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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Database Review by Library PTS (Part Time Student Librarian) - Using CDR
Review by Soh Yin Han
Click the image above to access the database

1.   Which feature(s) I like the most about the database?
IMU Central Digital Repository (CDR) Database is a digital collection of works of IMU faculty members and students. It comprises all the research projects, community project reports, portfolios, papers (including theses) written by students and faculty members. This database is freely accessible by IMU registered users only (active student and faculty members). Below is the steps on how to utilize the database:

First, click Login button on top right of the page

 Then, enter your IMU computer username and password.

Then click on “Advance search”

Enter keyword(s) in the “search for” boxes and click “Go”.
All the results related to the search will be displayed. Click any of the titles

   Abstract is provided. Click on padlock button to obtain the full text in PDF form.
 Other than that, you are also able to to browse the collection by categories below:
                                Others:  Papers by faculty members
                                Postgraduate: Masters and PhD collections
                                Undergraduate: Bachelor's degree collections
 After selecting the category, click “sub-categories” to access to all the collections of the university’s intellectual output.
All the titles will be displayed. 

2.   Has the database benefit you in your learning process?
Yes, all research papers are easily accessible. They are definitely useful for me as a semester 6 student as I am going to plan for my research for the upcoming semester. It will also aid in writing proposal for the research. Reliable information gathering is needed for writing proposal and thesis for research. Therefore, I have no worries on getting the accurate and reliable information.

3.   Does the database suit you or any other programs and why?
Yes, the database suit me as a pharmacy student as well as students from other programs as the database is not restricted to those who are going to do research only as it consists of community project reports, portfolios, papers written by faculties other than research projects. Furthermore, students will be able to find a lot of useful information for their portfolios as most the information are healthcare related. 

4.   Would you recommend this database to your colleagues and why?
Definitely yes because it is freely accessible by all IMU students especially my fellow batch mate who are going to research. It is a good platform for students to obtain useful sources for their assignment too and enable us to appreciate all the hard work done by IMU students.

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