Information skills training sessions

Here is a list of information skills training sessions running in January

Searching NHS Databases 9 Jan 10.30-12pm   and  23 Jan 2-3.30pm

Searching databases using OvidSP 13 Jan 1-2pm

Introduction to St. George’s Library and Health Information: Library Induction for NHS Staff  15 Jan 10-10.45am

Finding information for your topic 16 Jan 12-1pm

Evidence Based Healthcare Resources 22 Jan 10.30-12pm

Searching databases using EbscoHost  24 Jan 12-1pm

All training sessions will be held in the Library Training Room

See below for more information about the each workshop. Please e-mail  liblearn@sgul.ac.uk for further details.

Searching NHS Databases

Course Outline
A hands-on session to searching MEDLINE, CINAHL and other NHS databases to find healthcare journal article references.  Relevant to all NHS staff including nurses, AHPs, junior doctors, consultants and non-clinical staff wishing to find information to support clinical practice, decision-making, education or research.

By the end of the session, participants will have learnt how to:
•    select the most appropriate healthcare database for their needs
•    devise and execute a simple search strategy using both subject headings and keywords
•    broaden or refine searches by combining or limiting results
•    display, select, save, email and print results
•    access full text articles where available or locate articles through the St. George’s Journals page
•    Save searches and alerts

Prerequisites for this course:

•    basic internet skills

Who is this course for ?

Finding information for your topic

Course outline
This session will improve your information searching skills and use some of the Library’s tools for finding information
At the end of this one hour session you will be able to:

  • Search effectively for information about a particular search topic (for example, one that you need to write about for your course)
  • Use suitable search tools such as Hunter to find information
  • Use tools such as Hunter to save searches and manage results
  • Locate full text articles and other information

Who is this course for ?
SGUL or FHSCE staff and students who are new to searching; or new to finding academic information. NHS staff book onto to Searching NHS Databases.

Searching databases using OvidSP (Medline, Embase, PsycInfo)

Course outline
This session is for those who need to carry out more in-depth research, such as for a literature review, dissertation, research project etc.

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Create and plan a search strategy
  • Use the search strategy in the databases provided by the OvidSP platform (Medline, Embase, PsycInfo)
  • Find journal articles using the databases provided by the OvidSP platform
  • Set up an account on OvidSP to enable  you to save your searches, and set up alerts to help you keep up to date

Prerequisites for this course:

Familiarity with the basics of searching for/finding journal articles

Who is this course for ?
SGUL or FHSCE staff and students, and NHS staff, who have some experience with the basics of research/literature searching and wish to explore more resources for their research.

Evidence based healthcare resources

Course outline
Finding top quality evidence is a priority for health care practitioners.  This session will introduce the high quality resources available to you as well as train you how to use the Cochrane Library effectively to support evidence-based clinical practice or decision-making.

Come along to the session to learn more about:
•    Evidence based resources,  such as NHS Evidence, Clinical Knowledge Summaries
•    Cochrane Library

Prerequisites for this course:
•    familiarity with using the internet

Who is this course for ?
NHS staff

Searching databases using EbscoHost

Course outline
This session is for those who need to carry out more in-depth research, such as for a literature review, dissertation, research project etc.

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Create and plan a search strategy
  • Use the search strategy in the databases provided by the EbscoHost platform (Cinahl, Medline, Amed)
  • Find journal articles using the databases provided by the EbscoHost platform
  • Set up an account on EbscoHost to enable you to save your searches, and set up alerts to help you keep up to date

Prerequisites for this course:

Familiarity with the basics of searching for/finding journal articles

Who is this course for ?
SGUL or FHSCE staff and students who have some experience with the basics of research/literature searching and wish to explore more resources for their research

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