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VRSP: Foundations in Veterinary Research and Discovery

Information Resources for V_PBIO 5995

Core Concepts

AVMA Standard 5, Information Resources. "Timely access to information resources and information professionals must be available to students and faculty at core training sites. The college shall have access to the human, digital, and physical resources for retrieval of relevant veterinary and supporting literature and development of instructional materials, and provide appropriate training for students and faculty. The program must be able to demonstrate, using its outcomes assessment data, that students are competent in retrieving, evaluating, and efficiently applying information through the use of electronic and other appropriate information technologies."

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

MU CVM expectations for CLO 9:
The graduate will perform a critical analysis of new information and research finding relevant to veterinary medicine.

The student can:

  • prepare a question to address a knowledge gap and utilize appropriate resources to answer the question and knowledge gap,
  • identify and compare available references,
  • explain the differenences and clinical relevancy of references and findings,
  • identify credible sources of knowledge and recognize potential conflict(s) of interest or author bias,
  • integrate new knowledge into their practice of 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)