Training and Help

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 on our poster –  Library Training Sep-Nov 2020

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: –

Building the foundations: –

Module 1: Introduction to searching

Module 2: Where do I start searching?

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

Developing the skills: –

Module 4 Too many results? How to narrow your search

Module 5 Too few results? How to broaden your search

Module 6 Searching with subject headings

Applying the skills

  • Module 7 How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS) (coming soon)

If you require further assistance contact your local healthcare library team. Check the Health Library and Information Services Directory to find your local library.


NICE Evidence search – introduction

Healthcare Database Advanced Search – introduction

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


Technology Enhanced Learning – A-Z of Apps (produced by University of Sussex)


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