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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Database Review by Library PTS (Part Time Student Librarian) - Using SpringerLink Database to Retrieve Articles

https://link.springer.com.ezp.imu.edu.my/
Review by Nur-Afifah Abdul Fatah
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1. Which feature(s) I like the most about the database?


i.    First and foremost, SpringerLink database provides a pretty straightforward method in searching or browsing relevant articles based on the users’ preferences. Users can either search articles by typing specific keywords in the search box or browse them by clicking the related or wanted disciplines of articles as shown on the homepage.

 Articles can be either searched or browsed by provided categories


ii.    Second, in this specific database, the obtained search or browse results can be further refined easily by selecting preferred content types, disciplines and sub-disciplines as well as the languages of the applicable articles.

Easily accessible refiners


iii.    Unlike some other databases, SpringerLink provides a list of references for any available articles at the end of the page of every article, as well as the links for each reference source for the users to explore the picked topics further.

List of references (with links) taken from an article


iv.    Besides that, almost all of the journal articles can be downloaded for offline viewing purposes as long as the user accesses the database via IMU Library website and is logged in as a student of IMU.

Un-tick the "Include Preview-Only content" to easily view downloadable articles


Download PDF" button shows that an article is downloadable


 Full article in PDF 


v.    Finally, in this database, at the very end of the article chosen, there will be further details on the article. A citation of the article based on appropriate format (in this case APA format as it is a Psychology-related article) is provided which allows the users to simply copy and paste the citation into their papers without having to export it using any other software.

Readily available citation of the article according to APA format


2. Has the database benefit you in your learning process?
SpringerLink is one of my most frequently-used databases when writing reports and other assignment papers. SpringerLink is really helpful in the way that it has a very huge sum of articles readily accessible and available for references. Besides that, the citations provided served as a very helpful way in getting myself familiarised with APA referencing format as a Psychology student. As such, I have indeed benefited a lot from this database.

3. Does the database suit you or any other programs and why?
In my opinion, yes, the database does suit me, as well as every other programmes. One of the main reasons of this being that this database offers over 11 million sources from peer-reviewed academic journals, published books and other types of reference sources. These sources cover a very wide spectrum of discipline of studies with an even wider range of sub-disciplines branching from the main fields. Besides that, not only the database is equipped with theoretical aspects of numerous subjects, it also includes past and ongoing researches on related topics which are very insightful. Finally, SpringerLink recommends and adds new books and journals every day in their website, so the content of the database is quite refreshing and not redundant.
 
4. Would you recommend this database to your colleagues and why?
Yes, I would recommend SpringerLink. This is mainly because of the user-friendly and straightforward features that are possessed by this database. Looking up and retrieving articles or any other reference sources are made really easy and quick due to the simple and uncomplicated interface.

Database Review by Library PTS (Part Time Student Librarian) - Using USMLE Q Bank

https://www.usmle-easy.com.ezp.imu.edu.my/
Review by Nor Heidi Izzat Nor Azman
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1. Which feature(s) I like the most about the database?
USMLE is a famous examination which assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. It is a three step examination. The database basically comprise with a question bank related to the USMLE examination. Before you can try to attempt to take the practice student need to sign up using institutional sign up. Click here to view the step-by-step guide registration.

Registration page

This database make our assessment much more easier with the features that they showed to us in the dashboard. You can actually keep track of your current progress, assessment summary or even recommended reading.

Your progress

The interesting feature of how the database gives a lot of question which is case based learning and discussion and also how it trained us to think and connect the dots really enlighten me. Most of its question is clinically related and it will definately helps us to find the solution.


2. Has the database benefit you in your learning process?
Sure it helps in our learning process because you would know what the question regarding to and how to solve it in the future when the similar question was given to you. This is the example of one of the question and when you already answered the question and you are not quite sure why the answer came out that way there is always be an explanation for you regarding the question.

Question

Explanation

If one of the question is much more on clinical based with involvement of lab examination, you can also request for the lab result.

Lab result

3. Does the database suit you or any other programs and why?
As a Semester 5 medical student, it surely help me since it includes all the syllabus that i have learned. Worry not, cause actually u can tailor Your own quiz specific to your preference. Otherwise you can also choose the other option which the database can create quizzes based on which area you are weak to. So it really depends on how you gonna use it and for sure suits the medical course.

4. Would you recommend this database to your colleagues and why?
I would recommend this database to my colleagues since it is really helpful for learning purposes. One of the biggest reason is because the database and the question itself some of it similar to what we have been asked for. And the best part is that it gives out explanation to every question that we answered so that we can actually learned from there after we made mistake or even when we didn't even know what's the answer. Personally i know a lot of student would want to try past year questions and stuff, but the drawback of that is that we couldn't know what's the real answer and what's the explanation behind it unless we find it  by discussing with our lecturers and colleagues and it definitely will take some time for even one question. Hence that's why i will like t suggest this database question bank to my fellow colleagues.

