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Library subscribes to online research database

EBSCO shared to UP Cebu faculty members how to utilize the company's online database last July 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Prof. Mae Claire Jabines.

EBSCO shared to UP Cebu faculty members how to utilize the company’s online database last July 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Prof. Mae Claire Jabines.

The University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) Library is subscribing to the online database EBSCO for a year beginning September.

Students will be given an orientation on using the database for research, among other academic uses, said Mylah Pedrano, UP Cebu librarian.

“EBSCO would really be a great help for our library users, not just for students but also for teachers,” Pedrano said.

“We want to teach them, especially the students how to use it because it would not be as easy as flipping a book.”

Dates for the UP Cebu orientation and available database services will be announced as soon as the library finalizes financial arrangement with EBSCO, Pedrano said.

In an e-mail dated Aug. 29, the UP Cebu library released to the faculty a user identification and password to access EBSCO on and off campus.

Students may ask for these from their teachers if they need bibliographic references for research. The EBSCO user identification and password may not be shared with persons outside the UP Cebu community.

Mary Claire Christner Catado, a mass communication student, said she is glad that the library subscribed to the database.

“EBSCO will make it easier for students like me to access more references for my school research and projects. It’s good that they are planning to give us orientation about it,” Catado said.

No library fee increase will be imposed with the subscription, Pedrano said.

According to a document released by the UP Open University, which subscribes to EBSCO, the database offers more than 60 electronic book collections from some of the world’s most renowned publishing houses.

These include Springer, Taylor and Francis and Wiley InterScience.

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Contributed by Donna Mae Ocmeja
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