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Data Skills Training Workshop for Zimbabwean Academic Librarians


The Gwanda State University Library; courtesy of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) is pleased to host a Data Skills Training Workshop for Zimbabwean Academic Librarians, from the 19th to the 20th of July 2023 at the Gwanda State University Epoch Mine Campus.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

March, 25

GSU Library is pleased to announce access to the ProQuest E-book Central databse. ProQuest E-book Central is a subscription database that provides access to thousands of book titles from thousands of publishers, including Allen & Unwin, Wiley, Pearson, and Oxford University Press. The database covers all the subject disciplines currently on offer at GSU and accessible via the library website.


March, 25

Gwanda State University Library announces the launch of its maiden Online Public Access Catalogue, powered by KOHA. The catalogue facilitates independent online search experience of the library’s holdings, with excellent ease of searching and accessing resources. In addition, the catalogue’s responsive design is optimized for smartphones and tablets. To learn more about the catalogue’s functionality, the GSU Library will conduct regular training sessions which will be announced on its website and official social media platforms.


March, 25

GSU Library is pleased to announce access to the eLibraryUSA electronic resource. eLibraryUSA is a digital collection of trusted information resources from the United States with quality newspapers, magazines, journals, books, dissertations and award-winning films and videos.

Of note is the Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global database containing 1.5 million world class dissertations and theses written by graduate students from over 700 universities.
Here is the link: eLibraryUSA to give you access to the databases.
Email to get your username and password! N.B:Free access to the database may be restricted with advance warning anytime!


March, 25

GSU Library announces the launch of an online LiveChat facility to provide immediate, personalized and real time reference service to the university community. Library patrons are able to initiate a chat directly from the library website!.


March, 25

GSU Library is proud to introduce a WhatsApp-a-Librarian Service which is an enquiry service that enables you to connect with a librarian at the GSU Library using one of the most widely used form of communication in the world!

The service aims to provide assistance to users who wish to get quick help in finding information on library services and resources.
N.B. Requests received beyond the Library hours will be served on the next service day
If you have an in-depth enquiry, you may:

  • Make use of the LiveChat facility
  • Email us at
  • Make use of the Research Consultation Service
  • Contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian

GSU Library provides you with access to the ProQuest E-book Central database . In order to make maximum use of this resource, the Library in collaboration with the Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium (ZULC) extends an invitation to a series of online user training sessions this September to “Broaden Your Research Skills Using ProQuest Resources“ as highlighted below:

  • Discover relevant titles on the Ebook Central platform
  • Ability to search/browse
  • Utilize online reader and bookshelf functionalities
  • Perform downloads

  • Understand plagiarism and its impact on your academic journey
  • Recognize guidelines and apply best practices to avoid plagiarism
  • Use the ProQuest platform to help you with accurate referencing to give a solid foundation to your research

  • Apply some basic standard rules for getting your article published
  • Use to advance the Peer Review process
  • Evaluate the value of the open-access publishing
  • Detect to avoid the predatory publishing

Library Contact

Gwanda State University
P.O. Box 30, Filabusi
Tel: +263-84-2824720/

Operating Hours

Mon - Thur 0800 - 1630hrs
Friday 0800 - 1600hrs
During Examination Time
Mon - Thur 0800 - 1900hrs
Friday 0800 - 1600hrs
Closed on Weekends
During Public Holidays