Online Tutorials

What online tutorials are available?

Advice and training for literature searching and critical appraisal is available to NHS staff through Microsoft Teams.

Please email for more information or to book a session.


University of Exeter online tutorials

There are University of Exeter help guides and tutorials on how to use resources available on the UEMS Library & Research Skills webpage.

Topics covered include:

  • How to use the library catalogue (University of Exeter)
  • How to reference
  • The Literature search process
  • Critical appraisal for medical and health sciences


Other online tutorials

Cochrane Library search tips
A collection of tips and demonstrations on using the Cochrane Library.


Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)
CASP is part of Better Value Healthcare, a training organisation led by Professor Sir Muir Gray, and based in Oxford. The programme has developed workshops and tools for critical appraisal covering a wide range of research. It has also developed finding the evidence workshops, interactive and e-learning resources.


NICE Guidance – Evidence into Practice
NICE Guidance – Evidence into Practice is an e-learning resource for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), primarily aimed at medical undergraduates.

The e-learning offers practical advice about how to use evidence based medicine in daily practice. The information has been adapted from NICE Guidance and illustrates application of the guidance with practical examples.

Registration is required but free.


NHS E-Learning Repository
The E-Learning Repository is an extensible ‘search and discover platform’ to support the discovery and sharing of e-learning objects and learning resources. Register for access.


Pubmed tutorial
The tutorial covers the following:

  • Understand PubMed’s scope and content.
  • Understand how the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are used to describe and retrieve citations.
  • Build a search using MeSH and PubMed search tools.
  • Manage your results and save records of interest.
  • Save your search strategies.
  • Link to or order full-text articles.
  • Link to related resources.


Royal College of Psychiatrists CPD Online
CPD Online from the Royal College of Psychiatrists is an e-learning resource for mental health professionals. Members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists can use CPD Online to complete up to half of their annual CPD requirements.


Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) e-learning
SCIE’s free health and social care e-learning resources, which have been produced for front line staff by subject experts and digital design professionals.

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