The library offers a range of training to members.

Reading Research – An introduction to critical appraisal

The Library runs training sessions looking at how to read research using critical appraisal techniques. There is a general introduction and two advanced sessions, one focusing on quantitative research and the other on qualitative research.

The introductory session will look at:

  • Why you need to critically appraise research
  • How to start your appraisal
  • General questions to ask when you appraise a paper

The quantitative session will include:

  • Questions to ask to critically appraise quantitative articles
  • General features of quantitative research
  • Different types of quantitative research
  • Types of statistics commonly used in medical studies

The qualitative session will include:

  • Questions to ask to critically appraise qualitative articles
  • General features of qualitative research
  • Different methods of qualitative research
  • Things to look for in qualitative research

All sessions include a practical section in which participants will be able to practice appraising a paper.

Advanced booking is required as you will be required to read the paper which will be appraised during the session in advance.

For dates and times to book please contact:

Finding the Evidence – searching for literature

To help with the information needs of evidence-based practice and clinical governance, we provide training to enable you to get the most out of the electronic resources available to library users.

Introduction Session

The introductory session will look at the different resources available through the library, examining what information the resources can provide and how they can be used for different purposes.

The library runs group sessions or can provide 1to1 or small group sessions on request.

The dates and times for the group sessions are listed below.

To book group training, 1to1 or small group training please contact:

Advanced Session

The advanced session looks at using Healthcare Databases Advance Search (HDAS) to search for journal articles to inform practise, research and study.

Session outline:

  • Introduction to databases (including Medline, CINAHL, Embase, Kings Fund, PsycInfo and the Cochrane Library)
  • Forming your search strategy
  • Accessing the databases
  • Searching techniques
  • Retrieving your results
  • Electronic Journal retrieval

Training Objectives:

  • Select the most appropriate database for your needs
  • Formulate a simple search strategy using both subject headings and ‘free text’
  • Conduct a search
  • Understand what a thesaurus is and how to use it to improve your search results
  • Refine your search strategy to get the results you want
  • Display, select, save and print your search results    

To book 1to1 or small group training please contact:  

1:1 Literature search training

To book a 1to1 training session please contact the library.

HDAS Training videos

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)

NICE have created a number of YouTube training videos to support you in using the HDAS interface. Each video covers a different aspect of the HDAS system and you may only wish to watch particular videos relevant to you.

If you require any additional support please contact the library as 1to1 training on searching is available

Video 1 –Doing a basic search

Video 2 –How to Lower Search Panel

Video 3 – Accessing the Thesaurus

Video 4 – Building thesaurus searches

Video 5 – Using Fields

Video 6 – Applying Limits

Video 7 – Combining Search Rows

Video 8 – Rerunning a search

Video 9 – Copying Rows

Video 10 – Editing search rows

Video 11 – Deleting Search Rows

Video 12 – Reordering Search Rows

Video 13 – Saving a Search Strategy

Video 14 – Results Display Options

Video 15 – Saving Results

Video 16 – Deduplication

Video 17 – Exporting Results

Video 18 – Creating Alerts

Video 19 – Editing and deleting Alerts

Video 20 – Saved Results

Video 21 – My Search Strategies

Video 22 – Deleting saved strategies

Video 23 – Cloning a search strategy

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