Training Evidence Searching

Here you'll find details of all the training available to help move from using HDAS to provider interfaces.

Training is available from Proquest, Ovid, EBSCO and Refworks, as well as HEE commissioned ‘Expert Search’ training, which will be provided by a team led by the University of Cambridge Medical Library.

Provider Training

Training from interface providers is available at two levels:

Basic session

Participants are shown how to:

  • access databases
  • carry out a simple search
  • find out if they have full text access to an article
  • email a set of results.

These sessions are suitable for staff who use databases occasionally.

Advanced session

Participants are shown how to:

  • carry out an advanced search
  • use thesaurus terms
  • combine searches
  • apply limits
  • save searches
  • save results in a variety of different formats
  • export results to reference management software

You will use a realistic search example and following a logical workflow.

These sessions are suitable for staff who use databases regularly to carry out evidence searches.

Staff can choose to sign up to basic, advanced or both. Sessions will be running from now until the end of March.

A recording of a basic and an advanced session will be available on the provider websites for those who don’t want to attend live training.

Dates and bookings

EBSCO Basic

A recording of a Basic session is available to view here. To book a live session, click here.

EBSCO Advanced

A recording of an Advanced session is available to view here. To book a live session, click here.

ProQuest Basic

Click here to read a full description. A recording of a Basic session is available to view here. To book onto a live session, click here

ProQuest Advanced

Click here to read a full description. A recording of an Advanced session is available to view here. To book onto a live session, click here. Live sessions conclude with an optional 30 minutes for questions and answers.

Ovid

Basic and Advanced Ovid recordings are available on your Ovid NHS Resource Centre. See under 'Recorded Sessions'.

Sign up for your Ovid Surgery session where the agenda is driven by the participating librarian. To book your session click here.

To find out more about the Ovid support offer, click here.

Expert search training

These sessions are 90 minutes long and are delivered by trainers who regularly use provider interfaces to carry out evidence searches.

They will use real-life complex search examples, follow a search process from start to finish, provide examples of best practice as well as hints, tips and shortcuts.

These sessions are aimed at KLS staff who regularly carry out literature searches. They were trialled during the early adopter pilot and were very well received by participants.

They will be delivered in two phases – August and September, and then again in January and February.

Dates and bookings

Expert Search EBSCO

To book your Expert Search session for EBSCO, click here.

Expert Search Ovid

To book your Expert Search session for Ovid, click here.

Expert Search ProQuest

To book your Expert Search session for ProQuest, click here.

If you’re a member of KLS staff who is new to searching as well as new to provider interfaces, then we recommend that you have a look at the training resources below.

STEP elearning modules

A suite of seven bite-sized e-learning modules on ‘how to search the literature effectively’.

Select a module, click ‘play’ and then ‘continue’.

HEE has funded their development.

The modules help library services:

  • Extend training to more staff
  • Save time spent on developing e-learning and delivering face-to-face training

Link to the modules, or the animations within them, may be placed on library websites

Modules are ideal for including in local blended learning.

Help sheet: How to search the literature effectively: a step by step guide to success (STEP e-learning modules)

Library Knowledge Services (North)

LIHNN’s Literature Searching Modules

You’ll also find support materials from providers on their individual web pages:

EBSCO Interface

Basic searching 

Advanced searching

Ovid Interface 

Basic Search on Ovid

Ovid Advanced Search

Ovid NHS Resource Center

ProQuest Interface

Basic search 

Advanced search tips

ProQuest NHS support page 

Template training materials for local use

A group of KLS staff have created a template slide deck which you can tailor for use in local training sessions. The resource includes:

  • General principles​

  • Pointers to resources for different searchers and search types​

  • Key functionality for all three platforms​

  • Information about managing references and search results​

The slide deck will be published by 14 January 2022. 

Page last reviewed: 30 June 2021