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CAHS Library: Library tutorial sessions

Library tutorial session plan

CAHS Medical Library provides tutorials on all our resources.  We offer one-on-one education sessions as well as group sessions for your department.  Below are some examples of the sessions which may be booked.  We are also happy to tailor a session to your requirements.  To discuss your requirements and to book sessions, please contact the Library.  You may also request training using our Education session form.

Note:  CAHS Medical Library has only one librarian.  Booking for a session is essential.


Session title






20 mins


Ø      Library tour

Ø      Borrower registration

Ø      Introduction to Library services

Ø      The Library website



Basic database searching


45 mins


Ø      Selecting a relevant database

Ø      Producing an effective search strategy

Ø      Finding full text

Ø      Printing/ saving/ exporting results to Endnote.



Searching for evidence


60 mins


Ø      Developing a clinical question

Ø      Using clinical decision-making tools such as BMJ Best Practice, UpToDate.

Ø      Searching Cochrane, Medline, PubMed and CINAHL databases for systematic reviews and RCTs

Ø      Printing/ saving/ exporting results to Endnote.



Keeping up to date



30 mins


Ø      Introduction to journal table of contents and subject alerting services via database searching

Ø      Browzine

Ø      QxMD




60 mins


Ø      Creating an Endnote library

Ø      Downloading references from databases

Ø      Storing articles with their references

Ø      Inserting references into a Word document and formatting a bibliography.