Applying the Skills: Literature Searching e-learning final module now available

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The final module, How to Search the Healthcare Databases, of the seven module How to Search the Literature Effectively programme has now been published. The programme aims to help health and social care professionals develop confidence in searching for and identifying relevant articles in support of work, study and research.

Each modules features a mix of explanatory material, video demonstrations and opportunities to ‘check understanding’ via practice search screens.

Module 1 Introduction to searching
Module 2 Where do I start searching?
Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?
Module 4 Too many results? How to narrow your search
Module 5 Too few results? How to broaden your search
Module 6 Searching with subject headings
Module 7 How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)

See our blog post New NHS e-learning programme on literature searching now available for an overview of the programme.

Module seven pulls together skills learnt from the earlier modules and encourages users to apply that learning when using the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS). The module can be completed as a part of the whole programme, or as a standalone module for users already familiar with literature searching but who would like to try searching the Healthcare Databases for the first time or need to refresh their skills.

All modules are freely available and can be accessed without the need to login on the eLearning for Healthcare web site https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/literature-searching/. If you wish to record and save your learning you will need to login via NHS OpenAthens.

NHS OpenAthens users- Act now to avoid loss of saved searches on MEDLINE and PSYCINFO (Deadline 30th March)

If you have used your NHS OpenAthens account to conduct and save searches on MEDLINE or PSYCINFO using either the NICE Evidence Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) or the Ovid SP platform you will need to take action before the end of March.

Changes will shortly be made to the suppliers of these databases following a national reprocurement. The Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) interface functionality will remain largely unchanged but there will be a significant impact on saved searches.

Any saved searches on MEDLINE or PSYCINFO made on the HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advanced Search) platform or the OvidSP platform will stop working on 30th March. To avoid loss of your searches they need to be saved externally and re-run when the databases are fully operational.

Further information and instructions on how to transfer your searches is available [PDF].

As a consequence of the change of suppliers MEDLINE and PSCYINFO will no longer be available on OvidSP via OpenAthens. HDAS will likely be the best alternative interface offering integration with EMBASE. Medline will be available via the HDAS, Proquest or EBSCO interfaces.

If you experience any problems or have any further questions, please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk