Bibliothèque centrale de l'UNR
FOR THE ENHANCEMENT
OF RESEARCH INFORMATION (PERI)
· PERI RWANDA
National University of Rwanda Library
Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI)
This programme is to support capacity building in study, teaching and research sectors in developing and transitional countries by strengthening the production, access and dissemination of current scientifics’ information. This is a donor funded-project managed by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), UK.
Through this arrangement, INASP negotiates with publishers of online resources for big discounts on subscriptions. National University of Rwanda was able to join this programme with funding from SIDA/SAREC to support research activities in Rwanda.
PERI in Rwanda
In 2003, The National University of Rwanda was invited to join PERI. However the National University of Rwanda could neither fund itself nor Rwanda as a whole for access to the online resources. By then, SIDA/SAREC realized the importance of current information to teaching and research, and therefore went a mile further to fund the online access to the resources for up to 2005, through the Library Support project. Although National University of Rwanda pays for the resources with SIDA/SAREC funding to the Library, access to the resources is country wide, and is for non-profit teaching and research institutions.
ONLINE JOURNAL DATABASES AVAILABLE TO ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS IN RWANDA 2003-2005
These comprise of five components outlined in number 1-4:
1. Current Awareness
i) African Journal Online (AJOL).
This is an online index of journals published in Africa.
ii) British Library.
This indexes well over 20.000 research journals and over 100,000 conference proceedings.
iii) EBSCO Academic Search Premier, Communication and Mass Media Complete, American Humanities Index, Business Source Premier, Regional Business News, Health Source Consumer, Nursing Academic, Medline, ERIC, Master File, Clinical Pharmacology and News paper source.
iv) CAB and CAB-Health
2. On-line Full text journals
These include the following:
Features over 713 leading learned journals in science, technology, medicine, humanities and social sciences
ii) COCHRANE MEDICAL LIBRARY
At URL: http://www.update-software.com
It contains critical reviews, abstracts and trials in all branches of medicine and health care.
iii) EBSCO HOST DATABASE
At URLs: http://search.epnet.com
Offers two kinds of products, which are hybrid in nature and covers almost all disciplines
· Parts of the database is tables of contents, indexes and abstracts,
· Part full text journals (7.000) titles which covers social sciences, humanities, business, nursing, medicine and health.
iv) EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD
This is a world’s widest range of over 100 journal titles in management, librarianship, information, communication and technology, and in full text.
v) GALE (THOMSON LEARNING)
Includes two products:
· Academic Product
This covers subject areas from art and literature to economics and the sciences. There are 1.200 journals titles of which 700 are in full text.
· Health and Wellness Resource Centre
This is a specialized reference tool that offers access to authoritative medical information to academic, medical and public libraries
vi) INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS PUBLISHING
At URL: http://www.iop.org/Ej
There are 36 of the world’s most prestigious journals in physics and other related disciplines available in full text.
vii) OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
At URL: http://www.oupjournals.org
120 prestigious journals in all fields of science, technology, medicine, law, humanities, and social sciences available in full text.
viii) THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON
At URL: http:// www.journals.royalsoc.ac.uk
Access to four of the world’s leading journal featuring rapidly cutting edge articles from fields of science and technology
ix) THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY
This covers 36 full text journals, a range of key databases and a series of specialist periodical reports
x) SPRINGER VERLAG
At URL: http://www.springerlink.com
One of the world’s leading publishers, delivering high quality 400 peer reviewed journals mainly in science, engineering, technology and other related disciplines.
xi) MARY ANN LIEBERT
At URL: http://www.liebertonline.com
It covers 55 authoritative publications in the most exciting and promising areas of biomedical research, clinical medicine (such as AIDS patient Care and STDs and AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses), surgery, law, and science.
xii) WILEY INTERSCIENCE
It covers the full text of over 300 leading scientific, technical, medical, and professional journals
xiii) COURTESY OF WHO, FAO AND INASP
Free access to 2300 biomedical and related social sciences journals and other resources for health sector and academic institutions in 113 developing countries.
This is an agricultural and other related field database. After logging in, click on “journals”.
Online Books: Access to these medical books is free and need no code. E.g. Go to the URL direct: http://www.freebooks4doctors.com/
Journals in French language: http://www.gallica.bnf.fr
MAJOR FREE COLLECTION
This gives access links of free collections such as BMJ Publishing Group, Free books 4 doctors, Highwire, Landes Bioscience, SciELO, TEEAL etc…
To access all the journals in numbers 1 and 2 above, a username and password is required for each database. These can be given to you by the library personnel especially those in the computer lab. Within the library system, and any of the contacts given in this brochure.
3. Document Delivery Service (DDS)
i) IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY DOCUMENT DELIVERY CENTRE
This is when one fails to get the required information from the full text journals available in the above databases. Go to the British Library Homepage and if the article is there, that can be ordered through the Country Coordinators and you will receive a print format. For more about this service, please contact any of the PERI coordinators (cc) listed in this booklet.
ii) AFRICA JOURNALS ONLINE (AJOL)
At URL: http://www.ajol.info
Tables of contents and abstracts to cover 170 journals published in Africa on a wide range of subjects. To get an article from this database, there is an online order form on the above website, that is used for direct ordering.
A print copy of the article will be sent to your physical address.
4. Hard copies of journal titles listed in AJOL
These are journals published in Africa and are in AJOL database. National University Main library as a PERI Coordinating received some print copies of journals listed in this database. These can be accessed in the Main library or in the faculty library as mentioned
A listing of what is available can be seen at the University Library Website: http://www.lib.nur.ac.rw.
For further information about PERI, contact Ms. Carol Priestly, Director, INASP,
at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library Director: Innocent Ruzigana
National University of Rwanda
PO Box: 117 Butare
Tel. (250) 08557274. E-mail: email@example.com
PERI National Co-ordinator (cc): Mrs Seconde Nizigiyimana
The main Library, National University of Rwanda
PO Box 117 Butare
Tel. (250) 08843236 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also works as IT manager in the Main Library at NUR
The other main library staff
PO box 117 Butare
Tel: (250) 530330 e-mail: email@example.com
PO Box 117 Butare
Tel. (250) 08513123 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org