A study of "Grateful Med," an interface to Medline, was conducted at California State University/Northridge to discover how efficiently students enrolled in graduate-level research methods classes in health sciences and communicative disorders could access Medline using Grateful Med, what the average costs would be, and how frequently students needed access to Medline's backfiles. Students were given one page of searching instructions and a one-page form for purchasing Grateful Med software and acquiring a National Library of Medicine (NLM) student access code. Students who used the library's funded access code were asked to complete a two-page evaluation form (68 of 73 were returned). Data were correlated to the type of instruction received as well as the users' previous computer experience. It was found that almost all of the students were interested in learning how to use the software and found it easy to learn. Analysis of the evaluation forms indicate that in-depth training including hands-on use of the software gave the highest levels of satisfaction. Any prior computer experience increased the level of satisfaction. Approximately 37% of the students indicated they would acquire their own NLM access codes. Four tables and three figures--including the evaluation form--are provided. (15 references) (SD)
Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group. (La Jolla, CA, February 21-23, 1989).
California State University Northridge; User Training