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LibrarySkills@UCL for NHS staff

A guide to information literacy and library skills for NHS staff from Trusts supported by UCL Library Services, to inform clinical practice, study and research.

Searching for information for NHS staff

How to search the literature effectively

The e-Learning for Healthcare (eLfH) literature searching programme modules are designed to help the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. The modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. There are seven modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge:

Building the foundations

  • Module 1 Introduction to searching
  • Module 2 Where do I start searching?
  • Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?

Developing the skills

  • Module 4 Too many results? How to narrow your search
  • Module 5 Too few results? How to broaden your search
  • Module 6 Searching with subject headings

Applying the skills

  • Module 7 How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)

Essential search skills for biomedical databases

Essential search skills for biomedical datbases