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Support for researchers

library user

If you’re involved with research in any capacity, we can help you throughout the process. All of our training sessions can be booked though our Book a Librarian form.

Evidence Searches

We offer assistance with searching the literature, where we will refine your search strategy and collaboratively search relevant databases to find evidence on your topic.

Accessing Articles

Once you’ve done your search, we can help you access the articles that you need for your research.


An OpenAthens account will give you access to any journals that we subscribe to.

LibKey Nomad

Libkey Nomad is a browser extension which gives you one-click access to PDFs of articles we subscribe to or are open access.

If you are using a Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust computer, it is already on Chrome and Edge browsers. You can download it here if you’re using a personal computer.

Libkey Nomad will show you an Article Link or Download PDF button if it’s an article you can immediately access – click this to be taken directly to the PDF. You must be signed in to OpenAthens to use this.  

Document Supply

If you can’t immediately access an article you would like to read, we may be able to get hold of it through our document supply service. We currently charge 15p per page for this service (up to a maximum of £3). Please use this form to request an article, or email us for multiple articles.

Critical Appraisal

We offer individual or group training on critical appraisal, designed to give you the skills to critically evaluate research papers and interpret their findings.

CASP checklists are a useful tool to help you assess findings in a systematic way.

Reference Management

We recommend using Zotero as a free reference management software. You can book a reference management training session with a librarian. We can also support you to use Mendeley Desktop.


There is one computer in the library with SPSS access. We cannot provide any SPSS training, but we have several SPSS books available for reference. Call or email to book a slot.

Useful Links

How to Write and Publish a Paper – guide from BMJ Best Practice.

Planning and structuring articles for publication in a nursing journal – guide from RCNi

CONSORT Statement – evidence-based, minimum set of recommendations for reporting randomized trials.

CASP Checklists – Critical Appraisal Skills Programme checklists provide a structure for evaluating research.

NIHR – Clinical Trials Toolkit – provides practical advice to researchers in designing and conducting publicly funded clinical trials in the UK.

PRISMA – Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

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