Literature Searching in Medical Education: Online Tutorial Development from Idea to Creation

Lauren A. Maggio, Kathy J. Davies, Nancy Allee, Jim Beattie, Donna Berryman, Dawn Littleton, Nancy H. Tannery, Kerry O'Rourke

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The medical education literature is growing, and the result is not only greater knowledge, but an increasing complexity in locating quality evidence-based information. In 2008, eight librarians partnered with the Association of American Medical Colleges to research, conceptualize, and build an online module to develop medical educators' search skills. Developing an online instructional module is a time-consuming, multi-stage process requiring the expertise of content, technical, and design specialists working in concert. Many lessons were learned, including the power of collaborative tools; the benefits of including specialists, such as graphic designers; the benefit of thoroughly surveying existing resources; and the importance of choosing technology wisely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-382
Number of pages11
JournalMedical Reference Services Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Moodle
  • PubMed
  • continuing education
  • cooperative behaviors
  • learning management systems
  • medical education
  • online tutorials


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