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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.

 Workshops

Come to one of our  training sessions offered either via  MS Teams or face to face.

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 or face to face 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 2021/22. See dates and booking form on the link below:

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 and placement students.

Upcoming sessions

This session will run in 2021/22. See dates and booking form on the link below:

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 dissertation, review or research project
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, 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 2021/22

See dates and booking form on the link below:

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


My Reading List (Leganto)
Course outline

The Library introduced a new reading list system - My Reading Lists – in July. The new system integrates with Canvas to make it easier for students to identify and access key texts, recommended readings and other resources to fulfil their learning objectives. It will also make it easier for you to add a range of resources and to identify the latest editions of books that the Library holds. This session will help you get to know My Reading List and learn more about how you and your students can use it.

Please note that you must be a member of the Library to access and edit My Reading Lists. If you are not already a member, please register here before the session.

Email liaison@sgul.ac.uk if you have any questions or need help with My Reading Lists.

Who is this course for?

This session is aimed at teaching staff.

Learning objectives

We will get you started on creating one of your own Module Reading Lists during the session. The session will cover:

how to add resources from Hunter (the Library's search tool); how to add websites; tips on how to create better Reading Lists; how to request a Digitization of an article or book chapter; why you should use web links instead of uploading pdfs; how to duplicate or associate a list with a second or further module, and know when it is appropriate to do so; why it's important to add tags to an item; instructions on the publishing process.

The session will also give you an opportunity to ask questions about any current reading lists you already have.

During the session, we recommend you use an existing list from one of your current modules from which to create your new list.

Upcoming sessions

Available on request. Email: liaison@sgul.ac.uk

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

This session will run in 2021/22. See link below for dates and booking form.

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
This session will run in 2021/22. See link below for dates and booking form:

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


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