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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 an online service for educational institutions that is used to determine the originality of a written report. It compares submitted papers to its extensive online database of public Web content and to previous submissions. The service searches for text taken from these sources and provides a report of sources of text found and a similarity percentage index indicator. The KU library’s role is to facilitate teaching staff with turnitin accounts and provide training on the tool. The supervisors role is to check the students work, interpret the report and advise the student. The accepted similarity score is 24% and below. To see the KU Plagiarism Policy click here. For further inquiries email library@ku.ac.ke.

 

SAGE Research methods

logo_SRMFind resources to answer your research methods and statistics questions at SAGE Research Methods. 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.

Reference and Citation Management Software

MendeleyZoteroNow 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.

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