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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Online Tools and Tips for the Digital Researcher

Course outline
This session will provide an overview of online tools, including social media such as Twitter, to collaborate with fellow researchers, manage and share information and raise your research profile. Currently, the landscape for these different types of tools is quite fragmented eg for sharing and collaboration the choices include Mendeley, ResearchGate, Academia.edu, Kudos; for obtaining a unique ID options include ORCID, ResearcherID, Google Scholar Citation profile. By the end of the session you will gain an understanding of the most popular tools currently available and be able to decide which ones may be appropriate for your own needs as a researcher. Please note that due to time restrictions, this session will not cover how to use the tools.

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

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Supporting NHS Staff

*NEW* 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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E-journals and E-books for NHS staff

Course outline
NHS staff have access to over 3000 electronic journals and some 250 health-care NHS e-books. Accessing these resources can be a bit of a maze…Come along to the session to learn more about:
•    finding journals and articles
•    overcoming some of the problems of accessing e-journals
•    the NHS e-books collection

nb: This is NOT a session on literature searching. For that please book on a Finding the Evidence session.

Who is this course for ?
NHS Staff

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PubMed

Course outline
Learn search techniques to improve the quality of the results you retrieve from searching this popular resource.

At the end of this session you will be able to:
•    construct an effective search strategy to retrieve appropriate information
•    make best use of the additional features available from PubMed
•    locate full text journal articles

Prerequisites for this course:
•    familiarity with searching bibliographic databases such as Medline

Who is this course for?

NHS staff and anyone who wants to find out how to use PubMed effectively

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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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Improve your database searching skills for NHS Staff

Course outline
Once you’ve mastered the basics of using NHS databases you can get more from your search by using more advanced techniques to put together in-depth searches for literature reviews or research to support clinical practice, decision-making, education or research.

At the end of this session you will be able to:
•    use “text word” searching techniques effectively, including using truncation and proximity searches
•    combining text word with subject heading searching
•    set up alerts to help you keep up to date
•    run a saved search
•    search across multiple databases and de-duplicating results

Prerequisites for this course:
•    familiarity with the basics of searching NHS databases

Who is this course for ?
NHS staff who are already familiar with the basics of literature searching

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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: Friday, 30 June 2017 15:56

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