Learn how to find evidence-based sources to underpin your practice, studies and research! It empowers you, and saves you precious time.

In support of evidence-based practice and clinical governance, we provide training to enable you to take full advantage of our many electronic resources. Training sessions cover NHS Evidence, healthcare databases (Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, HMIC, PsycINFO, etc.) and the Cochrane Library, as well as how to access electronic journals using your Athens password.

The Library team offers a flexible approach to meet the learning needs of you and your unit. Small group or one-to-one training sessions are provided on request, either at library sites or where you work. Information professionals are also available to talk you through a literature search on the telephone.

Library staff currently offer training modules in various formats and a selection is shown below.
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Information retrieval and assessment skills tutorials can be tailored to your needs: please email for more details.

1. NHS Evidence portal
By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Know when to use NHS Evidence
  • Search Clinical Knowledge Summaries, QIPP and other available databases
  • Search for topics of interest
  • Add filters to a search
  • Use NICE pathways

2. Finding the evidence: searching NHS Evidence healthcare databases
By the end of training participants will be able to:

  • Plan their search strategy
  • Understand how to carry out a subject search
  • Combine search terms
  • Apply limits to their search
  • View, save and print their results
  • Access any available full text

3. Finding the evidence: searching OVID healthcare databases

4. Cochrane Library

5. Critical appraisal skills workshops

  • Learn to appraise published outputs of quantitative and qualitative research
  • Essential statistical knowledge
  • Group review of a journal article

6. Publishing workshop

  • Learn to write for professional journals
  • Understand the publishing process

As well as training in person (either in the library or at staff workplaces), the library also has a range of information guides and leaflets that provide help with literature searching.