CARTA fellow trains graduate students on access and use of e-resources
CARTA cohort 4 fellow Ayodele John Alonge facilitated a 2-day hands-on training on Access and Use of E-Resource at Ngong’ Hills Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. He jointly, alongside other facilitators, trained 70 DAAD PhD and Masters students from Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Somalia and South Africa from 17 to 18 October.
This was done under the Training Centre in Communication (TCC) which is the first African-based training center to teach effective communication skills to scientists.
He worked alongside Prof. Tom Kwanya from the Technical University of Kenya and Dr. Cecilia Onyango from the University of Nairobi. He trained the graduate students on the use of e-resources such as automated referencing and citation skills through use of software such Zotero and Madeley endnote. He also showed the participants how to use automated plagiarism detection skills by use of Turnitin (an academic plagiarism checker technology for teachers and students), online survey tools, as well as how to manage their references.
He said: “Plagiarism is thought of as the worst crime one can commit in academia. To ensure quality literature is published, one has to scan research papers for plagiarism. There is different online open source plagiarism detection software that one can use to detect plagiarism before sending a research paper to the publisher. Turnitin software is a globally accepted and heavily used software to detect plagiarism.”
In addition, he taught his fellow scholars on how to enhance their visibility as researchers online. The training also taught how to conduct literature search and review which may be available in various formats such as hard copy literature in physical libraries and soft copies in online open access literature.
Alonge is a doctoral student at the University of Nairobi and his study is on the use of social media for HIV and Aids communication among university undergraduates in South-West Nigeria.
Written by Eunice Kilonzo, CARTA Communications Officer.