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Med Ref Serv Q. 2011;30(4):357-64. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2011.609016.

Sharing MedlinePlus®/MEDLINE® for information literacy education (SMILE): a dental public health information project.

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  • 1Georgia Health Sciences University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership Campus, Athens, USA.


The SMILE project represented a partnership among the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries, the Gateway Clinic in Laredo, and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. The project focused on improving dental practitioners' access to reliable information resources and integrating the best evidence into public health dental practice. Through its training program, SMILE cultivated a set of "power information users" among the dentists, dental hygienists, and community health workers (promotores) who provided public health preventive care and oral health education. The dental public health practitioners gained information literacy skills and increased their knowledge about reliable sites such as blogs, PubMed®, and MedlinePlus®. This project fostered opportunities for expanded partnerships with public health personnel.

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