ERIC Number: ED108705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-4
Reference Count: N/A
An Experiment in Teaching Medline.
Rees, Alan M.; And Others
Case Western Reserve University added training in MEDLINE analysis to its health sciences librarianship program in 1974, with help and some funding from the National Library of Medicine and with the cooperation of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library. MEDLINE was introduced at a 2-1/2 day intersession in January, and a MEDLINE module was included in a spring semester course on health sciences communications networks in which 29 students enrolled. Lectures covered the characteristics of the MEDLINE network and several data bases, access via Tymshare and direct dial, types of terminals, log-in procedures, computer physiology, boolean logic, commands, question analysis and user interaction, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), use of MeSH tools, and principles of coordinate indexing. Laboratory sessions paralleled the lectures, and students were given access to MEDLINE in connection with field work assignments. Evaluation by students and faculty led to the conclusion that MEDLINE training was well received and worthwhile to students, though the high cost of terminals, computer time, telephone, and other tools may make some kind of subsidy necessary for future courses. A course outline is included, along with a list of equipment and indexing tools and a copy of the evaluation questionnaire for students. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH. School of Library Science.