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Information Literacy & Reference Management Training for THRiVE Network



Date: 15th – 17th June 2022

Please register here to get the Zoom link for the workshop:

About this workshop

Information Literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning and is a necessary skill for all scholars and researchers.

Information Literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, and use and communicate it in an ethical manner. Reference management tools help scholars to collect, organize, and insert citations and bibliographic references into essays, research papers, dissertations, and theses.Information literacy enables scholars and researchers to undertake their research in a more efficient, effective,and ethical manner.

This workshop is designed to provide students and researchers with intellectual, critical, and logical skills to quickly access relevant information, evaluate the information and effectively and efficiently use the information.The workshop includes hands-on activities in developing search strategies and using reference management tools.

Duration: 3 days


  • Ms Mary Ngure, Coordinator-Information Resource Centre, icipe

Sessions and learning outcomes

(1) Introduction to Information Literacy

This session will focus on four areas to equip participants with skills for life-long learning to become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning:

  1. How to locate, evaluate, use and manage information effectivelywith emphasis on
  2. Using search strategies
  3. Using search engines 
  4. Evaluating information critically 

In the workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Develop an effective search strategy to access needed information
  • Evaluate reliability, relevance, authority, and accuracy of information

(2) Publishing in Credible Open Access Journals and Identifying Predatory Journals 

This session will focus on Open Access (OA publishing model) that provides free online access to research publications. Participants will learn to:

  1. Identify Credible Open access journals
  2. Use journal selection tools to identify journals to publish in
  3. Identify predatory journals

(3) Maintaining an online scholarly presence

At this session, participants will learn about the different online platforms for creating online presence. This allows scholars and researchers to increase the visibility of their publications and to network, finding potential collaborators and readers.

Participants will learn to create their accounts on:

  1. Google Scholar
  3. Linkedln
  4. ORCID
  5. Research Gate

(4) Reference Management and citation tools / Plagiarism Detection

At this session, participants will learn about the standalone or web-based software that enable a researcher to efficiently store lists of references and full-text articles, format citations to any citation style and create bibliographies. Correct citing and referencing helps avoid plagiarism.

In the workshop, participants will learn:

  1. What is plagiarism and how to avoid it
  2. How to generate plagiarism reports using Turnitin
  3. Use of different reference management and citation tools to cite while you write and create bibliographies with a practical on Mendeley referencing software

Participants are encouraged to download and install Mendeley referencing tool in their devices prior to the workshop.


Time (EAT)ActivityTrainer/Facilitator
Day 1: Wednesday15thJune2022
09:45 -10:00Login and connection checkICT Team
10:00 -10:10Opening RemarksTBA
10:10 -12:00Pre-Training Quiz / Self-Assessment Introduction to Information LiteracyMs Mary Ngure, Coordinator-Information Resource Centre, icipe  
12:00 -14:00Break 
14:00-15:50Publishing in Credible Open Access Journals and Identifying Predatory JournalsMs Mary Ngure
15:50-16:00Wrap up session
Day 2: Thursday 16th June 2022
09:45 -10:00Login and connection checkICT Team
10:00 -12:00Maintaining an Online Scholarly PresenceMs Mary Ngure  
12:00 -12:15General discussion
Day 3: Friday 17thJune 2022
09:45 -10:00Login and connection checkICT Team
10:00 -12:00Reference Management and Citation Tools / Plagiarism Detection / Mendeley practicalMs Mary Ngure
12:00 – 12:15Post Training Quiz / Workshop evaluation Closing RemarksMs Mary Ngure   TBA  

Pre-workshop activities

Please install Mendeley on your computer before the workshop:

  1. Download Mendeley and install on your computer (Windows, macOS or Linux): OR Legacy version
  2. Install Mendeley citation plugin
    To be able to cite as you write, generate citations and bibliographies and change your citation style, install the citation plug-in. From the Mendeley desktop version installed in step a) above; click on Tools>Install MS Word Plugin
  3. Install Web Importer add-on
    To import papers, web pages and other documents directly into your reference library from search engines and academic databases, download and install Web importer:

Background reading/viewing

Google Scholar library:

“Critically Evaluating Websites” VCU Libraries (6 min)

“Plagiarism: Avoid it at all costs!” University College Dublin

“Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism: Types of Plagiarism”University of Guelph (3 min)

“Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism: From Passage to Paraphrase”, University of Guelph (2 min)

“4 Ways to Check Your Paper for Plagiarism”, University of Guelph (2 min)

“Easy Referencing and Citation: How to use Mendeley Desktop, Web Importer and MS Word Plugin” (10 min)

“Mendeley: How to Create a Bibliography from a Folder”, University of Guelph (2 min)

“Mendeley: How to use the Citation Plugin in Word”, University of Guelph (2 min)

“Mendeley: How to Share References with Your Group”, University of Guelph (2 min)

“Mendeley: How to Add References from an Online Database” University of Guelph (3 min)


Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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