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Training Guides and Tutorials

Training guides to download and tutorials to assist with self-directed learning

Literature searching using HDAS (Healthcare Databases):


Quick guide

Full guide

Youtube tutorials

HDAS is the NHS tool for searching Medline, Embase, CINAHL, British Nursing Index (BNI), Health Business Elite, HMIC (Dept of Health and King's Fund) and PsychINFO.

Quick tips and reminders for searching HDAS

These online tutorials allow you to choose the level and pace at which you familiarise yourself with search the healthcare databases (HDAS)



UpToDate presentation

UpToDate Quick Guide

UpToDate is a searchable online information resource that synthesises the most recent healthcare information into verifiable, evidence-based recommendations.


Critical Appraisal

Guide to Critical Appraisal


Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of research articles is required to determine the validity, reliability and applicability of the research to clinical practice.


Guide to searching PubMed

Guidance and tips on searching the database


EndNote Web

Reference management software for those writing essays and journal articles

Citing & Referencing:

Quick guide

Guide to Harvard style

Powerpoint presentation on C & R

Introduction to citing and referencing rules when writing papers for courses or publication

Writing Workshops:

Introduction to Academic Writing

Writing for Publication




Reflective Writing

Principles of academic writing, writing in a formal style, planning and writing an essay, and overcome the difficulties involved with academic writing.

Benefits of getting published, choosing the right journal, understanding the writing and publication process, tips on language and style and managing your research profile.

The basic principles of reflective writing and why it is useful, how to write reflectively, what the requirements are for reflections in revalidation for various roles, how to log CPD hours using UpToDate, and how the Library can support you in your revalidation.


Quick guide to Athens resources

Tips and guidance on accessing resources via your NHS Athens password

Cochrane Library:

Guide to the Cochrane Library

Leading source for evidence based information including full text systematic reviews

Current awareness:

Guide to using JournalTocs

Current awareness service which enables you to receive the latest Table of Contents from your favourite journals via email

Clinical Key:

ClinicalKey User Guide


ClinicalKey is a search tool designed to provide answers to clinical questions. It  includes journals, books, practice guidelines, patient education, drug information and MEDLINE citations and abstracts. Access is via OpenAthens.