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We support students, researchers and staff with a range of information skills training courses. Book onto one of our free training sessions to develop your library skills, learn to find books and e-journals, receive guidance on literature searching on a topic or get help undertaking a systematic review.

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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, or 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.

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

  • access the Web of Knowledge
  • search for cited papers in the citation indexes
  • retrieve information about impact factors from the Journal Citation Reports database
  • consider the impact of altmetrics.
Who is this course for?

University staff and researchers.

Critical appraisal: an introduction
Course content

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.

Who is this course for?

NHS staff and university academic or research staff who want to understand more about the critical appraisal process. It assumes that you have no prior or little knowledge of critical appraisal.

Finding the evidence: for NHS staff
Course content

Finding top-quality evidence is a priority for health care practitioners. This 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 St George’s journals page
  • how to save your searches and set up alerts.
Who is this course for?

NHS staff and placement students.

Finding information for your topic: for academic study or research
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?
University staff and students who are new to searching or to finding academic information. NHS staff book onto to ‘Finding the evidence: for NHS staff’.
Getting started with Twitter
Course outline

This session is aimed at those new to, or considering using Twitter but who want to know more first. We will give you an overview of how Twitter works, discuss why you might want to use it and offer a hands-on practical workshop to explore this growing social media platform. The session will particularly focus on how Twitter can be used in a professional context.

Who is this course for?
Academic staff, researchers and NHS staff.
Introduction to St George’s library and health information: for NHS staff
Course outline

Library induction for NHS staff, introducing you to the range of services and resources on offer to those working for St George’s Hospital, Queen Mary’s Hospital and other community-based sites.

Who is this course for?
NHS staff.
Keeping up to date
Course outline

Keeping up to date with recent health and scientific 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 online.

In 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.
Who is this course for?
Academic staff, researchers and NHS staff.
RefWorks: for academic study or research
Course outline

RefWorks is a 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 St George’s staff and students using St George’s login details.

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

  • enter references in your personal online database – manually or importing from electronic databases such as 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.
Who is this course for?

Students, academic staff and researchers.

Searching databases using EBSCOhost: for academic study or research
Course outline

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

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, such as CINAHL, ASSIA and Medline
  • find journal articles using the databases provided by the EBSCOhost platform
  • set up an EBSCOhost account to enable you to save your searches and set up alerts to help you keep up to date.
Who is this course for?
Students, academic staff and researchers.
Searching databases using Ovid: for academic study or research
Course outline

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

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 Ovid platform, such as Medline, Embase and PsycInfo
  • find journal articles using the databases provided by the Ovid platform
  • set up an account on Ovid to enable you to save your searches and set up alerts to help you keep up to date.
Who is this course for?
Students, academic staff and researchers.
Systematic reviews: finding and managing the evidence
Course outline

This 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.

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

  • plan robust search strategies for literature searches in support of systematic reviews
  • carry out systematic, advanced searches on the Ovid platform
  • save searches strategies and create alerts
  • plan how you will manage your search results and report on your search methodology.
Who is this course for?
NHS staff, academic staff, researchers and students.


 

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