Information SkillsTraining

The William Harvey Library in GETEC provides a wide range of information skill courses. These include longer courses with hands on experience, shorter courses explaining how to access resources and the support of journal clubs.  To view our latest training timetable please click on the image opposite. To book or for more information please contact on extension 5464, phone 02476 865464 or e-mail

Longer Courses – typically an hour and a half long
Critical Appraisal – 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 and using Healthcare Databases (HDAS) – 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 using PICO and apply some savvy techniques to search the effectively and save time. Elearning is also available on the elearning for Healthcare website

Systematic Reviews and the Cochrane Library – This session introduces why systematic reviews are undertaken and the main steps involved with practical examples of using the Cochrane Library to access systematic reviews

Short Courses – usually less than 45 minutes 
BMJ Best Practice – provides an overview of how to access this point of care tool which provides summaries of evidence on clinical topics.  The session will cover the key features of the website and how to download the handy app.

Getting the most out of your OpenAthens account – 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 Nursing Procedures – electronic access – explains how to browse and search this essential evidence based manual of clinical skills using the intranet or on any PC.

Using NICE Evidence Search (formerly NHS Evidence)as well as NICE Evidence search itself this course covers other high quality resources that can be accessed from the website including the BNF,  journals and databases.

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 or small group sessions are available on demand. Please contact the library to arrange a time.

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