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LIB260: Introduction to Advanced Database Searching for Health & Life Sciences (ONLINE) In-Person

Course availability

Open to all. Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

Target group

Students and staff from the Health and Life Sciences faculties who require an introduction to advanced database searching skills, and to access advice and support to improve their searching skills and knowledge when undertaking a literature review. It will also be relevant for those looking to develop searching skills prior to undertaking a systematic review. Learners who complete this course will be able to book onto the advanced course LIB261: Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews. Webinar.

King's username and password required for hands-on element.

Overall aim

The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to advanced literature searching skills and direct you towards key health-based resources.

Key areas

It is anticipated that key areas covered in the workshop will include:

  • Planning and designing an effective search strategy
  • Identifying key healthcare and multidisciplinary databases and their content e.g. Medline, Web of Science
  • Effective use of search techniques e.g. phrase searching, truncation, adjacency/proximity searching
  • Understand the value of keywords and subject heading searches
  • Locating and accessing full text articles

Preparatory work

We have created a suite of elearning material called KLaSS (King's Learning and Skills Service) to complement this session. Find it through your KEATS dashboard by searching for 'KLaSS - Finding Academic Material for Introductory Health Topics'. It is not compulsory to complete this ahead of the session.


This session will be delivered using Microsoft Teams for online teaching, which you can access either through the web or via a downloadable app.


You will be sent an invitation containing the link to the specific Teams meeting the day before, when registrations close.


If after registering for the workshop you find you are unable to attend please cancel your place using the link you were sent. This will allow other students to sign up for this popular workshop.

Related LibGuide: Health Sciences by King's College London Libraries & Collections

Monday, December 11, 2023
10:30am - 12:30pm
Time Zone:
UK, Ireland, Lisbon Time (change)
  LIB260: Introduction to Advanced Database Searching for Health & Life Sciences  
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