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VRSP: Foundations in Veterinary Research and Discovery

Information Resources for V_PBIO 5995

Core Concepts

AVMA Standard 5, Information Resources. "Information retrieval, evaluation, and efficient use are essential to veterinary medical education, research, public service, and continuing education."

AVMA Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment. #9 critical analysis of new information and research findings relevant to veterinary medicine

ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

  • Authority is constructed and contextual
  • Information creation as a process
  • Information has value
  • Scholarship as conversation
  • Searching as strategic exploration

The Basics

Choose the right tool for the job

  • What kind of information do you need? Background information or primary research?

Know Thy Resource

  • What's included? What's not? How does it search?

Think before you search

  • Break topics into concepts
  • Think about your keywords, synonyms, alternate spellings

Searching is an iterative process

  • There is no one perfect database (or one way to get to the information)
  • That's why they call it re-search...

Keep Track of What You're Doing

  • Take notes! Email yourself search results!
  • Have a MyNCBI account to save your PubMed searches
  • Consider using a citation manager (e.g., EndNote)

Lecture Materials