Finding, Appraising & Citing Evidence

Evidence Searching

Searching for relevant and reliable evidence can be a time-consuming and difficult task if you lack the appropriate skills, so why not let our experts help you? We can save you time and help you find the highest-quality evidence for your work.

  • Evidence Searching Service: If you need to find evidence for your work at the Northern Care Alliance, whether for patient care, updating guidelines, a research article or presentation, we can do the searching for you. Simply complete our Evidence Search Request Form via the following link: Request an Evidence Search.
  • Evidence Searching Training: If you are required to undertake a literature search as part of an assignment / coursework, or if you'd like to refresh your evidence searching skills, we can offer online training via Teams. Complete our Training Request Form via the following link and a member of the team will be in touch: Request Training.

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Critical Appraisal

To critically appraise research is to examine its trustworthiness, value and relevance in a particular context.

See below for online resources and tools to help you appraise evidence.

We are also able to offer critical appraisal training sessions, including training on levels of evidence, study types, bias and basic statistics. Please visit the following page to book a session: Training

 

  • Critically Apprasising for Antiracism: Our Information Specialist Ramona delivers a talk on how racial inequaltiies can impact research, and how to identify racial bias when critically appraising.
    • See below for the supplementary checklist: Critically Appraising for Antiracism, intended to complement other appraisal tools.

Citing & Referencing

If you need help with citing & referencing, avoiding plagiarism and copyright infringement of images, our staff are more than happy to support you. Visit our training page to book a session with us, or email evidence@pat.nhs.uk with any questions.

Please see below for local university resources.

Accessibility tools

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