Training sessions

We offer free training sessions to help you develop your search skills from beginner to advanced level. Most sessions include hands-on practice.

Contact us to arrange small group or one-to-one training sessions in our libraries or at a location to suit you.

One-to-one sessions are popular with those embarking on a dissertation or an audit, or those who just want an update on where to find the best evidence. These sessions enable us to focus on your own information requirements and usually last one hour.

To enable access to certain resources, NHS staff are advised to register for an NHS Athens username and password prior to attending. For University of Oxford members your single sign on username and password will be used.

Topics covered include:

Essential Search Skills

Suitable for the beginner or for a refresher. Here you will learn the real skills of searching:

  • asking the right question
  • finding the best search terms
  • linking the terms together to form a search strategy

You will also learn how to do a simple subject, author and journal title search on bibliographic databases such as Medline.

Applying Your Search Skills

This is designed for the more advanced searcher.

Using the basics from the Essential Search Skills course above, you will learn how to perform advanced searches in the key health care databases (Medline, Cinahl, Embase etc.). It really does pay off - in terms of finding the best evidence in a short time!

Evidence Summaries

Do you need to make clinical decisions quickly? Discover some concise and up-to-date summaries and topic reviews.

Elusive Guidelines?

Yes, they are often hard to find. We'll show you how to unearth a range of good quality clinical practice guidelines in under 40 minutes.

Effective Use of PubMed

Learn the basics of PubMed, the free Internet version of Medline. Pick up tips on how to search PubMed effectively including citation matching, clinical queries and setting up your own alerts.

Introduction to the Cochrane Library

Save yourself some time and effort in finding and appraising papers by tapping into this collection of high quality reviews of the best research on the effectiveness of health care interventions. Find full-text systematic reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration and more.

Introduction to Electronic Journals

Find what's available to you on your own desktop. A large number of electronic journals are available on the University of Oxford network. More electronic journals can be found via MyAthens with an NHS Athens username and password.

Study Skills for Courses

Aimed at those who are just about to start a work-related educational course or dissertation. Save valuable study time and improve your course marks by learning how to find and cite references quickly and accurately.

Sessions are usually held in the Cairns Library Beeson Training Room at the JR or in the Knowledge Centre. We can also come to your department if that is more convenient.

We also provide presentations and sessions at other locations. External users can hire our facilities and trainers at reasonable rates.

Phone Oxford (2)21936 or email us for more information.




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