LIBR 220-05
LIBR 220-14
Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Profession
Summer 2009 Greensheet

Dr. Cheryl R. Dee
Office Hours: Elluminate Office Hours will be posted on ANGEL class site

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ANGEL information: Class will use Angel for all Assignments. 

Students will enroll for Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Profession - Medical and Consumer Health from May 18, 2009 - June 4, 2009.

Students will receive the access enrollment code for this class from a message from Dr. Dee sent through My.SJSU.

Course Description

This course is a practical introduction to a variety of electronic sources used to locate information in medicine, consumer health, nursing, and allied health. Course material is intended for those interested in medical and consumer health information resources in medical, public or academic libraries where clients need health-related information.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 202

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and use a wide variety of medical information sources, including medical databases including those from the National Library of Medicine, the Internet, associations, vendors and colleagues.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of health professionals’ use of information sources in the field of medicine and the health sciences.
  3. Discuss the important role of the National Library of Medicine, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Medical Library Association, vendors and colleagues as sources of medical information.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to evaluate, search and present a wide variety of medical and consumer health information resources. Skills will be demonstrated by interactive questions and answers on the ANGEL Discussion Forum, by multiple-attempt quizzes on the resources, by written reflections resources on the Discussion Forum, and by the preparation of a database instruction project. 

LIBR 220 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • To demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities.

Students will be given a wide variety of medical and consumer health information sources to explore and evaluate. Asynchronous discussions of the sources with tutorials, electronic readings, and web resources will be posted on ANGEL.

Course Requirements

Students are expected to prepare each week by completing assignments designed to complement class work and further instruct students. Participation in asynchronous class discussion is required. A penalty will be assessed on late work. Work is to be independent.

Web-based weekly assignments with asynchronous discussions and probably Elluminate sessions comprise the course.

Due Dates
Assignments are due on the dates indicated in Assignments.

Course Calendar*
Introduction to the Course; includes the Medical Source List (textbook of resources provided for the class)

  • Week 1: Medical Interest & Photo (Due: 5 - June)
  • Week 1: Personal Medical Topic (Due: 5 June)
  • Week 1: Introduction to the NLM Databases (Due 5 - June)
  • Week 2: PubMed Tutorials, Multiple attempt Quiz (Due: 9 - June)
  • Week 3: PubMed Tutorial & PubMed Answers (Due: 16 - June)
  • Week 4: Drug Information and Quiz (Due: 23 - June)
  • Week 5: NLM and MLA Reflection (Due: 30 - June)
  • Week 6: Alternative Medicine Databases (Due 7 - July)
  • Week 6: NLM Gateway Quiz (Due: 7 - July)
  • Week 7: Cancer Topic (Due: 14 - July)
  • Week 8: Consumer Health Questions (Due: 14 - July)
  • Database Instruction Project (Due: 21 - July)
  • Week 9: Consumer Health Answer (Due: 28 July)
  • Week 10: DI Comments (22 - July to 6 - August)
  • Review during Semester - no grade
  • Cochrane Library & EBM
  • Technology: Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) & WISER; Wikis; Blogs; Second Life; etc.
  • Nursing Sources: CINAHL

*Subject to change with fair notice

Course Grading

Weekly Assignments and DI project 80 points
Class participation 20 points
Quizzes (multiple-attempt to 20 pts each) 100 points
Total 200 points
  • Extra credit for monitoring Elluminate sessions
  • Penalty assessed for late or missed work

Textbooks and Readings

There is no textbook for this class. Dr. Dee provides a Medical Source List of references that provides a wide variety of online health science sources. The List is used throughout the semester.

The following book supplements the course; it is optional and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers and other sources.  This book will NOT be required:

  • Jeffrey T Huber, Jo Anne Boorkman, Jean Blackwell. Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences, 5th ed. New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, ©2008
    [Dee, C. “Directories and Biographies” Chapter 12, p. 303.]

No Textbooks For This Course

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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