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EdTechReview’s ‘149 Amazing Google Tricks to Increase Effectiveness of your Search’

Here is a great resource that we might consider building CE around as a means of supporting the lifelong, natural learning actions of clinicians (and I bet you will want to share this with your colleagues too): EXCERPT: Google is the most popular search engine and most of the people use it

MANUSCRIPT: An exploratory study into the effect of time-restricted internet access on face-validity, construct validity and reliability of postgraduate knowledge progress testing.

BACKGROUND: Yearly formative knowledge testing (also known as progress testing) was shown to have a limited construct-validity and reliability in postgraduate medical education. One way to improve construct-validity and reliability is to improve the authenticity of a test. As easily accessible internet has become inseparably linked to daily clinical practice, we

ABSTRACT: Ordinary search engine users carrying out complex search tasks

Web search engines have become the dominant tools for finding information on the Internet. Owing to their popularity, users of all educational backgrounds and professions use them for a wide range of tasks, from simple look-up to rather complex information-seeking needs. This paper presents the results of a study that

RADAR: An approach for helping students evaluate Internet sources

Abstract The Internet has become an integral part of all aspects of the life of twenty-first-century learners. Yet research shows that students’ ease and familiarity with the mechanics of the medium are not matched by their ability to evaluate electronic sources critically. Both faculty and library professionals are acutely aware of

RESOURCE: Google Shows ‘How Search Works’ With New Site

Ever wondered how Google’s search works? The company launched a new website Friday, appropriately called How Search Works, to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the process from start to finish. “Here you can follow the entire life of a search query, from the web, to crawling and indexing, to algorithmic

MANUSCRIPT: User experiences of evidence-based online resources for health professionals: user testing of The Cochrane Library.

BACKGROUND: Evidence-based decision making relies on easy access to trustworthy research results. The Cochrane Library is a key source of evidence about the effect of interventions and aims to "promote the accessibility of systematic reviews to anyone wanting to make a decision about health care". We explored how health professionals found,

ABSTRACT: Which literature retrieval method is most effective for GPs?

BACKGROUND: Evidence-based medicine requires new skills of physicians, including literature searching. OBJECTIVE: To determine which literature retrieving method is most effective for GPs: the printed Index Medicus; Medline through Grateful Med; or Medline on CD-ROM. METHODS: The design was a randomized comparative study. In a continuing medical education course, three groups of health care professionals

ABSTRACT: Searching multiple databases for systematic reviews: added value or diminishing returns?

OBJECTIVE: To explore whether searching specialised bibliographic databases identified additional relevant papers to those located by a Medline search for a systematic review of exercise therapy. METHOD: Searches were performed in Medline, two further generalised medical databases (Embase, Cochrane Library) and four specialised databases (CancerLit, Cinahl, PsychInfo, SportDiscus) to identify controlled trials of

ABSTRACT: A systematic review of the effectiveness of critical appraisal skills training for clinicians.

Abstract The aim of this paper is to undertake a descriptive systematic review of the effectiveness of critical appraisal skills training for clinicians. Of the 10 controlled studies which examined this issue and were found to meet the eligibility criteria of this review, all used a study population of either medical

MANUSCRIPT: Developing search strategies for clinical practice guidelines in SUMSearch and Google Scholar and assessing their retrieval performance.

BACKGROUND: Information overload, increasing time constraints, and inappropriate search strategies complicate the detection of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). The aim of this study was to provide clinicians with recommendations for search strategies to efficiently identify relevant CPGs in SUMSearch and Google Scholar. METHODS: We compared the retrieval efficiency (retrieval performance) of search strategies