Journal Club Support Service

Running a journal club, or thinking about starting one? We can help!

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What is a Journal Club?

A journal club consists of a group of staff that meet regularly to discuss and appraise a research study of relevance to their work. The group can come from one specialism, or be multidisciplinary.

What are the benefits of a Journal Club?

  • Allows members to practice and develop critical appraisal skills
  • Assists members in keeping up to date with current evidence
  • A good starting point for anyone interested in research or writing for publication
  • Provides members with evidence for revalidation
  • Supports the application of the best available evidence to practice

Ask us to search the literature

Need help locating good articles to discuss? We can carry out searches to find the latest evidence and identify research-based journal articles, guidelines, systematic reviews and other material to help meet your requirements.

Searches can be requested online, or you can pop in and see us.

Get copies of articles

We can obtain copies of journal articles for your journal club (subject to copyright restrictions) free of charge.

Articles can be requested online, or you can pick up a form from the libraries.


Get help

We can equip you with the skills needed to locate high quality evidence based literature whether you want to know how to search effectively for journal articles, or how to critically appraise what you find.

Setting up a virtual journal club?

We can help with the creation of online journal clubs (or an online component of a face to face club) which are restricted to members of the group only.

Contact a Librarian

If you would like a librarian to meet your group to discuss how they can support it, contact Jason Curtis in the Shrewsbury Health Library (01743 492511) or Louise Stevens in the Telford Health Library (01952 641222 x4694)