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Knowing when and how to use a particular database or resource can be challenging. This syllabus describes a medical school elective focused on strategies and techniques needed for effectively searching the medical literature. In addition to an emphasis on search skills, learners are introduced to a number of resources they can use in a variety of situations/settings. Learners are introduced to personal file management software (RefWorks) to help manage citations and create bibliographies. Small group and one-on-one activities provide multiple opportunities to practice and hone literature search skills. Students working on a research project or in the clinical setting will get the most benefit from this elective.

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medical education, scholarly communication, information literacy, database searching, health sciences librarianship


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