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Advanced Google Instruction as a Tool for Promoting Evidence-Based Practice. By Jeff Mason, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Shauna-Lee Konrad, London Health Sciences Centre. RQHR’s Google Initiative: Advanced Google for Dummies. Motivation Low interest for traditional library classes

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advanced google instruction as a tool for promoting evidence based practice

Advanced Google Instruction as a Tool for Promoting Evidence-Based Practice

By Jeff Mason, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region

Shauna-Lee Konrad, London Health Sciences Centre

rqhr s google initiative advanced google for dummies
RQHR’s Google Initiative: Advanced Google for Dummies

Motivation

  • Low interest for traditional library classes
  • Desire to try something new and different for the summer as part of co-op student’s placement

Rationale

  • Health care practitioners’ use of Google is inevitable
  • Proper training is necessary to achieve evidence-based results
literature review
Literature Review
  • Many advocate the use of Google as a tool for information literacy
  • Few actual experiences are published
  • Three case studies - Google as a tool for information literacy
case study virginia commonwealth university
Case Study: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 1.5 credit hours honours module for undergraduate students

Content

  • Google as a tool for information literacy
  • Overview of Google & search techniques

Conclusions

  • Positive experience
  • Promote library’s education & outreach services
  • Foster on-going dialogue about information retrieval, organization and evaluation
case study the google game
Case Study - The Google Game
  • Grade 9 English class
  • Developed game to teach students to refine web searches
  • Pre-teaching session followed by Google game

Game

  • Assigned search question
  • Winner correctly answers question with least results

Conclusions

  • Student recognition of decreased search time
  • Student opinion about searching improved
  • Increased credibility for librarians
case study become a google power user
Case Study - Become a Google Power User
  • Various Grade 10 English classes
  • To teach students to be better Internet Searchers by using 15 power searches in Google

Method

Pretest > Instruction > Practice Assignments > Post test

Conclusions

  • Significant improvements in students’ searching habits
  • Increased students’ confidence and interest in searching
  • Students’ increased knowledge of relevancy, credibility, web terminology
rqhr course development
RQHR Course Development

Overall Goal

  • Teach Google features that will be useful for finding information to promote evidence-based practice

General Google Information

  • How Google works
  • Scope of Google
  • Google for health information

Google Special Features

  • Calculator, Translator, I’m Feeling Lucky, Related Pages, Google Images, Google Scholar

Google Search Techniques

rqhr teaching process
RQHR Teaching Process
  • Weekly Drop-in Sessions in July & August
  • Computer Lab (8 seats)
  • Live demonstration
  • Explanations with health examples
  • Practice time
  • Handout
marketing process
Marketing Process
  • Promotional Posters
  • Health Region Weekly Newsletter
  • Health Region Intranet Page
  • Library Intranet Page
  • Health Region-wide email
initial response
Initial Response
  • First class: Minimal attendance
  • Subsequent classes well attended
  • Introduced survey after 2nd class
  • Very positive to all sessions
  • Increased interest in library
  • Promotes discussion about credibility of web information
  • Departmental requests for class
survey design
Survey Design
  • Consulted with health region research office
  • Developed 10 question survey
  • Purpose of Survey
    • To learn why staff use Google
    • To evaluate success of course
results 1
Results - 1
  • Who attended?
    • 188 usable responses
    • 5 groups
      • Health care providers
      • Health administrators
      • Allied health care providers
      • Educators/researchers (includes students)
      • Other
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Results – 2

  • Only 1 physician attended surveyed classes
  • Allied HCP – primarily pharmacists and dieticians
results 3
Current use of Google

>50% ALWAYS use Google as their search engine.

Results - 3
results 4
Results - 4
  • Use of Google for work information
results 5
Results - 5
  • What Users Like About Google
    • 28% - User friendly
    • 24% - Fast
    • 17% - Scope
results 6
Results - 6
  • What Users Do Not Like About Google
results 7
Results - 7
  • Where else do users find information?

1 – Google

2 – Subscription databases

3 – Free databases

4 – Other search engines

5 – Library staff

results 8
Results - 8
  • Why users attended session
    • 42% - learn to search better/save time
    • 30% - just want to learn
  • Was the session useful?
    • 57% - extremely useful
    • 8% - not useful
results 9
Results - 9
  • What users liked about the session
    • 22% - tips and tricks
    • 9% each – practical/hands on
  • Do users want to learn more?
    • 58% - yes!
discussion 1
Discussion - 1
  • Survey supports original ideas:
    • Google is being used heavily
      • Is being used for health care decisions
    • Staff do not use it effectively
    • There is a need to provide this type of education
conclusion 1
Conclusion - 1
  • Providing staff with a session they want/need:
    • Allows library to promote EBP by explaining strengths and weaknesses of Google/Internet sources.
    • Raises library profile, reaches non-traditional users
    • Increases credibility of librarians
conclusion 2
Conclusion - 2
  • Future Directions
    • Sessions that compare Google results to proprietary database results.
    • Sessions that use health care literature search examples in Google.
thank you
Thank You
  • Mary Chipanshi and Susan Powelson, RQHR Health Sciences Library
  • Ali Bell and Nicole Aitken, RQHR Research and Performance Support
contact information
Contact Information
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