Information Skills

Evidence Searching

Small purple icon of two people facing each other   Finding the Evidence


The Library and Knowledge Service offers one-to-one and group training on how to find the evidence. The training can be delivered virtually, in the Library (at Nightingale House) or the Clinical and Outreach Librarian can travel to your place of work.

Training will cover:

  • Creating an OpenAthens account 
  • Accessing HDAS (Health Database Advanced Search)
  • Planning your evidence search and defining your keywords
  • Searching with MESH headings
  • How to use Boolean operators (AND/OR) in your search
  • Limiting your search to get more precise results
  • Selecting and saving your results
  • Creating an alert to inform you of new papers on your topic

To arrange training please complete our online form.

Please remember to let us know when and where you would like the training to take place, whether it is for yourself or a group and if there is a particular topic you would like us to search for with you.

Guides and other resources

BMJ Best Practice: How to clarify a clinical question

Creating, using and managing your NHS OpenAthens Account

Healthcare Databases Advance Search (HDAS) Guide (PDF)

Literature Searching E-Learning

NICE HDAS Help Guides

NICE HDAS Video Tutorials

PICO Example

PICO Blank Form (Word Document)