Knowledge Skills Courses – flexible and convenient for all UHCW staff and students on placement.
  • We offer a range of group or 1-to-1 sessions in the library or in your location at a mutually convenient time.
  • Certificates of Attendance are provided – useful for CPD and revalidation.
  • You do need to be a library member – it’s free to join and you can sign up on the day: just bring your ID Badge with you.
  • Whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced user, we are here to advise you on how to make the best use of our resources.

We can help you to use anything listed in the Resources section of our website; we also offer training in critical appraisal, study skills and writing for publication. Here are a few of our most popular courses:

 Advanced Google (guide time: 30 mins)
Though we use Google every day, there is much more to it that many are unaware of, such as how to link your Athens account to Google Scholar to help you find the full text of articles and how to refine your searches. This is an ideal course for computer novices, but experts can always learn something new too.

Database-specific courses (guide time: 90 mins)
You will be given an overview of all the Databases available; then we will focus on 1 or 2 databases relevant to your job, such as PubMed (all clinical staff), CINAHL (Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professions) or EMBASE (Pharmacy). You will be shown how to formulate a good question, do the literature search and find the full text of the references found.

Full Text Uncovered (guide time: 30 mins)
Following on from finding some relevant journal article references, we will help you access the full text of these. It’s something that can be done from home and many find this session very useful.

Critical Appraisal (guide time: 2 hours)
Having found the full text of relevant journal references, the next step is to critique the articles to see if they are any good. This session gives an overview of the critiquing process and will use one article to demonstrate the technique.

Contact us on ext. 28829 or send an e-mail to discuss your requirements, book training or ask about anything else you would like us to cover in our training sessions.


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