Book Reviews by Library PTS (Part Time Student Librarian)

Selected books (e-books and printed) that were reviewed by Library PTS (Part Time Student Librarian).


http://oxfordmedicine.com.ezp.imu.edu.my/view/10.1093/med/9780199229949.001.0001/med-9780199229949?rskey=2MJh70&result=1
Review by Azlan Tsia Kok Vui
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1.  What I like about the book?
Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine is an ebook that can be accessed anywhere without having the hassle to carry bulky books. The interface also provides links to every subtopic for an instant reference. Other than that, this ebook discusses every topic thoroughly in lay person terms which will benefit both the medical professionals and those that are interested in forensic medicine.

2. Brief content of the book.
This ebook starts off with discussion on medico-legal issues that are very common in today’s world. It also provides an introduction to the forensic medicine and the forensic practitioners’ job scope. Next, the ebook discusses the diagnosis of death followed by different disciplines in every chapter, for instance abuse, asphyxia, and traffic accidents. Each chapter comprises holistic information on identifying injuries, medico-legal acts, causes of death, etc.

3. Does it suit you or any other programs and why?
This ebook comes in handy to the year 3 medical students as they will be exposed to forensic medicine in that year. Other courses which have the exposure to the forensic medicine might also find this ebook very useful. For instance, students under Pharmaceutical Chemistry course will find the sections on toxicology and pharmacology particularly interesting and helpful for their revision. The fact that this ebook provides information electronically means it should be easily accessible to whoever that needs reference on forensic medicine.

4. Would you recommend this book to your colleagues and why?
Yes. I would suggest the use of this ebook to my colleagues and friends from other courses. This ebook contains all the basic information on forensic medicine as well as medico-legal aspects and it helps with understanding and revision. The downside of the ebook is that it lacks in pictures and evidences on forensic cases, apart from containing the medico-legal acts based on those from the United Kingdom. All in all, the ebook contains sufficient information to be accessed for instant reference, so it is very convenient for the users to gain information on the spot.


http://accessmedicine.mhmedical.com.ezp.imu.edu.my/book.aspx?bookid=1630
Review by Amilia Chai Hui Yong
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1. What I like about the book?
I personally think that this book is very well-written. It is separated into different sections and is very well-organized. This book is one of the most interesting hematology books that I have read before as it is full with different types of blood film along with the disease description which aid in my understanding and learning of hematology. Besides, all the important points of the diseases are clearly stated which provide a concise yet comprehensive overview of the broad topic, hematology. This book is available as e-book version which makes it more convenient for readers to expose to the book through i-lib.

2. Brief content of the book.
The book starts well by providing the basic information of hematology which is the red blood cell as it is the main component of cell in human’s body which the readers need to know before going further into hematology. The book is classified into different types of cell such as white blood cells and platelets and further elaborate by classifying different types of disease in each cell types. It will be easier for the readers to understand as all the blood films are provided including the normal and the abnormal ones. The readers can easily compare and identify the abnormal cell from the normal cell for the respective disease and aid in their observing and learning skills.

3. Does it suit you or any other programs and why?
I am a BPHARM student, and I found that this book really suits me as hematology is one of the modules during my Semester Two. Besides pharmacy student, this book would suit most of the students in medical field as this is a good book to enhance their basic knowledge of hematology.

4. Would you recommend this book to your colleagues and why?
I would recommend this book to my colleagues, because I found it is quite useful in understanding hematology with the aid of blood films and clear description. It helps in learning as it exposed the student to different types of diseases’ blood films which would not be easily found or learn in normal lectures or practical.


http://accessmedicine.mhmedical.com.ezp.imu.edu.my/book.aspx?bookid=507
Review by Damia Faiqah Mohamad Shahbodin
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1. What I like about the book?
Firstly, the book is specifically for endocrine and physiology. It also contains the structural and functional anatomy of all endocrine organs as well as hormones effected according the organs. Other that that, the book adds on the diseases and evaluations in each sections. I like how well organised the content and it is easy to study a specific structure by just clicking preferred icons.

2. Brief content of the book.
There are 10 chapters and additional normal values of metabolic parameters plus tests carried out to measure the functions. First chapter basically about general principles and other 8 chapters the context are divided into hypothalamus, anterior and posterior pituitary gland, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal gland, pancreas and reproductive systems.

3. Does it suit you or any other programs and why?

Yes, this eBook definitely suits me as I have learned endocrine system in semester 3 and definitely be of use to other medical students as well. Not only to medical stream, dental students also can benefit from this book for understanding physiology purposes.

4. Would you recommend this book to your colleagues and why?
I would surely recommend this eBook as it is focusing on physiology only and it would be a good use for those want to revise other than lecture notes as well as to have a better understanding on physiology. Also, the contents are well organised which makes a lot easier for students who want to directly revise a particular endocrine organ.


http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezp.imu.edu.my/book/10.1002/9781444398236?campaign=IMUmalaysia
Review by Toh Ee Syuen
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1. What I like about the book?
This book is concise and delivers the necessary knowledge for emergency actions when confronted with a medical disaster. The language used is easy to understand for anyone. Real-life examples are included in between the lines, providing a good visualisation of the disaster scenes.

