New NHS e-learning programme on literature searching now available

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A new e-learning programme providing guidance on how to plan and carry out literature searches is now available on the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) platform. The project is intended for both clinical and non-clinical healthcare staff, and aims to help develop confidence in searching for and identifying relevant articles in support of work, study and research.

The seven module course is specifically for those with less experience in searching healthcare databases for literature, or those who wish to refresh their knowledge of the principles of effective searching. Each of the short modules can be completed in 20 minutes or less, and have been designed such that they might be used individually, or completed as a course.

The first three modules titled, ‘Building the Foundations’, were launched in November of 2017 and provide users with some guidance on the resources that are available, how to get started with planning a search, and the use of OR/AND in combining search terms.

The second set of three modules, ‘Developing the skills’, has recently been made available, and these focus on how to narrow a search when too many results are returned, how to broaden searches with too few results, as well as covering how to search using subject headings.

The seventh and final module on ‘Applying the skills’ will be available in April 2018.

You can access the modules password-free, but if want to record and save your learning, log in via NHS OpenAthens. To access the e-learning  visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/literature-searching/

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