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UHBW Library and Information Services: Training

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Librarian Training

Our librarians run the following training sessions to help with your personal development, health literacy and commitment to providing the best patient care.

If you require further assistance please contact the library team:

  • Literature Searching: A tutorial on advanced literature searching and database navigation. You may also want to try the ELearning Modules from HEE
  • Critical Appraisal: How to assess the strengths and weaknesses of published articles. We look at different research designs, bias and validity, and frameworks that can be used to support critical appraisal. You may also want to try the Introduction to Critical Appraisal session from HEE
  • Understanding Basic Statistics: An introduction to understanding key statistics in medical articles.
  • Study Skills: A training session aimed at discussing and understanding the skills required to enhance your study.
  • Library resources: Learn about the resources the library has on offer and how to make best use of them.

ELearning Modules from HEE

These modules are designed to help build your confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to yourwork, study and research. The modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. There are seven modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge:

Building the foundations

Developing the skills

Applying the skills

Discovery Hub

Please contact the Knowledge and Library team for 1:1 support in how to make the most of the new NHS Discovery Hub (available via the homepage and Books and Articles tab of the library website). Either send us a message on our live chat, or email us at

Alternatively, please download Health Education England's brief user guide here.
You can also watch a quick 4 minute video tutorial here: NHS Knowledge and Library Hub user tutorial - YouTube

Searching the Native Interfaces

Click on the links to access the Native Interfaces :

Support for these databases

If you’re new to literature searching, or need a refresher, please look at the guides below:

EBSCO Interface

Ovid Interface

ProQuest Interface

To access our electronic resources you will need an OpenAthens login.

Click here to register. You will need to use an NHS email address. 
Click here to reset password. Email with your name and email address if you have forgotten your username.

Study Skills

Digital Skills

Boost your Digital Skills at UHBW!

UHBW wants to support your work related digital skills; boosting your strengths and developing your weaknesses.

Check out our new Digital Skills page where you can find training and guidance from UHBW, the NHS, and the Library to help you become more confident in the digital environment.

Helpdesk Support

We also offer general library inductions. These cover how to access the library, an overview of our print and electronic resources, and all the services we offer.

Our highly skilled library assistants can help you with your basic library needs - just pay them a visit at the front desk at either Bristol or Weston. Support they can give includes:

  • Assisting with printing and scanning queries
  • Checking in and checking out books
  • Joining the library
  • General queries relating to your library account and the library space
  • Information on the resources we can offer

You can also speak to a library assistant to make an appointment to see a librarian.