WHL - Training - Introduction
From June 2020 the library will offer 1 hour Quick-fire training sessions via Microsoft Teams. Please contact if you are interested in joining one of the sessions listed below.
The Library offers the following training courses, to book a place or find out more, call us on 020 7288 3580 or email
"Very useful to be able to read literature in a critical way. Enables me to feel confident in the literature that I'm using to support my evidence based practise" - Library Survey 2019

Finding the Evidence

Learn how to devise and execute a good search strategy using both keyword and subject heading searches, search the NHS Library and Knowledge Hub as well as primary research databases effectively by combining searches using AND/OR operators, refine your results using limits; export, email, save your results. This replaces the former Literature Searching session. The HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advanced Search) has been decommissioned by NICE, and this new session will show you how to use the Library and Knowledge Hub which has replaced it.
  • Tuesday 5th July 10:00 - 11:00
  • Wednesday 27th July 10:00 - 11:00
  • Monday 15th August 10:30 - 11:30
  • Thursday 1st September 10:30 - 11:30
  • Monday 26th September 09:30 - 10:30
  • Tuesday 18th October 11:00 - 12:00

Quick-fire Critical Appraisal of QUANTITATIVE research

Introduce the main concepts involved in critical appraisal of quantitative research, discuss features of research papers using selected questions from the appropriate CASP checklist.
The session covers basic statistical concepts necessary for understanding results.
  • Monday 20th June 10:30 - 11:30
  • Monday 11th July 10:00 - 11:00
  • Thursday 11th August 10:00 - 11:00
  • Monday 5th September 10:30 - 11:30
  • Thursday 6th October 10:00 - 11:00
  • Tuesday 25th October 10:30 - 11:30

Quick-fire Critical Appraisal of QUALITATIVE research

Learn how to understand key elements in the successful and accurate appraisal of a paper, discuss the features of qualitative research and the key terminology associated with it, and understand how to use a CASP checklist to critically appraise a qualitative research article.


  • Thursday 16th June 11:00 - 12:00
  • Thursday 21st July 10:00 - 11:00
  • Monday 8th August 11:00 - 12:00
  • Tuesday 23rd August 10:00 - 11:00
  • Wednesday 14th September 10:00 - 11:00
  • Tuesday 11th October 10:30 - 11:30

Introduction to BMJ Best Practice

All NHS staff now have access to BMJ Best Practice, a clinical decision support tool designed to be used at the point of care. It is available on all Whittington desktops and has information on thousands of clinical topics, including: treatment algorithms, differential diagnoses, procedure videos and even information for patients. This course will show you how to get the best out of this excellent piece of new software.
  • No sessions currently scheduled


Endnote is bibliographic management software designed to simplify the process of citing references. You can use it to:
  • Store your and organise your references
  • Download references from databases like PubMed and HDAS
  • Automatically manage and insert references in Microsoft Word
  • Sync references with Endnote Web the online version of Endnote

Endnote is available for staff working for Whittington Health Trust. Contact to request installation. You will need to provide the asset number of the laptop or PC where you want the programme installed.
The library provides 1-to-1 training sessions for Endnote on request. This will cover how to download, store and organise your references, as well as how to insert references into documents and sync references with the online version of Endnote.
If you would like to book a session please contact the library on  
Page last updated: 20 Sep 2019
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