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Information retrieval skills training

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Advanced literature searching using CINAHL via EBSCO (See also our online tutorial 10 minutes 24 seconds)

Advanced literature searching using MEDLINE via EBSCO 
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.

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 CINAHL via EBSCO (See also our online tutorial 9 minutes 22 seconds)

Introduction to literature searching using MEDLINE via EBSCO
This session is aimed at anyone who would like to gain a basic understanding of the principles of searching using the databases CINAHL and MEDLINE via EBSCO. 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 E-Books (See also our online tutorial 8 minutes 2 seconds) 
Using your Athens username and password discover the collection of full text books available to you online. This session will guide you through the process of accessing the books.

Introduction to EBSCO eBooks
A step-by-step instruction on how to access the EBSCO eBook clinical and/or nursing e-book collection using your Athens username and password. 

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 Database ( See also Cochranes online tutorial Part 1. Cochrane Library - an introduction 3 minutes 10 seconds)
(See also Cochranes Online tutorial Part 2. Cochrane Library - Search & MESH 5 minutes 35 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 New 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 UpToDate  ( See also UpToDates online tutorials)
UptoDate is a database that will answer clinical questions quickly and easily. Access is via a government network machine with no password needed. This short session will offer a basic guide to access and navigating the resource. 

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.

If you would like to attend any of these sessions please contact Keyll Darree Library on +44 1624 642993 or email librarykeylldarree@gov.im 

Library Shorts

Library Shorts: Google News Fact Check

Library Shorts: KD Online

Library Shorts: Self Service Machine

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