Responsible Literature Searching for Research: A Self-Paced Interactive Educational Program is an online education module to teach researchers the fundamentals of responsible literature searching for research practice.

This educational program is revised and updated annually.

To access the module, go to "Responsible Literature Searching" on the University of Pittsburgh's "Internet-based Studies in Education and Research" site. To view the module content, click on the "Powered by HSConnect icon" in the upper right corner and follow the directions to create your free access account.

Completion of this module is highly recommended for individuals involved in human subject research. It provides clinical researchers with knowledge of how to locate scientific literature to enable design of scientifically sound research studies, and to protect human subjects from harm.

The program provides a framework, instruction, and guidelines on:

  1. accepted practices and principles associated with the biomedical literature search process,
  2. identification and use of major information resources,
  3. the role of reference librarians in the literature search process,
  4. the limitations of information resources, and
  5. determining what is an adequate literature search for topics such as drug safety and identification of adverse events.

The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 Category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

This program was developed by the Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) with support from a contract granted through a cooperative agreement between the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The application by HSLS was sponsored by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). Primary content developer is Charles Wessel, MLS, HSLS Reference Librarian.

Though the primary target audience is researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the content is based on principles that are applicable in most research-oriented settings and HSLS will make the content freely available to other academic health sciences libraries and medical centers for adaptation to their local settings and resources.

AAMC MedEdORTAL

Wessel CB. Responsible Literature Searching for Research: A Self-Paced Interactive Program. MedEdPORTAL; 2005. Available from: http://www.aamc.org/mededportal, ID = 162.

This Resource Successfully Peer Reviewed by MedEdPORTAL on 2/09/06.
MedEdPORTAL Publication Number: 162
Alterations to this Resource Created After This Date Have Not Been Reviewed By MedEdPORTAL.

For more information about this project contact:

Charles Wessel, MLS
cbw@pitt.edu

or

Nancy Tannery, MLS
tannery@pitt.edu