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The Book of the Week from SNAL Collection

The Book of the Week  from SNAL collection this week is: Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches 5th Ed. by John W. Creswell 2018.

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This book advances a framework, a process, and compositional approaches for designing qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research in the human, health and social sciences. The book addresses the key elements of the process of research: writing an introduction, stating purpose for the study, identifying research questions and hypothesis, and advancing methods and procedures for data collection and analysis.

The book is intended for graduate students and faculty who seek assistance in preparing a plan or proposal for a scholarly journal article, dissertation, or thesis.

This book is available at SNAL general Collections; Callno: H62.C69 SNAL-MAIN



BASE the world's largest academic web resources search engine


BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic web resources. It provides more than 150 million documents from more than 7,000 Sources. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.

BASE is indexing the metadata of all kinds of academically relevant resources – journals, institutional repositories; digital collections etc.

In comparison to commercial search engines, BASE is characterized by the following features:

  • Sources are indexed only after check by qualified personnel of Bielefeld University Library
  • Only document servers and journals that comply with the specific requirements of academic quality and relevance are included
  • data resources inventory provides transparency in the searches
  • Discloses web resources of the "Deep Web", which are ignored by commercial search engines or get lost in the vast quantity of hits
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To access BASE search engine please follow this link: https://www.base-search.net

The Increase of Library Overdue Charges


Asklibrarian A library user is returning the books


Dear library users,

You are kindly informed that the overdue charges for the late returned books has been increased from 100/-Tshs to 1000/-Tshs with effect from 1st July 2020.

According to our records, there are books which are currently on loan to you are overdue. Please either renew them or return them to the library immediately. Fines are accruing on them on a daily basis, so the longer you leave it the more you will have to pay.

Remember, staying with an overdue book is violating the right of other users to use a particular book.


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Directory of Open Access Books – DOAB

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Bookboon's free online textbooks for students are focused and to the point. They are all written by highly respected professors from top universities in the world and cover topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science

Directory of Open Access Journals - DOAJ

DOAJ covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. They cover all subjects and languages. There are over 6000 free, full-text available journals in the directory.

FAO Corporate Document Repository

FAO Corporate Document Repository houses FAO documents and publications, as well as selected non-FAO publications, in electronic format. It includes publications dealing with food, food security, agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, and rural development.

Highwire Press (Stanford University)

Highwire Press facilitates access to 1.9 million full text articles mainly in the (bio)sciences. Most journals provide free access to back issues older than 12-24 months.


ERIC a widely searched education database used by millions of researchers, students, faculty, librarians, and others searching for education research.

SAGE journals

SAGE journals is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas.

Directory of Open Access Resources (OpenDOAR)

The Directory of Open Access Resources (OpenDOAR) aims to provide a comprehensive and authoritative list of academic open access repositories for end-users who wish to find particular archives or who wish to break down repositories by locale, content or other measures. Users can search for repositories by the following regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North America, and South America

African Journals OnLine (AJOL)

AJOL is a database of journals published in Africa, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of AJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey by providing access to tables of contents and abstracts on the Internet, links to full text (if available) plus document delivery of paper articles, which is subsidised to developing countries. Journals are included on the basis of their quality of content and proven record of regular publication

Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources (ROAD)

ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources, is a service offered by the ISSN International Centre with the support of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO. ROAD provides a free access to a subset of the ISSN Register. This subset comprises bibliographic records which describe scholarly resources in Open Access which have been assigned an ISSN by the ISSN Network : journals, conference proceedings and academic repositories.

Electronic Journals Library

The Electronic Journals Library is a service offered by the University Library of Regensburg to facilitate the use of scholarly journals on the Internet. At the moment, it contains 19540 titles, among them 2195 online-only journals, covering all subjects. 7414 journals can be read free-of-charge.


E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related disciplines. It offers free access to "e-prints in library and information science" research papers.

HighWire Press

HighWire Press at Stanford University develops and maintains the web versions of important journals in biomedicine and other disciplines. A list of journals with free full-text articles online is available.


Information Research is an open access, international, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, dedicated to making accessible the results of research across a wide range of information-related disciplines. It is hosted, and given technical support, by Lund University Libraries, Sweden and editorial support by the University of Borås , Sweden.

Open Science Directory

The Open Science Directory has been developed by EBSCO and the Hasselt University Library based upon a request by marine information management experts collaborating within the framework of the IOCs (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) programme. The goal is to create a global search tool for all open access and special programs journal titles. About 13,000 journals are now available in the Open Science Directory.


