Bitesize video tutorials
We've made five short, easy to follow video tutorials on using library e-resources.
Topics include DynaMed Plus, Easy Evidence Search and using eBooks.
Introduction to online content and library services
Get a quick overview of the online and print books, journals, databases, evidence summaries, search tools and other resources available to you. Find out how library services can help you get the information you need for your work and CPD.
Google and Beyond: search for information more effectively
Learn how to search for high quality health information using key sources, use search engines effectively and assess website quality and reliability.
Literature and database searching
Learn how to search clinical databases (e.g. CINAHL, PsycINFO) to find evidence and information to support your work, study and professional or service development. Training can incorporate your own research interests. We also provide refresher training.
Guided Literature Searches
Struggling to find information for an assignment? Bring along the topic you're researching and we will work through the search with you to help you find the information you need.
Searching the Cochrane Library
Learn about levels of evidence, systematic reviews, and how to search this key evidence based resource effectively.
Keeping up to date
We'll help you keep up to date with the latest information, evidence and guidelines in your field.
Return to Study/Study Skills
Learn how to search the library catalogue and journals list to find items on your reading list. Get help with accessing and downloading e-books and using your Open Athens account to find and read articles. Get help with referencing your sources and including them in your writing.
Introductory critical appraisal training - group or individual sessions
Learn how to critically appraise a qualitative or quantitative research article using a critical appraisal checklist and learn how to assess its relevance to your work.
Next Group Sessions:
- RCT Tuesday, 3rd August 2021 10.00-12.30
- Qualitative Monday, 13th September 2021 10.00-12.30
- RCT Wednesday, 13th October 2021 1.30-4.00
- Qualitative Tuesday, 9th November 2021 1.30-4.00
- RCT Thursday, 9th December 2021 10.00-12.30
- Qualitative Friday, 7th January 2022 10.00-12.30
- RCT Monday, 7th February 2022 1.30-4.00
- Qualitative Tuesday, 8th March 2022 10.00-12.30
E-mail: email@example.com to receive an MS Teams invitation to one of the sessions above.
If you can't make these sessions, get in touch and we may be able to arrange another group session, or we can go through some of the principles of critical appraisal as a tutorial via MS Teams.
We are also offering sessions as part of the 'STARS' program with MPFT Research. More details coming soon.
Organising your references using Mendeley
Learn how to use Mendeley, a free reference management tool, to organise your references for assignments, research or any evidence-based documents.
Finding and evaluating patient information
A quick overview of some sources of reliable patient information and an introduction to evaluating other patient information websites.
Creating an academic poster
Suggestions and support if you want to create a poster about research findings or service development or quality improvement work, for publication or to display at a conference.
Research training opportunities
View the MPFT Research and Innovation department page for information and support with writing research proposals, analysing data and applying for ethics approval.
Health Education England have developed the following modules to help you search for literature effectively. You do not require a login and each module takes a maximum of 20 minutes. Certificates are awarded upon completion.
Building the Foundations
- Recognise when you need to conduct a search
- Identify search skills you need to develop
- Find approprate information on your topic
- Find the full-text of a journal article
- Focus your search question
- Identify additional search terms
- Use AND/OR to combine search terms
Developing the Skills
- Apply limits to your search
- See how different methods of searching affect the results
- Amend your search strategy to reduce the number of results
- See how removing keywords from your search affects the results
- Amend your search strategy to increase the number of results
- Using subject headings or thesaurus terms
- Broaden or narrow the search using subject headings
Applying the Skills
- Choosing a database for your search
- Conducting your search on HDAS
- Saving results and downloading full text articles
There are lots of training funding sources available. However, most are very limited in terms of who’s eligible and the amount of funding available, so don’t raise your hopes too high! It seems to be particularly hard to get funding if you already hold professional qualifications and want to do a further taught qualification.
The list below includes some possibilities. If you find any more that might be of use to colleagues, please e-mail us to let us know.