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)

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.

(published on 11/06/2018)

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)

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.

(published on 31/05/2018)

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.

(published on 24/05/2018)

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.


(published on 18/05/2018)

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)

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.

(published on 14/05/2018)

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. 


(published on 08/05/2018)

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.

Here are some of the red flags to look out for. Please note that these are just indicators that should be combined with your discretion and critical judgement.

    1. Is it in Beall’s list of potential predatory publishers
    2. Does the journal promise more than it can reasonably deliver? Statements such as “Send your paper and it will be published in a week.” This being an offer from a journal that claims to be peer reviewed is unrealistic. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
    3. If the journal claims to be an open access journal, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals? (This is a database of publisher’s policies on self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories)
    4. Is it listed in Journals Master List?
    5. Is the publisher a member of “Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association”?
    6. When you google the title of the journal, is the first hit the journal website or a blog on why the journal is a fraud?
    7. Has the journal published any other issues? Read the articles and judge for yourself.
    8. Searching in the box marked “search this journal” on the journal webpage for the name of an author of an article in a recent issue of the journal does not return any hits.
    9. Is the publisher transparent about author fees or article processing charges (APC) and the peer review process?
    10. For an invitation to a conference, the web site should have an address or an email contact.
    11. No specific person is identified as the editor of the journal
    12. Beware of unsolicited offers to publish your thesis
    13. Lastly, use common sense, as you would when shopping online: if something looks fishy, proceed with caution!

For more information on evaluating the credibility of a journal click here

(published on 08/05/2018)

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;
Information about the journal is found on the respective journal websites. Some of the issues you need to look out for are;
    1. What are the journal’s aims and scope?
    2. What type of papers does the journal publish? Are they empirical studies, original research, reviews or case studies?
    3. What are the article processing charges? Do they have waivers for developing countries?
    4. What are the publication timelines- response time, peer review, early cite?, how many issues a year?
    5. What is the acceptance rate? Though this should not discourage you, it gives you a realistic idea of the  probability that your paper will be accepted.
    5. For maximum visibility verify if the journal is indexed in Scopus, Web of Science, Scimago, Google Scholar
    6. Review sample papers from the journal to confirm if your paper is aligned in terms of for example writing style, general structural format, language and focus.

Nb: Verify claims that are made on the journal website to avoid falling prey to fraudulent journals. We will look at how to identify these predatory journals in our next write up.

(published on 02/05/2018)

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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