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Searching Theses, Dissertations and Research Reports by SUA Staff and Students Made Easy

Theses, dissertations and research reports can be accessed through Sokoine University of Agriculture Institutional Repository (SUAIR). This repository was built and is maintained by the university library (Sokoine National Agricultural Library-SNAL), in order to collect, preserve and disseminate scholarly output generated by University research community (staff and students) members. This repository hosts a variety of openly accessible materials including: scholarly articles and books, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings and technical reports. 

How to access Information in SUAIR

To access scholarly articles and books, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings and technical reports in SUAIR click HERE

Follow this procedures:

  • While on SUA IR  page,
  • check on Communities on SUAIR,
  • select the College related to your information need. .E.g. Veterinary and Medical Sciences,
  • then select the department to view the dissertation submitted under the respective department

To learn more, click HERE

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SNAL staff demonstrating how to access  SUAIR

DERCO offers Information Literacy Training for Effective Use of Information Sources to Support Research and Learning

To maximize efficiency and effectiveness on student use of subscribed electronic resources for supporting research and effective learning, the department of Reference and Community Information Services (DERCO) has started to implement an Information Literacy Training Program for SNAL users i.e. students. 

This is an ongoing program, which is conducted twice a month i.e. each second and fourth Friday of each month at SNAL Computer Lab, where our library users supposed to register themselves for attendance before or on the day of training  physically at the library’s entrance at issue desk. This is one of the useful trainings that helps to build  skills on information search strategies with less effort in accessing a vast range of available electronic resources both free and subscribed by SNAL. The training offers skills on various information search strategies and how to access scholarly articles from the various databases such as SUA IR, LibHub, EBSCO host, TEEAL, R4L, emeralds, Google Scholar, etc.

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Post graduate students attending Information Literacy training at SNAL computer Lab


We kindly urge our key library users i.e. SUA students to attend this useful training as it will add value to their studies as after acquiring this pertinent skill they will excel in their studies

The Book of the Week from SNAL Collection

The Book of the Week from SNAL Collection this week is: “Increasing Production from the Land: A Source Book on Agriculture for Teachers and Students in East Africa” By Coulson, A., Mbiha, E.R., and Ellman, A.

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The summary of the book:

African agriculture faces major challenges with growing population pressure and the impact of climate change. Until now food production overall has broadly kept pace with demand. To maintain this impressive achievement, production from the land needs to be intensified, soil fertility must be enhanced, forests and water resources must be conserved, and land use practices must be sustainable over the long term. This book shows what needs to be done, and points to how best to achieve this.

The book starts with a brief guide to what plants and animals need to grow well, how farmers currently use the land, and the research that is being conducted on new agricultural technologies. A comparison is made of productivity on small and large farms, which demonstrates that, contrary to some suggestions, small farmers, properly serviced, can be as productive or even more productive than larger farms. Subsequent chapters discuss issues of land tenure, pastoralism, training, the importance of women farmers, access to finance, markets, value chains, and contract farming as a partnership between small-scale producers, processors and traders in agricultural products.

The final section of the book discusses whether a new “green revolution” is feasible or desirable for Africa. The potential risks and benefits of dependence on purchased agrochemicals, genetically modified varieties, and multinational seed and chemical companies are examined. A series of twelve broad policy proposals for achieving a sustainable agriculture sector is presented for consideration. Fifteen case studies illustrate the issues discussed in the book. Most of the examples are from East Africa, particularly Tanzania, but the principles addressed are relevant across the African continent. Each chapter of the book includes references and suggestions for further reading, most of them freely available to anyone with internet access. A set of essay questions exploring the issues covered in each chapter is included, to provide practical help for students of agriculture and their teachers”. 

This book is available at SNAL collection; Callno:S472.A353C68 Location: SMC



The Book of the Week from SNAL Collection

The Book of the Week  from SNAL collection this week is: Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches 5th Ed. by John W. Creswell 2018.

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Book cover

This book advances a framework, a process, and compositional approaches for designing qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research in the human, health and social sciences. The book addresses the key elements of the process of research: writing an introduction, stating purpose for the study, identifying research questions and hypothesis, and advancing methods and procedures for data collection and analysis.

The book is intended for graduate students and faculty who seek assistance in preparing a plan or proposal for a scholarly journal article, dissertation, or thesis.

This book is available at SNAL general Collections; Callno: H62.C69 SNAL-MAIN



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