Thursday, March 11, 2010

A special orientation session was held for the Print Media students, of the Media and Communication Department by the librarian, Mr. B. Manivel on March 4, 2009. The purpose of the orientation was to brief the students about the new Pro Quest Central database.

Pro Quest Central, which is a part of the Library website, is the largest aggregated full text database that houses more than 11,750 titles and over 8,840 titles in full text. Considered as a boon for researchers worldwide, this data base has been introduced at the Manipal University to aid the students in their assignments and research related work. It contains nearly 30,000 dissertations in various fields such as business, psychology, media, health and education.

It contains over 400 American and other international newspapers, as well as information from nearly 9000 business reports are available from 43 industries that span across 40 countries.

It boasts not only of a vast database but also other salient features. Any article found in Pro Quest Central can directly be mailed to your personal websites without the hassle of saving it on a USB. Citations too can be mailed and one may choose over what format of citation they wish to follow. The method to search for these articles is simple and user friendly. If the user knows the exact name of the author or the article they are looking for, he or she may directly use the simple search. Additionally, if the user wishes to utilize various articles for extensive research then he she may narrow down the searches based on country, university, author and so on.

The library website and Pro Quest Central can be accessed from the computers within the university premises. Since its inception last semester, the library website and databases have become even more extensive and students are expected to benefit from this endeavor that the university has undertaken. Blassy Boben, a student of the print media specialization said, “The Pro Quest database is like a giant encyclopedia that contains everything under the sun, even information that we students generally perceive as impossible to search.”

By Disha Laungani