Month: January 2016

Upcoming Training Sessions – Critical Appraisal and Literature Searching


Introduction to Critical Appraisal:

The following dates are available for the regular Critical Appraisal training

17/03/16 at 9:30 to 12:00 
19/04/16 at 14:30 to 17:30 

Literature Search Training:

This workshop will help you systematically search the health literature. The session will cover how to find articles using healthcare databases: MEDLINE, Embase, Cinahl, BNI, PsycINFO. It will also cover creating an evidence based search strategy and the downloading of full-text articles and references.

This is the advanced session which is suitable for staff undertaking comprehensive in depth research for dissertations, clinical work and guideline or systematic review production.

You will be provided with an iPad or laptop for the duration of the training however if you feel more comfortable with your own device you are welcome to bring it.

16/03/16 at 11:00 to 13:00 
14/04/16 at 15:00 to 17:00 

Beyond Google:

Learn about locating evidence-based resources in NHS Evidence, searching for up-to-date NICE guidelines and systematic reviews, applying for passwords and making best use of electronic resources in your work. This training session is suitable for all staff levels, and all levels of knowledge.

15/03/16 at 14:00 to 16:00

17/04/16 at 10:00 to 12:00 

To book or arrange a training session email or phone 01582 497201. All library training sessions meet specific KSF, RCN and SCONUL competencies.


Library Survey 2016 – Win a Kindle Fire Tablet

Screen-shot-2011-09-28-at-8.43.44-AM-300x264The library service at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is looking for your feedback. We want to know where you would like the library service focus on in 2016, what resources to purchase, training to offer, what we are doing well and where we need to improve.

The survey will run until the end of February, and is completely anonymous if you wish it to be. However if you provide us with your email address you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle Fire Tablet.

The survey takes about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. The draw for the kindle will take place on the 1st of March.

Using New PCs in Library

IMG_20160107_122341832Most of the open access  PCs in the library have now been replaced, and we hope you are enjoying the faster machines along with the increased legroom!

They work slightly differently from the old PCs in response to user feedback, and have a lot of features that will assist you.

User Logins

The PCs still have no passwords, however they do have a selection of icons when you start the PC. Choose the icon that most describes who you are (Either staff or student)  and it will take you to a desktop with direct links to all your most relevant resources.


The printer system now works on all machines and defaults to the Black and White printer (No expensive surprise colour printing). If you haven’t used the printer before ask a member of the library team for help.

PC Automatic Wipe

The library PCs wipe all your personal data on a restart. Please do this every time you are finished with the PC if you have accessed any personal information.

Applications Installation

If you require specific applications installing, please ask the library team who will be happy to assist. If you feel an application should be installed on all the library machines please email and we will look into installing it on all machines.

Google Chrome

All computers use google chrome as a default browser. If you log in using  gmail account you will have access to all your google apps such as google drive, and all your bookmarks.


Any machine that is able to work with the ESR eLearning system will have an startup icon called ‘eLearning’ installed on it. Please use this only for eLearning and not normal internet browsing as the browser is older and out-of-date.

Please provide any feedback to the library team at