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February 4, 2016

University LibraryThis library webpage is the platform to have access to library services and materials.  You find your academic related materials together with general reading materials presented in both print and electronic sources of information.The services are categorised into print and electronic services. The library uses the Library of Congress Classification System, by which all knowledge is organised into groups labelled by alpha-numeric codes known as call numbers.  Kindly read more on this classification system.Books and journals make up the bulk of the library information resources. These are delivered to our patrons (or users of the library) via print and electronic mediums.  The locations of our print resources are accessed by the Online Open Access Catalogue (OPAC), where you can place a material on hold for later collection.  Books and Journals presented via electronic media are accessed via two main categories of electronic platforms.  These are:

  • Subscription to Electronic Books and Databases (a collection of related Journals)
  • CSUC Virtual Library System of Electronic Books (books collected by the library)

Due to the fact that we subscribe to a number of databases (through the Consortium of Academic Research Libraries in Ghana – CARLIGH), we have adopted a few Journal finders to search across these databases.  Please refer to the Online Database sections of this site for more information.

Message from the Librarian

Today’s library services give a blend of information resources and literature assistance achieved through the exploration of emerging technologies to satisfy our clientele known as our patrons.

We at the Chapman Library, in no different way, strive to give you the very best of library services from information provision to diverse services of Information Literacy training seminars, research and data software training.

It is an honour to be at your service and our team of professionals are ever ready and willing to make sure your information needs are timely met.

Have a fruitful time with your academic pursuit at the Christian Service University College, where quality of information service provision is our hallmark at the Chapman Library.  At the end of the day, when all is said and done, it is our earnest prayer that you find Christ, who to know is Life Eternal.

Stay Blessed,
Vivian Amponsah
CSUC Librarian
[email protected]

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About The Library

About The Library

The Christian Service University College Library was named after the late Mr. William Henry Chapman, the first Principal of Christian Service College, now Christian Service University College. The Christian Service College was established in 1974 jointly by the
World Evangelization for Christ (WEC) Mission and some Ghanaian evangelical Christians. Six months before the admission of students in October, 1974 the WEC Mission donated some books to the college which served as the first group of library resources.

Later, in response to appeals made by the college’s authorities, some donations were made to the institution by some organizations which increased the library’s bookstock.
Some of the organizations were:

  • CEplus
  • Union Theological Seminary Library
  • AkrofiChrystaller Library
  • Feed The Minds
  • Worldwide Evangelization for Christ (WEC)

Our Values
The Library operates on the philosophy that each member of the society needs to know Christ better and by this be restored back to God through Christ, which relationship, the entrance of sin came to destroy. At the Christians Services University, students are
seen as potential candidates for heaven and that education, and by extension research at the library, will ultimately guide these students on their heaven bond journey, making Christ better known to them.

The vision of Chapman library is to lead in quality information service delivery, with a Christian perspective of making Christ better known.

The mission of Chapman Library is to provide an environment conducive for the advancement of quality teaching, learning and research at the Christian Service University College, in harmony with Christian values and in the spirit of discipline.


  • To identify, select and acquire resources, in both print and electronic formats, for easy accessibility to information seekers in the CSUC academic community
  •  To promote the sharing of resources through interlibrary loan procedures forborrowing resources from other libraries and institutions.
  • To accession, catalog, organize, display, and facilitate access to library resources.
  • To provide continuous trainings and seminars in information literacy and research related activities as well as regular library usage orientations.
  • To enhance the integration of IT and related services to library service delivery.


Our Support To Clientele

The library has over the years played its major functions of supporting research, teaching and learning. The library’s staff are very friendly and hardworking in assisting its clientele with their search for information.

Future Developments

The library plans to have its entire collection online, by the year 2020. The CSUC Virtual Library will consist of

1. Scanned or Electronic copies of CSUC’s Books and Journals (with Theses and Dissertations as already being uploaded) unto the university repository.
2. Online subscription to databases (of Books and Journals)
3. Literature Assistance provision
4. Newspaper Indexing (for backlog searching of news items)
5. Help Desk for all Library Queries

Hardcopies of materials would be maintained, but the eventual objectives is to have more reading and study spaces, with Information Commons (computer labs) for research.




