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LKC: Training & Research

Welcome to the Cairns Hospital Library & Knowledge Centre, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service

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Training we offer

The LKC offers training in a range of topics, including navigating CKN, research support and searching skills. We conduct this training various ways:

CKN access

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The Clinical Knowledge Network (CKN) website provides access to online resources for Queensland Health staff.

Staff can register for off-site access.

LKC training feedback forms

Statement of attendance

Need a statement of attendance for any training you have attended to support your continuing professional development recognition?

We are happy to provide this for you. Just ask us if we haven't already offered it.

Upcoming training

LKC training support

The LKC offers regular training sessions for:

CKN Overviews  |  Database searching  Searching for evidence  Introduction to EndNote

Please contact us with any questions, or to request a training or in-service session.

Research support

LKC has published following guides to support research. The guides provide tips, tricks and information included in our training sessions with supporting resources.

Searching for Evidence guide covers developing search strategies, answerable questions using PICO, study types and levels of evidence, evidence appraisal resources and EBP resources.

Guide to online resources and databases by discipline provides guidance for specific disciplines to CKN and other online resources and databases.

EndNote guide, aimed at the beginner, provides information about building an EndNote library, using EndNote to produce references and bibliographies in documents.

Tips for effective literature searching

Consider your keywords and how you will search them. For example:

  • American vs British spelling
  • Different word endings like singular vs plural
  • Different words for the same concept (eg teens, adolescents, youths)
  • Use truncation (*) or wild cards (?) to retrieve alternatives : eg child* (for child / children / child's etc) OR wom?m (women or woman) OR p#ediatrics (British vs American spelling)
  • Phrase searching. Use quote marks, eg "chest pain"

Consider using mapping or suggest subject features on databases to find Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). Note: subject headings may change between databases to reflect the discipline or specialty.

Understand the difference between using AND or OR to connect separate keywords / subjects or search statements. These connecting words are referred to as "Boolean operators".

Use a step by step approach to track your results and enable you to make changes as you go.

See LKC Literature (Database) searching tips handout for more detailed help.

Training help and videos

Contact us

Contact us directly:

  • +61 7 4226 6679
  • Email
  • 08:30-17:00

Closed weekends and public holidays.

How reliable is a journal/article?

There are several tools available  to assess the quality or reliability of particular journals or articles, though usefulness varies between industries, publishers etc. Queensland Health staff may also be able to access some metrics via the "PlumX" link on records in CKN search results.

The LKC has extensive "tips for appraising literature" our Critical Appraisal page (Searching for Evidence Guide).

Several Australian universities provide information on some of the key tools to use when trying to find metrics or reliability of particular journals or articles. 


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