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Request an evidence search

Our expert library staff carry out evidence searches for information related to quality improvement, service management and transformation, commissioning, clinical teaching, CPD, and individual service user care.

This free evidence search service is available to NELFT staff and members of organisations who are subscribed to the service, including local public health teams, NEL primary care, and NEL ICB staff.

How to make an evidence search request

  1. OpenAthens account holders - go to KnowledgeShare at and log in with your OpenAthens username and password.

(If you don’t have an OpenAthens account already register here , if you have forgotten your password reset it here

  1. Click on the ‘Evidence’ tab→ then select ‘Request an Evidence Search’ from the drop-down list.
  2. Complete this form to submit a request for an evidence search. This online form will help you frame your evidence search question and consider the kind of evidence you require along with when you need it.
  3. For any issues or support, contact

Our service standards state that we will deliver evidence search results by email, within 10 working days (unless you give us a longer deadline). However, we will attempt to deal with genuinely urgent requests – such as those directly related to service user care – more quickly. We ask our users to plan their work and ask for help as early as possible.

Coursework or funded research

 We do not offer evidence searching in support of coursework or funded research. If you would like help finding evidence in support of either of these, we can provide you with some training and guidance – please refer to the training page for further information or to book an appointment.

The Library uses KnowledgeShare to manage evidence search requests, read the  KnowledgeShare privacy policy.