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PubMed searches by Dutch-speaking nursing students: the impact of language and system experience

Klaar Vanopstal UGent, Robert Vander Stichele UGent, Godelieve Laureys UGent and Joost Buysschaert UGent (2012) JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 63(8). p.1538-1552
abstract
This study analyzes the search behavior of Dutch-speaking nursing students with a non-native knowledge of English who searched for information in MEDLINE/PubMed about a specific theme in nursing. We examine whether and to what extent their search efficiency is affected by their language skills. Our task-oriented approach focuses on three stages of the information retrieval process: need articulation, query formulation and relevance judgment. The test participants completed a pre-test questionnaire, which gave us information about their overall experience with the search system and their self-reported computer and language skills. The students were briefly introduced into the use of PubMed and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) before they conducted their keyword-driven subject search. We assessed the search results in terms of recall and precision, and also analyzed the search process. After the search task, a satisfaction survey and a language test were completed. We conclude that language skills have an impact on the search results. We hypothesize that language support might improve the efficiency of searches conducted by Dutch-speaking users of PubMed.
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published
subject
keyword
health informatics education, information retrieval, information and reference skills, BEHAVIOR, query formulation, END-USERS, MeSH, MEDLINE, RETRIEVAL EFFECTIVENESS, INFORMATION, biomedical information, user expertise, language barriers, KNOWLEDGE, NOVICE, WEB
journal title
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol.
volume
63
issue
8
pages
1538 - 1552
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000306758600005
JCR category
INFORMATION SCIENCE & LIBRARY SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
2.005 (2012)
JCR rank
10/84 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
1532-2882
DOI
10.1002/asi.22694
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2066685
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2066685
date created
2012-03-14 16:44:56
date last changed
2014-02-05 14:24:03
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  author       = {Vanopstal, Klaar and Vander Stichele, Robert and Laureys, Godelieve and Buysschaert, Joost},
  issn         = {1532-2882},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY},
  keyword      = {health informatics education,information retrieval,information and reference skills,BEHAVIOR,query formulation,END-USERS,MeSH,MEDLINE,RETRIEVAL EFFECTIVENESS,INFORMATION,biomedical information,user expertise,language barriers,KNOWLEDGE,NOVICE,WEB},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {1538--1552},
  title        = {PubMed searches by Dutch-speaking nursing students: the impact of language and system experience},
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  volume       = {63},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Vanopstal, Klaar, Robert Vander Stichele, Godelieve Laureys, and Joost Buysschaert. 2012. “PubMed Searches by Dutch-speaking Nursing Students: The Impact of Language and System Experience.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 63 (8): 1538–1552.
APA
Vanopstal, K., Vander Stichele, R., Laureys, G., & Buysschaert, J. (2012). PubMed searches by Dutch-speaking nursing students: the impact of language and system experience. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 63(8), 1538–1552.
Vancouver
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Vanopstal K, Vander Stichele R, Laureys G, Buysschaert J. PubMed searches by Dutch-speaking nursing students: the impact of language and system experience. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 2012;63(8):1538–52.
MLA
Vanopstal, Klaar, Robert Vander Stichele, Godelieve Laureys, et al. “PubMed Searches by Dutch-speaking Nursing Students: The Impact of Language and System Experience.” JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 63.8 (2012): 1538–1552. Print.