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Library and knowledge services

About us

Library and knowledge services

About us

Library and knowledge services

About us

Library and knowledge services

The staff at Reay House Library provide one to one or group training sessions to help you to find your way around healthcare databases, e-books and e-journals.

To arrange a one to one session, contact the library on 020 3228 6141 or email

Venue: IT Training Room, Reay House Library, Lambeth Hospital

To book your place on these session, please log onto LEAP and type 'literature searching' into the search box, or contact the library on 020 3228 6141 or

Introduction to searching Medline and other healthcare databases (HDAS)

Need to do a literature search? Come along to these free sessions and pick up some simple tips for effective searching of databases such as Psychinfo, Medline, Embase or CINAHL. These sessions cover the basics of planning and executing database literature searches, and saving and exporting references.

More Advanced Literature Searching Using Databases (HDAS)

If you want to get even more out of your searching, why not attend our more advanced workshop? These sessions are suitable for searchers who already have some experience and want to develop their skills further. Content includes use of subject thesaurus, proximity searching, refining search results, and combining and deduplicating results from more than one database.
How to search the literature effectively is step-by-step guide to finding information in developing skills for successful searching, provided by Health Education England.

Social Care Institute for Excellence’s (SCIE) elearning resources are free social care elearning materials commissioned by the Cepartment of Health and Social Care and other agencies. It can accessed via NHS OpenAthens login.

Internet for Nursing and Internet for Psychology are free online tutorials to help students develop their internet research skills.
Once you have found some articles you need to be able to read them critically in order to decide how strong the evidence actually is. These resources might help.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) checklists: Eight critical appraisal tools designed to be used when reading research. These include tools for:

  • systematic reviews
  • randomised controlled trials
  • cohort studies
  • case control studies
  • economic evaluations
  • diagnostic studies
  • qualitative studies
  • clinical prediction rule

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine: Tools and downloads for critical appraisal.

BestBETs critical appraisals: Test yourself by reading the same articles and checking whether your appraisal matches theirs.

BMJ's how to read a paper series: Articles in the BMJ by Trisha Greenhalgh that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers (online version of Greenhalgh’s book).

Books available at Reay House Library: Our library catalogue has a selection of useful books available to be borrowed. Registered library members can borrow these books in person or request them to be posted.

Reference management software and what it does

Reference management software allows you to effectively manage references for reports, articles and systematic reviews and automatically create in-text references and bibliographies for your work. You can use reference management software to organise the information that is important to you and have quick access to important documents when you need them.

What reference management software is available

The free reference management software Mendeley is approved for use within the Trust, subject to local IT policies. Contact Digital Services to request an install on your computer.


Mendeley provides reference management software to help you get the most out of research. Transfer existing PDF documents from your hard drive to form a reference library, or export references in RIS format from the Reay House Library catalogue or from the NHS healthcare databases available through OpenAthens. Create subfolders to organise your research and use the Mendeley plug in for Microsoft Word to save time while writing by inserting references quickly and easily in to essays, reports and articles.

Mendeley is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The software allows you to store references and PDFs and read, review and annotate documents. Download Mendeley for desktop.

Getting started with Mendeley

Mendeley App
Download the Mendeley app for IPad and IPhone. 

Support with using Mendeley
Contact the library for more information or for support using Mendeley for information management and research.