Expert search and support

Database providers

What's available?

CINAHL covers nursing and allied health.

MEDLINE covers medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more. 

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection covers emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry, psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. 

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)) covers all aspects of librarianship.

GreenFILE covers all aspects of human impact to the environment. 

Where can I find support materials for provider interfaces?

Basic searching 

Advanced searching

Videos and live session bookings

recording of a basic session is available. Book a live session.

recording of an advanced session is available. Book a live session.

For more information about EBSCO's training and support offer, click here.

Book on the University of Cambridge Medical Library's Expert Search Training for NHS Knowledge and Library Service Staff.

Library professional gathering information
Member of the team gathering information

Expert search training for NHS knowledge and library service staff

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

They 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.

The April, May and June sessions of this training are now available. Find out dates and book a place on this expert search training.

STEP elearning modules

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.

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.

Library Knowledge Services (North)

LIHNN’s Literature Searching Modules

Tools for advanced searchers

These are freely available tools that searchers may find useful.

A suite of tools from Bond University to help speed up the systematic review process. It includes Polyglot, which translates search strings across databases.

Peer support

There are a variety of activities available to enable KLS staff to support each other as they become familiar with a new way of evidence searching.

These will be regularly updated, and the current opportunities will be listed.

Training end-users

STEP elearning modules

STEP modules can also help library services:

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

Links 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)

Template slide deck

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

These slides will be updated once LibKey links have been applied to all provider interfaces (by 31 March 2022).


If you have any comments or suggestions about improving the slides, or new tools for advanced searchers or peer support activities, email [email protected].

Page last reviewed: 15 March 2022