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Royal Free library staff offer a range of services to support you with:

  • Patient care
  • Critical appraisal and journal club facilitation 
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  • Keeping up to date with the latest news and research
  • Scoping out your systematic review
  • Managing your references
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Information skills training

The Library provides free training in information skills to its members (NHS staff and UCL staff and students)

We offer a timetable of scheduled training sessions covering a range of aspects of information skills.

You can also arrange an individual or group session, which can take place in the library, on the ward or in your workplace

To book a place or to arrange a one-to-one session, contact: info.skills@ucl.ac.uk or ext: 38238

STEPS support

The Library also offers support to staff undergoing in-service training. For more information, contact Paola Stillone

 

Courses available

 

Medical Library Induction

This session is available to all new staff members and students based at the Royal Free Hospital / Royal Free campus.

The session covers:

  • a tour of the Medical Library.
  • introduction to the resources available to Medical Library users.
  • library services of particular interest to you as a researcher, member of NHS staff, teaching staff or administrative / support staff.
  • the basics of using the library catalogue.
  • registering to use the library and online services.

Guides to resources and services are available to take away. A tailored programme of further training can be arranged.

This session is held as and when required and usually lasts around 30mins. Please contact us to arrange a suitable time.

Library inductions are also available on a drop-in basis on Wednesday afternoons between 3pm and 4pm.

Information resources to support evidence-based practice

To practice evidence based medicine effectively, you need to have the tools and skills to actually find the research that will support your clinical decision making.  This session aims to introduce you to some tools and techniques to help make your searching more effective.  We will look at some of the most helpful resources in the order in which you should be searching them  - so you find the best level of evidence for your topic. These resources include Evidence Search (formerly NHS Evidence), The Cochrane Library, Map of Medicine, Clinical Evidence and Clinical Knowledge Summaries.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the five steps of evidence based practice
  • Use the PICO tool to define an answerable clinical question
  • Use some basic tools and techniques for effective searching
  • Understand which types of evidence are more useful or high quality than others – the pyramid/hierarchy of evidence
  • Identify the best resources for finding evidence on your topic
  • Navigate and search each of the resources

Please see the course timetable for details on dates this course is run. This course can also be run as and when required, please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

Counting citations and why citations count

What’s your h-index? What’s an impact factor? Why are we counting citations and why does it matter? ‘Bibliometrics’ are quantitative measures of research output which are being used to help evaluate the impact and influence of researchers, journals and institutions. This session aims to introduce a variety of resources to explore bibliometric data, to explain how it can be useful and to discuss some of its drawbacks.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • understand what bibliometrics are and the different measures that are used in bibliometrics.
  • understand the importance and relevance of bibliometric data in research.
  • use Journal Citation Reports (JCR) to find out the impact factor of an academic journal.
  • use the Web of Science and SCOPUS to discover bibliometric data for individual papers and authors, including number of times cited and h-index.
  • explore some solutions to the problem of author identification

This session is designed for anyone involved in research or interested in research outputs.

Please see the course timetable for details on dates this course is run. This course can also be run as and when required, please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

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Searching for journal articles for NHS staff

A number of databases are available to NHS staff, including all Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust staff, via NICE Evidence Services (formerly NHS Evidence). These databases enable the identification of journal articles and other literature and include MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO. Links to full-text articles are available where access allows. This course covers:

  • introduction to the databases available;
  • constructing an effective search strategy;
  • searching the databases;
  • printing and saving results;
  • working with more than one database.

Please ensure you bring a valid NHS ATHENS userID and password with you to the course.

Please see the course timetable for details on dates this course is run. This course can also be run as and when required, please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

Searching for journal articles with OvidSP

MEDLINE and EMBASE are the premier sources of bibliographic information on the primary medical literature. The OvidSP version of the databases are available to UCL staff and students of the UCL Medical School, together with a variety of other medical databases. NHS staff can also access OvidSP using their NHS Athens username and password.

The course covers the following:

  • introduction to the databases available.
  • constructing an effective search strategy.
  • searching the databases.
  • printing and saving results.

The session is designed to give an introduction to the databases and their features, both for novice searchers and for those who wish to refresh their skills. There will be an opportunity for hands on experience of the databases using participants' own queries to search for information (prepared exercises can also be provided).

Please see the course timetable for details on dates this course is run. This course can also be run as and when required, please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

Searching for journal articles using PubMed

PubMed is a version of the MEDLINE database, one of the premier sources of bibliographic information on the primary medical literature. PubMed is freely available to anyone with a computer connected to the Internet and has many useful features not available in other versions of MEDLINE.

The course covers the following:

  • introduction to the MEDLINE database.
  • introduction to PubMed.
  • constructing an effective search strategy.
  • searching the database.
  • printing and saving results.
  • saving search strategies.

The session is designed to give an introduction to the database and its features, both for novice searchers and for those who wish to refresh their skills. There will be an opportunity for hands on experience of the database using participants' own queries to search for information (prepared exercises can also be provided).

Please see the course timetable for details on dates this course is run. This course can also be run as and when required, please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

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Organising and citing references: Reference Manager

Reference Manager is a piece of computer software which is used to organise reference information and to insert citations and bibliographies into Word documents. It is especially useful for those who collect reference information and for those writing papers and theses. Staff of the UCL Medical School at the Royal Free campus should contact the Centre for Computing Services if the software is not available on your computer, NHS staff must buy their own copy.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • understand what Reference Manager is and what it can do;
  • create, open and close a Reference Manager database;
  • edit and create a reference both manually and by importing information from electronic sources;
  • retrieve selected references;
  • insert citations and bibliographies into a Word document.

