Evolution of an information literacy curriculum for third-year medical students

Linda O'Dwyer*, Stephanie C. Kerns

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Information literacy curriculum for third-year medical students at Northwestern University has evolved over several years under the guidance of librarians at the Galter Health Sciences Library. Starting as a series of rotation-specific information resource overviews, initial evaluation and feedback led to the curriculum being developed to include more focused and interactive clinical information sessions with a quiz-based assessment. Future enhancements will include web-based self-directed learning using online tutorials, additional search exercises that mimic the on-the-go clinical environment, and better assessment of the curriculum's impact on students' information literacy and clinical search skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-232
Number of pages12
JournalMedical Reference Services Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Clinical clerkships
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Information literacy
  • Library instruction
  • Online tutorials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Health Informatics


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