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Training and clinical information support

The Clinical Information Support staff are here to help you with all of your clinical information needs.

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We can support you with:

  • searching for evidence-based literature to support clinical audit or clinical governance.
  • using databases like Medline, Embase and CINAHL to support clinical decision making.
  • conducting systematic literature searches to support the creation of clinical guidelines, or systematic reviews.
  • setting up current awareness alerts to help you keep up to date with the best evidence in your area.
  • managing your references and bibliographies using EndNote.
  • learning how to use the library service to find and access resources.
  • using the UCL Research Publication Service (GOS-ICH research staff and GOSH staff with a UCL honorary contract).

Please note that Library training sessions are available to all GOSH staff who are members of the Library, as well as to UCL staff and students.

GOSH staff need to join the library before booking onto a training course.

Please get in touch with us  if you would like to arrange some 1-to-1 training, or if you would like to arrange a bespoke session for a specific group.  

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List of live training sessions 

Full library members are welcome to book onto any of the Library Services live training sessions.

This is a list of live sessions that may be of particular interest to staff and students at GOS ICH, IGH, or GOSH

We will be happy to arrange separate sessions for specific groups, for example library inductions, introductory literature searching classes, or sessions on searching for resources to support evidence based practice. Please get in touch (mailto:ich.library@ucl.ac.uk) if you would like to talk to us about arranging a group session.

Sessions for GOSH staff 

We have also a number of training sessions for GOSH staff only. They cover:  introduction to the library, Literature searching and Endnote. 

 We can also provide library support for people who are working on creating clinical guidelines, or who are conducting systematic reviews. Please contact us ich.library@ucl.ac.uk if you would like some 1-to-1 support.

Introduction to PubMed

PubMed is a free interface for searching MEDLINE, the most popular bibliographic database in the health and medical sciences. It contains references to millions of journal articles and is updated daily. PubMed is particularly useful for those carrying out a scoping search prior to writing essays, papers and dissertations. This live online session, aimed at both NHS staff and UCL staff and students, offers a short demonstration, covering how to construct an effective literature search, to conduct a search using the Basic and Advanced options, to apply Limits, to save a Search strategy, to save and export results, including to a bibliographic reference management tool.

After the demonstration there will be an opportunity to ask any questions. The session will run for an hour, but tutors will remain for an additional 30 minutes if there are any questions which have not been answered during the hour.

Please note: although this short demonstration does not offer hands-on practice or time to explore complex search queries, there will be opportunity to ask questions. Please contact us or the relevant site library or subject librarian for individual specialist support.

 

Related resources: Guide to PubMed This session is being delivered using Zoom.

 

Introduction to Cinahl

CINAHL is a bibliographic database for searching for information on nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects. It contains references to journal articles, health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audio-visuals and is updated daily. CINAHL is a good source of both quantitative and qualitative evidence on nursing-related topics.

This live online session, aimed at both NHS staff and UCL staff and students, offers a short demonstration, covering how to construct an effective literature search, to conduct a search using the Basic and Advanced options, to apply Limits, to save a Search strategy, to save and export results in various formats, including to bibliographic reference management tools. Please note: although this short demonstration does not offer hands-on practice or time to explore complex search queries, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please contact us for complex enquiries.

 

Related resources: Guide to EBSCOHost databases This session is being delivered using Zoom.

Introduction to searching Ovid databases (Medline, Embase, PsycINFO)

Ovid is a popular platform for advanced literature searching, and hosts a number of widely used bibliographic databases including Medline, PsycINFO, and Embase. During this session we will demonstrate the main features and functionality of the Ovid platform, including keyword and subject heading searching, constructing a search, saving a search and finding the full text. Attendees are expected to already possess a basic knowledge of search skills such as truncation, Boolean operators (AND, OR) and phrase searching, and to have some familiarity with the principles of literature searching as covered by the online tutorial Essential search skills for biomedical databases. This session will focus on the application of these techniques in the Ovid platform. Students without experience of literature searching are recommended to work through the Essential search skills for biomedical databases tutorial before attending the session. If you are already familiar with the Ovid platform but would like to explore the search features in greater depth, you might wish to attend our "Advanced search techniques for biomedical databases" session instead.

After the demonstration there will be an opportunity to ask questions. The session will run for an hour, but tutors will remain for an additional 30 minutes if there are any questions which have not been answered during the hour. This demonstration session does not offer hands-on practice or time to explore complex queries. Please contact us or the relevant site library or subject librarian for individual specialist support.

