Finding the Evidence: Database Searching and Other Information Sources

Thursday 21 January 2021

This webinar aimed to introduce the best places to find evidence to support your day to day practice and research projects.  

Learning objectives:  
  1. find out what resources are out there to support everyday practice and research projects. Which should be used in different situations   
  2. learn about point of care tools and explore BMJ Best Practice 
  3. learn how to effectively and efficiently search databases of medical literature 
  4. learn about Open Access research and how it can be accessed 
  5. find out about and download useful apps. 
Topics to be covered: 
  • levels of evidence – what to search and when  
  • point of care tools – BMJ Best Practice 
  • Open Access Research 
  • useful apps 
  • how to find what you want in healthcare research databases, such as Medline and PsychINFO, including Boolean searching, search tips, limiting your results and exporting.  
    • how to search the databases and journals provided by the NHS 
    • how to search the databases and journals provided by the RCPsych.


This webinar was chaired by Dr Luke Baker (Chair, PTC) and delivered by Fiona Watson (RCPsych Library and Archives Manager).

Slides and Resources

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Please find below all of the available speaker presentations from the webinar.

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Fiona Watson - Finding the Evidence: Database Searching and Other Information Sources (PDF)
Please note: This webinar included live demos of some of the tools mentioned in the presentation. Please watch the recording if you would like to see these demos.

You can also read our Literature Search Guide (PDF) and about how to access journals and resources (PDF) through the RCPsych.

The Q&A from the webinar is available to download (PDF)

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