Research Support

Our research support area is designed to help Trust staff who are undertaking research.
You will find useful specialist learning resources on critical appraisal, systematic reviews and referencing management.

You may also find our range of information skills video tutorials useful.

Critical Appraisal

Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of articles is required to determine the quality of the research and how relevant it is to your practice.

Checklists
These can help to guide you through the appraisal process.

Books in the Library

Databases

Useful Resources

Training

Bitesize Introduction to Critical Appraisal – Develop the basic skills to evaluate evidence, ideal for those new to critical appraisal or non-clinical staff, including managers.

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

To request a session at a time and place to suit you contact Beccy Roylance at rebecca.roylance@edgehill.ac.uk

 

Systematic Reviews

Systematic reviews aim to locate, appraise, and synthesise all the available evidence on a particular topic.

Databases

Protocols
Protocols are prospectively registered systematic reviews.

Guidelines & Handbooks

  • PRISMA – Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Training

Finding Evidence – One-to-one advanced literature searching support.

To request a session at a time and place to suit you contact Beccy Roylance at rebecca.roylance@edgehill.ac.uk

Reference Management

Managing references can be made easier by using bibliographic software. They allow collation of references from multiple sources (databases, e-books, webpages) and can de-duplicate results.

Free Software
Mendeley
Zotero

 

Training

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

To request a session at a time and place to suit you contact Beccy Roylance at rebecca.roylance@edgehill.ac.uk

 

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