Training & Help

Information Skills training

The Library offers a range of Information Skills training courses which are available to LCFT staff and students. Please click here to view our brochure of training courses.

Please contact the Library for further details or to book on to a course.

Introduction to Literature Searching Online Course

The Library and Information Service have developed an online course which provides an introduction to doing a literature search.  The course is on the LCFT Training Tracker and can be completed online at a time and place to suit you.  The training is divided into six short modules and you can either complete the training step-by-step, or dip in and out of the course selecting the modules you require.

Contact the Quality Academy team at LCFT for assistance with accessing the Training Tracker.

Training videos

Please see below links to a range of training videos to assist you with accessing the online resources.

How to access Online Journals

How to use Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (playlist)

How to access the Royal Marsden Manual Online

How to search and navigate the Royal Marsden Manual Online

Help guides and online training

Below are some online guides and training resources which are free to access and can help you get started with literature searching and finding the evidence.  There are also resources to help you with essay writing and good referencing.

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) Quick Guide

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) Full User Guide

NICE Evidence Search Quick Guide

Cochrane Library tutorials – There are a range of online tutorials and quick guides available to assist you in searching The Cochrane Library. Live online training webinars are also held regularly and you can sign up to these for free.

BMJ Best Practice videos – There are videos and a user guide available to help you get started using the BMJ Best Practice resource.

Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial – Online tutorial introducing you to the concepts of information literacy produced by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Sciences.

Smart Searching – Smart Searching is a short online course which provides tips and tricks to enhance your literature search techniques and to develop and test your search strategies.  The course is free to access and has been produced by healthcare librarians

Critical Appraisal for Medical and Health Sciences This online module produced by the University of Manchester provides an introduction to the concepts of critical appraisal.  The online is free to access.

Confidence through Evidence Toolkit – This web-based toolkit produced by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Sciences aims 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.

Harvard Referencing Tool – An easy-to-use online tool from the University of Portsmouth to assist you with citing your references using the Harvard Referencing style.

How to Write an Effective Essay – Top Ten Tips – A short and useful slideshow from the University of Leicester with top tips on how to plan and structure an effective essay.

Guide to Management Information Sources Online – Matt Holland’s (North West Ambulance Service) excellent guide to navigating Management Information resources on the internet.

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH Hub) -Access thousands of online modules covering subjects audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training. All content is nationally quality-assured and available 24/7. The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point. You can login to the hub using your OpenAthens password.

Writing for Publication – A guide to writing and publishing a scientific or clinical manuscript from BioMed Central.


Top Tips for Research – Leaflets written by the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) on top tips for things like getting published, using social media, running a journal club etc.