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We offer a range of training sessions in using the online healthcare databases and other Internet based resources.

Colchester Healthcare Library Training

Database Training

An introduction to Athens, accessing full-text journals and constructing database searches. A training session takes a minimum of one hour.

We can train groups or one to one either at the library or at the work place (depending on library staffing).

Contact us at or phone us on 01206 742146 to organise

Ipswich Library Training

Introduction to healthcare on the internet
An overview of key online resources including the TRIP database and NHS Evidence and an introduction to search techniques. 

Searching the literature
An introduction to Athens, accessing full-text journals and constructing simple database searches.

Finding the evidence/Using The Cochrane Library
An introduction to a range of online resources, including the Cochrane Library and search tools to help you access the most robust evidence.

Other courses available

Our timetabled sessions are generally interdisciplinary but if you would like to organise a session to suit staff from a single discipline, eg. physiotherapists, or focusing on a specific subject, eg. diabetes, please email or telephone 01473 702544 ext. 1544. We also offer training on a one-to-one basis and are happy to visit departments to give brief presentations.

Training courses are free and usually take place in the I.T. skills training room in the Postgraduate Centre. Please click here to see the training courses available.

Online Training

Literature Search E-Learning Modules

E-learning modules have been developed by Health Education England which are designed to help you find out more about literature searching and how to plan and carry out a search. To begin the e-learning click here.

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Evidence Based Medicine and Critical Appraisal

BMJ Best Practice provides an online evidence based medicine toolkit, which is designed to introduce evidence based medicine and the tools needed to implement this.

Within this toolkit, the BMJ provides a Critical Appraisal checklist and links to further information.

The RCN Critical Appraisal

The RCN provides links to resources to help with critical appraisal.

Who are the courses for?

The sessions are open to anyone working or on placement in ESNEFT or ACE and will be helpful if you are involved in research, service development or further studies.