Rajagiri College of Social Sciences

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At a Glance

Rajagiri College of Social Sciences
Kerala, India

Institution Type:   Academic Libraries
Related Products:   Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection

Overview

Located in Kerala, India, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences enrolls approximately 1,000 students pursuing degrees in business administration, management, computer science, library and information science, behavioral science, the life sciences, social work and other fields. To support the research needs of the institution’s students and faculty, the Fr. Moses Library maintains a collection of more than 30,000 print books and e-books, over 100 scholarly journals and nearly a dozen databases, including EBSCO’s Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is relevant to scholars conducting research at the institution, students and faculty in the college’s academic programs, as well as psychologists and counselors who provide consultancy services.

Joseph Manuel
Assistant Librarian
Rajagiri College of Social Sciences

Solution

According to Assistant Librarian Joseph Manuel, the library began subscribing to Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection so that it could better meet the unique and varied information needs of students and faculty in the Rajagiri Centre for Behavioural Science and Research. The database’s content is also helping to support curriculum in the institution’s psychology, psychiatry, family studies, neurology and sociology academic programs.

“The database content is relevant to scholars conducting research at the institution, students and faculty in the college’s academic programs, as well as psychologists and counselors who provide consultancy services,” Manuel said.

The library was also pleased to learn that Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection provides full-text coverage for hundreds of psychology journals indexed in PsycINFO®. These include journals from leading publishers such as Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Springer Nature, Sage, Routledge and Oxford University Press.

Manuel identified International Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, Scientific American Journal of Child and Family Studies, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Psycho-Oncology, American Journal of Public Health, Neurological Sciences and Journal of Clinical Psychology as the most valuable journals to library users.

Students access Psychology & Behavioral Science Collection via EBSCOhost’s search interface, along with other EBSCO databases such as Business Source® Complete and CINAHL® Plus with Full Text. The EBSCOhost search interface “helps the library to cater to the information needs of all end-users from various departments without confusing them,” Manuel said. “The EBSCOhost platform's look, features and functionality remain the same even when users choose to search multiple databases.”

To promote Psychology & Behavioral Science Collection to end users, the library hosts regular library orientation sessions and workshops, often led by EBSCO trainers. In addition, the library promotes the database on its website and via the EBSCOhost mobile app, which provides users with remote access to the content.

“It is very user-friendly,” Manuel said, adding that the database is “without comparison.”

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