Information Skills Training: January – March

We are restarting our information skills training for university and NHS library users from January. While the sessions were on hold over the past months as we shifted all our training and support services online, we are now in the position to start offering these sessions again. All our sessions are online.

We have specific training for St George’s staff and students, as well as for NHS library users. These generic training sessions are open to everyone and are available in addition to any course-specific training you might have.

Don’t forget, we also continue to run our online drop-in, Monday to Friday 12-1pm. At our drop-ins we can help you with getting started, doing in-depth literature searching projects and referencing enquiries.

Below you can find out more about the different online training sessions we offer and the dates for these sessions. To book, please visit LibCal and register for the session you would like to attend.

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Training sessions on offer

My Learning Essentials: Hunter & Harvard

Wednesday 27 January 1-2pm
Monday 22 March 12-1pm

This session is suitable for SGUL or FHSCE undergraduate or postgraduate students who have specific referencing or literature searching enquiries relating to their assignments.  You will be able to discuss your query with the librarian, and receive guidance on how to effectively use Hunter to find academic books and articles and how to use CiteThemRight to ensure your referencing complies with SGUL’s specific Harvard Referencing Style.

Book here.

Students sitting in lecture theatre.

Literature searching for your dissertation

Thursday 14 January 11.30-1pm
Monday 15 February 11.30-1pm
Tuesday 15 March 11-12.30pm

We know databases, like Medline (aka PubMed) and CINAHL, can be daunting, but with a little help and guidance, we are short you will get to grips with them in no time. If you have a longer research project, like a dissertation, or you just want to impress in your assignments, this session is for you. You will learn how to effectively run a literature search in a database relevant to your subject. The sessions are suitable for St George’s and FHSCE staff and students.

Sign up here.


Thursday 28 January 12-1pm
Tuesday 23 February 12-1pm
Wednesday 24 March 1-2pm

In this session, we will introduce you to the reference management software RefWorks. We will show you up to set up an account, add references, manage them and how to use RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM), a Microsoft Word Add-in.

Book here.

Book shelf in the library.

Training sessions for NHS staff

NHS Library induction

Friday 22 January 12-1pm
Wednesday 17 February 12-1pm
Monday 22 March 1-2pm

Library induction for NHS staff, introducing you to the range of services and resources on offer to those working for St George’s Hospital, Queen Mary’s Hospital and other community-based sites.

Sign up here.

Finding the Evidence

Monday 11 January 11am-12pm
Wednesday 27 January 2pm-3pm

Tuesday 9 February 10am-11am
Thursday 25 February 3pm-4pm

Friday 12 March 1pm-2pm
Wednesday 31 March 12pm-1pm

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 provide training in how to use them effectively to support evidence-based clinical practice or decision-making.

The session will cover: The range of evidence-based healthcare resources available, including: NICE Evidence, the Cochrane Library and BMJ Best Practice.

How to use the NHS databases effectively and identify the most appropriate database for your need. This includes how to create and plan a search strategy using subject headings and keywords and how to combine searches and apply limits to focus your results; how to access full-text articles where available or locate articles through St George’s journals page; and how to save your searches and set up alerts.

You can book your slot here.

Systematic Reviews: finding and managing the evidence

This course will focus on in-depth literature searching for systematic reviewers and how to manage your results. It will provide you with an overview of the systematic review process, the know-how of creating effective search strategies, systematic searching of the literature, managing your results and documenting the search process.

You can book this session here.

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

  • plan robust search strategies for literature searches in support of systematic reviews
  • carry out systematic, advanced searches on the Ovid platform
  • save searches strategies and create alerts
  • plan how you will manage your search results and report on your search methodology.

If you have any questions about these training sessions, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing