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SPRING ’21 Course Spotlight on ILS 49500: Information Skills for Health Sciences Professionals

November 1st, 2020

ILS 49500: Information Skills for Health Sciences Professionals

Meeting Times: TR 9:30am-10:20am (Online) 1st 8 weeks

Instructor: Jane Yatcilla

So you want to go to medical school or veterinary school, or become a chiropractor, dentist, public health specialist, osteopath, occupational therapist, physical therapist, physician’s assistant, or get a PhD and do clinical research. Take this course to develop critical information skills to support your professional goals and prepare you for graduate or professional school. Show up on day one of professional or graduate school knowing how to navigate PubMed and other databases, differentiate between various types of research articles, and save and organize articles so you can easily locate them, “cite while you write,” and share articles with your classmates or research group.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan for comprehensive literature searches by clearly defining your information need and mapping search terms to those concepts
  2. Find information relevant to your information needs using appropriate subject database(s), including the use of keywords or prescribed vocabulary, and available search facets
  3. Evaluate the level of evidence of various research methodologies
  4. Save, organize, and use materials in multiple formats (journal articles, books, book chapters, web sites) using a citation management system