This site uses cookies to enhance your experience. By scrolling or continuing to use this site without changing your browser settings, you are consenting to our Cookie and Privacy Policy.

Frimley Health Values Logo

Search skills

In order to enable NHS staff and students on placement to access the best health information resources  available to them, qualified  information professionals within the library teams across Frimley Health offer evidence search skills training opportunities as follows:

1. Individual sessions: One-to-one sessions are by far our  most popular. Please book in advance.

2. Group sessions: These can be tailor-made to suit the group concerned.

These sessions most frequently take place in the Library, but staff are happy to deliver training within your Department where facilities are suitable, or virtually via MS Teams.

Top Tips

There is lots of help available for searching the updated NICE Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS), which includes Medline, Cinahl etc., such as this Quick Guide to HDAS.

We also love these bite-size YouTube video clips.

The Knowledge for Healthcare Service Transformation E-Learning Project (STEP) team has developed a suite of literature searching modules for use as part of information skills training.

Building the Foundations

Developing the Skills

Applying the Skills

For more details about the project, and FAQs about the modules, please click here.


The Cochrane Library Training Hub aims to guide you through using the Cochrane Library by providing access to quick training videos, user guides and webinars. Access the Cochrane Library:


A 2015 MOOC by the LIHNN Clinical Librarians has been turned into a set of six standalone e-learning modules, freely available at:

The modules were developed for librarians, but will be helpful to anyone looking to improve their knowledge and skills around effective literature searching.

Need help? Contact the libraries.