Date: Monday 15th, 2021

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How to use OPAC

This catalogue system is used to locate library information resources including books and journal titles. OPAC searches provide information on what is in stock in the PIU library by providing the call number and the location of the material. OPAC also guide the user if the book is borrowed or is in the library. The OPACs accept, author names, titles and subject headings. Use the advanced search feature to help narrow in on what you are looking for.

Research Guidelines

  • Google Scholar is relatively simple to use and gives a good starting point for your research since it provides a wide array of scholarly research. However, Google Scholar is not comprehensive and does not provide the criteria for what makes it results “scholarly”.

  • Referencing is one of the most important aspects of academic research. Referencing must be done right with the required referencing method. The common methods of referencing are: APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago among others. Use the recommended referencing style as directed by your research supervisor.

  • Plagiarism is the act of using another author’s work and presenting it as one’s own by not crediting the original author. Plagiarism checker such as Turnitin will help you ensure that you have cited research sources correctly.

Access to E-resources

The library subscribes to e-books and e-journals which can be accessed from all Library computer labs or through wireless connectivity.

Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium

American Institute of Physics journals

Access to the Physical Review Online Archives

Annual Reviews publications


ARDI journals, books, and reference works

AJOL Open-Access Database

Canadian Science Publishing

EBSCO Host Databases

Emerals Insight

Canadian Science Publishing

HST – Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

JSTOR Digital Library

Liver Pool University Press

Project MUSE books


Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.,

Nature Publishing Group


Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Royal Society of Chemistry

Taylor & Francis Online

The University of Chocago Press Journals

Royal Society of Chemistry

Browsing Electronic Books

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