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ERIC Number: ED310772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
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Using UTAH PILOT To Teach Basic DIALOG Searching.
Sullivan, Kathryn
The popularity of DIALOG database searching causes problems when requestors do not understand how the service operates or how to fill out a search request. This report describes the implementation of a computer-aided instructional (CAI) program, which was developed using the UTAH PILOT programming language, to convey basic information about DIALOG to students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Winona State University. The program was designed to demonstrate how to do simple DIALOG searches in ERIC and biomedical databases on 5.25 or 3.5 inch disks in the computer laboratory. The CAI program was divided into three parts: (1) an introduction to DIALOG and the basic commands; (2) a brief review and a quiz; and (3) examples of an actual search in DIALOG. The CAI simulation was designed to allow students to learn about DIALOG services while fostering an appreciation of why some searches do not provide the desired results. It is noted that, although no students who had completed the CAI program had availed themselves of the opportunity to conduct an online search under librarian supervision, a definite improvement had been observed in both the number and the quality of the online search requests submitted from the College of Nursing. The report includes background information about DIALOG; a brief literature review; and discussions of the implementation of the program, pilot testing results and subsequent changes in the program, and the outcome of the project. The appendixes, which make up the greater part of the report, provide two examples from the CAI program and a copy of the complete instructional program. (12 references) (SD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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