Improving your searching skills

7 December 2017 10:00 - 12:30

Are you always confident that your search has found all the relevant evidence? With limited time, where do you look and how?

Searching skills are key to the underpinning of evidence-based healthcare. This free two-hour session is designed for health professionals working in the NHS or local authorities. It is also relevant to other areas allied to public health, such as environmental health, housing and planning.

Course goals

By the end of the two hours you will be able to plan and carry out a search, and be confident that you can find the most relevant available evidence.

What will the course cover?

You will plan a search on a topic, devise a realistic time-bound search approach, and select appropriate resources. You will learn about different resources and smart ways of searching them including advanced use of Google. The importance of recording your results and keeping an audit trail of the whole process will be discussed.

Is this the right course for me?

This course is for anyone working in a health-related field who wants to improve their skills in looking for evidence.

Course format

Delivery will include demonstrations, informal discussions and exercises.


The course will be delivered by the CLAHRC West Information Scientist Alison Richards who has many years of experience of searching the medical literature and teaching searching skills to a variety of audiences.

Joining instructions

Applications for this course are now closed.

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