UHCW Library: Knowledge Skills Training

Knowledge Skills Training

Our free Knowledge Skills Training is available to all UHCW staff and students on placement. Whether you’re a beginner or expert library user, we have a range of sessions on offer to help you improve your knowledge and information skills. From getting to grips with using the Library catalogue to literature searching, critical appraisal and beyond, we’re here to help you make the best of the evidence to support you in practice.

This programme of  training sessions focuses on skills relating to Finding and Understanding the Evidence. This is based on the feedback we received from our 2020 Training Needs Survey, where UHCW staff identified literature searching and critical appraisal as the skills they would most like to see covered in the our training offer.

Click the image below to view and download our training brochure, or scroll down to read the brief course descriptions.


Finding the Evidence

Getting Started with UHCW Library
If you’ve just started at UHCW, or haven’t used the Library in a while, this session is for you. We’ll show you how to find and access our books, journals and other e-resources and provide an overview of all of the services we offer.
Length: 30-60 mins
Suitable for: Anyone
Book this session by e-mailing: Beth Jackson (Knowledge Skills Librarian) via

Full Text: The Full Monty
Get the ‘bare facts’ and ‘naked truth’ about our full-text books and journals by booking a spot on this session with our Electronic Systems and Resources Librarian. This in-depth exploration of our resources examines tools including ClinicalKey and BrowZine to help you find the best available full-text evidence. If you have to do presentations, you’ll find the ClinicalKey Presentation Maker very useful.
Length: 60 mins
Suitable for: All levels – but this session does assume some basic search skills. For support with developing these skills and carrying out a literature search, see the sessions below for more information.
Book this session by e-mailing: Helga Perry (Electronic Systems and Resources Librarian) via 

Smart Searching: writing an effective search strategy
Perfect for the literature searching beginner, this session will help you to plan a robust literature search using PICO and highlights useful tips, tricks and resources to get you started with finding the best evidence.
Length: 60 mins
Suitable for: All levels
Book this session by e-mailing: Beth Jackson (Knowledge Skills Librarian) via

Literature Searching in Healthcare Databases
This session will show you how to carry out a literature search in databases including Medline, EMBASE and CINAHL. We’ll also show you how to refine your results and save your searches as alerts to keep you up-to-date in your field.
Length: 60-90 mins
Suitable for: This session requires basic search skills. Complete beginners should attend the ‘Smart Searching’ session above in advance.
Book this session by e-mailing: Beth Jackson (Knowledge Skills Librarian) via


Understanding the Evidence

Introduction to Critical Appraisal
If you are new to critical appraisal, this session will introduce you to its basic principles and the anatomy of a research paper. We’ll also examine different types of study design and explore the tools available to support you in analysing the validity and reliability of healthcare research.
Length: 60 mins
Suitable for: Anyone new to critical appraisal or in need of a refresher.
Book this session by e-mailing: Beth Jackson (Knowledge Skills Librarian) via

Critical Appraisal in Practice
Meet with a member of Library staff to critically appraise a research paper of your choice using the appropriate CASP checklist. If you don’t have a paper in mind, we’re happy to share examples of our own with you.
Length: 60-90 mins
Suitable for: All levels – although complete beginners may wish to attend the session above in advance.
Book this session by e-mailing: Beth Jackson (Knowledge Skills Librarian) via


Covid-19 update

With social distancing measures to be considered, our sessions are operating differently than they have done in the past. We’re currently able to provide group training sessions via Microsoft Teams and we will send meeting links and resources in advance of the session.

One-to-one support can be offered via Microsoft Teams or in person. However, face-to-face appointments are limited and are dependent on staff availability as do sometimes work remotely. Users will need to ensure they are wearing a face mask for the duration of their appointment.

We are always happy to provide advice and support via e-mail if you prefer.


Don’t see the training you need?

We can also provide support with a range of other knowledge and information skills, including:

  • Bespoke training sessions on specific Library resources such as ClinicalKeyDynaMed or BMJ Best Practice
  • Finding information to help keep you up-to-date in your field
  • Writing for publication
  • Referencing / Reference Management Software
  • Using Google effectively
  • Using social media for continuing professional development

If you’d like to book training relating to the above topics, or have any questions about our training programme, please get in contact to discuss your requirements – we’d be happy to help and tailor our training to suit you or your team’s needs. Email: Beth Jackson (Knowledge Skills Librarian) via


Training Resources

Below are links to some of the resources we use in our training sessions:

Smart Searching – writing an effective search strategy
Smart Searching – refining your search
UHCW Library – literature search template
Getting started with Ovid
Getting started with EBSCO

Don’t forget to check our e-Learning page for useful links to help you get started with developing your information skills. Links to online training and/or handouts for specific resources can be found on the appropriate page for each resource in the Resources section of this website.



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