CM1 Library Session: Evaluating

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a . Website, Basic . PubMed . & . Statistics . Sites. Mercer University . M. edical Libraries| 2016. Evaluating Resources. Objective: . Students will be able to demonstrate . the ability to evaluate resources, particularly online, for: accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage as.... ID: 740903 Download Presentation

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CM1 Library Session: Evaluating a Website, Basic PubMed & Statistics Sites

Mercer University Medical Libraries| 2016

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Evaluating Resources

Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate

the ability to evaluate resources, particularly online, for: accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage as described by MUSM library staff.

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Vs.

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Evaluation criteria:

Accuracy

Authority

Objectivity/Bias

Currency/Timeliness

Coverage

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AccuracyIs the information supported by facts?Is the information based on scientific evidence?

How was the information collected?Look for a methodology section

Is the original source listed?

Do other sources back up the information?

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Accuracy example

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Statistics resource accuracy example

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Authority

Who published the

information?

Is the person backed by a

well-known

organization?

Is

the person affiliated with a university? If so, is the person a student or a faculty member?

Can you easily find contact information on the web page?

What

is the domain

URL?

(

.

gov

, .

edu

, .com, .org, etc.)

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Authority example

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Objectivity/Bias:Is advertising or sponsors clearly marked?Do the graphics, fonts, and verbiage play to emotions?

Is the author using data improperly to promote a position or a product?Is the information showing just one point of view?Is information left out?

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Currency/

Timlieness

Check for publication and copyright dates on website pages

Be weary of broken links (often means page has been neglected)

For statistical resources:

How

recent is your

data?

Some

resources present data from a mix of dates—check details,

FAQ’s

If

historical data is available, look for trends

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Currency example:

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Coverage

Geographical coverage:

Extent (does it cover the

physical area

in

question?)

Granularity (in small enough chunks: state, county, etc.)

Subject coverage:

Extent

(does it

cover

the topic in

question?)

Granularity (divisions between groups: percentages, quartiles, arbitrary groups)

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Coverage example:

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Objective: Students will be able to identify key databases, which include PubMed and other library resources, to find articles, as well as disease information as described and demonstrated by MUSM library staff.

Library Website Overview & Basic PubMed Searching

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Searching PubMed at

Mercer:

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SYPHILIS

OR

PREGNANCY

=

asthma

AND

influenza

asthma

OR

influenza

Boolean Terms

asthma

influenza

asthma

influenza

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Objective: Students will identify and demonstrate effective use of county, state, and national data sources that a physician needs to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment.

Sites reviewed include:America’s Health Rankings

County

Health

Rankings

US

Census

QuickFactsGeorgia Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS)

OASIS Dashboards Statistics Sites

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Questions?Library Session Resources & Slides available at:http://

med.mercer.edu/library/CM1.htmContact Us:Macon: reference.ill@gain.mercer.edu

Savannah:

savmedlibrary@mercer.edu

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