Monday, 22 August 2016

August bank holiday closure

The Libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 29th of August for the bank holiday.

Access will still be available for registered members via our swipe card system at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries (just don't forget to bring your library card!), but Isebrook Library will be closed.

We reopen as normal on Tuesday the 30th at all of our sites.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

New books and journals added to Clinical Key



Elsevier have added new electronic books and journals to Clinical Key this month, including:

Journals
Books

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Web site of the month: Qwant - an interesting alternative to Google

Qwant is a European search engine alternative. Like DuckDuckGo (another favourite of ours), and unlike other search engines such as Google, Qwant does not track your activity or trap you in a filter bubble (where you see results based on your previous search history and clicks, rather than those that are most relevant).

When you search Qwant your results are presented in 3 columns tagged Web, News and Social (social media like Twitter). You can also filter your results to just include images or videos, or for shopping or music using the buttons on the left.

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You are also able to create a free account and set lots of preferences, including having a list of favourite web sites which can act as a start page (these act like bookmarks and can be accessed from anywhere when you sign in with your account).

Qwant has other useful features including:

  • Opening results in a new tab so you retain your list of search results
  • Searching options like phrase or title searching, excluding search terms or limiting to a particular file type
  • Qwant Lite has minimal graphics on display making it ideal for mobile devices and where there is a slower internet connection
  • Qwick which easily allows you to search the content of a particular site through some clever shortcuts
  • Boards which allows you to share content like pictures, videos, websites and even your own text
  • Qwant Junior: a more heavily filtered search aimed at 6 - 13 year olds, with an education tab which displays results from recognised educational sources 
Qwant has enough interesting features to make it an alternative to Google and other more mainstream search engines. It's approach to privacy and searching mean you get results based more on your search criteria than your previous activities and we think it is well worth a look.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Researcher

Available online now
The Researcher is an open access (i.e. free) online magazine, produced by, and aimed at the research community in the NHS. It is published by Health Education England, the NHS National Institute for Health Research and the North West R&D team.

The first issue features articles on
  • careers in health research
  • the benefits to your career of being a research participant 
  • an "agony aunt" answering research questions
  • what it is like to be a researcher
  • and more
For anyone interested in health care research, this title is well worth a look

Monday, 25 July 2016

Get an introduction to what we can offer you in our new promo video

Regular readers may recall a while ago we blogged about the filming that was taking place in the libraries. Our two student film makers both completed promotional videos for the Library Service and we are very pleased with the results.

We have uploaded the first video to our YouTube channel. Keep an eye out for the second one which will feature later in the year.

This video will give you a glimpse of who we are and what we can do to support NGH and NHFT staff in practice and education.




Tuesday, 19 July 2016

New books and journal added to Clinical Key



Elsevier have added new electronic books and a journal to Clinical Key this month, including:

Journals
Books

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Stocking up on holiday reading? Buying a new shed? Find out how your Amazon purchases could help the Library

Buying the latest bestseller for the beach? Planning a new revamp in the garden? Treating yourself to a new tablet for your holiday?

If you're an Amazon customer you can help our budget go a little bit further just by clicking a link before you start shopping.

By clicking on the "buy it now" link in our catalogue, on our web site (or from this blog), a percentage of the price of anything you buy will come to us, all at no additional cost to you.

It doesn't matter if you are buying a book, clothes, a barbecue, music downloads or something expensive like a lawnmower or new computer, we will get a percentage of the purchase price.

The tracking ID will stay on your computer for 24 hours, so anything you purchase from Amazon in that time will automatically be included.

"What's the catch?" you may ask. There isn't one.

Clicking on the link doesn't change what you pay to Amazon, and we can't see what you have bought.

Clicking the link just means we get some money back which we can then invest in the library service to help make what we do go a little further.

So please, if you are going to be shopping with Amazon, help us at the same time as you engage in a little retail therapy, and use our Buy It Now link to send a little of Amazon's profits our way.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Web site of the month: Disclosure UK

A rather different site than normal this month. Disclosure UK is produced by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and is a move towards increasing the transparency in the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and health professionals. You can find more about the initiative and an introductory video on the web site.

The site contains a large database of payments or benefits in kind that have been made by 109 pharmaceutical companies in the UK to doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals (approximately 70% of professionals have agreed to have their details disclosed).

The database can be searched via the site and you can specify organisations or individuals. You can also download the entire data set for free.

Disclosure UK is a step forward in public understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and the public sector.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Happy birthday NHS!

The NHS was founded 68 years ago today. It has seen a huge amount of change and innovation throughout its history.

To find out more about the history and development of the NHS the Nuffield Trust have an interactive timeline, which runs from the Beverage report in 1942 to the present day.

NHS Choices also have a history of the NHS from 1948 to today and the BBC have a guide to how Britain built the NHS

The People's History of the NHS site has a virtual NHS musesum with galleries of images covering a wide variety of topics. They also have an encyclopedia with related articles.

There is also a great public information film from 1948 on the benefits of the new NHS called Your Very Good Health which is available on YouTube.

Anenurin Bevan, Minister of Health, on the first day of the National Health Service, 5 July 1948 at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, near Manchester

Monday, 20 June 2016

New books and journals added to Clinical Key


Elsevier have added new electronic books and journals to Clinical Key this month, including:

Journals

Books

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Disruption to full text journal links, Saturday 18th - Sunday the 19th of June

Due to essential maintenance by the providers of the WorldCat Link Resolver, you may be unable to access full text journals from the NICE databases (HDAS) from 15:00 on Saturday the 18th of June to 05:00 on Sunday the 19th.