We can conduct literature searches to find the evidence you need for an informed decision.
If you would like us to conduct a literature search, go to the bottom of this page and complete the form as indicated.
Self-help guides and Information skills training opportunities
We’ve compiled a list of useful tools below which can help you improve your literature searching skills including the NEW STEPS e-learning modules developed by librarians for NHS staff and students.
Literature Searching Protocols 2019 [PDF]
Literature Searching Protocols 2019 Appendix [PDF]
Search strategy template [word document]
Literature Searching STEPS modules: These e-learning modules are designed to help the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. The modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. There are modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge:
Module 1 Introduction to searching
Module 2 Where do I start searching?
Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?
Module 4 Too many results? How to narrow your search
Module 5 Too few results? How to broaden your search
Module 6 Searching with subject headings
Module 7 How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)
The following animations are available to help you apply OR/AND in your searches.
Full length animation OR/AND
Short animation OR
Short animation AND
You can also contact one of our Librarians to discuss your training needs and request support
Training Courses [Hyperlink] available on demand and by arrangement to assist with planning and carrying out literature searches.
If what you need is not on our current course list please contact us to see how we can help or to suggest new courses/training.
To request a search complete the online form