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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: email@example.com
The advanced session looks at using Healthcare Databases Advance Search (HDAS) to search for journal articles to inform practise, research and study.
- 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
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Contact us for more details.