Library Resources

Information on Publishing

Know why you should publish and how to avoid predatory journals

EBSCO Discovery Service

Access the Library's entire collection of information materials from one search point

Academic Integrity

Understand plagiarism, how to avoid it, and how to access plagiarism detection tools

Electronic Journals


The University of Nairobi Library subscribes to over 76,000 peer-reviewed full-text electronic journals to support the teaching, learning and research activities of the University. These journals are available to students, staff, and researchers of the University of Nairobi through the campus-wide network. For remote access, students require a UoN Network Access Account to log in to the VPN portal. Articles that are not available in full text from the listed databases can be ordered through the British Library Document Delivery Services upon request to the library. The available electronic databases cover all subject areas. The major databases and their subject coverage are summarized below. Access the websites for more information.

HeinOnline HeinOnline

Access the following three core collections of the HeinOnline database.

The collections can be accessed via


Access the UK's most authoritative and comprehensive collection of annotated legislation, cases, forms, precedents and commentary from Butterworths and Tolley

African Court Cases

A collection containing the research notes and files of UCLA Law Professor Rick Abel, taken during his research visit to Kenya in the 1960s.



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Access to Research for Development & Innovation (ARDI)

Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) supports researchers in creating and developing new solutions to scientific and technical challenges faced locally and globally.

The database provides ac to nearly 10,000 journals, books from 17 publishers and reference works for nearly 107 developing countries through ARDI.  Get in touch with the college Librarian for user name and password.



Tables of contents and abstracts of over 250 African journals with document delivery.



The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA)


This is a broad-based publisher of peer reviewed open access journals. Academic Journals currently publishes 111 open access journals covering art and humanities, engineering, medical science, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences and agricultural sciences



AIP publishes 12 journals, 2 magazines and a series of conference proceedings in applied and multidisciplinary physics.



This is the online repository of the American Optical Society. Get access to 12 optics and photonics journals and selected OSA meetings content. 



Access all the publications of the American Physical Society through this site.



Annual Reviews publications provide authoritative and comprehensive review articles in biomedical, life, physical and social sciences


African Journal of Business & Management

The journal aims at disseminating research whose theoretical foundations are in business, management and technology, especially ICT. It provides open access to its content on the principle that “making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge."


African Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health (AJM) is a new quarterly peer-reviewed and evidence based journal for all midwives and nurses who wish to keep up-to-date with developments in Africa, in matters relating to midwifery and women's health. The journal provides clinical and professional articles and aims to advance skills, knowledge transfer and academic discussions in all aspects relating to midwifery practice and women's health matters in Africa..Access is through the University campus-wide network.



The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of 1900 journals to institutions in 107 countries. AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world. Username and password is available from your Library.



Get access to a quarterly review of World Archaeology whose archive goes back to 1927. Access is enabled through University of Nairobi network

ACS Publications

Subjects covered: agricultural and food chemistry, natural products, environmental science etc.


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Beech Tree publishes three international, peer-reviewed academic journals on public policy for science and technology, research, environmental, social, health and other impacts.

Bentham Open

Publishes a number of peer reviewed, open access journals. These free-to-view online journals cover all major disciplines of science, medicine, technology and social sciences. BENTHAM Open provides researchers a platform to rapidly publish their research in a good-quality peer-reviewed journal. All peer-reviewed
accepted submissions meeting high research and ethical standards are published with free access to all.



BioOne provides a unique aggregation of high impact bioscience research journals featuring topics on global warming, stem cell research, ecological and biodiversity conservation. Access is through the University campus-wide network.


Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection (BLSC)

This database covers biomedicine and life sciences.

BMC Biology

BMC Biology is the flagship biology journal of the BMC series, now incorporating Journal of Biology, the premier biology journal of BioMed Central, and publishes peer-reviewed research and methodology articles of special importance and broad interest in any area of biology and biomedical sciences, as well as full reviews, opinion pieces, commentary and questions and answers on topics of special or topical interest.

British Institute of Radiology

The British Institute of Radiology is the international membership organization for everyone working in imaging, radiation oncology, and the underlying sciences.


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CABI Online

CABI Online Information Resources endeavor putting scientific researchers in touch with the best of the life sciences. It improves lives by solving problems in agriculture and environment.

CABI Information resources include:


Canadian Science Publishing (publisher of the NRC Research Press Journals)

CSP currently owns and publishes 24 diverse international journals with distribution in more than 175 countries, and provides publishing services to an additional 15 titles. Cover fields across the spectrum of science and engineering, with a focus on fundamental and applied sciences


CARI Journals

Subjects covered: biological science, business and economics, development policy, engineering, medical and health science, physical science, social science.



