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In light of this environment, this paper addresses health sciences libraries' collection development policies and procedures regarding print and electronic USMLE and NBDE test preparation materials based on survey data collected in the spring of 2007.
To survey the examination preparation materials landscape and identify titles expressly written to prepare medical students for the USMLE and NBDE, the authors searched WorldCat, Doody's Core Titles, Google Book Search, and Amazon.com.
For the NBDE, the largest publisher was Decks Corporation (25%, n=3/12), publisher of Dental Decks, an NBDE preparation flashcard series.
From 2004-2007, 10% (n=55/546) of all published USMLE preparation titles and no NBDE preparation titles were reviewed in Doody's.
The authors found only five reviews of USMLE preparation resource [37-41] and no reviews of NBDE preparation resources.
The investigators designed and distributed two surveys: one focused on preparation materials for the USMLE and the other on questions specific to the NBDE (Appendixes A and B online).
The NBDE survey was sent to seventy-five librarians.
Twenty-six of 75 librarians receiving the NBDE instrument completed the survey, representing a 35% individual response rate.
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