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Research Article  |   February 1992
Instructing Occupational Therapy Students in Information Retrieval
Author Affiliations
  • Nancy L. Griffin, EdD, OTR, is Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. (Mailing address: 2035 Malone Drive, Denton, Texas 76201)
  • Robert W. Schumm, EdD, MLS, is a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas
Article Information
Education of OTs and OTAs / Education
Research Article   |   February 1992
Instructing Occupational Therapy Students in Information Retrieval
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1992, Vol. 46, 158-161. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.2.158
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1992, Vol. 46, 158-161. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.2.158
Abstract

The effectiveness of a brief program designed to teach occupational therapy students enrolled in a graduate research methods class to conduct searches of four electronic databases was investigated. Students in the experimental class read an instructional booklet and received approximately 1 hour of supervised practice time using compact disk – read-only memory (CD-ROM) equipment. Questionnaire data revealed that compared with the students in the control class, the students completing the training program reported being significantly more familiar with six of seven key concepts and indicated significantly higher levels of usage of the four databases studied in the program.