Completely new to e-Resources like Dynamed or Best Practice? Want to learn to search for evidence, brush up on referencing articles or Critically Appraising them? We can help.

Contact service

To arrange a training session for yourself, your team, or your department – please get in touch.

Or to discuss your requirements please contact Sarah Gardner on 01909 572950 or e-mail:

What can we help with?

We can provide tailored training sessions to suit your needs. We offer 1-2-1 and group sessions, in the library or anywhere across the 3 sites, or via MS Teams.  We can improve your knowledge and skill with a range of resources and skills.

We can provide sessions on:

Getting the most out of e-Resources

Find out how to sign up to NHS OpenAthens and most effectively use products such as Dynamed, BMJ Best Practice, the NHS Knowledge & Library Hub, Anatomy TV, Royal Marsden Manual, TRiPdatabase, eBNF & other evidence sources.

This can be anything from a quick tour around what’s available, to a comprehensive session covering all of the best evidence sources and how to use them effectively. We can tailor the session to exactly what you need.

Evidence Searching

Learn the basic skills to effectively and efficiently search databases such as Medline, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane and Pubmed.

Sessions normally takes 1-2 hours and can be tailored to your needs.

 Critical Appraisal Skills

Learn to assess the quality of the evidence you find to judge whether it’s worth taking notice of or has flaws you should know about.

These are normally 3 hour group sessions and can either be arranged specifically for a department or team.

Alternatively, if you just have some questions about critical appraisal concepts like RCTs, blinding, systematic reviews, or anything else please feel free to get in touch.

We also have a page of critical appraisal resources to help you get you started.


We can help you understand why referencing evidence that you refer to is important, the main points of systems like Harvard and APA referencing, and easy ways to organise references and citations.


There are several elearning for health modules on literature searching, critical appraisal and health literacy

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