Tuesday, November 27, 2007

797D Health Information Retrieval in Electronic Environments in Spring 2008 Semester

The 797D Health Information Retrieval in Electronic Environments, called J797D, will be offered in the Spring 2008 semester. Here is an overview of the course:

This elective course is designed for students who wish to develop comprehensive electronic health-related information-searching and -seeking skills. This course is a survey of electronic information resources in the health sciences, including discussion of relevant controlled vocabularies and their use in formulating and executing search strategies. The ultimate goals are to: 1) prepare the students in the School of Library and Information Science’s Master’s program to be expert online searchers in the provision of health information services in both physical information settings and in a virtual environment, including the Internet, and 2) assist doctoral and master’s students in health-related programs in the development of critical thinking and analytical skills in health-information seeking and use.

797D can meet the needs of students who want to develop advanced health information online searching skills. I used concepts in the Medical Library Association Policy Statement: Role of Expert Searching in Health Sciences Libraries to design this course (http://www.mlanet.org/resources/expert_search/policy_expert_search.html).

Approach to Course:
A combination of lectures, class activities, discussion, and projects.
* Lectures and course materials (electronic- and/or text-based) will be uploaded to the course Blackboard (BB) web site on Wednesdays.
* Several online class sessions will be held throughout the semester on Wednesdays.

Schedule:
Wednesday (6:00 pm -7:50 pm)

Course Venues:
Adobe® Connect™ (aka Breeze Meeting), course Blackboard, and e-mail

Onsite:
January 26, 2008 (Location: Davis College Computer Lab Rm. #111 on the Columbia Campus)
Note from instructor: Students in J797D are mandatory for the one all-day Saturday (on campus OR virtual; 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.) onsite. I'll work with the students to choose a date for the virtual onsite via Adobe® Connect™ (aka Breeze Meeting). Students can choose to attend the on-campus onsite or the virtual one.

Textbook and Course Resources:
Required readings in full-text format will be available on the course Blackboard (BB) web site.

Course Description:
This course is a survey of electronic information resources in the health sciences, including online command-driven systems, menu-driven systems, and Internet sources. The course covers the discussion of relevant controlled vocabularies and their use in formulating and executing search strategies. It also includes an evidence-based health-care component whereby students learn to analyze critically the biomedical literature and determine reference and research relevancy.

The major topics are:
1. Health sciences electronic information resources
2. Controlled vocabularies
3. Search strategy formulation and execution
4. Evidence- based health care

Course Goals and Objectives:
This course is designed to provide an overview of various health sciences electronic information resources as well as controlled vocabularies used to index the biomedical literature. Students will gain hands-on experience developing and executing search strategies. Students will gain exposure to evidence-based health-care techniques employed to evaluate the literature and determine reference and research relevancy.

At the conclusion of this course students should:
1. Understand the basic principles involved in developing search strategies to retrieve citations to the biomedical literature
2. Be acquainted with controlled vocabularies used to index the biomedical literature
3. Be acquainted with reference tools utilized in health sciences information retrieval
4. Have an understanding of evidence-based health care techniques employed to analyze critically the biomedical literature and determine reference and research relevancy

Note:
I am still working on the course package. If you have any questions, please contact me at tuf@gwm.sc.edu. I look forward to seeing you and work with you in Spring 2008.


Feili Tu, Ph.D.

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