The Library offers a range of training tutorials to help you develop and improve your database searching, research and writing skills.


All training sessions will be hosted on Zoom and will include a mixture of presentations and a Q&A. Some webinars will also include a practical session.

To book a place email

Getting started with the digital library

Attend a short tutorial introducing you to the RSM's digital library. Whether you’re new to the RSM or just need a refresher, you’ll learn how to get the most out of the Library’s search tools and extensive e-resources available to you as a member.

30 minutes including Q&A. Open to Members only, free. Email or phone 020 7290 2940 to arrange a one to one over Zoom or Teams.

Introduction to literature searching

Find out how to search the medical databases Medline and Embase using both textwords and thesaurus terms. Learn how to formulate a search question, search the databases with precision, review and save your results, and follow through to view the full-text results in the RSM’s digital library.

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Devise a search strategy and identify textwords and thesaurus terms to describe concepts
  • Combine search terms and use techniques such as truncation, proximity searching, exploding terms and applying qualifiers
  • Apply limits to refine your search results
  • View, select and save your search results
  • Find the full-text of references in the RSM’s digital library

1 hour including Q&A. Open to Members only, free.
CPD: 1 point

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday 15 September 2022, 12.30pm to 1.30pm BST
  • Friday 7 October 2022, 1pm-2.15pm BST
  • Tuesday 18 October 2022, 4pm-5.15pm BST
  • Wednesday 2 November 2022, 10.30am-11.45am GMT
  • Monday 14 November 2022, 3.30pm-4.45pm GMT
  • Friday 2 December 2022, 12 noon -1.15pm GMT
  • Thursday 15 December 2022, 1pm-2.15pm GMT
  • Tuesday 10 January 2023, 11am-12.15apm GMT
  • Wednesday 25 January 2023, 3.30pm-4.45pm GMT