UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Training and clinical information support




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

These include:

  • searching for evidence-based literature to support clinical audit or clinical governance
  • using databases like Medline and Embase to support clinical decision making
  • setting up current awareness alerts to help you keep up to date with the best evidence in your area
  • critically appraise the  literature
  • managing your references and bibliographies using  EndNote
  • training GOS-ICH research staff and GOSH staff with a UCL honorary contract on the use of the UCL Research Publication Service.

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.

To join the library, please see: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/support-services/library/about-us


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To provide an introduction to managing your references and creating bibliographies using Endnote

You will be able to:

  • manually input references into a database
  • import references from Pubmed and other bibliographic databases
  • generate a bibliography in a variety of output styles
  • use Endnote within Microsoft Word to insert citations and create a bibliography as you write

Who should attend?

Any member of staff who regularly needs to keep track of references or citations, e.g. for a research project or systematic review

Introduction to Critical Appraisal

If you require training in Critical appraisal please sign up for a course run by the Centre for Applied Statistics 

 . For a list of courses please follow the link below:



Literature Searching and Databases for Biomedicine


To have the knowledge and the ability to carry out searches on a variety of resources, including the Ovid interface to databases such as Medline, Embase, PsycInfo as well as other databases including the Web of Science, Scopus and the Cochrane library

You 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
  • Search a range of databases

Who should attend?

Members of UCL/ICH/GOSH  staff or postgraduate students who want to learn or update their knowledge of literature searching.  

Literature searching using Pubmed


To have the ability to carry out a literature search on PubMed effectively and find articles and evidence to help answer your clinical questions

You will be able to:

  • Run an effective literature search independently
  • Understand what MeSH terms are and why they are used
  • Understand the importance of the 'Details' link
  • Filter out evidence based literature
  • Print, save and email your references
  • Save your search
  • Take advantage of all features of the PubMed site

Who should attend?

Members of staff from any discipline who want to learn or update their knowledge of literature searching on PubMed

Introduction to resources for evidence-based practice


To have the knowledge and the ability to carry out searches on a variety of evidence-based resources, including The Cochrane Library, in order to find evidence to support your clinical practice and answer your clinical questions.

You will be able to:

  • Understand the steps involved in evidence-based practice
  • Understand what type of information is 'evidence-based'
  • Differentiate between the various evidence-based resources available
  • Carry out effective searches for information on a variety of resources including Clinical Evidence, The Cochrane Library and PubMed Clinical Queries

Who should attend?

Members of clinical staff from any discipline who want to learn more about finding information to support evidence-based practice or who would like a refresher in using evidence-based resources.

Library Induction


To familiarise yourself with the Institute of Child Health Library and its services

You will be able to:

  • Search the online catalogue and locate books and journals in the Library
  • Locate and use the ICH Library webpage and the UCL electronic journals pages
  • Learn to order Inter-Library Loans and make Store requests via the online catalogue
  • Find out about out-of-hours access to the Library
  • Find out about the training courses provided by the Library on literature searching and reference management systems
  • Find out information about NHS Athens login for GOSH staff and Shibboleth login and offsite access to electronic resources for ICH staff and students
  • Have the opportunity to ask a member of the staff all you need to know about the Library

 Who should attend:

Any member of  GOSH and ICH who wishes to find out information on the ICH Library Services

UCL Research Publications Service (RPS)


to provide training to ICH research staff and  GOSH staff with a UCL honorary contract on the use of the UCL  Research Publication Service (RPS).

You will be able to:

  • Use RPS publication data for REF 2020 (Research Excellence Framework 2020).
  • Edit your default search settings, i.e. adding a name variant, institutional address, publication date and so on to initiate your search
  • Harvest your publication data from on-line sources such as PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science.
  • Approve or decline selected publications.
  • Input publication data manually.
  • Input publication data using Endnote.
  • Manually join records together or split records joined by the system.
  • Upload pdf files of your publications to RPS' transfer window.

Who should attend:

All ICH staff with a research profile or GOSH research staff with a UCL honorary contract.

The Institute of Child Health Library provides support to staff of the Institute on matters regarding the Research Publication Service (RPS) in view of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) of 2020. The Research Publications Service is the repository for UCL's research publications output. There is also the ability to upload the full text of the publication to UCL E-prints.

Introduction to Mendeley


To introduce students to Mendeley, a popular, freely available reference management and collaboration tool.

You will be able to:

  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of Mendeley and how it compares to licensed packages such as EndNot
  • Add references and PDFs to Mendeley and manage them effectively
  • Share your references and publication
  • Insert citations and references into Microsoft Word or Libre Office in a variety of output styles (e.g. Harvard, Vancouver, or APA)

Who should attend?

Any postgraduate student who is interested in using free, open-source software to share and keep track of references and to add citations and references to written work.

Introduction to search strategies for systematic reviews of interventions


This session aims to give students an insight into carrying out a structured, comprehensive, replicable search using biomedical sciences literature databases.

Participants will learn how to create a basic search to gauge the scope of existing research on their topic and then develop this into a search strategy appropriate for a systematic review. The session will focus on the Ovid SP interface to the Medline database, showing how to use appropriate terminology and notation. Other databases such as PubMed, the Cochrane Library and Web of Science will also be included and participants will learn how to translate search terms to reproduce their search strategy in different databases.

The session also considers additional methods for identifying appropriate papers for a systematic review; how to evaluate a search strategy; and how to document the search.

You will be able to:

  •  Conduct a preliminary scoping search to gauge the range and depth of existing research on your research idea
  • Create a list of appropriate keywords and terms to use in developing a comprehensive search
  • Carry out a complex, systematic, reproducible search in the Medline database using thesauri and keyword searching, search filters, and other features
  • Understand how to translate a Medline search strategy in order to replicate a search in other databases
  •  Evaluate your search strategy

Who should attend?

Postgraduate research students interested in learning how to develop appropriate search strategies for conducting systematic reviews of interventions, GOSH staff and UCL ICH GOS staff. 


Course participants should have either attended the Literature Searching and Databases for Biomedicine course, or have experience and understanding of the following

  • How to access literature databases via the library website
  •  Subject headings and how to create a search strategy by combining subject headings and keywords
  • How to use parentheses, truncation and phrase searching in a search strategy
  •  How to use the Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT
  • How to save a search strategy, create a search alert, and save search results in a literature database
  • Some awareness of database limits or filters