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Friday, 29 September 2017

Database Review by Library PTS (Part Time Student Librarian) - Using Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezp.imu.edu.my/ehost/search/selectdb?vid=0&sid=f5d48e28-03de-42b8-9554-c74a63339d51%40sessionmgr4008
Review by Tedd Denis
Click the image above to access the database


1.   Which feature(s) I like the most about the database?
The EBSCOhost is a leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries of all kinds. However, in this review we will focused on the behavioural science

This database allows users to easily access the articles published, through 2 methods: 
i) Search through keywords; and
ii)  Publication.


i) Search through keywords:

Main page of the database

For the “Search through keywords” method, you can directly type the keywords in the search column to look for the articles you want. (Mental health, social learning theory, etc)

  The database also allowed user to search multiple article in simultaneously.
 
This database also provides “Advanced search” method, which narrows down the search results. In the advanced search section, you can type the keywords in the columns for title/abstract/text. The section for “Limit Results” allows users to limit the dates of the articles searched. The articles available in this database are mostly accessible by users. In order to download the article, you can just click “Full Text (PDF)” and the PDF will be loaded. The details such as issue number, volume number and page number that are required for referencing are available on the right of the PDF.

The articles available in this database are mostly accessible by users. In order to download the article, you can just click “Full Text (PDF)” and the PDF will be loaded.
Both search methods are user-friendly and allow users to retrieve articles for academic purposes

This database is also link to other database, user can click “Full Text Finder” and it will link the user to other database, which the article is available.


ii) Publication:

 Other than that, EBSCOhost host also enable user to search journals under Publications tab.

 List of journals available.


2.   Has the database benefit you in your learning process?
Yes, this database benefits me in my learning process. The published articles are related to psychology topic, and the articles are accessible by students. Therefore, students could always update themselves about the new findings through research done by the researchers. Besides, students could also use the articles as references for their assignments and thesis.

3.   Does the database suit you or any other programs and why?
Yes, this database suits Psychology program in all semester. In addition, it also suits the other courses, such as Dentistry and Oral Science.

4.   Would you recommend this database to your colleagues and why?
Yes, this database published reliable articles, and suits for most of the healthcare professionals. It will be a very useful database for all students and lecturers who would like to understand the Psychology-related health issues.

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