The present investigation tested a lecture/computerized demonstration of a systematic approach to computerized literature retrieval. Forty-eight students in their third professional year who had been taught how to use OVID (version 3.0) in a one hour class, were tested on their ability to construct search strategies using a paper/pencil examination. Results of the pretest demonstrated that students were able to define Boolean operators but were unable to use them in constructing search strategies. After a lecture and computerized demonstration of search strategies was presented, homework using OVID was assigned. A paper/pencil posttest was given after the homework was returned and discussed. The posttest showed a statistically significant increase in scores (P<0.001). The importance of improving pharmacy students' literature retrieval skills and having this level of training early in their curriculum is discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American journal of pharmaceutical education|
|State||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)