How to use Healthcare Databases Advanced SearchInformation 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.
Please see below links to a range of training videos to assist you with accessing the online resources.
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.
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.
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 Getting your Paper Published – A guide to getting your research published produced by the Council for Allied Health Professions.
Top Tips for Preparing a Scientific Poster – A guide to preparing a poster for conferences etc., produced by the Council for Allied Health Professions.
Social Media Top Tips – A guide to using social media produced by the Council for Allied Health Professions.