 

Related resource: Guide to Ovid databases. This session is being delivered using Zoom

Advanced search techniques for biomedical databases

Ovid is a popular platform for advanced literature searching, and hosts a number of widely used bibliographic databases including Medline, PsycINFO, and Embase. During this session we will demonstrate the main features and functionality of the Ovid platform, including keyword and subject heading searching, constructing a search, saving a search and finding the full text. Attendees are expected to already possess a basic knowledge of search skills such as truncation, Boolean operators (AND, OR) and phrase searching, and to have some familiarity with the principles of literature searching as covered by the online tutorial Essential search skills for biomedical databases. This session will focus on the application of these techniques in the Ovid platform. Students without experience of literature searching are recommended to work through the Essential search skills for biomedical databases tutorial before attending the session. If you are already familiar with the Ovid platform but would like to explore the search features in greater depth, you might wish to attend our "Advanced search techniques for biomedical databases" session instead.

After the demonstration there will be an opportunity to ask questions. The session will run for an hour, but tutors will remain for an additional 30 minutes if there are any questions which have not been answered during the hour. This demonstration session does not offer hands-on practice or time to explore complex queries. Please contact us or the relevant site library or subject librarian for individual specialist support.

Related resource: Guide to Ovid databases. This session is being delivered using Zoom.

 

Introduction to Endnote 

EndNote allows you to collect and organise reference information and to cite references in a Word document using a range of citation styles (e.g. Harvard style). It is useful for those writing essays, papers and dissertations. This live online session offers a short demonstration, covering how to set up a basic library, to collect items using online databases, and to organise citations in a Word document. Staff and students of UCL have access to EndNote software via Desktop@UCL or by downloading from the UCL software database.

EndNote is available for Windows or Mac, and as an online version. This demonstration uses EndNote Desktop for Windows, version X9. The software functions in a very similar way for Mac users and therefore, you will be able to apply what you have learned. However, please note, we will not be able to address Mac-specific questions. Please note: this short demonstration does not offer hands-on practice or time to explore complex queries. Please contact us for complex enquiries.

Related resources: Guide to EndNote. This session is being delivered using Zoom.

Introduction to Mendeley 

Mendeley allows you to collect and organise reference information and to cite references in a Word document using a range of citation styles (e.g. Harvard style). It is useful for those writing essays, papers and dissertations. This live online session offers a short demonstration, covering how to set up a basic library, to collect items using online databases, and to organise citations in a Word document. Mendeley is freely available online to download for PC or Mac.

This short demonstration includes Mendeley online and Mendeley Desktop. Those wishing to learn about the new Mendeley Reference Manager should refer to online training and support at mendeley.com. We will be demonstrating Mendeley Desktop for Windows. The software functions in a very similar way for Mac users, and therefore you will be able to apply what you have learned. Please note, however, we will not be able to address Mac-specific questions. Please note: this short demonstration does not offer hands-on practice or time to explore complex queries. Please contact us for complex enquiries.

Related resources: Guide to Mendeley. This session is being delivered using Zoom.

Getting more out of Endnote 

Are you already using EndNote? Do you need help with a specific issue or want to ask a question? Join us online for some advice. This session is for experienced users of EndNote, and provides an opportunity to ask our trainers for help, or to request demonstrations of particular features of the program. If you require a more general overview of EndNote, you may wish to attend one of our “Introduction to EndNote: demonstration” sessions instead. This session will be delivered on a PC.

Please note, depending on the nature of your enquiry, we might suggest that you arrange to see a subject librarian for a more in-depth discussion. Enquiries will be addressed on a first come, first served basis.

Related resources: Guide to EndNote. This session is being delivered using Zoom.

 

Getting more out of Mendeley 

Are you already using Mendeley? Do you need help with a specific issue or want to ask a question? Join us online for some advice.

This session is for experienced users of Mendeley, and provides an opportunity to ask our trainers for help, or to request demonstrations of particular features of the program. If you require a more general overview of Mendeley, you may wish to attend one of our “Introduction to Mendeley: demonstration” sessions instead. This session will be delivered on a PC.

Please note, depending on the nature of your enquiry, we might suggest that you arrange to see a subject librarian for a more in-depth discussion.

Enquiries will be addressed on a first come, first served basis.

Related resources: Guide to Mendeley. This session is being delivered using Zoom.