Partnering to Analyze Selection of Resources by Medical Students for Case-Based Small Group Learning: A Collaboration between Librarians and Medical Educators

Julie K. Gaines, Lindsay Blake, Gail Kouame, Kathy J. Davies, Darra Ballance, V. Thomas Gaddy, Eve Gallman, Michael Russell, Elena Wood

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Librarians and medical educators analyzed the quality of information resources used by first- and second-year medical students in their case-based small group learning summaries. Librarians provided instruction on using library resources and gave formal feedback to students about appropriate resources for basic science and clinical questions. The team found that students used a high number of clinical and basic science journal articles and textbooks with a number of factors influencing their resource choices. The study demonstrates numerous areas where librarians can play a key role in assisting students to find and assess information to answer clinical questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-265
Number of pages17
JournalMedical Reference Services Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2018



  • Case-based learning
  • competency-based education
  • embedded librarians
  • information resources
  • library instruction
  • medical education
  • small group learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences

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