Searching Healthcare Databases

(Duration 1 hour 30 minutes)

Course Overview:

In Searching Healthcare Databases you will develop the skills and knowledge to perform a comprehensive literature search using the healthcare databases on NHS Evidence.

The course covers how to find relevant articles on a specific search topic quickly and easily using the most appropriate healthcare database, as well as how to access journal articles electronically and manage your search results. Whether you are completely new to database searching, or an experienced and confident literature searcher wanting to refresh your skills, this course will help you to develop essential information skills to support research, clinical practice or academic study.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To be able to perform a comprehensive search on a healthcare database using a variety of search techniques, including the use of advanced search features where necessary.
  • To be able to access full text journal articles and manage your search results effectively.


Brilliant session’ (October 2012)

Worthwhile course. Well presented. Have recommended to others’ (March 2012)

Really enjoyed the session. I gained a lot from it’ (May 2012)

E-learning course:

An e-learning version of this course - Basic and Advanced Database Searching - is now available via Moodle. To view the course please visit the Moodle website ( or click here to be taken directly to the course page.