Information Skills Training

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Library staff offer a variety of training sessions, to suit specific professions and individual requirements.

  • Searching the healthcare databases
  • Accessing electronic journals and e-books
  • The Cochrane Library
  • Critical Appraisal introduction or intermediate level  CA Training dates 2019

Training can take place in the following locations:

  • the library's training room at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
  • at your place of work, whether hospital or community based

1:1 Drop-in Sessions:

We are also offering 1 hour drop-in sessions on accessing Library resources.  You will be shown how to access and use the resources that the Library currently provides to support patient care, education, research, policy review, audit and innovation.

If you would like to know more or would like to book a session, please contact us by phone on 01253 953831 or use our Contact Form.

*NEW Online Modules - How To Search the Literature Effectively


A step-by-step guide to finding information and developing the skills for successful searching.

​These modules are designed to help the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. The modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. There are seven modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge.

Building the foundations

Developing the skills

Applying the skills

  • Module 7. How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS) (coming soon

To access the modules click here

FREE online training

If you cannot easily attend a training session, try one of these excellent teach-yourself web tutorials:

Virtual Training Suite

THE COCHRANE LIBRARY - an introduction
THE COCHRANE LIBRARY - how to search and use MeSH
To help get the most out of the Cochrane Library - for clinicians, researchers, and consumers.