How to search the literature effectively: a step by step guide to success

New e-learning modules were recently launched in partnership with NHS Health Education England to help both clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to get the best out of searching the published literature for evidence to support their work, research and education. These are nationally available and freely accessible to all. 

There are seven modules available for novice searchers and those wishing to have a refresher. The first three modules were launched in December 2017 with the remaining modules to follow later this year. These initial three modules help users to assess their current literature searching skills level, to find out about resources available and to start planning a search strategy. Each module takes no more than 20 minutes to complete and is highly interactive with videos, glossaries and quizzes to reinforce the learning objectives.  

Although primarily aimed at healthcare professionals based in NHS England with access to HDAS databases controlled by a NHS OpenAthens login, most of these modules are generic covering the basic principles of literature searching and search strategy design which can be applied to any database search platform such as ProQuest Dialog provided by the RSM Library. Remember that the Library offers RSM members free group information skills training workshops throughout the year to help you search our databases (Medline, Embase, AMED, DH-Data) and other resources more effectively. The latest dates and how to book a place are available here. You can also book free individual database tutorials if you’re unable to attend a workshop. Further information is available here.  

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