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Med Ref Serv Q. 2017 Jul-Sep;36(3):292-298. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2017.1332267.

Leaving the Lecture Behind: Putting PubMed Instruction into the Hands of the Students.

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a University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , USA.


This column describes the development of a one-shot PubMed instruction class for medical students at a health sciences library. Background information on the objective is presented and discussed in the context of educational practice literature. The new course design centers on a guided group method of instruction in order to integrate more active learning. Surveyed students reported that the method was an effective way to learn how to search PubMed and that they preferred it to a traditional lecture. Pros and cons of the method are offered for other health sciences libraries interested in presenting PubMed instruction in a similar manner.


Active learning; PubMed; information literacy instruction; instructional design; medical education; medical students

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