Literature Searching - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Health Education England

About the Literature Searching programme

These modules are designed to help the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. The modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. There are seven modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge:

Building the foundations

Developing the skills

Applying the skills

If you require further assistance contact your local healthcare library team. Check the Health Library and Information Services Directory to find your local library.

More information

Select each module below to find out more information:

  • Module 1

    Introduction to searching
  • Module 2

    Where do I start searching?
  • Module 3

    How do I start to develop a search strategy?
  • Module 4

    Too many results? How to narrow your search
  • Module 5

    Too few results? How to broaden your search
  • Module 6

    Searching with subject headings
  • Module 7

    How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)

Thank you

Thank you to the Steering Group, chaired by Helen Bingham, for bringing their expertise and knowledge to the project team.  Thanks also to our wonderful team of library staff who made up the Virtual Reference Group, testing, evaluating and informing the development of the modules.

Meet the team

  • Sarah Lewis

    Sarah Lewis

    Library Services Manager, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Tracey Pratchett

    Tracey Pratchett

    Knowledge & Library Services Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Michelle Maden

    Michelle Maden

    Independent Information Consultant
  • Mandy Davis

    Mandy Davis

    Blended Learning Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wayne Troake

    Wayne Troake

    Senior Educational Technologist, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tracey Geddis

    Tracey Geddis

    Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Literature Searching programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

Available to all

The Literature Searching programme is freely available for everyone to access by browsing our catalogue and selecting the Literature Searching programme. You will have the option of registering / logging in so that your learning activity is recorded. Please note that if you do not log in, your activity will not be tracked and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

The Literature Searching programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

If you would like to register, so your activity will be tracked, then please select the Register button above.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact e-LfH directly to express interest.

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