As anyone who visits this blog could infer, I love Lib Guides. I am passionate about the idea of subject information having a highlights page for a student feeling overwhelmed. I really appreciated lib guides as a college student and used them as tools to accelerate my research process.
At my undergraduate university, I had insight into the use of lib guides while working at the library after I graduated. The most popular lib guide was for Political Science and that had largely to do with the personality of the librarian who created the lib guide; she worked very closely with professors in the department to have resources that matched the assignments each semester. The lib guides also had a very useful feature- they have a “book me” feature for students to book a research session with the librarian for that subject right on the lib guide page.
With this very positive experience with lib guides and their usefulness, I reviewed the UCD Medicine Lib Guide organized by Diarmuid Stokes. I know nothing about this field so I believe I approached the guide much like a brand new student would. There is a picture of the librarian with an “email me button” which encourages students to reach out to their subject specialist. I also really liked the “related guides” list: Nursing, Midwifery and Health systems, Physiotherapy, and Public Health. This allows me as a novice to see interrelated fields.
The sections of the guide could have a softer touch; I believe it benefits students to know how they can use the different resources. Below I have in italics my idea for the “soft touch” to help lost students beside the bold title of the section.
–Books and eBooks: These reference titles are a good place to start when beginning research on a specific disease or bodily function.
-Journal Articles and Databases: These resources can help you make informed opinions and decisions about patient care.
–Key websites: These sites are trusted and acknowledged experts in the medical field, search here first!
–Government and EU information: Government information and statistics document trends and implement policy.
–Datasets and Statistics: This software can help you create data sets for papers and projects.
–Citing information and avoiding plagiarism: Harvard Style and Vancouver Style unless your professor says otherwise. Helpful PDF’s for download!