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Brown and Alcock - UKSG lightning talk

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Birmingham City University has recently implemented a discovery tool and this is a summary of the first pilot which took place in the University’s Faculty of Health. We report on its findings and feedback from an online survey looking into where students start their search in different scenarios. Topics covered include how healthcare students themselves viewed such tools, when compared to the traditional database search engines that they are used to, and whether these new ways of finding information demand a change in how information literacy is traditionally taught by healthcare librarians.

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Brown and Alcock - UKSG lightning talk

  1. 1. Discovery tools: involving healthcare students in search/discovery Mark Brown @mcbjazz Jo Alcock @joeyanne http://bit.ly/11Me4wI@BCUlibrary @evidencebase www.facebook.com/birminghamcityuniversity
  2. 2. Scenario-based survey1. Research essay (Dignity in nursing care)2. Group poster (Evidence-based PICO)3. Clinical research in practice (Evidence-based research)@BCUlibrary @evidencebase www.facebook.com/birminghamcityuniversity
  3. 3. MethodologyHypothesis 1: Students start their search using the tool they are most familiar with or prefer to use.Hypothesis 2: Students start their search in a different place depending on the scenario.@BCUlibrary @evidencebase www.facebook.com/birminghamcityuniversity
  4. 4. Finding 1For theoretical research, health students tend tostart their search using the tool they are familiarwith. Google or Google Scholar Library catalogue Group poster Summon Research essay Journal indexing services such as CINAHL, Medline or PsycINFO 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40@BCUlibrary @evidencebase www.facebook.com/birminghamcityuniversity
  5. 5. Finding 2For evidence based clinical research, healthstudents tend to start their search using specificjournal indexing services. Google or Google Scholar Library catalogue Clinical research in Summon practice Journal indexing services such as CINAHL, Medline or PsycINFO 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70@BCUlibrary @evidencebase www.facebook.com/birminghamcityuniversity
  6. 6. ConclusionsFinding ImplicationStudents wanted to narrow Refining and filtering optionsdown searches are importantStudents used a variety of Information literacy needs todifferent tools support transferable skills for lifeStudents jumped from one Seamless access usefultool to another@BCUlibrary @evidencebase www.facebook.com/birminghamcityuniversity
  7. 7. Thank you Please visit http://bcuelibrary.wordpress.com for further information Mark Brown Jo Alcock mark.brown@bcu.ac.uk jo.alcock@bcu.ac.uk @mcbjazz @joeyanne@BCUlibrary @evidencebase www.facebook.com/birminghamcityuniversity

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