Data Management

A Student's Guide to Searching the Literature Using Online Databases

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Executive Summary

A method is described to empower students to efficiently perform general and literature searches using online resources. The method was tested on undergraduate and graduate students with varying backgrounds with scientific literature. Students involved in this study showed marked improvement in their awareness of how and where to find accurate scientific information. One of the most important tools for researchers is the ability to find and judge the work of other scientists. These talents are developed over time, but can be expedited by a working knowledge of how to efficiently use internet databases.

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