Information Literacy – Searching for Evidence
Information literacy is about how to find the information you need quickly and use it effectively
This tutorial will provide you with an understanding of information literacy in six simple steps. Each step includes activities that will help you develop your information literacy skills.
Confidence through evidence toolkit
This toolkit has four steps designed to help you Acquire, Assess, Adapt and Apply evidence in your practice. Each step includes key questions and signposts to relevant supporting resources aimed at improving your skills and confidence in each of these areas.
Database Search GuidesQuick Search Guide – Databases
Occupational Therapist’s – Guide to finding the Evidence
Guide to using the Library Blog
Literature Request Form
Guide to Management Information Resources Online
Essay Writing Resources
How to write an essay - A site that covers the main points of essay writing
Ten Steps to writing an essay - useful site which guides you through essay writing
Harvard Referencing – Easy guide to referencing from University of Portsmouth
HARVARD Referencing – Neil’s Toolbox - tool that turns bibliographic information into Harvard references for books, journal articles, websites, chapters from books etc … take a look at the other Tools too..
Poster Design Tips – Ever wondered how you go about designing a prize winning poster, take a look at this site from the London School of Economics. Tells you the basic priniciples, shows you examples of winning posters and much more.
These modules take you through the process of how to find the evidence and then how to assess the validity and reliability of the published research in order to provide effective and efficient healthcare. The course is made up of 6 modules:
- Overall introduction to critical appraisal
- Finding the evidence
- Randomised controlled trials
- Systematic reviews
- Economic evaluations
- Making sense of results
Appraisal Tools - The following tools were developed by the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) to help with the process of critically appraising articles of the following types of research:
All of the above are available and free to download for personal use.
Evalualtion of Websites
Internet Detective - from Intute Use this free Internet tutorial to learn to discern the good, the bad and the ugly from your online research
Minervation – The LIDA instrument guide for health information online, being able to evaluate quality information
Keeping Up To Date
Drug & Alcohol Findings - Enter your email to receive updates – bridges the divide between UK-relevant research on the effectiveness of responses to drug and alcohol problems and the practitioners who provide those interventions.
Kings Fund – Sign up to receive regular updates – Ideas that change Health Care. Links to new documents from the Kings Fund, Department of Health, NICE, Macmillan, Mental Health Foundation and more…
Centre for Mental Health - Sign up for email newsletter – Download free documents -They focus on criminal justice and employment, with supporting work on broader mental health and public policy.
NWPHO – North West Health Observatory - Register to receive a monthly newsletter – public health information and intelligence function supporting the work of public health professionals, local authorities and providers of healthcare and other services relevant to health of the North West population.