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Expediency-based practice? Medical students' reliance on Google and Wikipedia for biomedical inquiries
Abstract Internet usage logs captured during self-dInternet usage logs captured during self-directed learning sessions were used to determine how undergraduate medical students used five popular sites to locate and access biomedical resources. Students' perceptions of each site's usefulness and reliability were determined through a survey. Google and Wikipedia were the most frequently used sites despite students rating them as the least reliable of the five sites investigated. The library--the students' primary point of access to online journals--was the least used site, and when using Google less than 40% of pages or resources located by students were from 'high' quality sources. Students' use of all sites' search tools was unsophisticated. Despite being avid users of online information and search tools, the students targeted in this study appeared to lack the requisite information-seeking skills to make the most of online resources. Although there is evidence that these skills improved over time, a greater emphasis on information literacy skills training may be required to ensure that graduates are able to locate the best available evidence to support their professional practice.ce to support their professional practice.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments a greater emphasis on information literacy skills training may be required to ensure that graduates are able to locate the best available evidence to support their professional practice.
Conclusion Given the increasing importance of online Given the increasing importance of online resources to medical students, educators and practitioners, and questions about students' actual versus perceived skills with these technologies, a closer examination of the way in which students use online resources is warranted. This paper reports on a cross-cohort investigation of students' use of a series of key online resources, including both generalist and specialist searching and information tools to support their self-directed study within a problem-based medical curriculum. The key questions being examined in this investigation were (1) to what extent do students rely on key online resources in their self-directed study and how does their use vary, if at all, by students' year level; (2) how sophisticated are students' uses of these online resources; (3) how useful and reliable do students perceive these resources to be; and (4) what is the reliability of the resources students access via the Internet.esources students access via the Internet.
Data source Computer usage logs  + , Survey responses  +
Doi 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.01019.x +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Expediency-based%2Bpractice%3F%2BMedical%2Bstudents%27%2Breliance%2Bon%2BGoogle%2Band%2BWikipedia%2Bfor%2Bbiomedical%2Binquiries%22  +
Has author Terry Judd + , Gregor Kennedy +
Has domain Health + , Education +
Has topic Domain-specific student readership + , Student information literacy +
Issue 2  +
Month March  +
Pages 351-360  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in British Journal of Educational Technology +
Publisher Wiley +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions Given the increasing importance of online Given the increasing importance of online resources to medical students, educators and practitioners, and questions about students' actual versus perceived skills with these technologies, a closer examination of the way in which students use online resources is warranted. This paper reports on a cross-cohort investigation of students' use of a series of key online resources, including both generalist and specialist searching and information tools to support their self-directed study within a problem-based medical curriculum. The key questions being examined in this investigation were (1) to what extent do students rely on key online resources in their self-directed study and how does their use vary, if at all, by students' year level; (2) how sophisticated are students' uses of these online resources; (3) how useful and reliable do students perceive these resources to be; and (4) what is the reliability of the resources students access via the Internet.esources students access via the Internet.
Revid 11,185  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Expediency-based practice? Medical students' reliance on Google and Wikipedia for biomedical inquiries
Unit of analysis Website  +
Url http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.01019.x  +
Volume 42  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2011  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:26:33  +
Categories Domain-specific student readership  + , Student information literacy  + , Health  + , Education  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:26:09  +
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