Prep Workshop

In order to "gird the loins" of the participants, 2 preparatory workshops were run. The concept of the whole programme was explained, and some of the Things were introduced, just to take the sting out of the whole experience.

Watch the workshop presentation:

With 10 minutes given for each, the tasks for the workshop are outlined below:

Add a comment to the blog, add a picture if you like

• Go to the blog address above, and sign in.
  • Username: XXXX
  • Password: XXXX (ask Isla for the logins if you want to practice further)

• Click New Post

• Give your post a title and write a short entry, which identifies who you are. You can format the post anyway you like, with colour, size of text, and font.


• You may want to add a picture. Click the “add picture” icon. Click the “browse” button, and find the 23Things memory stick (ask Isla for this). Pick an image, and “open”.
• You can place the picture right, left, centre in the blog as you wish.

• Click the “Preveiw” button to check that it will look the way you want.
• When you’re happy, “Publish Post”.

• View blog to check that your entry has been published.

• Logout.

Make Google search harder for you

Searching on google can be much more precise if you use some of the additional features.

• Do the search you would normally do if someone came to the desk asking for information from the
  • Department of Health about the European Working Time Directive.
• Now, use Advanced Search:

• Use this to search for phrases with a range of optional words.

• Search for the phrase
  • “department of health”
• Put the following terms in the “one or more of the words” boxes:
  • Working time directive / ewtd / working time limits
• How different were the results?

Try the results this way:

• In the normal search google search box, type:
  • working time directive or ewtd
How different are the results?

• You could also try the search below to find pdf documents specifically.
working time directive or ewtd filetype:pdf

• Carry out a search on google, and click the “show options” button.
• Click on the options to see what happens – perhaps in terms of the age of the material you find.
• Try the “wonderwheel” – does this give helpful suggestions for alternative words you could use for your search?

Set up RSS feeds in your Internet Explorer browser

Find an RSS feed and add it to the reader in the browser bar in Internet Explorer.

• Go to a website (news sites, or newspapers are good ones to start with, or you could try the Medical Library homepage) and look for the RSS button.
• Click on it, and see the format that the RSS feed comes in.
• Click “subscribe to this feed” and give it a name that makes sense to you, and “subscribe”

to view the feeds that you've added, click on the gold star (same one you click to look at favourites/bookmarks)
click on the "feeds" option - anything in bold has new content.
• Go to and search for “Cambridge university or addenbrooke’s hospital” to set up an RSS feed for all new articles written by authors from one of those 2 institutions.
• Go to and pick one of the Specialist Collections maintained by NHS Evidence. See if they’ve got an RSS feed you could subscribe to.

• Organise your RSS feeds into different folders.

Edit and comment on a wiki
• Go to:
• Log in
  • Username: XXX
  • Password: XXX (ask Isla for the login details)
• open the “page and files” section. Click on “play page for the preparatory workshop”
• Click the edit option, edit one piece of text in the wiki (there are plenty of mistakes to correct, but please just pick one) and make a comment and identify yourself - perhaps by formatting it imaginatively
• Save your entry and sign out.

Add a delicious bookmark
• Go to:

• click “sign in” (in the top right-hand corner)

• ignore the obvious login box, and click on the “sign in with your Yahoo ID” option

• Login:
  • Username: XXX
  • Password: XXX (ask Isla for the login details) 
• Open another browser window (perhaps using the tabs). Search for a useful website, and copy the URL (web address).
• Go back to delicious, and click "save a new bookmark
• copy the URL into the box.
• You may wish to amend the title which Delicious automatically gives the website. You may wish to add some notes, giving details about why the site is interesting or useful.
• You can also add "tags" - a way of organising similar bookmarks.
• Please add your initials as at least one of the tags you add.
• Add as many bookmarks to new sites as you wish.
• Sign out when you are finished.

Add a tab and a widget/gadget to the iGoogle page

• Go to
• sign in
  • Username: XXX
  • Password: XXX (ask Isla for the login details)
• Click “iGoogle” and in the “home” menu, “add a tab”

• Give the tab your name, uncheck the “I feel lucky” box, and click OK

• Click on “look for new stuff to add” and find a gadget you like ( can be fun one, or serious)

• Click “back to iGoogle home” to view the gadget in place.

• Add more gadgets to your tab if you have time.

• Sign out when you have finished.


• If you’ve added more than one gadget, you may want to organise the layout of the page:

• On the menu option there is “edit this tab”. You have the option to change the theme (colour of the header at the top), change the number of columns that are laid out etc.

Make a ScreenShot and insert it into a word document

• Open up an internet browser and find a webpage.

• Find the PrtSc button on your keyboard and press it

• Press [Ctrl] and [C] – this will make a copy of what’s on you screen

• From [start] open [all programmes] and [Accessories] and open [Paint]

• Press [Ctrl] and [V] – this will paste the image of you screen into Paint.

• Go to [File] and [save as] and save this file in [your documents] with a name that you’ll recognise

• Open a word document - From [start] open [all programmes] and [Microsoft Office] and open [Word]

• On the top menu bar, find [insert], select [picture] and [from file]. Browse to find the file you just saved, highlight it, and click [insert].

• Save this word document in My Documents, naming it carefully so you’ll be able to find it easily.