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The Illingworth Library provides training in library skills and in accessing and using healthcare information.

TopicContentDelivery options
Evidence based medicineThe principles of Evidence Based Medicine, clinical questions/PICO, constructing a search strategyTaught course
Literature searchingEffective searching of the HDAS databases (Medline, CINAHL, BNI etc) to find relevant journal articles. Planning your search; searching using keywords;  subject terms; combining and constructing searches; applying limits; viewing and downloading results; saving searches and creating alertsTaught course
Full text journal articlesLocating and accessing full text journal articles. Library document supply serviceTaught course 1:1 Departmental
Guidelines and the Cochrane LibraryLocating local, national and international guidelines. Using the databases in the Cochrane Library to find systematic reviews and controlled trialsTaught course 1:1 Departmental
NHS OpenAthens accountHow and why to register for an NHS OpenAthens account. How to access resources available via Open AthensTaught course 1:1 Departmental
Reference managementUsing Reference management software (Mendeley/Endnote) to create a library of useful references, create bibliographies for papersTaught course 1:1 Departmental
Critical appraisalHow to critically appraise healthcare information and to understand why this is important.Taught course set dates
Keeping up-to-dateCreating alerts for the latest news and developments.Taught course 1:1 Departmental
Google searchingImprove searching techniques, obtain focussed, specific results.Taught course 1:1 Departmental
Social mediaHow to use and get the most out of social media. Choosing which platform is most suitable for your needsTaught course 1:1 Departmental
Library inductionIntroduction to the Illingworth Library and its services1:1 Departmental

Types of training

  • One-to-one sessions – A one-to-one session will be tailored to meet your own specific requirements.
  • Bespoke departmental training – Does your department have a regular CPD session or protected study time? Have you thought about Information Skills Training? We can run sessions where you choose.
  • Sessions tailored to your profession – We can tailor our sessions to suit the needs of particular professional groups and teams, for example managers, nurses, doctors, health professionals or administrative staff.
  • Critical appraisal – Course description and dates available on the Journal Club page.

Booking a training course

Training courses can be booked via the Trust intranet. To request a one-to-one session, or to arrange training for your department, please contact the library (0114 271 7347).

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Journal Club

Journal Club is open to all health professionals and is a fun, informal way of learning to criticise papers and gather evidence to change practice. Visit the Journal Club page to find out more.

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