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UHBW Library and Information Services: Training

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We provide free specialist information skills training for all UHBW staff and students. We also provide regular drop-in clinics, or alternatively you can just stop us in the library or on the ward for a more informal chat. Please contact to arrange a session for yourself or a group of colleagues.

Librarian Training

Our expert librarians run a variety of training sessions that can help with your personal development, health literacy and commitment to providing the best patient care.

We run three main training sessions and a further two introductory sessions on Study Skills and Library Resources. Sessions generally last an hour, but timing can be tailored to your needs.

  • Literature Searching: An in-depth tutorial on how to search for literature like an expert. Useful for anybody who wants to find quality articles and relevant evidence fast. You may also want to try this searching e-learning course 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. Need a quick refresher? 
  • Medical Statistics: A basic introduction to understanding the key statistics in medical articles. The session gives an overview of statistics that compare risk, statistics that test confidence, and forest plots. Additional content focuses on statistics that analyse clinical investigations and test difference.
  • Study Skills: A training session aimed at discussing and understanding the skills required to enhance your study, whilst also familiarising you with the library and the support and services it can provide.
  • Library resources: Learn about the resources the Library has on offer, and learn how to make the best use of them.

We also offer General Library Introductions (and refreshers if it has been a while!). These cover how to access the library and its resources, an overview of our print and electronic resources, and all the services and training we offer.

Training sessions run when you need them to run, so contact us at to arrange a session at a time convenient to you.

Helpdesk Support

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.