Teaching users to utilize animal health information in an electronic environment
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The growth of biomedical information available in electronic format mandates the incorporation of the use of computerized information resources into courses for animal health information scholars. Librarians serving as lecturers in the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Department in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, have included a host of computerized information resources in the structure of a three-unit credit course entitled EPM 401: Biomedical Information Resources and Retrieval. The course is required for veterinarians in the Masters in Preventive Medicine Program, and is an elective for veterinary students. Resources in electronic format covered by the course include the University of CaliforniaÃ¢ s MELVYL online catalog, the CAB Abstracts and Compact Cambridge Life Sciences Collection databases in CD-ROM format, the MEDLINE and Current Contents databases available on the MELVYL system, and bibliographic file management software programs. Students are introduced to the concepts of Boolean searching and are furnished opportunities for Ã¢ hands-onÃ¢ practice. Computer terminals in the public area of the Carlson Health Sciences Library as well as microcomputers in the libraryÃ¢ s Microcomputer Facility are employed in the class. Teaching the use of computerized resources is integrated with instruction covering library catalogs, journals, indexing and abstracting resources, bibliographies, personal filing systems, and reference/statistical sources.