Information skills and training

The staff at Reay House Library provide 1-2-1 or group training sessions to help you to find your way around healthcare databases, e-books and e-journals. To arrange a 1-2-1 session, contact the library on 020 3228 6141 or email

Training sessions

Introduction to searching Medline and other healthcare databases (HDAS)

Need to do a literature search? Book on LEAP to come along to these free sessions and pick up some simple tips for effective searching of databases such as Psychinfo, Medline, Embase or CINAHL. These sessions cover the basics of planning and executing database literature searches, and saving and exporting references.

More Advanced Literature Searching Using Databases (HDAS)

If you want to get even more out of your searching, why not attend our more advanced workshop? These sessions are suitable for searchers who already have some experience and want to develop their skills further. Content includes use of subject thesaurus, proximity searching, refining search results, and combining and deduplicating results from more than one database.

Book on LEAP

Venue: IT Training Room, Reay House Library, Lambeth Hospital

To book your place, please log onto LEAP (icon on your desktop) and type literature searching into the search box, or contact the library: 020 3228 6141 or


User guides

eLearning resources

How to search the literature effectively
A step-by-step guide to finding information in developing skills for successful searching, provided by Health Education England.

Social Care Institute for Excellence’s (SCIE) elearning resources Free social care elearning materials commissioned by the DOH and other agencies. It can accessed via NHS OpenAthens login.

Internet for Nursing and Internet for Psychology are free online tutorials to help students develop their internet research skills.

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