Paper Information

Journal:   HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT   JUNE-JULY 2012 , Volume 9 , Number 2; Page(s) 215 To 223.
 
Paper: 

EVALUATING FEATURES OF SEARCH IN ONLINE DATABASES OF ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES CENTRAL LIBRARY WEBSITE ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL CRITERIA

 
 
Author(s):  MOJIRI SHAHIN*, RAKHSH FARIBA, RAHIMI ALI REZA
 
* HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER, ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, ISFAHAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Database evaluation indicators include management, content, technical, and search indicators. A database must have a high level of information retrieval. As search features is one of the most important factors in database evaluation, this research tried to evaluate search input and output in online databases of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences (IUMS) central library website based on international standards.
Methods: In a cross-sectional study in 2007-08, 7 online databases of IUMS central library website were included. Search input and output were evaluated by a researcher-made checklist according to Maryland K-12 and Ovid criteria, database management system (DBMS), and Gulliver assessment tool. The reliability of that the checklist was approved by professionals. The checklist consisted of 2 parts, 11 items to assess search input features and 15 items to evaluate search output features. The collected data was finally analyzed in Microsoft Excel.
Results: Our results showed that input and output features of Ovid databases were completely (100%) according to the standard criteria. However, MD Consult had the lowest (input: 51.52% and output: 61.9%) concordance with the standards. Although other databases.
Conclusion: Ovid and MD Consult had the highest and lowest concordance with search standards, respectively. Although other databases had acceptable concordance, decisions to continue or discontinue using their services depend on further evaluations of their management, content, and technical features.

 
Keyword(s): DATABASES, FACTUAL, REFERENCE STANDARDS, EVALUATION STUDIES, ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
 
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