Finding the Evidence Training

To help with the information needs of evidence-based practice and clinical governance, we provide training to enable you to get the most out of the electronic resources which are accessible using your OpenAthens password and for free.

Course outline:

  • Introduction to databases (including Medline, CINAHL, Embase, Kings Fund, PsycInfo and the Cochrane Library)
  • Introduction to Healthcare Database Advance Search
  • Forming your search strategy
  • Accessing the databases
  • Searching
  • Thesaurus searching
  • Retrieving your results
  • Electronic Journal retrieval

Course Objectives:

  • Select the most appropriate database for your needs
  • Formulate a simple search strategy using both subject headings and 'free text'
  • Conduct a search
  • Understand what a thesaurus is and how to use it to improve your search results
  • Refine your search strategy to get the results you want
  • Display, select, save and print your search results    

Advanced booking is required. To book please contact:

The dates of group training for 2017 are:






10:00-12:00 or 14:00-16:00



10:00-12:00 or 14:00-16:00



10:00-12:00 or 14:00-16:00



10:00-12:00 or 14:00-16:00



10:00-12:00 or 14:00-16:00


The Library is able to offer a flexible approach to meet the needs of you and your department. Group sessions can be arranged or training can be provided on a one-to-one basis if this is more convenient. Although most of the training takes place during 'office hours' please talk to the Library staff if these times make it impossible for you to attend. Library staff are also able to talk you through a literature search on the telephone.

As well as training in person the Library also has a range of information guides and leaflets that provide help with literature searching.

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