Information Literacy among Faculty and Students of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and Pt. B. D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak

Suman Lata and Sanjeev Sharma

Abstract


Information literacy (IL) is recognized as an important aspect of medical education. Information retrieval and critical appraisal of information have become important because medical education standards require medical students and residents to possess those skills. The present study is an attempt to know the IL skills of the faculty and students of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and Pt. B.D. Sharma University of Health Science, Rohtak. The study was based on the data collected through questionnaires. All the respondents were able to specify their information needs. A majority of the faculty and students rated their skills high in accessing information in print and electronic format. For evaluating information in print format most of the respondents rated their skills very high whereas in electronic format most of them rated their average skills. In comparison to students, the faculty members of both the medical colleges were more familiar with the bibliography. A very small percent of the respondents of both the medical colleges were familiar with the Boolean operator OR.


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