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MSI Information Literacy: MSI Info Literacy Overview

Outline & Objectives

Objectives for MSI Students

Students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast different types of information resources and assess relative quality. 

  2. Select the most appropriate information sources for given need (see resources below).

    • Background Information:

    1. Clinical / Point of Care
    2. Ebooks
    3. Data / Statistics
    4. Google
  • Primary Biomedical literature:
  1. Google / Scholar
  2. Medline, PubMed, PMC
  3. Tools to expand or narrow your search - Subject Headings, filters, fields
  4. Quality assessment:

~  How do I know an article is from a peer reviewed journal?

  • Ulrich'sWeb database

Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

~  Are some peer reviewed journals better than others? 

  • JCR - Journal Citation Reports

The Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year. The Impact Factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years.

The Eigenfactor score is slightly different - the algorithms use the structure of the entire network (instead of purely local citation information) to evaluate the importance of each journal.  Also, the Eigenfactor score is calculated based on the citations received over a five year period.

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