Access to online databases at private colleges and universities in Malaysia

Teow, P.L. and Zainab, A.N. (2003) Access to online databases at private colleges and universities in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 8 (1). pp. 91-102. ISSN 1394-6234,

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Describes a survey of 26 libraries at private colleges and universities (PCU) in Malaysia to ascertain the types of access given to online databases. The PCUs include (a) private colleges that offer franchised undergraduate programmes in collaboration with foreign universities; (b) institutions that are branch campuses of foreign universities; and (c) Malaysian-based PCUs that are owned by Malaysian corporations. Out of the 26 PCUs, only 8 out of 19 colleges and 7 local private universities and foreign branch campuses provide access to online databases to their students. The types of access given are: (a) the private universities provide access to online databases that they subscribe through their own funding and control usage through a mixture of user name/password and IP-based access; (b) the foreign universities with branch campuses in Malaysia provide access by three modes (online databases subscribed from branch campus�s own funding; online databases subscribed by foreign partner university; online databases subscribed by local branch campus own funding as well as those subscribed by the foreign partner university). Almost all PCUs provide their undergraduates with computer facilities to access the databases. A variety of methods are used to promote usage, which include library induction, library brochures, library notices and providing links through the library�s own web pages. Most PCUs do not charge for access and provide users with the option to print, download or receive documents.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online databases; Private colleges and universities; Malaysia.
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology > Dept of Library & Information Science Unit
Depositing User: Miss Nur Jannatul Adnin Ahmad Shafawi
Date Deposited: 27 May 2013 00:46
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2014 03:21

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