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Title: Provision of access to online databases for undergraduates of local private higher education institutions
Authors: Teow, Poh Lin
Keywords: Online database
Private higher education institution
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: University of Malaya
Abstract: The study investigated the provision of access to online databases for undergraduates of selected local private higher education institutions (PHEls). The study was carried out in two phases. The first being an investigation on the types of access and usage supporting facilities that the sampled PHEls are providing for their undergraduates. A questionnaire-based survey on 33 PHEIs consisting of 4 local private universities, 4 branch campuses of foreign universities and 25 colleges was conducted. Main findings from the study indicate the different types of access models adopted by the PHEls are affected by the types of status of the PHEIs, their existing collaborations with their foreign programme partners and the utilization of different types of users' access controls, such as user authentication through usemame and password and computer IP based access controls. The second phase of the study focused on the users' awareness and perception towards the usage of online databases. A total of 451 undergraduates from two selected PHEls participated in a questionnaire-based survey to determine their awareness and perception on using online databases provided by their respective PHEls. Main findings indicate that while the majority of respondents are satisfied and placed importance on the usage of online databases, not all are fully aware of the existing types of online databases and the access controls that are provided by their PHEls. Highly ranked useful features of online database include useful search options and allowable simultaneous multiple searches while inadequate computing and networking line were ranked as usage barriers. The responses suggest the need for continuous promotion of user awareness of available resources, provision of training for user skills and provision of adequate usage supporting facilities such as computing and networking facilities.
Description: Dissertation (M.L.I.S.) -- Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, 2002
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/686
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