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Is literature search training for medical students and residents effective? a literature review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23133326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This literature review examines the effectiveness of literature searching skills instruction for medical students or residents, as determined in studies that either measure learning before and after an intervention or compare test and control groups. The review reports on the instruments used to measure learning and on their reliability and validity, where available. Finally, a summary of learning outcomes is presented.
METHODS: Fifteen studies published between 1998 and 2011 were identified for inclusion in the review. The selected studies all include a description of the intervention, a summary of the test used to measure learning, and the results of the measurement.
RESULTS: Instruction generally resulted in improvement in clinical question writing, search strategy construction, article selection, and resource usage.
CONCLUSION: Although the findings of most of the studies indicate that the current instructional methods are effective, the study designs are generally weak, there is little evidence that learning persists over time, and few validated methods of skill measurement have been developed.
Melissa L Just
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA     Volume:  100     ISSN:  1558-9439     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Libr Assoc     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-07     Completed Date:  2013-07-09     Revised Date:  2013-07-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132728     Medline TA:  J Med Libr Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  270-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research and Instructional Services, Rutgers University Libraries, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Competency-Based Education / methods*,  organization & administration
Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
Databases, Bibliographic / utilization*
Education, Medical, Undergraduate / methods*
Information Storage and Retrieval / methods*
Internship and Residency / methods*
Libraries, Medical
Professional Competence
Students, Medical

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