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How do I create my Google Scholar Profile?

A Google Scholar profile is a very simple way of collating your publications and citations to them so that others can find your work.

Step 1: Creating your basic profile

  1. Log on to and click the “My Profile” link at the top of the page to get your account setup started.
  2. On the first screen, add your affiliation information and university email address, so Google Scholar can confirm your account.
  3. In the home page field, you can paste the link to your departmental faculty profile or the CUK home page link

Step 2: Adding your publications

  1. Google Scholar will provide a list of publications it thinks belong to you. Read through the list and select the ones you have authored by checking the box.
  2. Click on the blue shaded arrow at the top right corner of the page

Step 3: Settings

  1. Choose the option of either “Applying article updates automatically” or “Email me updates for review”. I do not recommend the first option especially if your name is shared by many people
  2. Congratulations! You now have a Google Scholar Profile

Step: Getting back to your profile

  1. Simply log in to your email
  2. Open Google Scholar
  3. Click on My Profile at the top right corner of the page
Published on 22/11/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

Accessing Emerald Journals

Emerald database of journals is strong in Accounting and Finance, Economics, Tourism and Hospitality, Management, Marketing and Computer Science.

How do I access the journals?

  1. Login to your RemoteXs account. If not registered on RemoteXs click here
  2. Scroll down to Emerald Insight under E-Journals category on the list.
  3. Carry out your search
Published on 05/04/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

Resource of the week: Emerald database

Emerald database of journals is strong in Accounting and Finance, Economics, Tourism and Hospitality, Management, Marketing and Computer Science.

How do I access the journals?

  1. Login to your RemoteXs account. If not registered on RemoteXs click here
  2. Scroll down to Emerald Insight under E-Journals category on the list
Published on 09/06/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

Resource of the week: JSTOR

JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million journal articles, books, images, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. JSTOR has introduced new tools for research that provide new ways to explore and research.

  • Workspace enables students and researchers to save, annotate, and organize images and text-based works, create PowerPoint presentations, export content as PDFs, and more.
  • Text Analyzer allows you to upload your own text to find relevant content.
  • The Understanding Series allows you to pick a passage from a growing list of widely studied works and discover content in JSTOR referencing that passage.
Published on 13/06/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

Ebrary/Proquest E-Books

Image result for ebrary Logo. Size: 310 x 100. Source: uark.libguides.comProquest is a rich database of up-to-date e-books that cover various disciplines. Students need to register on RemoteXs in in order to access Ebrary books and other online resources. Unlike other databases, Proquest requires one to create a personal account to facilitate downloading of books and use of other features such as creation of a virtual bookshelf.

Nb: To log in to the RemoteX platform click here

Published on 04/07/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

The CUK Institutional Repository

The CUK Institutional Repository (IR) is a digital collection of the research generated by faculty, students, administrators and all members affiliated with the CUK community. The repository contains research papers, books and book chapters, conference papers and postgraduate theses and projects. The IR is registered on Open Directory of Open Access Repositories(OpenDOAR).

What are the benefits of archiving my research in the IR?

Increased visibility and citability of the researcher

  1. Preservation of your scholarly works
  2. Collectively, the archived research enhances the visibility and profile of the University

Nb: The Library is in the process of populating the IR. We therefore request that you notify us when your work is published.

Published on 20/07/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

Free Google Books

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The Google Book search interface works just like any other web search. The platform has more than 10 million free books available for users to read and download. The site also provides videos to users. To get full view books, click on the tab labelled any view and scroll down to full view.



Published on 25/07/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

Do you need help with citing and referencing?

Why should I cite and acknowledge my sources?

Research ethics requires that one acknowledges the contribution that other scholars have made to their work. In-text citations are brief references in the running text that direct readers to the reference list. Citations ensure that the requisite acknowledgement and credit due to the original author is accorded.

Citation and reference management tools

However, trying to figure out where the commas and full stops should be placed in a reference is not only tedious but time consuming as well. There are also instances where you may not remember the source of a certain phrase which makes it very frustrating and challenging to cite and reference. Zotero and Mendeley reference management tools are free software that aid in automatic citation and referencing and in the management of your sources. Explore the Zotero quick guide and Mendeley reference guide for more information. You may choose either of the software for your research writing.

Published on 01/08/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

Zotero citation and reference management tool

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool that helps you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research. Zotero generates citations and bibliography/reference lists automatically.

Installing and citing with Zotero

1. Download and install the Zotero application for your operating system. Close Word before you run the installer so it can install the Word toolbar/plugin.

2. Click the “Install Connector” link for your browser and follow the instructions. The connector appears as an extension on your browser.

3. Add documents to the Zotero Library by using the Zotero connector or by adding PDFs from your computer. To add a PDF from your computer, click on the green icon with a plus symbol (+) on the Zotero application.  For more details on adding files to the library click here

4. Creating in text citations and bibliography/reference list

For details on citing with Zotero, go to Zotero word processor

See Basics of Zotero application for more information.


Published on 16/08/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

Access to CUK online books

Please note that online books and journals are accessible on Remotexs. The platform facilitates access to the resources whether you are on the campus network or off the campus network.

What should you expect?

The library has done bulk registration for student users. Check your email for communication from RemoteXs and follow the instructions given

The e-mail contains information about how to log in, set your password, and other details.

Once you have set your password, you can log in on 

Scroll down to Proquest E-book Central



Published on 16/09/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

Ebrary/Proquest E-Books

Proquest is a rich database of up-to-date e-books/online books that cover various disciplines. You need to register on RemoteXs in order to access Ebrary/ProQuest books and other online resources. You are advised to download the relevant chapter. To download a full/complete book, ProQuest requires one to additionally create a personal account after logging in with your RemoteXs credentials. You can explore the added benefits of creating a personal account on the ProQuest platform.

Nb: To log in to the RemoteXs platform click here

Published on 19/09/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu


The CUK Library invites all members of staff and students to celebrate this year’s Open Access  Week (OAW) with us. The Library has planned a series of activities geared towards creating sensitization and awareness of the open-access concept and open-access information resources during the week. We will also create awareness of the full range of services and resources that the Library offers.
For this purpose, we will set up a customer service point on the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre on Tuesday 25th, and Friday 28th October 2022. We will work with the innovation week team on Wednesday 26th, and 27th October 2022.

Venue: The Library Resource Centre - Ground floor

Date: Launch of the OAW: 25th October 2022 - 11.00 am

Last Day of the OAW: 28th October 2022 - 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Published on 21/10/2022 by Ms Miriam Ndungu

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