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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Database Review by Library PTS (Part Time Student Librarian) - Using Dynamed Plus
Review by Azlan Tsia Kok Vui
Click the image above to access the database

1.   Which feature(s) I like the most about the database?
The database has a simple interface which allows an easier navigation to the required information. Other than that, the navigation panel at the left-hand side condensed the topics relevant to the keywords so that users can have a fast access to the particular topics. Some images are also included in the search result for a better understanding of the searched keywords.

Here, I will demonstrate on how to utilize this database.

Enter keywords in the search box.

Click on the relevant search result.

Select the topic of interest.

Page showing the background and introduction of the searched topic.

Click on ‘Diagnosis’ on the left panel for a quick access of relevant information regarding diagnosis from a drop-down list.

Click on ‘Treatment’ on the left panel for a quick access of relevant information regarding treatment from a drop-down list.

2.   Has the database benefit you in your learning process?
This database is particularly useful for the preparation of problem-based learning (PBL). It explains the disease in details, including the definition, pathophysiology, diagnostic modalities, and up-to-date treatments among others. The information available are easily understood and mostly in layman’s terms. Apart from that, the information provided are in point form to promote better presentation especially in PBL sessions. The database is also available in app which the installation guide is available here.

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

In general, students from all courses will find this database very helpful to learn any diseases. Medical and dental students particularly will be depending a lot on this database to prepare their PBLs. This is because this database contains all the relevant information that are frequently discussed in the PBL sessions. It acts as a one-stop centre that covers from the definition of the disease up to the prevention and screening, eliminating the need to open many website tabs to gather information.

4.   Would you recommend this database to your colleagues and why?
I would strongly encourage students and my colleagues to utilise the database fully because it is very efficient and simplistic. Any questions that arose in the PBL sessions can instantly be answered with the help of this database. Furthermore, the information provided are cited with references at the end of the pages. Therefore, users can rest assured that the information are collected from trusted sources.

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