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According to World Health Organization (WHO), "Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

"The WHO definition of health, crafted and adopted 70 years ago, embraces body, mind, and society in a single holistic concept.  We could make considerable progress by adhering to this definition, and promoting mental health and addressing the social determinants of health, in addition to curing physical disease. In so doing, we'd save money, too"(Burke, 2018).

(published on 16/08/2018)

BioMed Central Open Access Journal

BioMed Central (BMC) Complementary and Alternative Medicine is an open access journal publishing research articles on interventions and resources that complement or replace conventional therapies.

The Open access journal specializes on research on biological mechanisms, their efficacy, safety, costs and patterns of use or implementation. BMC is part of Springer nature which publishes research articles on science, technology, engineering and medicine.

(published on 07/08/2018)

Kenyatta University emerges second in webometric ranking

Kenyatta University has moved from position three to second position in Kenya in the just released July 2018 edition of Webometric Ranking. 2nd position was previously held by Egerton University in the January 2018 edition. University of Nairobi maintained position one. The ranking is based on web presence, impact, openness and excellence. In Africa, Kenyatta University has continued to improve by securing position 19 up from position 51 and 24 in previous editions. There was also a dramatic improvement in our worldwide ranking as we moved to position 1450 from position 1707 in the January ranking. While we have not yet achieved our rightful place in the ranking, this consistent and marked improvement clearly shows that we are on the right track. The laudable results are courtesy of concerted effort from all the stakeholders led by the Web Ranking Committee. See full results here



(published on 30/07/2018)

Journal suggesters/recommenders

https://www.journalguide.com/dist/images/ill-search.pngHaving trouble identifying a suitable journal for your research work? Some publishers have provided a service that can assist you in identifying journals based on details of your paper. Here are some of these useful links;


(published on 24/07/2018)

Turnitin: A plagiarism check software for Kenyatta University

In view of the need for academic integrity, another key research support tool that the Library has subscribed to is Turnitin. This is a Web-based text matching software that is used to determine the originality of documents in digital format. The software is extensively used by educational institutions and publishers to check originality of documents. It searches and compares submitted documents with its extensive online database as well as those on the Public Web. An originality index indicator/report ranging from '0'-'100' percent is provided. The students' supervisors interprete the report and determine if plagiarism has taken place.

KU Library’s role is to administer the use of the Tool by facilitating the Teaching Staff with Turnitin accounts and provide training on its use. The supervisors' role is to check the similarity (plagiarism level) of students' work, interpret the reports and advise the students. The accepted overall similarity score is 24% and below and 2% or below per source. For more information please read the KU Plagiarism Policy or contact us at  library@ku.ac.ke. 

(published on 02/07/2018)

SAGE Research methods

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. SRMO covers 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  and can therefore be used across all disciplines.

(published on 25/06/2018)

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.

(published on 19/06/2018)

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.


(published on 19/06/2018)

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.


(published on 06/06/2018)

Publishing your research results

TCS-Logo-V-RGB-300x232Sharing 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/)

(published on 16/05/2018)

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
    2. The SCImago Journal & Country Rank portal will aid you in selecting a journal on your subject as well as give you the impact factor of the journal
    3. Some publishers make the process easier by providing a platform which can recommend a journal based on your title and abstract. Some of these are;
        a. Springer Journal Suggester
        b. Wiley Journal Finder
        c. Elsevier Journal Finder
        d. IEEE Publication Recommender

Most of the journal suggesters give you important journal information such as Journal impact factor, publication timelines and acceptance rate.This information will aid in making an informed decision

(published on 15/05/2018)

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.

(published on 20/03/2018)

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.

(published on 15/11/2016)

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