Information Skills Training
The Library & Knowledge Service offers training in finding and interpreting evidence-based information. The training is available in timetabled group sessions (view dates for the current programme), as one-to-one sessions in person or by telephone, or as bespoke group sessions to departments and teams. The following training is available:
Effective Literature Searching: Using Healthcare Databases
This session explains how to access and search biomedical databases such as Medline & CINAHL to find specific published evidence for clinical practice, education or research. It will include the opportunity to undertake your own searches with the assistance of library staff. More...
Finding the Best Evidence: Systematic Reviews and the Cochrane Collection
This provides an introduction to systematic reviews, why they are important, how they are produced and their impact. There will be an emphasis on practical examples including from the Cochrane Library. More...
Interpreting the Evidence: An Introduction to Critical Appraisal
An introduction to why it is important to evaluate evidence. It covers how to consider the quality, results and local applicability through using a checklist on a relevant example of research. More...
Referencing your Work
This session explains how to reference your work including both the in text citation and the reference list. The session will cover the style of referencing that you are using (APA, Harvard or Vancouver) and demonstrate on line resources to assist you such as automatic reference generators.
An Introduction to Research Design
This session explains the different kind of research that appear in journal articles demonstrated through relevant examples. It covers the difference between primary / original research and secondary research and the difference between qualitative and quantitative research.
How to book
If you wish to book some training, please contact: Colin Lynch (01790 424642; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christine Roddis (01709 424644; email@example.com). Our training is available in a range of formats:
- Timetabled Group Sessions
Many of the courses are advertised as part of our training programme across the hospital, Oak House and RCHC. Please see the latest Information Skills Training Programme for dates and venues of forthcoming workshops.
- One to One Sessions
If you wish to have an individual training session on any of the subjects please contact us to make an appointment at a time and location convenient to you. This includes GP surgeries and other locations in the community.
- Mediated Literature Searching
If you are preparing for research or an assignment such as a dissertation we can offer you a personalised training session. We can help you formulate your search question using the PICO formula and identify the relevant sources to search. Using your Athens password we can demonstrate the HDAS search interface. With your subject knowledge we can undertake a detailed and specific search and print out or save your results and search history.
- Team and Departmental Training
The workshops can also be delivered at in-house training events departmental meetings. The sessions can be tailored to your specific departmental needs and can include a combination of the themes on offer. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
- Journal Club Support Service
The Library and Knowledge Service offer advice and practical assistance on how to setup and run a journal club, providing you with support and resources to help you do this. We can also lead journal club sessions using our knowledge of the research literature and of critical appraisal. Please visit our Journal Club Support Service page for more information.
- Telephone Training
Most of the above sessions can also be delivered over the telephone and internet access. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.