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  • ACU Spotlight No 1 - Access to research in east and southern African universities Reports
  • Part of the ACU Spotlight series of briefing papers on international HE matters. Many universities in east and southern Africa have impressive online journal collections, but this is rarely the perception of researchers and students, who report that poor access hinders their work. What explains this mismatch, and how can it be addressed? This paper explores the threefold challenge of availability, access, and use of online journals, and considers the interrelated issues of technology, awareness, skills, and campus relationships to understand how access and use can be strengthened. It draws on research at four universities in the region, but its findings have wider relevance for universities across the continent.
  • Jonathan Harle
  • July 2011
  • access Africa Arcadia research
  • Research management
  • Growing knowledge: access to research in east and southern African universities Reports
  • This study, commissioned and funded by Arcadia, explores the many interrelated issues surrounding researchers' access to the latest academic information in east and southern Africa. It presents the findings of a 12-month, four-country study, focused on four institutions: Chancellor College (University of Malawi), the University of Nairobi (Kenya), the National University of Rwanda, and the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). It finds that academics and students in east and southern Africa - and across the wider continent - have an impressive range of high-quality peer-reviewed material available to them, including many of the leading journals from major international publishers. However, getting this material used in the day-to-day research and teaching activities of universities remains a challenge.
  • Jonathan Harle
  • October 2010
  • Africa Arcadia broadband digital INASP Kenya libraries Malawi research Rwanda Tanzania
  • Research uptake