Dear Irina,

I am a medical librarian currently working for the Lippinoctt Williams &
Wilkins publishing house.  I am proficient in searching medical databases
and Russian is my native language. I also provide end-user training and
composed a few instructions on searching medical databases (particularly,
MEDLINE) for our users.  I think, it would be helpful to provide Ukrainian
health professionals with the searching instruction in Russian (I don't know
Ukrainian but I believe Russian would be helpful too).  I believe the
instruction should emphasized a textword searching; it should include some
examples in English (with translation, probably) and a list of recommended
English-Russian dictionaries.  I would be happy to help you with composing
such instructions.  Please feel free to contact me directly.

Yelena Friedman, MLS, AHIP
Sophia F. Palmer Library
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Tel:  (212) 886-1354
Fax: (212) 886-1206
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From: Iryna Berezovska [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2000 6:28 PM
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Subject: ?Language barrier and basics in searching MEDLINE


I am a visiting scholar from Ukraine. I am working on developing library
users educational programs related to key database searching skills for
Ukrainian health professionals. My audience has some special features:
- language barrier;
- most users lack basic skills in using a computer;
- a literal translation from the native language causes the end-user to
substitute commonly used terms that give a null result;
- they prefer textword searching rather than controlled-vocabulary
searching since they don't perfectly understand MeSH and the "mapping"

Please email me if you have any suggestions or materials I would be able to
use in my work.

Thank you,

Iryna Berezovska
School of Library & Information Science
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0029
Phone: (408) 924 2464
FAX: (408) 924 2476
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