Information Skills Training Sessions April – June 2017

Feel like you are out of practice with literature searching? Looking for new ways to keep up-to-date? Or perhaps you want to create a professional social media presence? Why not sign up for one of our free training sessions held in the library. We have a wide range of sessions, which are free for anyone to attend regardless of if you are a St George’s or joint Faculty student, researcher, staff or an NHS trust member.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact to book.

*New* Using Twitter for Promotions

You will learn how to use Twitter for promotional purposes, find out about useful Twitter functions and tools such as Hootsuite and Storify.
Recommended for: Useful for anyone involved in a team or department Twitter account, or thinking of creating one.
Requirements: Users should be familiar with Twitter, as there will be a hands on element to the session.

Thursday 25th May 12.00 – 13.30

Finding the evidence: databases and search skills

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Friday 21st April 12.00 – 13.00
Tuesday 23rd May 12.00 – 13.00
Thursday 8th June 13.00 – 14.00

Searching databases using Ovid
Monday 24th April 11.00 – 12.30
Tuesday 16th May 15.00 – 16.30
Tuesday 20th June 10.00 – 11.30

Evidence based healthcare resources
Monday 24th April 14.00 – 15.30
Tuesday 23rd May 10.00 – 11.30
Monday 19th June 14.00 – 15.30

Searching NHS databases
Tuesday 4th April 10.00 – 11.30
Tuesday 2nd May 10.00 – 11.30  Now cancelled
Thursday 25th May 10.00 – 11.30
Tuesday 6th June 13.00 – 14.30
Thursday 22nd June 10.00 – 11.30

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Tuesday 9th May 11.00 – 12.30
Wedsday 7th June 15.00 – 16:30

Keeping up-to-date
Tuesday 25th April 11.00 – 12.30
Wednesday 7th June 12.00 – 13.30

Citation metrics – an overview
Thursday 11th May  12.00 – 13.00

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Thursday 27th April 10.00 – 13.00
Wedsday 17th May 13.00 – 16.00
Tuesday 20th June 13.00 – 16.00

Tuesday 16th May 12.00 – 13.00
Friday 16th June 12.00 – 13.00

Getting Started with Twitter
Fri 12th May 12.00 – 13.30

Library Inductions for NHS Staff

Thursday 20th April 10.00 – 11.00
Thursday 18th May 10.00 – 11.00
Thursday 15th June 10.00 – 11.00

Personalised training

If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organise a bespoke session please email us at

SGUL Library information skills training dates – April to July

The latest SGUL information skills training dates are now available.

These training sessions are free to all staff and students who are members of SGUL. All except Refworks are also available to NHS staff

Searching databases using OvidSP (Medline, Embase, PsycInfo)

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

Thursday 24 April 12-1pm
Tuesday 13 May 1-2pm
Wednesday 18 June 12-1pm
Tuesday 22 July 12-1pm


Searching databases using EbscoHost (Cinahl, Medline, Amed)

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

Tuesday 8 April 12-1pm
Thursday 15 May 12-1pm
Tuesday 17 June 12-1pm
Friday 11 July 12-1pm


Finding information for your topic

This session will improve your information searching skills and use some of the Library’s tools for finding information

Wednesday 9 April 12-1pm
Wednesday 14 May 12-1pm
Tuesday 10 June 12-1pm
Tuesday 15 July 12-1pm


Citation Searching and Impact Factors

Use the Cited Reference Search in the Web of Science to find out which papers are highly cited in your field; find out which journals are highly
cited using the Journal Citation Reports database.

Thursday 22 May 12-1pm


Introduction to Critical Appraisal

This course will introduce the concepts of critical appraisal and give an overview of the tools and techniques which can be used.
Wednesday 23rd April10.30-12.00pm
Wednesday 25th June 10.30-12.00pm


Keeping Up to Date

Keeping up-to-date with recent publications is vital for staff and researchers. This training course covers a range of services that will help you stay
current in your area.

Tuesday 22nd April 2.00-3.30pm
Wednesday 18th June 3.4.30pm



Introduction to a web-based application for managing your references (University staff & students only). RefWorks is free to use for SGUL staff and
students using their SGUL network login.

Tuesday 6 May 12-1pm
Thursday 19 June 12-1pm


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Booking a place
Please email if you would like to book a place

IT Workshops January 2013

The following IT workshops are taking place in the Library training room in January.  These workshops are free of charge for University staff and students. There is a fee of £20 per person per workshop for NHS Staff.

Access Queries, Thursday 17th January 10.00am – 1.00pm, Library training room

Queries provide a very powerful way of extracting information from your table structures. A query is like a report based on the data in a table. Once the criteria and output fields are specified, Access will search through the information and produce a table of matching records. By using features such as expressions, operators, and sorting and moving fields within a query, there is virtually no limit to the information you can extract from a table.

Statistics in Excel, Tuesday 29th January 2.00pm – 4.30pm, Library training room

This session is for those who want to use Excel to analyse data using descriptive statistical methods. This session will cover a range of methods using Excel built in functions and charts. You will learn how to use percentages and proportions, organise data (tables, graphing),Averages, Frequency and Count-IF.

Excel Pivot Tables, Thursday 31st January 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Library training room

A Pivot table is a way to extract data from a long list of information and present it in a readable form. Pivot tables can be used to summarise, analyse, explore and present your data.

You will learn how to create a Pivot Table, pivot a Pivot Table, create a Pivot Chart, refresh a Pivot Table and select elements of a Pivot Table.

To book a place, or for more information, please email