2. Brief content of the book.
This book covers the knowledge needed for one to take medical action at major incidence situation. From classifications of disasters to personal protective equipment to necessary steps when faced with a casualty. 

3. Does it suit you or any other programs and why?

This book is suitable for anyone who is pursuing a career in healthcare, be it medicine, pharmacy, or nursing; for the simple reason that we are already equipped with the baseline knowledge needed for easy understanding of first aid. This book is also suitable to anyone outside of the healthcare, because the language used is simple to understand.

4. Would you recommend this book to your colleagues and why?

I would recommend this book to people who are interested in working in disaster management. This book can serve as an initial exposure to the context before one moves on to more advance books. It can provide a good overall picture of what to expect at a disaster scene.


https://ebookcentral.proquest.com.ezp.imu.edu.my/lib/imu-ebooks/detail.action?docID=410368
Review by Ow Su Tai
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1. What I like about the book?
This book presents a multitude of information in a clear, concise and easy to understand manner. It always defines and explains any new content before moving on to discussing any issues related to the topic at hand. The organisation of contents within the book and presentation of information is where this book shines. It allows the reader easy understanding either by reading from the beginning or jumping straight to a specific topic. Moreover, there is a list of tables, diagrams and figures at the beginning, and a glossary at the end to help students and lecturers both locate essential information quicker.

2. Brief content of the book.
The book starts off with development of food services, the different approaches, philosophy, tools and resources of institutional food management, space management, equipment selection, design, installation, purchasing, care and maintenance, food management, financial management, personnel management, hygiene sanitation and safety, and marketing of products. It offers a very comprehensive guide to the different aspects of institutional food management in simple sentences, bringing them together along the way.

3. Does it suit you or any other programs and why?
As a Nutrition and Dietetics student, I think that this book suits my program, and also Nutrition students. Some information provided within this book may be too detailed for our level but all we need to know about institutional food management is available in this book. The references to the different modern management techniques can also bring us up to date with the world of institutional food management, especially after we graduate. Information about equipment design, purchasing and marketing of products will also help those who are interested to go into business after graduation.

4. Would you recommend this book to your colleagues and why?
Yes, I will recommend this textbook to my colleagues. This is because I found the book easy to read and understand. I was able to understand this module a lot better after using this book as reference. The structured way this book lists out all information also helped me when I needed some quick revising. It may not have the colourful diagrams and tables other modern textbooks have but the information and content provided within this book is essential and easy to understand.


https://ebookcentral.proquest.com.ezp.imu.edu.my/lib/imu-ebooks/detail.action?docID=771406
Review by Tan Ying Jie
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1. What I like about the book?
I like this book because this book is superb. It explains the entire process of writing a literature review clearly as well as guiding us through the process of developing a literature review question, searching, appraising and analysing the literature so that we can develop a comprehensive and systematic approach to our review. Besides, this book also promotes a systematic approach to the literature review process for the novice researcher. Hence, it is extremely helpful as the prospect of reviewing literature can be quite daunting.

2. Brief content of the book.
This book is a step-by-step guide to do a literature review in health and social care. It summarizes the current debate surrounding the process of undertaking a literature review and then give a clear guide to search for, critiquing and finally bringing together the literature to form a review. This book also includes some examples of commonly occurring real life scenarios encountered by students. Furthermore, it emphasis on the importance of setting a question at the very start of the project. In addition, it contains advices on how to follow a clearly defined search strategy and details of a wide range of critical appraisal tools.

3. Does it suit you or any other programs and why?
This book is suitable for undergraduate students who are undertaking a dissertation. It is also intended as an introductory text for those studying at postgraduate level or who are new to the process of reviewing the literature. Furthermore, it is an ideal text for practitioners who are returning to study or who are updating their skills in continuing professional development.

4. Would you recommend this book to your colleagues and why?
I would recommend this book to my colleagues who are in pharmacy semester 7 as we are doing research in this semester. In addition, this book will be very useful in guiding us on the correct ways of writing literature reviews since this is our first time exposing to this type of writing.


Printed books (reviews are through i-loc):

http://i-loc.imu.edu.my/lib/item?id=chamo:55937&fromLocationLink=false&theme=imu
Review by Chai Shin Yiing
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http://i-loc.imu.edu.my/lib/item?id=chamo:59600&fromLocationLink=false&theme=imu
Review by Jane Lee Jia Jing
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Monday, 24 July 2017

Library Quiz Week 17

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Monday, 17 July 2017

CNKI e-Journals (Trial)

Dear all,

It is our pleasure to inform you that we have activated CNKI e-Journals (Full Text accessible for Medical Science, Medicine & Public Health ONLY) as our current online trial until 5th September 2017.

You may access it through this link: http://i-lib.imu.edu.my/NewPortal/index.php/online/trials

Kindly do not hesitate to contact or email any of the librarians should you need further assistance.

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Library Quiz Week 16

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3) You will then go direct to the Library Quiz Week 16 questions.

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Friday, 14 July 2017