The course provides hands-on experience of the software using Reference Manager 11.

Please see the course timetable for details on dates this course is run. This course can also be run as and when required, please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

Organising and citing references: EndNote

EndNote is a piece of computer software which is used to organise reference information and to insert citations and bibliographies into Word documents. It is especially useful for those who collect reference information and for those writing papers and theses. Staff and students of UCL have access to EndNote software via UCL WTS. NHS staff must buy their own copy.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • understand what EndNote is and what it can do;
  • create, open and close an EndNote library;
  • edit and create a reference both manually and by importing information from electronic sources;
  • retrieve selected references;
  • insert citations and bibliographies into a Word document.

The course provides hands-on experience of the software.

Please see the course timetable for details on dates this course is run. This course can also be run as and when required, please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

Critical appraisal of a journal article


Critical appraisal is an essential element in evidence-based decision making. The Medical Library offers facilitated group sessions on critically appraising systematic reviews or randomised controlled trials.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • understand what critical appraisal is
  • select appropriate CASP checklists to use to appraise different study designs
  • experience using a CASP checklist to appraise a paper

Please see the course timetable for details on dates this course is run. There must be a minimum of 3 participants for the course to run. This course can also be run for groups as and when required, please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

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Finding information for research: strategies and databases

A range of resources is available to researchers for identifying journal articles and other publications. By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • translate a research query into an effective search strategy;
  • use thesaurus and text word searching;
  • combine searches using AND, OR and NOT;
  • update and refine existing searches;
  • Choose the most appropriate resource(s) for their information needs.

Hands on experience is included with an opportunity for participants to use their own research queries to search the resources.

This course can be held as and when required. Please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

Introduction to guidelines and their development

The process of guideline development at the Royal Free is facilitated by the Medical Library. This course covers general information on clinical guidelines including:

  • what a guideline is and is not
  • how to find and appraise a guideline
  • finding and accessing the evidence

This session is aimed at all members of staff who would like to broaden their understanding of clinical guidelines.

This course can be held in the library or in departmental meeting areas, and will be adapted to suit your needs. For a more in-depth look at how to write a guideline, a one to one session is recommended.

This course can be held as and when required. Please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

Introduction to systematic review search techniques

Provides a basic introduction and outline to undertaking a search for a systematic review. The main phases of planning and conducting a systematic search are described.

This course can be held as and when required. Please contact the training team to arrange a suitable time.

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Where are courses held?

Most courses are held in the Training & Electronic Study Area (TESA) situated on the first floor of the Medical Library. Please ask at the library issue desk for directions if required.

When are courses run?

Most courses are for individuals or small groups, and run at a convenient time for both attendee and trainer. A current timetable listing the courses available and any set times is available for download (in pdf format) or in printed form from the library issue desk or by contacting the training team.

How do I book a place?

There are three ways to book a place:

  1. Download the timetable (in pdf format). Contact the training team to book a place on your desired course.
  2. Come into the library and pick up a timetable and speak to a member of the training team about attending courses.
  3. Contact the training team directly to discuss your training requirements and book a place.

How much do courses cost?

Courses are free to staff and students of the UCL Medical School or to staff of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. If you do not fall into these categories, please contact the training team, who will be able to send you a quote.

Arranging customised courses

As well as the general courses run by the Medical Library, we can also offer customised courses. These can be for departments, research groups, journal clubs or individuals. Please contact the training team if you would like to discuss your training requirements and set up a customised session.

Help and advice

If you have any queries about the training provided by the Medical Library, the following members of staff will be able to help you:

Angela Young, Information Skills Trainer

email: angela.young@ucl.ac.uk, tel: 020 7794 0500 ext. 33201
Angela is responsible for the provision of information skills training to library users. She can recommend courses to attend, set up departmental training sessions, give presentations to departmental meetings and arrange individual training sessions for library users in using electronic resources and Reference Manager software.

Ruth Muscat, Knowledge Resources Librarian

email: r.muscat@ucl.ac.uk, tel: 020 7794 0500 ext. 38237
Ruth specialises in searching for information and can provide advice for those conducting systematic reviews, writing guidelines or audits. She can recommend courses to attend, set up departmental training sessions, give presentations to departmental meetings and arrange individual training sessions for library users. She liaises closely with the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust on issues of clinical governance and can provide advice for those writing guidelines or producing an audit.

Steven Bembridge, Outreach Librarian

email: steven.bembridge@ucl.ac.uk. tel: 020 7794 0500 ext. 38238
Steven assists in provision of information skills training to library users, with an emphasis on NHS users.

Zoe Thomas, Information Services Support Librarian

email: zoe.thomas@ucl.ac.uk. tel: 020 7794 0500 ext. 38235
Zoe assists in the provision of information skills training to library users.

Sophie Pattison, Clinical Support Librarian

email: s.pattison@ucl.ac.uk. tel: 020 7794 0500 ext. 34996
Sophie specialises in searching for information and can provide advice for those conducting systematic reviews, writing guidelines or audits. She can recommend courses to attend, set up departmental training sessions, give presentations to departmental meetings and arrange individual training sessions for library users. She also runs our clinical effectiveness enquiry service.

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This page last modified 10 February, 2014 by Medical Library, Royal Free Hospital

 

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