This is a portal that claims to have over 2,400,000 downloadable e-books (PDFs). It has a keyword search engine plus a broad subject category listing. Search listings are limited to 100 titles so precise keyword searches should be used. Each title entry notes the language of the e-book and MB size. Due to the size of the full-text books, downloading can be time consuming especially if there is limited bandwidth.
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DIRECTORY OF OPEN ACCESS BOOKS (DOAB)
A discovery service for peer reviewed books published under an open access licence. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher's website or repository.
This portal focuses primarily on academic material. It has a keyword search tool and also a list of broad subject categories. One of the principal categories is Medicine which is divided into a lengthy list of sub-categories. Each entry notes the title, language format and many contain a one sentence summary plus the link to the PDF. Freebookcentre.net contains links to thousands of free online technical books. Which Include core computer science, networking, programming languages, Systems Programming books, Linux books and many more. You are welcome to follow the following links for the free books tour..
This search tool contains an extensive list of material from the Google Library Project and Partner Programs. If in the ‘public domain’, the material can be downloaded. Otherwise, there is online access through the portal. Google books has a keyword search key plus several search tools (limit) options. Search results will include full-text e-books and also chapters/sections of a book on that topic. Links (citations) can be stored in a personal Google Account.
The Academy grants free and downloadable access to all the PDFs of their e-book publications. Individuals must register for this feature (free). The initial screen has a key-word search engine plus links to broad categories including Agriculture, Biology and Life Sciences, Energy and Energy Conservation, Food and Nutrition and Health and Medicine. Each category has a sub-topic list.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information offers e-books on advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.
From the url or by opening the NCBI drop down menu and clicking on Books, access is granted to all the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s publications. Access is via keyword search or Browse Titles or New Releases. In the keyword search tool, other access options (limits) include Subjects, Types and Publishers. Search results contain the PDFs of books, collections, databases, documentations and reports.
The Online Books is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.
Literature Review Guide
A literature review is usually written as part of an undergraduate/postgraduate thesis proposal or at the beginning of a dissertation or thesis. A literature review gives an overview of the area of study:
What has already been said on the topic; Who the key writers are;
What the prevailing theories and hypotheses are; What questions are being asked; and
What methodologies are appropriate and useful?
In a literature review, you demonstrate that you have read and understood previous and current research in the area.
1. Do a literature Search
Find out what has been written about your topic. A good starting point is the list of references or bibliography of a recent article or book on the topic. Then use other bibliographical sources including abstracts, electronic data bases and the Internet. If you decide that a text is relevant, write down the bibliographical details in full — as the item would appear in your list of references or bibliography. Free bibliographic management software such as Zotero, is an extremely useful tool for tracking reading, organizing references and automatically generating a reference lists.
2. Find the literature
First check whether the material is held at the library. If it is not, your supervisor might be able to assist with some of the material, you may be able to spend some time working in a library which has more comprehensive holdings, or you might be able to use inter-library loans.
3. Read the literature
Record the author and the title (you already have the other bibliographical
information) and take notes. Your aim is to determine how the topic is approached and what is said about it. As you make notes, you might find it useful to ask yourself the following questions about each text.
What sort of text is it? What is the methodology?
Is a particular approach or school followed?
What are the definitions used? What is the theoretical basis?
What evidence is used to back up the thesis? What are the conclusions?
4. Write short summaries
For each relevant text, try to write a one paragraph summary similar to an abstract.
5. Organize the summaries
Try to identify similarities and group the summaries accordingly. The headings under which the summaries are grouped will vary, depending on the topic and the subject.
6. Write each section
Each section of your literature review should deal with a specific aspect of the literature.
7. Decide on the order of the presentation
In most cases, this would be from most important to least important, or from established to more controversial theories.
8. Write the conclusion
The conclusion should include a summary of major agreements and disagreements in the literature and a summary of the general conclusions drawn. If the literature review is part of a dissertation or thesis, you should also indicate your own area of research. This might involve identifying a gap in the previous research, identifying problems with the previous research or proposing to extend previous knowledge.
9. Write the introduction
The introduction should include a clear statement of the topic and its parameters.
You should also indicate why the research area is important, interesting, problematic or relevant in some way.
10. Proofread and edit carefully
The literature review is an important part of a dissertation or thesis. It should be thorough and accurate.
For more information and practice in writing a literature review, visit the,
QUESTION : How do I become a library member?
ANSWER : Kisii University Library is a university library and all students and staff of Kisii University are members by default. If you are a student of staff, Please register yourself with the user services librarian in the User Services Department in the Library.
QUESTION : How do I use the catalogue?
ANSWER : The catalogue is a list of all library information materials. This list is arranged alphabetically by subject. You first need to know which subject your search is and then check it in the catalogue, then check the title of the book you require and. write down the corresponding call number. Use the call number to retrieve the book from the shelves.
QUESTION : Why do I have to leave my bag with the security?
ANSWER : For security reasons. Although the Kisii University library trusts all its users, in the past and in other university libraries, some clients have been found to have left the library with information materials they did not borrow legally. Also within the library some clients complain that they left their bags in the library and later did not find it. So for your security and for the security of information materials, your bag should be left with the security at the entrance. There you can be assured it will be safe.
QUESTION : I can't find the book I am looking for?
ANSWER : Well, there are many reasons for this.
a) You are looking for it in the wrong place-make sure you have the right call number and you are looking in the right shelf.
b) The book is on the tables-Library clients are allowed to take books from the shelves and use them on the tables, the book you are looking for could be on a reading table.
c) Some one could have borrowed it-the library has many clients and the book you are looking for could be borrowed.
d) The book could be mis-shelved-this happens regulary especially when clients tend to do the shelving. You are advised not to try to shelf andy book you use.PLEASE LEAVE ALL THE LIBRARY MATERIALS YOU USE ON THE TABLES. As you will agree this can lead to you not finding a book.
e) the book could be on shortloan. The library selects some books and shelves them in shortloan section. Make sure where the book you are looking for is shelved from the catalogue or the librarian.
f) the book could be taken for repair and/or binding. The library materials suffer from wear and tear due to use. For this reason the library selects those in bad condition and repairs them. During this time the information materials is not accessible. This does not take a lot of time, so it should not worry you.
QUESTION : How do I communicate with the library?
ANSWER : Your can do this in several ways.
(a) On this window go to the left hand side and click on the 'talk to us' tab. Fill in your email address, subject of your message and message in the corresponding textboxes and click submit.
(b) You can also do this by writing down your message and drop it in the suggestion box provided at the library entrance.
(c) You can also talk to any of the librarians that are on duty. You can identify them by their budges/staff identification cards.
Zotero Tutorials & Help
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use research tool that helps library users collect, organize, cite, and share their research sources. It can be embedded as a firefox extension or word processor plugin. It lives right where you do your work i.e. in the web browser or word processor itself. Zotero's word processor plugins integrate Zotero into Microsoft Word and OpenOffice/LibreOffice/NeoOffice.
For many major databases and websites, the program can tell when a list of books or articles is displayed by showing an icon in the address bar, so citation information can be saved with just a few clicks:
Zotero helps you to:
To cite records in different formats
Annotate and organize research results.
Save information about a reference, including author, title, and other publication information.
Create libraries and save searches, and share collections with other people.
Attach files, links, notes, and PDFs to records.
Store a screenshot of a web page.
Export information as formatted citations in word processing programs (Word, Open Office, Google Docs).
Tag and sort records and perform advanced searches.
View records in personal collection when offline.