ScienceOpen, is a next generation Open Access platform that builds on the premise that scholarly publishing is not an end in itself, but the beginning of a dialogue to move research forward. It combines over 1 million articles from all areas of modern science, the humanities and social sciences with collaborative pre-publication workspaces, immediate publication and post-publication peer-review.


SpringerOpen is Springer's portfolio of fully open access journals and books, covering all areas of science. The entire content published with SpringerOpen is freely accessible online immediately upon publication. SpringerOpen views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings.

Taylor&Francis Open and Routledge Open

Taylor & Francis and Routledge currently publish a number of pure open access journals, with no subscription content. The articles in these journals receive both rigorous peer review and expedited online publication. Authors have the option of publishing their open access article under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license, as mandated by some research funders.


The UNESCO database contains over 130 000 free downloadable documents in six official languages covering all UNESCO fields of competence since 1945 and publications edited by the Organization.

Virginia Tech Electronic Library

Digital Library and Archives provides access to scholarly electronic journals that are peer-reviewed, full text and accessible without cost. Journal range from topics in education, engineering, literature to technology, philosphy and libraries science. Most journals are available in both PDF and HTML.

World Development Report Online, Complete

The Complete World Development Report Online allows users to access reports covering topics ranging from agriculture, the role of the state and labour to infrastructure, health, the environment and poverty free of charge. Search options include title and/or topic across all WDRs since 1978 plus related material and also access to the critical WDR background papers since 2005.

Wiley Open Access

Wiley Open Access is a program of fully open access journals. All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately freely available to read, download and share. The fully open access journals are published in collaboration with authoritative journals and societies as well as supported by internationally renowned editorial board members

Multi-disciplinary Science

The following is a list of links to and information about about multi-disciplinary Science e-resources. These resources are open access and freely available to all.

African Journal Archive

The African Journal Archive is a retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa. Journal articles hosted on the Archive extend back to the first issue (if available) and end with the last pre-current issue (determined by the publisher). The website comprises over 700 issues and 150,000 pages of journal archives of academic, scholarly, institutional, museums, and professional research organizations in Africa. Online access to the archive is free of charge to Africa and the world.

Indian Academy of Sciences

The prestigious peer-reviewed journals of the Indian Academy of Sciences are available online free to all users. Publications cover the physical sciences, life sciences, physics, mathematics, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, plant sciences, animal sciences, and modern biology, materials science, astrophysics and astronomy, genetics plus the journal Resonance, aimed at improving the quality of science education and teaching.


PeerJ is an Open Access publisher that makes access to research free to all and affordable to publish for researchers & their institutions. PeerJ provides academics with two Open Access publication venues: PeerJ (a peer-reviewed academic journal) and PeerJPrePrints (a 'pre-print server'). Both are focused on the Biological and Medical Sciences.

PubMed Central

PubMed Central is an open access web-based archive of journal literature for all of the life sciences. It is being developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK)

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is a partnership-based e-learning initiative to train individuals and support institutions and networks world-wide in the effective management of agricultural information. IMARK consists of a suite of distance learning resources, tools and communities on information management. There are separate portals in French and Spanish.


The FAO Corporate Document Repository houses FAO documents and publications, as well as selected non-FAO publications, covering topics including agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry management, and sustainable natural resources management . It enables users to easily access the accumulated knowledge and information produced by FAO directly on the Internet. There are separate portals for French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.

Livestock, Environment and Development (LEAD)

The work of the LEAD initiative, located within the FAO, focuses on the close and complex interactions between government policies and the environmental impact of livestock production. Resources available include documents related to livestock, the environment and development and the Livestock and Environment Toolbox, an electronic decision support tool for policy makers, planers and project leaders, to enable them to assess interactions between livestock and the environment. The toolbox helps the decision makers to identify appropriate technology and policy interventions within the domain of animal production-environment interactions. LEAD also provides separate portals in French and Spanish.

American Society for Microbiology

Back issues of the eleven journals of the American Society for Microbiology are now available full-text online without cost through the link above and PubMed Central. Embargo periods range from 6-12 months.


BioOne is the product of collaboration between scientific societies, libraries, academe and the private sector and brings to the Web an aggregation of the full-texts of high-impact bioscience research journals. Most of BioOne's titles are published by small societies and non-commercial publishers, and, until now, have been available only in printed form. Open Access articles are flagged up with the OA logo.