Library Hours

The library is readily accessible during these times:

Regular Semester Hours

Monday to Friday – 8:30am GMT to 10:00pm GMT

Saturday- 8:30am GMT to 6:00pm GMT

Holiday Hours

Monday to Friday – 8:30am GMT to 5:00pm GMT

You are welcome to morning devotions, open to all, from 8:00am to 8:30am. Stay Blessed.



Many libraries today use Library Automated Systems (LAS) to have their typical functions mechanized such that it becomes practical to have all functions to be performed with ease. One of such functions is the Online Public Access Catalog popularly known as the OPAC.

An OPAC refers to the system that allows a user of the library to know where library collections are located within the library, for easier access to them. OPAC replaces the traditional compartments of cards, usually designed into several drawers that hold these
cards and grouped according to author, subject and title categories.
In addition to pinpointing the locations of items such as library books on their designated shelves, OPACs perform other functions such as:

  • Allowing a user to place an item on hold, for later collection
  • Reviewing an item so other users can read such reviews to know more about them
  • Enable a user to generate a bibliographic list for research purposes

Our OPAC also has useful links to other aspects of both the university and library sections, as quick references to these sections which you can use.
You can use the OPAC to browse our catalog, but would need to register with the library in order to, for example, place a book on hold for it to be reserved for you or borrow a book from the library.

Kindly make your request at the Front Desk of the library.


Library Regulations

Precautions At The Library:

Library Users should collect ID tags for their bag/briefcase from the Library staff when they enter the Library. Library Users lib3are advised not to bring any valuable items or large sums of money into the Library. They do so at their own risk.

Borrowing and fines:

Library Users can borrow 2 books for 2 weeks which may be renewed for another 2 weeks. Overdue books will attract a fine determined by the Librarian and the University College Administration (reviewed from time to time). Reference books cannot be borrowed.

Faculty Members can borrow four(4) books for four(4) weeks and renew them for another period of four(4) weeks.

  1. Library Users are advised not to write or tear off pages in books, Journals, etc. Any contravention of this rule will attract a fine or any other appropriate sanction.
  2. Any loss of material will lead to the borrower paying double the current price of the missing material.

Conduct In The Library

  1. The Library is for private research/study and not for group discussion. Hence, silence must be maintained in and around the Library.
  2. Books consulted are not to be returned to the shelves but left on the tables.
  3. Seats are not to be reserved for friends. Vacation of a seat for more than 15 minutes entitles another person to occupy it.
  4. Library Users are not to wear a hat/cap in the Library.
  5. No umbrella should be brought into the Library.
  6. Food, water or any kinds of drink are not to be brought into the Library as these attract rodents and insects. The Library should always be kept neat.
  7. Library Users should submit their books and briefcase for inspection by the Library staff at the issue desk before leaving the Library.
  8. Students should always have their student ID cards with them for identification purposes whenever the need arises.
  9. Library Users should take note that the Library is closed on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1:00 pm, when University College is in session, for the Wednesday Service.
  10. Library Users are to switch off their mobile phones before entering the library.


Contact Us

Kindly send us your questions, comments or queries relating to our facilities and services. Please use one of the methods below to contact us :


First Floor,
New Block Building,
CSUC Main Campus,
Odeneho-Kwadaso Road,Opposite Star Guest House.

Mailing Address

The Library,
Christian Service University College,
P.O.Box 3110, Kumasi, Ghana


[email protected]






Electronic or Online Databases are a collections of academic journals that provide
current information for research on diverse academic topics. Libraries usually have two
main forms of subscription to electronic databases; paid (IP Authenticated) and free
(Open Access) subscriptions.

The Chapman Library subscribes to a total of twenty-nine (29) databases, ten (10) of
which are paid subscriptions (through the Consortium of Academic and Research
Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH)) and the remaining nineteen being free.
The paid subscriptions are accessed via the university’s IP addresses hence can only
be accessed on campus, while using any of our university networks.

Members of the university community are encouraged to use these databases
(especially the paid ones) to acquire up-to-date information on any research they may
be undertaking. The free or open access journals (which have been carefully selected
by the library) provide the academic community an alternate source of rich information
for research off-campus.

