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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 160

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Poster Board Number: 160
Title: The Impact of Library Instruction: Do First-year Medical Students Use Library Resources Specifically Highlighted During Instructional Sessions?
Objective: The purpose of this study is to determine if first-year medical students enrolled in the "Introduction to Human Disease" course for the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Urbana used resources specifically highlighted during library instructional sessions for their assigned coursework. Citation analysis will be used to assess the impact of the library’s instructional sessions and web pages designed for the students' course.
Methods: Library instructional sessions were conducted during which the author demonstrated and discussed resources specific to the students’ assignment. Copies of the completed assignments (with cited resources) were given to the author for analysis. The cited resources were coded as follows: a resource discussed at the library instructional session, a resource found on the library web page for the course, a library resource, a course material (such as lecture notes), a resource from any other place, and a quality resource, and if the resource could be found as cited. All but the “quality” and “found as cited” categories were further broken down into electronic and print resources.
Results: Analysis of the data from 2008-2009 shows 43.92% of all resources cited were discussed during library instructional sessions, which includes 19.4% that could be found on the library web pages for the course. Overall, 75.29% of the citations were from library resources and 90.06% came from electronic resources. Analysis of the data from 2009-2010 shows 54.51% of all resources cited were discussed during library instructional sessions, which includes 20.77% that could be found on the library web pages for the course. Overall, 75.08% of the citations were from library resources and 92.5% came from electronic resources.
Conclusions: Analysis shows students cited resources specifically highlighted during library instructional sessions for their assigned course work. Further investigation is necessary to determine if students found the cited resources because of the library instructional sessions and/or web pages.
Author: Ryan Rafferty, Assistant Health Sciences Librarian, Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago, Urbana, IL


Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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