The Library runs a range of information skills training workshops throughout the year, designed to help you develop and improve your research and information skills.

Individual tutorials

Regrettably we are unable to offer dedicated individual tutorials at this time but we can still assist, guide and support you in all the areas listed below. Please contact us on 020 7290 2940 or email


All training sessions will be hosted on Zoom as a webinar and will last approximately 1-1.5 hours. They will include a mixture of presentations and a Q&A. Some webinars will also include a practical session.

Introduction to literature searching

Find out how to carry out basic searches in the medical databases using textwords including forming a search question, applying limits, viewing and downloading search results, and finding the full-text. Medline is used as the example. This will include a Q&A session and a short practical.

After attending this course you will be able to:

  • Devise a search strategy in a database using textwords, Boolean operators, truncation and proximity operators
  • Apply limits to refine search results (e.g. by publication year, language or age groups)
  • Select results from a database search and save them to a Word document
  • Find the full-text of references whilst viewing search results
  • Search for an author’s name and a journal title

Advanced literature searching

This is a follow-up to the ‘Introduction to literature searching’ course. Learn about focusing database searches using thesaurus terms and searching across both Medline and Embase. This will include Q&A sessions and a short practical.

After attending this course you will be able to:

  • Use thesaurus terms to focus your database searches
  • Search across multiple databases and remove duplicate references
  • Save search strategies and re-run them at a later date to find recently added references to databases

You must have completed the Introduction to literature searching workshop or had an individual database tutorial from Library staff before booking this workshop.

How to book

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Booking information

For further information about upcoming courses contact the Library on


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RSM/Library members: Free
Corporate members/non-members: Free 


Upcoming group workshop dates

Free to both members and non-members

Introduction to Literature Searching

  • Thursday 18 March, 2pm-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 31 March, 4pm-5.30pm