Library Skills

Basic Library Skills

SWIMS Library CatalogueAllows access to view both book and journal stock of Healthcare Libraries within the South West. Renewal of books that you have out on loan is also available through the Library Catalogue

OpenAthens For access to NHS resources an OpenAthens Password is required. More information about how to register and how to login can be found on the OpenAthens page.

Searching Skills

How to Search the Literature EffectivelySeven e-learning modules to cover the basics and build confidence in searching for published literature.

HDAS (Healthcare Database Advanced Search) Enables you to search across 9 databases including BNI, CINAHL, EMBASE and Medline.

NICE Training Material For help with NICE evidence searches and HDAS.

Systematic Review Tools

CASP – Critical Appraisal Skills Programme.

University of York – Systematic reviews: a practical guide.

University of Plymouth – Systematic reviews: guidance and resources.

Open Grey – System for information on grey literature in Europe.

Grey Matters (CADTH)A practical tool for searching health related grey literature.

CEBMCentre for Evidence-Based Medicine resources.

Prisma Flow Diagram – Depicts the flow of information through the phases of a systematic review