Monday, 29 August 2011

CLAHRC Finding the Evidence training 20th September

As part of the CLAHRC  R&D programme, the Library Service is running a finding the evidence course at Berrywood Hospital on Tuesday the 20th of September (10 - 12 & repeated 2 - 4) in the Rowan Room at Berrywood Hospital.

This is a hands on interactive course covering where to find evidence based information for health and social care and providing an introduction to searching for journal articles from databases such as Medline and The British Nursing Index. 

The skills gained from this training can be used in the preliminary stages of a research project in exploring what evidence already exists and also to support service developments and evidence based practice.

To book a place please contact CLAHRC Co-ordinator Rachel Lovesy on
Places are limited.

Friday, 26 August 2011

August bank holiday closure

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

Poppies by Chris Donohoe
Poppies, a photo by Chris Donohoe on Flickr.
Access is available to registered users on a 24/7 basis as usual at the Berrywood and Richmond Libraries by swiping in using your library card.

Monday, 22 August 2011

End of Life - free palliative care electronic journal

End of Life
Produced by the London based St Christopher's Hospice, the open access End of Life is a peer reviewed quaterly e-journal that publishes articles on all aspects of nursing practice relating to end-of-life care.

It is primarily aimed at generalist nurses working in hospital, community and care home settings, but will also be of interest to the specialist palliative care audience. The journal focuses on care for patients with both malignant and non-malignant diseases.

The journal publishes articles relating to clinical skills and symptom management as well as clinical reviews, ethics and the law, primary research and audit, clinical practice development, communication skills, professional issues and debate.

Access to the journal is completely free of charge, but does require registration to view and download articles. You can find End of Life here:

Monday, 8 August 2011

Changes to the Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library have made a number of changes to the site, giving a different look and feel to both the interface and the way articles are displayed. The changes include:

• An updated interface
• Easy access links to ‘Jump to’ different sections of a Cochrane Review or Protocol.
• Improved reference linking: links to relevant material now appear directly in the reference list.
• ‘Cited by’ links to find articles that have cited the Cochrane Review or Protocol.
• Links to find related articles (based on assigned topics) and for bookmarking and sharing through social networking services or email.
• Updated page layout, making navigation easier, and allowing better discoverability by Google and other search engines.
• Minor changes to the ‘look and feel’ of The Cochrane Library navigation menus.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Latest version of the TRIP database launched
The TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice) Database is a UK clinical search engine designed to allow clinicians to quickly find answers to their clinical questions using the best available evidence.  

TRIP offers a useful alternative to the NHS Evidence search engine.

TRIP is free to use and no passwords are required, but if you register you will have access to some additional functionality such as CPD, search history, and collaborative tools.

There are a number of new features including:
  • Incorporating new content including medical education, and patient decision aids as well as enhanced content from social media and videos (now over 6,100)
  • Clinical trials are now highlighted via a link to If you go through to the site it shows the trials for your subject and what stage they have reached. There is a tab, "Results on map" which shows you where the trial has been conducted (and therefore which are UK trials).
  • Clinical calculators related to the search terms are now displayed. 
  • The ability to restrict the results to new research (from the last month) only.
  • The site is significantly faster
  • New results page design
  • DOI (Digital object identifier) is displayed, this is to facilitate the identification of full-text articles.
  • Translate introduced, allowing users to translate the search results and subsequent links into one of six languages (Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Welsh).  
You can find TRIP at: 

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Science: From Cradle to Grave

Interested in research? This programme on Radio 4 explores longitudinal research in health.

Ben Goldacre, medic and author of the Bad Science Column, explores the past, present and future of longitudinal research. How did these monumental long term-studies come about? What have we learned from them and what do we still need to know?

He talks to some of the pioneers of epidemiology including Sir Michael Marmot whose famous study on civil servants changed our view of executive stress and Professor Diana Kuh, who worked on the original 1946 cohort study. And he meets the scientists behind a new UK Birth cohort study, starting in 2012 which will track a whole new generation of children, starting from their development in the womb to their final days of life.

  • Tuesday 2nd August 11:00 am
  • Thursday 4th August 21:00
  • Also available on the BBC iPlayer