The Cochrane Library is a collection of online searchable databases containing high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Cochrane Reviews represent the highest level of evidence on which to base clinical treatment decisions.


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Directory of Open Access Journals

The aim of the directory of open access journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals. Open access journals use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions access fees. All scientific and scholarly subjects are covered. Currently, there are 6590 journals in the directory. Access to the journals is free.


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Over 11,000 full text, peer-reviewed journals, over 15,000 abstracted and indexed titles. Access to 8 major databases: Academic Search Premier; Business Source Premier; ERIC; Masterfile Premier; Newspaper Source; Health Source : Nursing & Academic; Health Source : Consumer Edition; Medline


Educause Quarterly

EDUCAUSE Quarterly is an online, peer-reviewed, practitioner's journal from EDUCAUSE about managing and using information resources in higher education. EQ is published in an online-only format with multimedia (graphics, live links, audio, and video) and community-building applications that enhance the magazine’s value.



Edinburgh University Press publishes over 30 journals across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.



Edward Elgar Publishing is one of the largest independent academic book publishers in the Social Sciences and Law. They have agreed to make 5 journals and a collection of 169 ebooks in Development Studies available to select EIFL member countries.

E-Duke Journals Scholarly Collection

The Duke University Press journals collection provides online access to over 50 humanities and social sciences journals

Euclid Prime Collection

Applied mathematics, statistics, theoretical mathematics online.



Emerald Management, features 140 Business and Management journals and Emerald Engineering eJournal Collection, features 19 Engineering journals all of which are peer-reviewed and fully searchable, plus reviews from the world's top 300 management journals.


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Free Medical Journals

The Free Medical Journals Site which has 2226 journals currently was created to promote the free availability of full-text medical journals on the Internet.


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Comprises of:

  • Expanded Academic: Online Full Text and Abstracting Databases.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center: Online database combining journals, reference, news and other health and medical content.


The Lyell Collection is an electronic resource containing new and archival journals, special

publications and book content, published by the Geological Society of London. It contains key peer-reviewed earth science literature of the highest quality.


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HighWire Press

HighWire Press partners with independent scholarly publishers, societies, associations, and university presses to facilitate the digital dissemination of 1518 journals, reference works, books, and proceedings.



HINARI Programme set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. More than 7,500 information resources (in 30 different languages) are now available to health institutions in 105 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improve world health. Username and password are available from your Branch Library.


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Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)                             

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) database provides full-text access to high quality technical literature covering Engineering Sciences and Technology.

IMF eLibrary

The IMF is viewed as one of the world’s most authoritative sources for economic information, analysis, and harmonized statistics.  IMF eLibrary provides comprehensive data and original analysis, with coverage of almost every economy in the world and a special focus on developing and emerging economies.


International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies

The objective of the iJIM journal is to publish and discuss fundamentals, applications and experiences in the field of interactive mobile technologies in learning and teaching as well as in industrial and other applications. This is an open-access journal but readers are required to register on the site for access.



The Library welcomes you to access the 18 Journals of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).  The Journals include the internationally renowned 16 part Proceedings of the IMechE, which spans across a broad range of topics including aerospace, rail, nano-engineering and power, and energy. Also included are the International Journal of Engine Research and The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, both leading titles in their field.


Infection and Immunity Journal

Infection and Immunity (IAI) provides new insights into the interactions between bacterial, fungal and parasitic pathogens and their hosts. Specific areas of interest include mechanisms of molecular pathogenesis, virulence factors, cellular microbiology, experimental models of infection, host resistance or susceptibility, and the generation of innate and adaptive immune responses.Click here to access the journal.

Intech Open

This database offers academic material on physical sciences, engineering and technology, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.


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This is an archive of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, sciences as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.


Journal of Virology

Journal of Virology (JVI) explores the nature of the viruses of animals,
archaea, bacteria, fungi, plants, and here to access the journal


Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology

This Journal exists to publish results of research on fruit and other perennial crops, vegetables, and ornamentals in commercial, amenity and/or recreational horticulture. Username and password are available from your Branch Library.

Libraries in a Digital Age

This database covers subjects related to digital libraries.

Lexis LibraryLegal homepage

Access the UK’s most authoritative and comprehensive collection of annotated legislation, cases, forms, precedents and commentary from Butterworths and Tolley.

Liverpool University Press

Liverpool University Press’ mission is to disseminate high-quality scholarly research and to promote learning and culture through the publication of books and journals.


