Friday, 23 September 2016

Help us select the books we buy for you

St Jerome as a Scholar
We have just taken delivery of a new set of on approval books. The scheme gives you the chance to browse a selection of newly published titles covering a variety of health and related topics and let us know if there are any you would like us to buy for the Library's collection.

Our current selections are available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until the 28th of October. The topics covered include:
  • Anatomy
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Mental health, psychiatry and psychology
  • Nursing
  • Public health
  • Research
  • ...and more
Of course, we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous on approvals) on our web site, and all of our stock via our catalogue.

Friday, 16 September 2016

UpToDate registration event for NGH staff Thursday 22nd September

You may be aware that Northampton General Hospital has a subscription to UpToDate, which provides quick and easy access to synthesised evidence-based information on thousands of clinical topics and is an invaluable resource for all health professionals.

UpToDate was previously only available through the intranet or online via OpenAthens.

The Trust has extended its subscription to UpToDate Anywhere and this means NGH staff and students can now access it via the UpToDate app (described as "one of the best apps in publishing" by EContent Magazine).

The Trust is holding a registration event on Thursday the 22nd of September in meeting room 3 of the Cripps Postgraduate Medical Centre from 12 - 2 pm.

Come along and get registered with UpToDate so you can use the app (available for iOS (Apple) or Android devices). You will also have the opportunity to put any any questions you may have about UpToDate or the app to Michael from the UpToDate team.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

New books and journals added to Clinical Key



Elsevier have added good selection of 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.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Important announcement for anyone using the BNF or BNFC app on an Apple device

NICE have announced there is a problem with using the BNF and the BNFC apps on iOS (Apple) devices.

A fault means a small amount of content in the apps is out of date.

You will need to delete the app(s) from your device and download a new version from the App store. This should solve any problems you may have been having.

This does not apply to Android devices.

Monday, 5 September 2016

The NHS databases are changing...

The interface we all use for searching the NHS databases such as Medline, PsychInfo or the British Nursing Index is changing.

HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advance Search) has been redeveloped by NICE with the plan to make it easier to use, more stable and reliable, and easier to update with any future technological changes.

The change over is due in October, but NICE have said they will retain the older interface "for a few weeks" to run along side the new one to give users a chance to become familiar with the new version (and to give NHS Libraries a chance to update all their training materials!)

If you have any saved searches, you will be able to migrate them into the new interface as long as they were created before the 12th of September. We would advise not creating any searches you plan to keep after this date until the new interface has gone live.

Below is a screenshot of the new interface. It brings together things that were on different screens and puts them all together on a single page. 





The HDAS interface will offer new features including the ability to export more records, more consistency and flexibility with thesaurus searching, more fields displayed in the results page and saved results that stay saved after you exit (unlike the current clipboard feature). It should also be more reliable.

We will be publicising the change over once we have a definitive date. If you would like to try out the beta version you can find it here http://beta-hdas.nice.org.uk/ (NHS OpenAthens password required)

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Web site of the month: Understanding health research A tool for making sense of health studies

Understanding Health Research is a tool designed to help you understand and review published health research to decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is.

www.understandinghealthresearch.org


The tool, using a series of questions about the study, allows you to examine specific types of research, and helps you to understand what the answers to those questions mean for the quality of the research.

Once you have been through the questions, you can add any notes you wish and save (or email) the outcome as a .PDF document which lists all the responses to the questions.

The site also features other useful critical appraisal resources including a useful information section which includes a basic introduction to the scientific concepts involves (e.g. sampling and populations, sources of bias or correlation and causation). There are also links to other critical appraisal tools and research that has already been appraised, as well as to other sites to help you better understand scientific research.

Understanding Health Research is a really useful site allowing you to make a quick assessment of the quality of a piece research (even if you do not know much about critical appraisal) as well as providing other critical appraisal resources. Very highly recommended.

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.

www.qwant.com


























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.