Teaching a Systematic Search Strategy Improves Literature Retrieval Skills of Pharmacy Students

Kathryn L. Grant, Richard N. Herrier, Edward P. Armstrong

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-286
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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