We support students, researchers and staff with a range of information skills training courses.

 

Supporting Students

Finding Information for your topic

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

At the end of this one hour session you will be able to:
•    Search effectively for information about a particular search topic (for example, one that you need to write about for your course)
•    Use suitable search tools such as Hunter to find information
•    Use tools such as Hunter to save searches and manage results
•    Locate full text articles and other information

Who is this course for ?
SGUL or FHSCE staff and students who are new to searching; or new to finding academic information. NHS staff book onto to Searching NHS Databases.

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Supporting Researchers and Staff

 

Searching databases OvidSP (Medline, Embase, Psycinfo)

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

At the end of this session you will be able to:
•    Create and plan a search strategy
•    Use the search strategy in the databases provided by the OvidSP platform (Medline, Embase, PsycInfo)
•    Find journal articles using the databases provided by the OvidSP platform  
•    Set up an account on OvidSP to enable  you to save your searches, and set up alerts to help you keep up to date

Prerequisites for this course:
Familiarity with the basics of searching for/finding journal articles

Who is this course for ?
SGUL or FHSCE staff and students, and NHS staff, who have some experience with the basics of research/literature searching and wish to explore more resources for their research

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Searching databases using EbscoHost

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

At the end of this session you will be able to:

•    Create and plan a search strategy
•    Use the search strategy in the databases provided by the EbscoHost platform (Medline, CINAHL Plus, AMED)
•    Find journal articles using the databases provided by the EbscoHost platform  
•    Set up an account on EbscoHost to enable  you to save your searches, and set up alerts to help you keep up to date

Prerequisites for this course:

Familiarity with the basics of searching for/finding journal articles

Who is this course for ?
SGUL or FHSCE staff and students, and NHS staff, who have some experience with the basics of research/literature searching and wish to explore more resources for their research

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Citation Metrics - an overview

Course outline
This session will provide an overview of the more traditional citation metrics, such as the journal impact factor and h-index, together with the more recent alternative metrics, e.g. those provided by Altmetrics. The pros and cons of traditional and alternative metrics will be considered together with the opportunity for hands on exploration of a range of metrics..

Prerequisites for this course:

  • Some familiarity with searching bibliographic databases such as Medline or Pubmed
  • Familiarity with research literature

Who is this course for?
SGUL or FHSCE staff and researchers

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RefWorks

Course outline
RefWorks is an online web-based application which allows you to manage your bibliographic references (similar to Reference Manager or EndNote). As it is online, it is available to use from any PC with an internet connection. 
RefWorks is free to use for SGUL staff and students through SGUL password. (Please note it is not available to NHS staff).

At the end of this one hour session you will be able to:
•    enter references in your personal online database - manually or import from electronic databases eg OvidSP or EbscoHost
•    manage your references in your online database using folders
•    search your references
•    generate a bibliography using different reference styles eg Harvard or Vancouver
•    cite references in a Word document and generate a bibliography

Pre-requisites for this course:
•    an SGUL password
•    familiarity with searching either Hunter or a bibliographic database such as Medline

Who is this course for ?
SGUL or FHSCE staff, researchers and students

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Critical Appraisal

Course outline
Skills to appraise and evaluate research literature are key to being able to judge whether it is trustworthy, relevant and of value.  This course will introduce the concepts of critical appraisal and give an overview of the tools and techniques which can be used in this process to understand scientific evidence.


Prerequisites for this course:
•    familiarity with research literature

Who is this course for ?
NHS staff and University staff who want to understand more about the critical appraisal process. It assumes that you have no prior or little knowledge of critical appraisal.

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Supporting NHS Staff

Finding the evidence

Finding top quality evidence is a priority for health care practitioners. This new session will introduce the high quality resources available to you as well as provide training in how to use them effectively to support evidence-based clinical practice or decision-making. The session will cover:

  • The range of evidence based healthcare resources available including: NHS Evidence, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, the Cochrane Library and Dynamed Plus.
  • How to use the NHS databases effectively and identify the most appropriate database for your need
  • How to create and plan a search strategy using subject headings and keywords and how to combine searches and apply limits to focus your results
  • How to access full text articles where available or locate articles through the St George’s Journals page
  • How to save your searches and set up alerts

Who is this course for ?
NHS staff

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Getting Started with Twitter

Course outline
In this workshop, you will develop your knowledge of how Twitter works and the different ways in which the platform can be used in a professional context. Hands-on activities will help you to develop your own Twitter profile and get started with using Twitter's most common functions.


At the end of this session you will be able to:

•    Understand the terminology associated with using Twitter
•    Build a Twitter network using your own account and profile
•    Understand what Twitter is and how it can be used in a professional or academic context

Prerequisites for this course:

This course is aimed at beginners, who have not used Twitter before. Some familiarity with using other social media platforms (e.g. Facebook) may be helpful.

Who is this course for ?
SGUL or FHSCE staff and students, and NHS staff.

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Keeping up to date

Course outline
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 keep up to date. The current awareness services for healthcare information that facilitate this are mainly available in electronic format via the Internet.

At the end of this session you will be introduced to
•    RSS as a current awareness tool
•    Traditional methods of current awareness such as search alerts and table of contents
•    Using new social media to stay current

Prerequisites for this course:
•    familiarity with the internet and resources for healthcare

Who is this course for ?
NHS, SGUL or FHSCE staff and researchers

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Systematic Reviews - Finding and managing the evidence

Course outline
This new half-day course will focus on in-depth literature searching for systematic reviewers and how to manage your results. It will provide you with an overview of the systematic review process, know-how of creating effective search strategies, systematic searching of the literature, managing your results and documenting the search process.

Who is this course for ?
NHS staff, researchers and academics

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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2018 09:55

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