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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 Evidencewww.evidence.nhs.uk

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

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) - http://www.library.nhs.uk/booksandjournals/advanced/default.aspx

This is the best place to look for journal articles and scholarly works. You'll need an NHS Athens login - https://register.athensams.net/nhs/nhseng/.  

Help guides: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRbwbc3dfXUO3IYIun-5ICK-Q059JXtgk

BMJ Best Practice - http://bestpractice.bmj.com/best-practice/welcome.html  

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 - http://www.thecochranelibrary.com

'Gold standard' health information and systematic reviews. 

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

Royal Marsden Online -  http://www.rmmonline.co.uk

Key nursing guidelines. 

BNF and BNF for Children - https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/nice-apps-for-smartphones-and-tablets

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

NHS Choices -  www.nhs.uk

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

Check our journal access

BrowZine (ideal for mobiles) - http://browzine.com/libraries/1317

NHS Journal A-Z - http://library.nhs.uk/booksandjournals/journals/

You'll need an NHS Athens login to access electronic journals. You can register yourself at - https://register.athensams.net/nhs/nhseng/ . Do this from an NHS PC and quote an NHS email if you can as this will speed up the registration process.

If we have access to a journal you will see a blue link in your database search results - you can click on this to link from the article reference to the full text.

Check our book/audio-visual collection

Library catalogue - http://libcat.chester.ac.uk

Search print and online books, renew your books and request items from other University of Chester sites.  All NHS e-books are on our catalogue, but if you want to search the content of several e-books at once use the link below

MyiLibrary - http://www.library.nhs.uk/booksandjournals/ebooks/

Search book content across the bulk of the Library e-book collection.

Oxford Handbooks - https://shibboleth2sp.sams.oup.com/Shibboleth.sso/Login?entityID=https%3A%2F%2Fidp.eduserv.org.uk%2Fopenathens&target=https%3A%2F%2Fshibboleth2sp.sams.oup.com/shib%3Fdest=http%3A%2F%2Foxfordmedicine.com/SHIBBOLETH?dest=%2F

Access to most of the medical and nursing handbooks.

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 toolkit - http://www.caspinternational.org

Appraisal checklists

Centre of Evidence Based Medicine http://www.cebm.net

Appraisal sheets, handy statistical tools and explanations, and Critical Appraisal Topic creation tool (CATmaker)

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