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Appendix 2: Teaching Resources

  1. Caroline De Brún1 and
  2. Nicola Pearce-Smith2

Published Online: 15 NOV 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118463093.app2

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

How to Cite

De Brún, C. and Pearce-Smith, N. (eds) (2014) Appendix 2: Teaching Resources, in Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118463093.app2

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Clinical Support Librarian, UCL Library Services and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  2. 2

    Information Scientist, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Summertown Pavilion, Middle Way, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 NOV 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 JAN 2014

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Carl Heneghan,
  2. Rafael Perera and
  3. Douglas Badenoch

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118463130

Online ISBN: 9781118463093



  • database;
  • electronic evidence resources;
  • glossary exercise;
  • health professionals;
  • search off;
  • teaching resources


This chapter includes some ideas for teaching the concepts of search skills to health professionals. There are many databases available, which cover health-related topics and it can be quite confusing. This exercise gives the participants a list of the databases available, together with a brief description, including details of content and period of cover. The aim of the glossary exercise is to familiarise people with the terminology used in searching, critical appraisal, and research. An effective icebreaker for larger groups is to split them up and allocate three types of information sources to each group. The ‘search off′ exercise is useful for familiarising participants with the electronic evidence resources available to them, giving them the confidence to search by letting them explore in a safe environment with expertise on hand to help.