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Information Literacy Skills _ILS_ training for medical students


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n   Importance of ILS Training for Medical Students

n   Why training?

n   Ability of Information Literacy

n   What is an Information Literacy Person?

n   Modules
    Importance of Information Literacy Skills
      (ILS) Training for Medical Students
n   Motivation for information literacy skills is based on the
    realization that academic libraries are central and critical to the
    instructional and scholarly life of the universities they serve
n   They are integral parts of the teaching, learning and research
n   Medical Librarians are accepting the challenge of graduating
    students with information and communication technology
n   It is therefore important to design instructional modules to be
    taught to medical students during their academic career
n   ILS recognizes that all learners need training in information and
    communication technology in order to fully utilize available
    information resources.
                Why ILS Training?

n   Information Communication Technologies have changed the
    way in which we communicate
n   Whilst books and journals remain important, CD-ROM, e-mail
    and the Internet are supplementing and even replacing some
    forms of print material (INASP, 2002)
n   Due to these developments, the following questions arise:
n   What new skills and techniques are needed to search, find and
    navigate this information?
n   What kind of training is needed? What kind of training is
n   How can these electronic resources be evaluated?
     Ability of Information Literacy

n   Understand in a basic sense how resource information is
    produced, disseminated, organized, including differences among
    primary, secondary and tertiary literature and the distinction
    between popular and peer-reviewed literature
n   Information literacy is increasingly important in contemporary
    environment of rapid technological change
n   It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and
    to all levels of education
n   It enables learners to master content and extend their
    investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater
    control over their own learning.
       What is an Information Literate
n   Determines the extent of information needed
n   Accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently
n   Evaluates information and its sources critically
n   Incorporates selected information into one`s knowledge base
n   Uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
n   Understands the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding
    the use of information, and access and use information ethically
    and legally.
                      Module 1

n   Lecture 1: Information Organization
n   Lecture 2: Information Sources
n   Lecture 3: Access Tools
n   Lecture 4: Information Retrieval
n   Lecture 5: Electronic Information Retrieval-navigating
    websites, subject gateways, advanced searches, online
    journals, evaluating resources
n   Lecture 6: Referencing
                   Module 2

Information Sources
n Books
n Periodicals
n Indexes and Abstracts
n Bibliographies
n Encyclopedias
n Databases
n The Internet
                      Module 3
n   Lecture 1: Topic Analysis and Knowledge structure –
    Basic Structure of Databases, Selecting a Database,
    Abstracts and Full-text articles
n   Lecture 2: Access Tools
n   Lecture 3: Search Strategy-Electronic Information
    Retrieval Skills
n   Lecture 4: Digital Libraries, E-Books and E-Journals
n   Lecture 5: Bibliography & Intellectual Property-
    plagiarism, copyright, referencing
                       Module 4

n   Lecture 1: The Research Process-Topic Analysis,

n   Lecture 2: Information Retrieval – search engines,
    Using Websites, Subject Gateways

n   Lecture 4: Evaluating Articles
                       Module 5

n   Lecture 1: Search Engines

n   Lecture 2: Keywords and Boolean Operators

n   Lecture 3: Evaluating Sites

n   Lecture 4: Referencing
            Citation Styles-MLA

Refers to rules and conventions established by the
  Modern Language Association
n Book by one author
  Datey, K. K. Essentials of cardiac therapy. New Delhi :
    Allied Publishers, 1983.
n Book with three authors
  Datey, K. K., James Hingorani and Edward Mujera.
    Essentials of cardiac therapy. New Delhi : Allied
    Publishers, 1983.
n Book with more than three authors
  Datey, K. K. et al. Essentials of cardiac therapy. New
    Delhi : Allied Publishers, 1983.
              Harvard Citation Style

n   Book with one author

    Smith, David. (1987) Plastic and reconstructive surgery for students,
      Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Chicago.

n   Book with two or three authors

    Smith, David, Mataruse, A. & Mujera, E. T. (1987) Plastic and
      reconstructive surgery for students, Plastic Surgery Educational
      Foundation, Chicago.
             Harvard Citation Style

n   Thesis

    Ncube, T. (2000), Children and the family, Phd Thesis,
      University of Zimbabwe.

n   Article in a journal

    Kongle, C. & Crago, S. (1999) “Pacemakers and related
      children”, Medical Journal of North America, vol. 85,no. 2,

n Electronic journal
  basic pattern: Surname, First name(s), Year. Title of
  article. Title of journal, vol. no. (issue no.). (URL:
  xxxx…) Date accessed.
    Micco, Mary, (1996). Subject authority control in the world of
      Internet. Libres, 6(3). (URL:
      [Accessed 22 July 2009]

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