- Access to online journal databases such as Springer, Science Direct, and Proquest Agriculture now available at the PhilRice Library.
- Library services also open to non-PhilRice staff members. They just need to coordinate with the Institute’s librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- These new services received funding support from the DA National Rice Program through the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research.
Researchers at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are now able to access the most comprehensive databases in agriculture in the world following the services upgrade of its library.
The subscription to online journal databases is expected to enhance literature search, which is crucial in delivering high-quality research studies.
These online journal databases including Springer, Science Direct, Gale Databases, Proquest Agriculture, Proquest Sociology, OECD iLibrary, Philippine E-journals, and EBSCO Food Science were acquired with fund support from the DA National Rice Program through DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research and being implemented by Project IPaD (Improving Technology Promotion and Delivery through Capability Enhancement of Next-gen Rice Extension Professionals and Other Intermediaries) as an enabling mechanism.
The databases offer comprehensive collection of agriculture and agriculture-related disciplines. Access to these allow search, browse, view, print, download and store a reasonable portion of individual items.
According to Elaine E. Joshi, head of PhilRice Library, the library’s Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) is powered by Follett Destiny and contains about 7,000 entries. The OPAC is updated regularly to include new books. The XCardbox database, on the other hand, contains more than 23,000 indexed articles and reprints on agriculture, rice, social science, and related subjects. Users can access these databases at www.philrice.gov.ph/libraryweb.
The Information Systems Division of the Institute is currently doing massive information dissemination activities regarding these new services.
“Our library does not render services to PhilRice researchers alone. As we are in the Science City, we also welcome researchers, students, and other rice stakeholders from other agencies,” Joshi said.
“Other researchers who would like to remotely access our resources can email us at email@example.com and indicate the topics where they need literature on and we will gladly assist them,” Joshi added.