rights. The library verifies your archiving rights before uploading your article in our repository.
|Access to Emerald Electronic Journals|
Looking for information on Accounting, Finance & Economics, Business, Management & Strategy, Education, Library Studies, Sociology, HR, Learning & Organization Studies or Tourism & Hospitality? Click here. The database covers these and much more.
|Publishing your research results|
Sharing research results with the world is key to the progress of your discipline and career. But with so many publications, how can you be sure you can trust a particular journal? Follow this check list to make sure you choose trusted journals for your research. (Extract from https://thinkchecksubmit.org/)
|Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)|
Explore the electronic theses and dissertations contained in the Global ETD Search of Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) archive of over 4,955,602 to to improve on your research by drawing on rapidly growing collections of valuable content.
|SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO)|
Find resources to answer your research methods and statistics questions at SAGE ResearchMethods. SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SRMO links researchers to content from books, book chapters, journals, reference books, and videos.
Explore methods and concepts to help you design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct your research, and write up your findings. SRMO focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across all disciplines.
|How to avoid falling prey to fraudulent Journal Publishers|
Fraudulent journal publishers charge authors fees without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals. Open access publishing is the one most targeted by the unscrupulous publishers. The emergence of predatory publishers maybe the reason for the spam mails you may have come across requesting you to publish in a journal or present your research at a conference.
|How do you decide the best journal for your research?|
Looking for a journal to publish in is pretty much like window shopping for an item you want to purchase. As you window shop for your publishing options, here are some highlights of the process of identifying the best fit;
|Publishing in the right journal|
The decision on where to publish your research is a critical one. Having invested so much in your research, you need to publish in a journal that will present your research in the best way possible and reach the right target audience. The choice of journal may also affect career advancement, professional reputation, and funding opportunities. How then do you make this all important decision? Here are some tips;
1. If you opt for open access publishing, the Directory of Open Access Journals is a useful guide
|EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)|
EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) is an online research tool that “pulls together” almost all of our Library resources so that they can be explored using a single search box. One can search a number of multi-disciplinary e-resources databases that are already subscribed by Kenyatta University through EDS Federated search bar.
Kenyatta University Library is using EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) on trial basis as subscription modalities are being negotiated.
|Open Access Informercial|
In the spirit of celebrating and supporting open access,Kenyatta University Library in collaboration with KU TV and INASP produced a Video/Infomercial.
This was in line with the “Open in Action” theme, where the various steps taken by the library to make the resources accessible are highlighted. Open Access and self-archiving concepts are highly elaborated. Advantages of open access, the various policies that support and promote the same; as well as the challenges facing open access are well explained.