Information Skills Training

The William Harvey Library in GETEC provides a wide range of information skill sessions. Currently these are virtual interactive sessions delivered via MS Teams or Zoom. We use screen sharing to enable hands on experience, and have found this works well. If you are new to virtual training don’t worry – our librarians can take you through it step by step.

Our latest training timetable is coming soon.  For information about training please contact us on extension 5464 or externally on  02476 865464 or e-mail

Need evidence for revalidation or CPD? Ask us for a certificate of attendance.

Longer Courses

Critical Appraisal (90 mins) To understand research articles usefulness you need to consider its quality, results and applicability to local settings.  This session explains this and put the ideas into practice by appraising a research article using an appropriate checklist. There is also an elearning module on Training Tracker. See our page on Critical Appraisal for more information.

Literature Searching  (60 mins) This covers how to find relevant research articles for patient care and assignments using databases such as Medline and CINHAL. Learn how to plan your search and apply some savvy techniques to search effectively and save time. Elearning is also available on the elearning for Healthcare website

Introduction to Referencing  (60 mins)  A session to demystify this key academic skill which can be adapted to your University Referencing Style. We’ll explain how to do it, step by step. Improve your assignment marks, save yourself time, and reduce your referencing stress.  

Short Courses 

Getting the most out of your OpenAthens account (20-45 mins – depending on your time and interests). Don’t delay, set up your account and learn how to access and use all the fabulous free electronic resources available to you.

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures Online (30 mins) Learn how to browse and search this essential evidence based manual of clinical skills using the intranet or on any PC.

Using NICE Evidence Search (20 mins) as well as NICE Evidence search itself this session covers other high quality resources that can be accessed from the website including the BNF and journals.

Introduction to Health Literacy (60 mins) Gain an understanding of the role health literacy plays in health and social care systems. Learn how low health literacy affects patient health outcomes and services, and discover resources to help you make a difference in your own practice.

Journal Clubs
Library staff can facilitate a journal club for those who are interested.  A suitable paper is selected in advance and then evaluated on the day by using a checklist appropriate for that study design.  If you want the library to assist you in a journal club in your department then please contact us.

1 to 1 and Bespoke Training

1 to 1, small group sessions or peer group sessions are available on demand. Please contact the library to arrange a time and discuss your training needs.

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