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Table 7 Table 7

From: A survey of the use of electronic scientific information resources among medical and dental students

1. Use of electronic journals, online databases and search engines   
How often do you search the following databases/use the following sources of information?   
1. Never   
2. Seldom (1–7 times per term)   
3. Quite often (2–7 times per month)   
4. very often (2+ times per week)   
MEDLINE (PubMed or OVID) for study purposes 0 1 2 3  
MEDLINE (PubMed or OVID) for research 0 1 2 3  
The EBM and other clinical databases of the 'Terveysportti' portal 0 1 2 3  
Other medical databases (e.g. Cochrane library) 0 1 2 3  
Electronic medical handbooks in the medical library 0 1 2 3  
Full-text journal articles online 0 1 2 3  
Search the Web for professional medical information 0 1 2 3  
2. Computer literacy and seach skills   
Rate your proficiency in general computing skills and information-searching skills   
0. have not used the application   
0. don't know how to use it   
1. some elementary skills   
2. I can use, but would learn more   
3. my skills are OK   
General computing skills   
Basic use of Windows 0 0 1 2 3  
Advanced Web browsing 0 0 1 2 3  
Advanced use of printers 0 0 1 2 3  
Advanced word processing 0 0 1 2 3  
Presentation graphics (PowerPoint) 0 0 1 2 3  
Use of spreadsheet (Excel) 0 0 1 2 3  
Statistical software 0 0 1 2 3  
Information searching skills   
Searching MEDLINE (OWG/Ovid) 0 0 1 2 3  
Searching MEDLINE (PubMed) 0 0 1 2 3  
Use of EBM databases of 'Terveysportti' portal 0 0 1 2 3  
Use of Cochrane library 0 0 1 2 3  
Use of full-text articles 0 0 1 2 3  
Use of electronic textbooks 0 0 1 2 3  
Use of students' digital learning material deposit 0 0 1 2 3  
Advanced use of WWW search engines to obtain 0 0 1 2 3  
professional medical information   
3. Improvement of computing skills   
Which training programs you would like to participate in for improving your skills?   
Use of electronic textbooks yes no
Use of electronic full-text articles yes no
Library's news alert for novel scientific publications yes no
Web of Science -citation database yes no
RefWorks for managing references yes no
SPSS software yes no
Advanced use of PDF documents (reading, filing, printing) yes no
Advanced home use of licensed scientific databases yes no
  1. 1 Scales were divided in tertiles separately for medical and dental students (lowest/intermediate/highest level)