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Open Resources in Education - Focus on Africa: .

What This Guide Contains

This guide links to open access databases, repositories and finding tools, citation management tools, and other resources for finding articles and dissertations that are freely available.  The focus is on education research in Africa, although many of the repositories are interdisciplinary.  Feel free to email Tasha Cooper at if you find a broken link on this page or wish to suggest an additional resource.


Open Access Journals - Searchable Collections of Research in Africa


Research4Life provides developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. Kenyatta University is one of the eligible institutions.  Research4Life provides:

  • Online access to over 8100 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases
  • Full-text articles which can be downloaded for saving, printing or reading on screen
  • Searching by keyword, subject, author or language
  • Resources available in several languages
  • Training in information literacy and promotional support

Research4Life includes four programmes – HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI.

Africa - Education Resources and News

Dissertations and Theses

Current Awareness & Journal Table of Contents --- JournalTOCs

JournalTOCs is a current awareness service and offers tables of contents (TOCs) for the newest issues of thousands of academic journals via this free website. Type in the name of any journal in the search box on the homepage to access that journal's latest table of contents. One may also browse by publishers and subjects.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools will store your references and article, create bibliographies instantly, and may be used with Word or Open/Libre Office to format your papers.  The tools below are freely available.

Research Repositories