Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Expert Searching in the Google Age

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Expert Searching in the Google Age

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Jankowski, Terry Ann. Expert Searching in the Google Age. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield; 2016. 102 p. $40.00. ISBN: 978-14422-3965-4.

This book is an excellent resource for health sciences librarians, whether they are experienced searchers or new librarians. The experienced librarian will be able to use Jankowski's tips as a refresher course, and the new librarian can use the book as a brief introduction to searching. In either case, librarians will appreciate the opportunities to practice and improve their search skills by using the examples and exercises that the author supplies.

Starting the book with a sample search request provides a very useful way of introducing the subject of database searching. Jankowski also ends many of the eight chapters with a section called "Apply the Learning." These sections contain lists of tasks that illustrate the subject covered in each chapter. Opportunities to create a population, intervention, comparison, outcome (PICO) question or to find other databases to search are very helpful because they allow practicing and understanding concepts that are often not offered in library school. …

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