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Evidence Searches

Our staff are skilled in carrying out literature searches in support of research and patient care. We can help to save you time and ensure you find the high-quality information you need. Your searches can be saved and sent regularly to update you.

This is a free service provided by Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services to support clinical practice, service development and research. You can have your search set up as an alert so that you will be emailed details of new publications on a weekly or monthly basis.

Current Awareness and Evidence Updates

Evidence and current awareness updates can provide highly tailored, individual updates of newly published health care information in your areas of interest.

Personalised Evidence Updates

Tell Knowledge and Library Services about your areas of interest - you can be as broad or as detailed as you like - and how often you would like to be updated. Your evidence update will be personally configured by a professional librarian to ensure you only receive relevant, high-quality information.


Priority Evidence Updates

Our Specialist Librarians also produce evidence updates against Trust priorities and other emerging areas of interest within the Trust. View our previous campaigns.

We send updates on the following topics. Use the sign-up form below to subscribe for the next update.


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Training and Inductions

Evidence Searching

Do you want to do your own evidence or literature searching? Or are you just overwhelmed by all the resources we have available? If you need help with any of our resources, we offer training to all Barts Health staff. The training sessions can be one to one - at your desk or ours, or in small groups, or virtually via Teams. Training sessions available include:

  • Evidence searching on NHS Healthcare Databases
  • Introduction to critical appraisal
  • Accessing e-journals and e-books
  • An in-depth look at any one of our digital resources

If you feel you require training on anything related to library resources or services – or even just a quick walk through the features of a particular database – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Request Training

Critical Appraisal

The library can help you develop your critical appraisal skills, which will enable you to be able to assess the validity of a range of studies of different types.

You can request Teams or in-person training for a group or 1:1 and we can help you learn the basics of critical appraisal for both quantitative and qualitative studies.

Request Critical Appraisal Training


Or you can find learning materials on our Critical Appraisal page, including our series of bite-sized videos where Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services break down a randomised controlled trial using a CASP checklist.

Critical Appraisal Resources

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Health Literacy Awareness

Do you want to help your patients to better understand, access and use health information, so they can make informed decisions about their health? Health Literacy Awareness training offers healthcare professionals an opportunity to better understand what health literacy is. In this 1-hour session, participants will learn how health literacy affects health outcomes and primarily how limited health literacy can lead to poorer health outcomes. You will also discover tools, techniques and resources to use in practice to support those with limited health literacy. This course is aimed at anyone with a role in providing information to patients and carers, or who has a responsibility in planning and shaping services.

Qualifications supported

  • HCPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics: Sections 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 2.4 
  • GMC Good Medical Practice: Domain 3: 31, 32, 33, 34, 49, 51 
  • NMC the Code: 2.1- 2.4, 3.1, 3.3, 7.1-7.4

Sessions run from 1 - 2pm on the last Thursday of every month. Book onto a session by contacting the library team at

Staff Inductions

Do you have a new cohort of staff who could benefit from an introduction to the services and resources offered by the library? If so, then our staff can provide induction support where we deliver a bespoke overview of our services and resources. We will tailor the content of the induction session to your staffing cohorts specific needs, identifying and signposting them to the most relevant resources we have to offer. See our induction video for more information on our services.



For more information on how to book staff induction sessions from the library, please contact us

Document Supply & Inter Library Loans

Books, reports, journal articles, non-book media such as DVDs which are not held on local sites can be obtained from a network of health libraries and national collections.

Document Supply

Before requesting a journal article, please check whether it is available by searching on below. If the journal article is not available via or the discovery platform, you should contact us for assistance or complete an article request form.

Lookup a journal article by DOI or PMID


Interlibrary loans

For books that are not available in our collection, please make a request using the form below.

Please note, you must be a member of Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services in order to access this service. If you are not currently a member, you will be contacted and asked to join. Most items will be free, but if we have to go to British Library, there may be a charge on collection. If you need to speak to someone about your request, please contact us.