The Library offers a range of training tutorials to help you develop and improve your database searching, research and writing skills.


All training sessions will be hosted on Zoom and will include a mixture of presentations and a Q&A. Some webinars will also include a practical session.

To book a place email

Getting started with the digital library

Attend our short webinar introducing you to the RSM's digital library. Whether you’re new to the RSM or just need a refresher, you’ll learn how to get the most out of the Library’s search tools and extensive e-resources available to you as a member.

20 mins including Q&A. Open to Members only, free.

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday 20 April, 5pm

Introduction to literature searching

Find out how to search the medical databases MEDLINE and Embase using keywords and terms from the MeSH thesaurus. Learn how to formulate a search question, search the databases with precision, review and save your results and follow through to view the full-text results in the RSM’s digital library.

After attending this course you will be able to:

  • Devise a search strategy and identify keywords
  • Combine keywords and use truncation and proximity searching
  • Apply limits to refine your search results
  • Work with your results and save your research
  • Find the full-text of references in the RSM’s digital library

1 hour including Q&A. Open to Members only, free.
CPD: 1 point

Upcoming dates:

Wednesday 31 March, 4pm
Tuesday 13 April, 11am
Thursday 29 April, 3pm

Critical appraisal and research methods

This one day course is aimed at all clinicians, health professionals and students who are interested in research, speaking at journal clubs and personal development within their professional career. Book today to increase your knowledge of research methods and to hone your skills to evaluate research papers.

By the end of the course you will:

  • Develop a reliable approach to the evaluation of published clinical research
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs in observational research
  • Understand the principles that underlie randomise controlled trial and realise how they can be subverted by poor design and execution
  • Lose any fear of the critical appraisal sections of examinations and interviews
  • Be able to contribute to design and development when planning research projects

Upcoming dates:


Writing for publication

A suite of 15 online courses produced by our partners, KargerLEARN, covering all aspects of academic research and writing for publication. From drafting your research paper and choosing the right journal, step-by-step tutorials guide you through the scholarly publishing process.

These recorded on-demand tutorials are available now and can be accessed by obtaining a coupon code from the Library. Email to get your coupon code.

Follow up with one of our tutorials below.