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 databases
  • 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.


OVID Guides and other resources

Guide to searching OVID (PDF)

MP fields in OVID (PDF)

NHS OVID Resource Centre Video Guides (Webpage)

NHS OVID Resource Centre Quick Reference Guides and Fact Sheets (Webpage)

OVID Video Tutorials (Webpage)



EBSCO Guides and other resources

Guide to searching EBSCO (PDF)

EBSCO Basic Searching (YouTube Video)

EBSCO Basic Searching (PowerPoint Download)

EBSCO Advanced Searching (YouTube Video)

EBSCO Advanced Searching (PowerPoint Download)

EBSCO Syntax Guide (Webpage)



Guides and other resources

BMJ Best Practice: How to clarify a clinical question

Creating, using and managing your NHS OpenAthens Account

Literature Searching E-Learning

PICO Example (PDF)

PICO Blank Form (Word Document)