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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Database Review by Library PTS (Part Time Student Librarian) - Using Proquest Database
Review by Nicole Tay Wuen Rong
Click the image above to access the database

1.   Which feature(s) I like the most about the database?
ProQuest database provides a comprehensive selection of articles focusing on the sciences and technology sourced from various types of publications. Searching for data was made easier by the “advanced search” or the “publications” feature.

The advanced search allows you to type in keywords specific to your area or subject of interest. The “AND” tab can be changed to “OR”, where the former will lead to a list of articles containing both keywords will the latter will includde articles with either one of the keywords. If you choose to limit to full text, the results will show only the articles that IMU has access to while the peer reviewed option will bring you to articles that have been reviewed by other students or staffs in IMU.

 Using Advanced Search

Articles that have the full text or full text-PDF option indicated that IMU staffs and student have full access to them. To download the article, click the Full text-PDF option.

Article available in full text

Alternatively, articles can be searched from specific publications by clicking on “Publications”. “Full text available” indicates that IMU has access to the articles in that publication.

Viewers can also see the list of issues and select a particular issue of that publication.

 Browsing through issues

Users can also choose to download a particular article in an issue instead of the whole issue. This can be done by clicking on “Full text-PDF”. The “Preview” gives users a preview of the article for reference.

Previewing an article

2.   Has the database benefit you in your learning process?
Yes. The database encompasses a wide variety of publications on health sciences, thus it is useful in my course, Pharmacy. The articles provided are up to date and relevant. It is useful for extra reading and keeping myself updated with information on clinical trials and evidence-based research associated with my area or drug of interest.

3.   Does the database suit you or any other programs and why?
Yes, the database suits other programs as well as mine. As it contains many articles regarding health sciences and technology, it would suit the students in IMU regardless of their course. IMU has access to many publications in ProQuest, hence it makes it easy for students to read and download articles of interest.

4.   Would you recommend this database to your colleagues and why?
I would because it is useful for researches and presentation, especially in semester 6 and 7. The database will be able to provide relevant information that are recent and reliable.

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