BMC Biology

BMC Biology is the flagship biology journal of the BMC series, publishing peer-reviewed research and methodology articles of special importance and broad interest in any area of biology, as well as commissioned reviews, opinion pieces, comment and Q&As on topics of special or topical interest.


Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analysing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.

ABC Chemistry

This is a directory of permanently available journals covering chemistry or chemistry-related subjects. The directory only includes content where there is at least one-year of free full-text article access, or extensive free supplements to printed versions of papers. Whilst most material is available in English-language only, some material is available in Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

Chemistry Central

Chemistry Central,operated by BioMed Central and owned by Springer Science+Business Media, publishes high-quality peer-reviewed open access research in chemistry.All original research articles published by, or in co-operation with, Chemistry Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.

Library of Congress- Library and Information Science Resources

This resource compiles free, full-text resources available on the Web for use by librarians, library technicians, and students in the field. Topics include: Online Subject Guides, Full-text Resources and Inter library Loan and Document Delivery. In addition, the Frequently Asked Questions page provides answers to a number of the most common library and information science questions received by the Library of Congress.

Association for Information Systems

Full access to the Journal of the Association of Information Systems. The Association for Information Systems (AIS) founded in 1994, is a professional organization whose purpose is to serve as the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems.


Ebrary's Library Center currently includes more than 120 full-text books spanning topics such as digital library development, general collection development, and the history of libraries and librarianship, as well as illustrated guides from the Library of Congress.


TerraLib is a GIS classes and functions library, available from the Internet as open source, allowing a collaborative environment and its use for the development of multiple GIS tools. Its main aim is to enable the development of a new generation of GIS applications, based on the technological advances on spatial databases. TerraLib is free software available to any users wishing to download it.

DiVA portal

DiVA portal is a finding tool and an institutional repository for research publications and student theses written at 49 universities and research institutions.

Educause Quarterly

Educause (formerly Cause/Effect) is a freely accessible practitioner's journal containing articles that relate to planning, developing, using, and evaluating information resources in higher education, covering aspects such as information systems development, user services, telecommunications and networking, database administration, and instructional technology development and co-ordination.

Center for International Earth Science Information Network

The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences. It specialists in online data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

Access to scientific information that may be useful in understanding and protecting the environment including access to research publications and technical documents, test methods, data, software, models, and other scientific tools plus access to laboratories, research centres, and other EPA scientific organizations.


Eldis is an online information service providing free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues. Eldis includes over 30,000 summaries and links to free full-text research and policy documents from over 8,000 publishers.

World Bank: Open Knowledge Repository

The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.

Through the OKR, The World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form.

Electronic Library of Mathematics

The Electronic Library of Mathematics contains online journals, article collections, monographs, and other electronic resources in the field of mathematics. All material is in electronic form and access is generally free, except for some periodicals with a "moving wall", i.e., a certain delay period after which resources become freely available. The Electronic Library of Mathematics is supervised by the Electronic Publishing Committee of the European Mathematical Society (EPC-EMS).

PhysMath Central

PhysMath Central is an independent publishing platform operated by BioMed Central committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed physics and mathematics research. All original research articles published by, or in cooperation with, PhysMath Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.

Directory of Open Access Resources

The Directory of Open Access Resources (OpenDOAR) aims to provide a comprehensive and authoritative list of academic open access repositories for end-users who wish to find particular archives or who wish to break down repositories by locale, content or other measures. Users can search for repositories by the following regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North America, and South America.

Guide to Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This site is a resource for graduate students who are writing theses or dissertations, for graduate faculty who want to mentor Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) authors, for graduate deans who want to initiate ETD programs, and for IT administrators at universities. The Guide is designed specifically for academic researchers and their mentors, yet anyone interested in research and e-publishing will enjoy this resource. Published by UNESCO, The Guide is an international, "living" document, written by ETD (electronic thesis and dissertation) scholars throughout the world (see About the Authors). The Guide will be updated regularly based on submissions by ETD authors and NDLTD members.

IFLA Library

The IFLA Library pulls together IFLA's digital resources in a convenient single online location for ease of accessibility, search and browsing. It has been launched in summer 2013 with the IFLA World Library and Information Congress papers, and will continue to grow with the addition of existing and new resources.

Google Scholar (Multidisciplinary)

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines

World Bank eLibrary (Multi-disciplinary)

Academic Journals (Multi-disciplinary)

Mobilising Knowledge for Development Digital Library

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