Please browse through the list below to select (from the two categories) of online
databases to use. Kindly visit the library and be assisted further with the usage of these
database, if you need to. You can also send us a mail ([email protected]) or
call/WhatsApp (0243223022) for such further assistance.


1 www.emeraldinsight.com Emerald Insight

Emerald manages a portfolio of nearly 300 journals,
more than 2,500 books and over 1,500 teaching cases.
Emerald works in close collaboration with a number of
academic and corporate organizations and associations
worldwide, to bring you quality information for research.

2  http://search.ebscohost.com Ebscohost

EBSCO provides a range of library database services, including MEDLINE and EconLit which History & Life, Art Index, Art Abstracts, Art Full Text, Business Source, Clinical Reference Systems, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Education Abstracts, Environment Complete, Health Source, Historical Abstracts, History Reference Center, MasterFILE, NetLibrary, Primary Search, Professional Development Collection, and USP DI.

3 https://search.credoreference.com Cred Reference

Credo Reference provides full-text online versions of over 3,500 published reference works from more than 100 publishers in a variety of major subjects.  These include general and subject dictionaries as well as encyclopedias.

4 https://elibrary.worldbank.org/ World Bank E-Library

The World Bank Group has two overarching goals: End extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity by boosting the incomes of the bottom 40 percent of the population in each economy. It thus provides research materials via its website, made available to our library users, in the pursuit of these goals.

5  http://online.sagepub.com SAGE Publications

SAGE is the home for leading authors, editors and societies. Publishing more than 1,000 journals, from a wide range of disciplines, SAGE is the choice for research in social science and humanities.

6 http://www.tandfonline.com Taylor and Francis

Taylor & Francis Group publishes books for all levels of academic study and professional development, across a wide range of subjects and disciplines, in Social Sciences and Humanities.  T&F also publishes quality peer-reviewed journals that is geared to meet the needs of researcher today.

7 http://www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com Wiley Inter Science

Wiley Online Library gives an extensive collection of online multidisciplinary resources, especially for research in Medicine, Computer Science and Information Technology.

8  www.journals.cambridge.org Cambridge Journals Online

Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s leading research institutions. It publishes over 250 journals and over 2,500 books annually for distribution in nearly every country in the world.

9  www.elibrary.imf.org IMF

The IMF eLibrary provides powerful and convenient online access to the complete collection of authoritative global economic content published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). With more than 11,000 text publications and full access to the IMF’s statistical databases, the IMF eLibrary is an important resource for economic study and analysis.  The IMF eLibrary includes the IMF Statistics, IMF Periodicals, IMF Books and Analytical Papers.

10  http://www.srmo.sagepub.com Sage Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. SAGE Research Methods has the answerfor all groups of researchers from a quick dictionary definition, a case study example from a researcher in the field, a downloadable teaching dataset, a full-text title from the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series, or a video tutorial showing research in action.SAGE Research Methods boasts of more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher.


1 https://www.research4life.org International Network of Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) Products

Research4Life is designed to enhance the scholarship, teaching, research and policy-making of the many thousands of students, faculty, scientists, and medical specialists, focusing on Health, Agriculture,  Environment and other life, physical and social sciences in the developing world, through free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

2 https://www.journals.uchicago.edu University of Chicago Journals

The Press publishes over 50 new trade titles per year, across many subject areas. It also publishes regional titles, such as The Encyclopedia of Chicago (2004), edited by James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice Reiff; The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age (2008) by Neil Harris; One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko (1999), a collection of columns by Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaperman Mike Royko of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune; and many other books about the art, architecture, and nature of Chicago and the Midwest.

3 http://oxfordscholarship.com Oxford University E-Books

Oxford Scholarship Online offers access to thousands of academic works from the celebrated scholarly list of Oxford University Press, covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law.

In summary there are 16,000+ books, 20 subject modules, 370+ subdisciplines written by 19,000+ authors, from 2,600+ institutions, located in 90+ countries and updated 12 times a year.

4 http://academic.oup.com Oxford Academic Journals

Oxford University Press (OUP) publishes highquality journals for a wide variety of audience.  Publications are in the Arts and Humanities as well as Law, Medicine and Health.

