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Help and training

Whether you are looking for evidence to support patient care, complete course work or carry out research, we can help you make more effective use of a wide variety of information resources.

Our main training sessions are:

Literature search and NICE Evidence: – an overview of the NICE Evidence website; how to access and download journal articles and eBooks; how to construct and apply a search strategy to identify literature on a topic using the interface provided through NICE Evidence to the major healthcare databases.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal: – an overview of the different types of study, what to look out for when reading a paper, tools to help and some very basic statistics – and the appraisal of an example paper.

There is a rolling programme of sessions available, dates are listed in our – Library Training Poster- Jan – Apr 18

However we are happy to put together training sessions to meet your requirements. We can offer training for groups or individuals, at the library or in your workplace. We are happy to train on other databases (e.g. Cochrane, Trip, DynaMed) and can offer sessions on referencing.  Please contact us to arrange training.

eLearning options

If you don’t have an opportunity to access our face to face learning or would like a reminder of what to do the following short modules have been put together to guide you through the process.

NHS Health Education England e-learning options: –

Module 1: Introduction to searching

Module 2: Where do I start searching?

Module 3: How do I start to develop a search strategy

There will be further modules in due course.


NICE Evidence search – introduction
Healthcare Database Advanced Search – introduction

See our separate pages for resources on Critical Appraisal and Referencing.

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