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Search for evidence and information

Let us do the work and save you time!

Are you looking for evidence to support decision making, patient care, audit, research, patient care etc?

Why not ask us to find it for you?  The library offers a general enquiry service as well as an in depth literature search service.  Contact us on 01270 612538 (internal extention 3172) or complete the literature search form. 

Search for yourself

Pop in and ask us for a demonstration or book onto one of our course to find out more.

NHS Evidence 

Fast easy searching using a Google-style interface.  Easily refined for guidelines or drug searches. 

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) 

This is the best place to look for journal articles and scholarly works. You'll need an NHS Athens login which you can register for here and there are video help guides

BMJ Best Practice   

You can use BMJ Best Practice at the bedside or in the surgery to find the latest evidence to support diagnosis and treatment.  Click here for online tutorials (external link, opens in new window).  Mobile app available for iPad / iPhone, please ask library for details.

Cochrane Library 

'Gold standard' health information and systematic reviews. 

For training guides, tutorials and videos on how to use the Cochrane Library click here.


BNF and BNF for Children apps

Access the latest version online.  Mobile app free for iPhone/Android for NHS Athens users. 

NHS Choices 

High quality patient information including 'Behind the Headlines' looking with a sceptical eye at media health stories.

Thousands of online journals

You can access thousands of online journals from one platform using our new Browzine software.You'll need an NHS Athens login to access some of them (see above).


Books and audiovisual materials

You can search for books and e-books, renew your books and request items from other University of Chester sites here


Oxford Handbooks 

You can access the popular Oxford Handbook of ... series and the Oxford Textbook of Medicine here.

Evaluate the Information

We can help you to judge the quality and usefulness of information with our critical appraisal training.

Critical appraisal training

The library offers group training sessions to help understand how to assess the quality of a paper. Three courses are available:

  • Systematic Reviews

  • Randomised Controlled Trials

  • Qualitative Research.

Each course provides a summary of the key features of that type of research and how to evaluate it. The main focus of each session is the evaluation of a paper in a group discussion.

Training conforms to: KSF IK3 Level 1, RCN Information Literacy Competency 4, RCN ANP Competences Domain 6, and CMT Framework Ethical Research Skills Level 2 and Evidence & Guidelines Knowledge.

Courses can be booked through Learning & Development or by contacting John Gale on Ext 3172.

For patient guidance for finding reliable health information online click here.

Journal clubs

The Library supports journal clubs by offering training to get you started, recommending suitable papers for discussion and providing articles free from copyright problems.

Useful resources

CASP Appraisal checklists

A series of checklists to help you appraise the quality of different types of research.

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine 

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