5 http://www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com/ Oxford Biblical Studies Online

The Oxford Biblical Studies Online is a Theological Database which provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history.  The integration of authoritative scholarly texts and reference works with tools that provide ease of research into the background, context, and issues related to the Bible make Oxford Biblical Studies Online a valuable resource not only for college students, scholars, and clergy, but also anyone in need of an authoritative, ecumenical, and up-to-date resource.

Free to Use (Open Access) Databases

1 www.doaj.org Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ)

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

2  www.ajol.info African Journals Online(AJOL)

In partnership with hundreds of journals from all over the continent, AJOL works to have African publications made accessible to the rest of the globe.  AJOL hosts 524 Journals, including 262 Open Access Journals.  The site has 14,550 Issues containing 176,105 abstracts.There are 169.831 full text articles for download, of which 110,579 are Open Access.

3  www.opendoar.org Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR)

OpenDOAR is the quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.Tools and support enable both repository administrators and service providers to share best practice and improve the quality of the repository infrastructure.

4  http://www.eb.com Encyclopaedia Britannica (Academic edition)

The Encyclopædia Britannica contains a vast amount of information on generally every aspect of academic knowledge.

5  www.freefullpdf.com Freefull PDF

Download Free Scientific Publications.

6  http://scholar.google.com Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Including most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference papers, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, with court opinions and patents.

7 http://highwire.stanford.edu/lists/devecon.dtl HighwireFree to Developing Economies

Free Access to Developing Economies, limited to journals published online with the assistance of HighWire Press, based on either programs such as HINARI or AGORA, or on a HighWire-based program offering access to countries appearing in the World Bank’s list of “low income economies,”.

8 www.hindawi.com Hindawi

Hindawi is one of the world’s largest publishers of peer-reviewed, fully Open Access journals.  Built on an ethos of openness, it works with the global academic community to promote open scholarly research to the world.

9  http://www.nap.edu National Academic Press

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created to publish the reports issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Research Council. It publishes nearly 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in the sciences.

10  http://www.openedition.org/catalogue-journals Open Edition Journals

OpenEdition is an electronic publishing platform for books in the humanities and social sciences initiated by OpenEdition (Center for Open Electronic Publishing).  The project is a public initiative funded by the CNRS , the EHESS , the University of Avignon , the Digital Scientific Library and the National Research Agency.

11  http://paperity.org Paperity

Paperity is a multidisciplinary aggregator of open access journals and papers of some 1.5 million articles from 4,200 journals, covering all academic disciplines (mathematical sciences, life sciences, medicine, social sciences, humanities, arts).  Paperity provides full-text search, RSS feeds and a mobile application to access the literature.  Paperity shares the aggregated metadata with other academic services such as EBSCO, Altmetric, WorldCat, OCLC, Plagiat.pl, StrikePlagiarism.com.

12  http://www.sciencedirect.com ScienceDirect (Open)

ScienceDirect is a website which provides subscription-based access to a large database of scientific and medical research.  It hosts over 12 million pieces of content from 3,500 academic journals and 34,000 e-books.  The journals are grouped into four main sections: Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities.  Article abstracts are freely available, but access to their full texts (in PDF and, for newer publications, also HTML) generally requires a subscription or pay-per-view purchase.

 http://www.scielo.org Scientific Electronic Library online (SciElo)

SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is a bibliographic database, digital library, and cooperative electronic publishing model of open access journals.  SciELO was created to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries and provides an efficient way to increase visibility and access to scientific literature.

14  https://www.biomedcentral.com/journals BMC has an evolving portfolio of some 300 peer-reviewed journals, sharing discoveries from research communities in science, technology, engineering and medicine.

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Virtual Library

The CSUC Virtual Library platform for electronic books is accessible to our community of users, made
up of students and workers as well as our alumni and other community members, both in Ghana and

The concept replicates the entire library online, and brings together electronic versions of our books
and other documentation such as past exams questions, CSUC past brochures, pictures and Library

To use the Virtual Library requires registration, which may be achieved via the following:
1. Fill our online form
2. Send a WhatsApp message of your name, level and program – 0245460096
3. Call the Library Secretary – 0245949690





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