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We support students, researchers and staff with a range of information skills training courses to help you make the most of our resources.

Drop-ins and Workshops

Our face to face information skills workshops  are suspended for the time being, however we are offering the following sessions via MS Teams or Canvas Big Blue Button:

Visit our Library Training Calendar to see our full list of events and book a session or look out for a course-based session on your timetable.

1-2-1 Appointments

  1-2-1  appointments with your liaison librarian are also available via MS Teams if you need personalised help with any of the topics covered in our workshops. Email  liaison@sgul.ac.uk to request a 1-2-1.

See below for information about the sessions we can run.

 

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Critical appraisal: an introduction
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.

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.

Sessions available on request.
Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

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.

Sessions available on request.
Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Finding the evidence: for NHS staff
Course outline

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 BMJ Best Practice
  • 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.

Upcoming sessions

This session will run in January, February and March 2021

To book visit: https://sgul.libcal.com/calendar/infoskills

NHS staff induction
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.

Upcoming sessions

This session will run in January, February and March 2021

To book visit: https://sgul.libcal.com/calendar/infoskills

 

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.

Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book your bespoke session

Literature searching for your audit, QI project or research
Course outline

Participants will learn how to effectively use subject databases, such as Medline (Pubmed), Embase and CINAHL. The resources used for research can be discussed with the librarian during the session in order to select the most appropriate one(s).

Learning objectives
  • Identify an appropriate subject database for your search
  • Plan, phrase and record a sophisticated search strategy
  • Apply advanced search techniques, such as alternative keywords, truncation and phrase searching to a relevant database.
  • Broaden or focus your results using BOOLEAN operators.
  • Review results and edit your search terms to improve relevancy of results.
  • Save your search and results for future reference.
Who is this course for?

Suitable for academic staff, researchers, Medical students, T Year and above, who are currently undertaking, or preparing to undertake, a literature review as part of an audit, QI project or research for publication. 

Upcoming sessions

This session is available on request.
Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Literature searching for your dissertation, review or research project
Course outline

Participants will learn how to effectively use subject databases, such as CINAHL, Medline (a.k.a Pubmed) and Embase. The resources used for research can be discussed with the librarian during the session in order to select the most appropriate one(s).

Learning objectives
  • Identify an appropriate subject database for your search
  • Plan, phrase and record a sophisticated search strategy
  • Apply advanced search techniques, such as alternative keywords, truncation and phrase searching to a relevant database.
  • Broaden or focus your results using BOOLEAN operators.
  • Review results and edit your search terms to improve relevancy of results.
  • Save your search and results for future reference. 
Who is this course for ?

Suitable for any academic staff, researchers, SGUL or FHSCE students in year 2 or above who are looking to further their understanding of literature searching in order to conduct in-depth research into a topic.

Upcoming sessions
This session will run in January, February and March 2021

To book visit: https://sgul.libcal.com/calendar/infoskills

My learning essentials: Hunter and Harvard 
Course outline

This session is suitable for SGUL or FHSCE undergraduate or postgraduate students who have specific referencing or literature searching enquiries relating to their assignments.  You will be able to discuss your query with the librarian, and receive guidance on how to effectively use Hunter to find academic books and articles and how to use CiteThemRight to ensure your referencing complies with SGUL’s specific Harvard Referencing Style.

Who is this course for ?

Undergraduate students

Upcoming sessions

This session will run in January and March 2021

To book visit: https://sgul.libcal.com/calendar/infoskills


RefWorks
Course outline

Participants will learn how to manage and store their references using RefWorks.  You will also practise using the Reference Citation Manager Word add-in which can help you with your referencing by inserting citations and generating bibliographies within Word documents.

Learning objectives
  • Import references to RefWorks from a variety of platforms, such as Hunter, EbscoHost, Ovid, PubMed and Google Scholar
  • Organise and manage a variety of references in RefWorks
  • Practise using Reference Citation Manager to create in-text citations and generate bibliographies in Word
Upcoming sessions

2021 sessions TBC

To book, visit: https://sgul.libcal.com/calendar/infoskills

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.

Learning objectives:

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.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday 19th January 11.30-1.00

Wednesday 24th February 2.00-3.30

Thursday 18th March 11.30-1.00

To book visit: https://sgul.libcal.com/calendar/infoskills


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