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Graduate School and The University Library Organise Seminar On Maximizing Academic Library Resources For Postgraduate Research

Picture: Dr. Kwabena Osei Kuffour Adjei, the University Librarian giving his presentation during the seminar.

The Graduate School of Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) in collaboration with the University Library, successfully organised a seminar aimed at enhancing postgraduate students' ability to access and utilize e-resource materials and databases available in the University library. The seminar which was organised under the theme “Maximizing the Use of Academic Library Resources for Postgraduate Research,” equipped participants with strategic approaches to learning and research, upholding academic integrity, and effectively leveraging library resources to support their academic endeavours. The staff of the University library took turns to interact with participants.

Dr. Kwabena Osei Kuffour Adjei, the University Librarian, led a compelling session on "Plagiarism and How to Avoid It." He meticulously covered the types of plagiarism, methods for paraphrasing and citing sources correctly as well as  strategising to avoid plagiarism. Through real-life examples, Dr. Adjei illustrated the severe consequences of plagiarism, emphasising the importance of originality in postgraduate research which according to him, serves as a cornerstone for institutional research excellence. He also noted that this annual training is crucial for refining the skillsets of postgraduate students, ensuring the maintenance of high academic standards.

Mr. Samuel Ossom from the University library also delivered an insightful presentation on electronic resources and Turnitin services. He introduced students to subscription-based journals which are essential for thesis writing and reference organisation. 

Mr. Akwasi Duffour Frimpong also guided participants through the library user services, teaching them how to evaluate available information effectively. He elaborated on the privileges students enjoy while using the library and highlighted various services available to them.

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Picture : Mr. Kwabena Ntiamoah-Sarpong engaging the participants during his presentation

Mr. Kwabena Ntiamoah-Sarpong who represented the library's academic support services, conducted an informative session on the extensive support services available to postgraduate students. He outlined a wide range of assistance provided, including research consultations, guidance on literature review as well as access to specialised databases essential for comprehensive thesis completion.

The seminar featured active participation and engagement of students through question-and-answer sessions. These interactions provided a platform for students to clarify doubts and gain further insights from the facilitators.

Prof. Roland Kabange, the Dean of the Graduate School, chaired the seminar. In his welcome address, he expressed his gratitude to the attendees on behalf of the Graduate School Management team, highlighting the remarkable progress achieved in the overall development of postgraduate students. Dr. Collins Kankam-Kwarteng adeptly moderated the seminar, which was held at the Library Research Commons.

The Graduate School's initiative to organise regular seminars underscores its commitment to supporting students as they transition into the world of work . By bringing together knowledgeable experts and offering valuable presentations on pertinent topics, the Graduate School equips students with the necessary skills and resources to excel in their postgraduate research endeavours.

About KsTU

Kumasi Technical University was established in 1954 as Kumasi Technical Institute (K. T. I. ) to offer craft courses. In 1963, the Institute was converted to a non-tertiary Polytechnic status under the Ghana Education Service to start offering, in addition, technician diploma and sub- professional courses.

Contact info

Location: Kumasi - Ashanti Region, Ghana, W/A

Postal Address: P. O. Box 854, Kumasi 


Tel: Admissions: +233(0)322 496 534, +233(0)322 496 380