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
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.
Wednesday (6:00 pm -7:50 pm)
Adobe® Connect™ (aka Breeze Meeting), course Blackboard, and e-mail
January 26, 2008 (Location:
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.
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
3. Be acquainted with reference tools utilized in health sciences
4. Have an understanding of evidence-based health care techniques
employed to analyze critically the biomedical literature and determine
reference and research relevancy
I am still working on the course package. If you have any questions,
please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you and
work with you in Spring 2008.
Feili Tu, Ph.D.