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Luton and Dunstable University Hospital: Danielle Freedman Library




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Skills Sessions

You can find the current Skills Session Programme at Knowledgeshare

Or to request a 1 to 1 Session at a time convenient to you please complete this form.

Evidence-Based Literature Searching

Our most popular sessions, these can range from Basic Literature Searching using evidence-based resources such as NHS Evidence, to more in-depth training where we discuss searching through databases such as MEDLINE and CINAHL, and using thesaurus terms to produce a high-quality search strategy suitable for research or study. We rarely cover all topics in individual sessions but advertise a range of differing needs-based training based on different user groups. 

Topics Covered:

  • Non-google resources and evidence-based practice
  • Bias in electronic resources and websites
  • PICO and formulating a clinical question
  • Levels of Evidence and Systematic Reviews
  • Searching MEDLINE and CINAHL to produce a search strategy

Critical Appraisal

Learning to critically appraise a published research is an important skill for all medical professional.  We offer regular critical appraisal training sessions, and always critically appraise a new piece of recent literature in every session.

Topics Covered:

  • Types of Bias in published research
  • Critical Appraisal of Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews
  • Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research
  • Interpreting Results, P-Values and Forest Plots

Study Skills and Referencing

If you are a returner to study, or would just like to brush up on your study skills the library offers group and one-to-one training.

Topics Covered:

  • Mendeley and Referencing made easy
  • Synthesising Evidence for Guideline Production and Systematic Reviews

Online Training

Health Education England has produced some e-learning on evidence searching and you can access this collection of modules here. Please be aware that these modules are not created by us and may differ a little from how we teach these skills in our training.

NICE has produced some videos on the use of the healthcare databases and they can be accessed on YouTube.

There are also some videos on the use of NICE Evidence Search, which is a single search that will find "selected and authoritative health and social care evidence-based information". The videos are hosted on YouTube and can be found here.