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The library offers training or advice on a one-to-one or on departmental group basis. We appreciate it can be difficult to come to scheduled sessions so these can be arranged at a day and time to suit you.

Training offered covers the following:
Electronic Resources
  • What is available?
  • How to access them.
Literature Searching
  • Defining your search question.
  • Constructing your search strategy.
  • Which databases are available.
  • How to search the databases effectively.
Critical Appaisal
  • What is it?
  • How to do it effectively.
  • Critical Appraisal checklists available.
Please email the library to arrange any of the above training.



The NHS Wales Library Service Partnership also runs virtual Literature Searching Webinars for any member of NHS Wales Staff.

Details of upcoming sessions and booking details can be found by clicking the link on the left.




Training Resources

There are many training resources available to help get you started with literature searching.
The NHS Wales Library services in collaboration with the NHS Wales e-Library has created a series of videos exploring various aspects of literature searching.


Exploring Evidence Series




NHS Wales Literature Search Webinar Recordings

The webinar sessions run by NHS Wales Libraries Partnership are recorded and can be viewed below.



OVID Training Resources


The library provides access to three databases, Medline, Embase and PsycInfo via the OVID interface, please see our "Finding the Literature Page" for access.  These are three of the key medical databases used to locate literature. OVID provide a series of videos and other resources to help users get started, please follow the link for their resources.



Critical Appraisal Resources


There are many tools / checklists available to help you critically appraise the literature. Below are links to resources provided by the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) and Cardiff Universities Specialist Unit for Review Evidence (SURE).



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