How to Guides
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If you would like to attend any of these sessions please contact Keyll Darree Library on +44 1624 642993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This session can be used to broaden your literature searching skills. Learn about BOOLEAN logic, thesaurus and applying limits to searches. Previous attendance at the Introduction to Literature Searching workshop is recommended. You will need to bring your NHS username and password.
BMJ Best Practice: See BMJ online tutorials
BMJ Best Practice is a resource that will answer clinical questions quickly and easily. These tutorials provide a basic guide to access and navigating the resource.
Health Education England
These STEP e-learning modules are aimed at anyone doing a literature search on a health related topic. They are primarily targeted towards novice searchers or those who would like a refresher. Each module has a glossary explaining key terminology in further detail. A login is not required to access the modules. To by-pass the need to log in, click on continue. However you can track learning along with other modules within e-Learning for Healthcare with a NHS OpenAthens account. Each module has the option to download a certificate. The user can enter their name and the date the module was accessed.
Module 1: Introduction to searching This module provides an overview of the searching process and its main purpose is to get the user to think about their current level of knowledge. Where gaps are identified, users are directed to the most relevant modules.
Module 2: Where do I start searching? This module aims to help the user look in the right places for information based on the topic and the type of information required. It starts with some of limitations of using Google and signposts users to other resources including Core content.
Module 3: How do I start to develop a search strategy? This module aims to show the user the benefits of planning a search strategy using tools such as PICO and 4Ws as well as identifying keywords and synonyms. It also covers when to use AND and when to use OR using a short video animation.
Module 4: Too many results? How to narrow your search This module aims to help the user identify and use different techniques to narrow their search and find more relevant articles in less time. Techniques covered include applying limits, phrase searching and amending the search strategy.
Module 5: Too few results? How to broaden your search This module aims to help the user identify and use different techniques to increase their search results even when there doesn’t seem much available at first. Methods covered include altering search term endings, removing keywords and limits and amending the search strategy.
Module 6: Searching with subject headings This module provides as overview of how to use subject headings to broaden or narrow a search and find more relevant articles in less time.
Introduction to British Nursing Index (See also our online tutorial 16 minutes 36 seconds)
This session is aimed at anyone who would like to gain a basic understanding of the principles of searching using the database British Nursing Index via PROQUEST. You will conduct a search, identify full text items and save items to your folder and print or email the results. This session can also be used as a refresher course. You will need to bring your NHS username and password.
Introduction to literature searching using EBSCO
This session is aimed at anyone who would like to gain a basic understanding of the principles of searching using the databases available via EBSCO. They include nursing, allied health, medical, biomedical, management, and environmental impact resources. You will need an Athens password to access EBSCO, eligible users can apply online.
Introduction to eJournals (See also our online tutorial 9 minutes 2 seconds)
Using your Athens username and password, use NHS Evidence to access a wide range of full text journal articles. This session will guide you through the full process, including logging in, searching, and accessing the articles.
Introduction to the Cochrane Library ( See also Cochranes online tutorial Navigating the Cochrane Library page (2 mins 32 seconds) )
(See also Cochranes Online tutorial Part 2. Searching the Cochrane Library (2 mins 50 seconds) )
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases of reliable evidence about the effects of health care interventions.
This session will introduce participants to the Cochrane resource, using basic search strategies to find relevant information. It can also act as a refresher.
Introduction to Google Scholar (See also our online tutorial 7 minutes 56 seconds)
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature on the internet without the hassle of passwords.
This session will enable you to gain a basic understanding of using Google Scholar, its content and of free text searching.
Introduction to KD online (see also our online tutorial)
KDOnline is our web-based catalogue. It allows you to search our stock, reserve, renew, and review items, and stay up to date with library information.
Introduction to NHS Evidence (see also our online tutorial 12 minutes 28 seconds)
NHS Evidence is a resource that provides access to clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice. This session will describe the content of NHS Evidence and explain the ranking of search results and how you can refine your results.
Introduction to Oxford Books online (see also our online tutorial 9 minutes 22 seconds)
Oxford Medicine Online is home to Oxford University Press' prestigious medical publishing, bringing together authoritative texts by world-renowned authors. These highly-regarded titles include the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and works from the Mayo Clinic Scientific Press, available online for the first time, plus a question and answer toolkit to help you prepare for the Board Exams.
Introduction to RefWorks
A database for managing your references. This session is aimed at anyone who would like to gain a basic understanding of RefWorks and its functions. No NHS Athens access - log on details available from library staff.
Introduction to Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) (See also our online tutorial 9 minutes 50 seconds)
An overview to the UK's largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work. Updated daily resources include legislation, government documents, practice and guidance, systematic reviews, research briefings, reports, journal articles and websites.
Introduction to Web Evaluation (see also our online tutorial 9 minutes 22 seconds)
Web based information is becoming more and more valuable when researching. Therefore it is important to consider which resources you are choosing to use and trust.
This guide focuses on some of the different types of web resources which are available, how reliable these sources may be and the different ways they can be used.
PsycINFO® AMED (Allied & Complimentary Medicine), Embase, HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium), Medline. (provided by OVID) (Basic, advanced and multi-field searching online tutorials)
PsycINFO is a bibliographic database providing abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioural, and health sciences. The database includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. Updated weekly, PsycINFO® provides access to journal articles, books, chapters, and dissertations.
TRIP - Turning Research Into Practice (see also TRIP online tutorials)
Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. Trip has been online since 1997 and in that time has developed into the internet's premier source of evidence-based content. As well as research evidence other content types include images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.
To access TRIP you need to register by signing up to the site online.
Twitter for research (see also online tutorial 20 minutes 24 seconds)
Keep abreast of news as it happens, contact other professionals in your field, and gain further understanding of patient experience. Twitter posts are succinct nuggets of information, used by a wide range of professions for education, information, and research – learn more about how it can benefit you.
UpToDate and UpToDate Anywhere
UpToDate is a clinical resource designed to assist with diagnosis and treatment. UpToDate Anywhere is an app based version of UpToDate which you can use on the go. You are required to log in on a Government computer every 90 days to retain your access. This guide explains how to register for UptoDate and how to use it effectively.