Assessment of Information Literacy Skills of Undergraduate Medical Students in Selected Public Universities in Kenya

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Abstract
This study was conceived with the aim of investigating information literacy skills (ILS)
of medical undergraduate students in selected public universities in Kenya, with a view of
proposing a framework to enhance delivery and utilisation of the information literacy skills
in institutions of higher learning. Baro (2013) assert that for a medical practitioner or student
to derive maximum benefits from information he/she must possess information literacy skills.
However, literature reveals that in Kenya,there is no national policy on ILS.

Information literacy skills-related training is an individual institutional matter. Further, medical practitioners prefer using human sources instead of online databases or print sources that are readily available because of low information literacy skills. In this line, most medical students do not know how to refine search strategies, lack of skills on how to deal with information explosion and on appropriate use to avoid plagiarizing published scientific work.

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