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Liebert Online delivers electronic access to more than 60 authoritative journals published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. all full-text, searchable and linked to external bibliographic databases. 

Mathematical Sciences Publishers Journal

Provides free access to MSP’s journals, open to libraries in these 29 countries: Subject coverage includes mathematics, mechanics & engineering.

MDPI - Agriculture

Is an international and cross disciplinary scholarly and scientific open access journal on the science of cultivating the soil, growing, harvesting crops, and
raising livestock.


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Ranked the world's most cited scientific journal; It is one of the few remaining top academic journals that publishes original research across a wide range of scientific fields.



Full text is now available to the New England Journal of Medicine to all students and staff of the University. Access dates back to 1812 when the journal started publishing.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is a weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research findings, review articles, case reports, and editorial opinions on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice.


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Optical Society of America (OSA)

The Optical Society of America brings together optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders.

Open Edition Journals

Is a bundle of 175 journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences, published by university presses and small academic publishers.



Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research. Username and password are available from your Branch Library



Open access for Africa is a search engine that filters your search to prioritize results from open access journals and databases in Nursing and Medicine. It offers an orientation on how to optimize online searching and provides links to free access journals and databases. Resources featured in this guide include, journals with full text access, free medical text books, free databases, best search strategies and information about partnering institutions in Africa.


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Policy Press

Policy Press publishes work that seeks to understand social problems, promote social change and inform policy and practice. Our core aim is to improve the day-to-day lives of people who need it most.



PubMed comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.


Is a non-profit offering publicaccess to titles in science and medicine. Since 2003 they have published a variety of journals, including PLOS Biology and PLOS
, which rival existing elite titles such as Science and Nature.

Project Muse

A trusted source of high-quality journals in the humanities and social sciences from over 200 of the world’s most distinguished university presses and scholarly societies.


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Access is available to seven leading international journals from the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science. Titles cover biological and physical sciences, and include Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the longest-running continuously published journal in the world.


Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists allows free access to the online full-text version of its three journals; British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Bulletin, and Advances in Psychiatric Treatment to 75 different developing countries.


Royal Society of Chemistry - RSC Journals Archive

Biology, Biophysics, Chemical Science, Materials, Medicinal Drug Discovery and Physics high-impact journals and books


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Access over 550 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine.


SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO)

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, videos, etc. 

Researchers can explore methods and concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SRMO focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.  Visit the website for more information.

Science Supercourse

Research Method Library of Alexandria provides research method tool created to help researchers to access extensive information resources on research method. This is one of the largest and comprehensive collections, representing a one stop Library to answer research methods question. Researchers can explore methods and concepts to help them design and conduct their research.

Scientific Research - Academic Publisher

Biomedical & Life Sciences, Business & Economics, Chemistry & Materials Science, Computer Science & Communications. Earth & Environmental Sciences,
Engineering, Medicine & Healthcare, Physics & Mathematics

Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics

The Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is an academic association dedicated to the use of mathematics in industry. It is the world's largest professional association devoted to applied mathematics.



Springer is one of the leading international scientific publishing companies. Springer’s eJournals cover a wide range of subjects including biomedicine and the life sciences, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer sciences, human sciences, social sciences, and economics. Contact your librarian to know the list of journals in the package available to the University of Nairobi.



Symposium Journals is a pioneer in the publication of online-only academic journals, i.e. journals that have no printed editions but otherwise have the same aims, traditions, standards, and presentation as conventional journals.


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More than 1,300 titles in humanities, social sciences, and applied sciences.


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University of California

Subject strength: research, health, art & humanities


The University of Chicago Press publishes nearly fifty scholarly journals, many on behalf of some of the world's most prestigious societies, and several that were the first scholarly publications in their respective fields. The journals present original research in the social sciences, humanities, education, and biological and physical sciences.

Virtual University of Uganda - Open Access Library

Open Access library offering universal content.



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Access to over 840 leading learned journals in science, technology, medicine, humanities, and social sciences.



The World Bank e-Library is an electronic portal to the World Bank's full-text collection of books, reports/working papers, journals and other documents on social and economic development.



The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available and includes national, regional and global estimates



Focuses on financial flows, trends in external debt, and other major financial indicators for developing countries. Includes over 200 time series indicators from 1970 to 2009, for most reporting countries.



The most detailed collection of data on Africa, containing over 1,600 indicators, covering 53 African countries and spanning the period 1961 to 2008. Data include social, economic, financial, natural resources, infrastructure, governance, partnership, and environmental indicators. Data are drawn from World Development Indicators, and