Finding the Evidence: Introduction to Searching Healthcare Databases (HDAS)

May 11, 2020 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
eLearning Room
Education Centre
West Middlesex Hospital
Louise Levitt
0208 321 5968

This session will equip learners with the skills to formulate an effective database search strategy and to search for evidence using the NHS healthcare databases (HDAS).  The training is delivered using a mixture of facilitator presentation, live search demonstrations and a hands-on practice session.

This session covers the following:

  • Overview of Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)
  • Planning a database search strategy
  • Combining search terms
  • Searching using thesaurus terms
  • Applying limits to a search
  • Accessing subscription eJournals
  • Saving searches/creating email alerts


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