Information Skills Training


The library offers a range of information skills support including; one-to-one support, group sessions, and online resources.

Trust Staff and Students on Placement

One-to-one or group training and support is available to Aintree and Walton Centre Staff and students, and community staff, at a time and place to suit you or your team.

Finding Evidence – Develop searching skills to conduct an advanced search using healthcare databases, including; how to save searches and set up alerts.

Critical Appraisal – Develop your skills for evaluating evidence including; appraising RCTs and systematic reviews.

Academic Writing – Interpret questions, plan/structure an assignment, write critically, use academic language and style, and the importance of referencing.

Harvard Referencing – An introduction to Harvard referencing, with examples of how to format and acknowledge all resources you have used.

Reference Management – Using free software Mendeley; set up, import and organise articles, insert citations, create a bibliography and share resources.

Designing Poster Presentations – Discover what makes a good or bad poster presentation. Looking at level of content, getting your message across and effective layouts.

To request a session complete the training session request form or contact Beccy Roylance Information Specialist,

Edge Hill Students

Information Skills – Support is available on a one-to-one basis for those having difficulty using the Edge Hill library catalogue and discover more tool.

Please contact the Library Helpdesk for support


E-learning sessions from Aintree Library

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Academic Writing This session covers; assignment planning, how to write in an academic style, and writing critically.

Critical Appraisal – This session covers key things to consider when appraising information and highlights checklists for use with critical appraisal.

Understanding Statistics for Critical Appraisal – This session looks at statistics you may see in research, which are deceptive and which to look for.

Poster Presentations – This session looks at ways to make an effective poster, that is easier to read and more appealing.

Reference Management – An Introduction to Mendeley – This session demonstrates setting up and using the free software Mendeley.

Journal Clubs – This session covers the key questions to consider with your group, when setting up a journal club.


E-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Searching Modules

E-Learning Modules from e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)

> Module 1 – Introduction to Searching
Consider the processes involved in searching and identify areas to develop.

> Module 2 – Where Do I Start Searching?
Ensure that you are looking in the right places for information.

> Module 3 – How Do I Start to Develop a Search Strategy?
Develop a simple search strategy and save time by planning your search.

> Module 4 – Too Many Results? How to Narrow your Search
Techniques to narrow your search to find relevant articles in less time.

> Module 5 – Too Few Results? How to Broaden your Search
Techniques to increase results when there doesn’t seem much available.

> Module 6 – Searching with Subject Headings
Use advanced techniques to find more relevant articles in less time.

> Module 7 – How to Search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)
Use the Healthcare Databases (HDAS) to find relevant articles.

e-LfH is a Health Education England programme working with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing e-learning to the health and social care workforce.

Information Skills videos

Video tutorials to help with searching healthcare databases

Putting together a search strategy A step-by-step guide to structuring a literature search. Saving a search strategy Details how to name and save a strategy for retrieval at a later date.
Carrying out a basic search Demonstrates how to select a database and enter search terms. Results Looks at how to view the results of a search, and expand to show abstracts.
Building thesaurus searches Demonstrates how to access and add thesaurus terms to a search. Save results Step-by-step guide to saving selected results from a search.
Applying limits A step-by-step guide on how to apply limits to refine a search. Exporting results Covers saving/uploading search results to another location.
Combining search rows A step-by-step guide to combining searches using AND and OR. Additional videos 21 videos (includes some already listed) from NICE Help with HDAS.

Information Skills Resources

NICE Evidence: A Quick Guide – A guide to conducting a basic scoping search using NICE Evidence Search. Download the NICE Evidence: A Quick Guide

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS): A Quick Guide – A guide on searching using healthcare databases. Download the HDAS: A Quick Guide

Looking for Health Information Online – A guide aimed at the public to find quality health information online, useful websites, quality standards and key questions to carry out a basic appraisal of health resources.
Download the Looking for Health Information Online Leaflet

NHS Choices – A guide for searchig the NHS Choices website, aimed at the public. Download The Practical Guide for Searching NHS Choices 

Information regarding library access for visitors can be found at Visitors to Aintree Library

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