Thursday, 28 November 2013

Large new collection of electronic journals added to the Library's electronic resources

The Library Service has just invested in a subscription to Medline Full Text from EBSCO. This has given you access to an additional 1,470 electronic journal titles.

The titles cover the whole range of medical, nursing and health care disciplines (if you want to see the full list you can find it here) and include both UK and international publications.

You can access all these titles (and all of our other ejournals) in two different ways:
  • If you know the journal title you are interested in, go to the NICE Evidence Services Journals page. You can browse or search for the title you are interested in and access the full text content from there.
  • If you want to search by subject, you can do so on the NICE Evidence Services Databases page. All of our e-journals are linked into the databases so whenever your search bring up an article we hold electronically, a simple click should take you through to the full text. 
If you need help with database searching we offer training courses and also have a selection of short videos on YouTube to guide you through the process. We can also undertake a search on your behalf.

To access either of these resources you will need to have an Athens password. NHFT and NGH users can obtain one by registering online here. If you need help with registering see our brief YouTube video.

We hope you find this excellent new resource useful.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Go Christmas book shopping with our money

We have taken delivery of our Christmas selection of books on approval. Our on approvals scheme gives you the chance to come into the Berrywood or Richmond libraries and browse through a selection of brand new titles and recommend any you would like us to buy and add to our stock.

What could be better than Christmas shopping without any credit card hangovers (even if it is work related)?
What do you want to read in 2014?

Our current selection will be available until the 3rd of January and includes titles on:

  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • CBT
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Nursing - adult and psychiatric
  • Paediatrics 
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and psychology
  • Public health
  • Surgery

Of course we are always happy to have recommendations for other items of stock on any health related topic.

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

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

November Eyes on Evidence from NICE

Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly bulletin from NICE Evidence Services  which reviews significant new evidence as it emerges and what this may mean for current practice.

In the November issue you can find:
  • Bias reporting of randomised controlled trials in breast cancer
  • Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers
  • Intermittent pneumatic compression for deep vein thrombosis in patients with stroke
  • Passive smoking and meningococcal disease in children and young people
  • Minimally invasive surgery for gastro-oesophogeal reflux disease 
  • Evidence update on urinary tract infections in children 
You can find all the previous issues of Eyes on Evidence and subscribe by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Find more information on our upgraded catalogue

More detail now available
We have just upgraded the our catalogue to give you more information when you search.

As well as finding the usual bibliographic details of all of our book stock (author, title etc.), you will now find an image of the book's cover (which is handy when looking for it on the shelves).

In addition to the covers, most titles now have a descriptive summary included which will give you a good idea of the book's content. Some records also include details of the author(s) and tables of contents too. Just click on "A Look Inside" to see all the details.

We hope it will make finding the information you need a little easier.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Library information skills programme for 2014

Two Bloggers, after Norman Rockwell
"If only I'd done the library training..."
Need to find some information to inform your practice? Need to make a decision but can't find the evidence? Found the evidence but not sure of it's validity? We can help.

All of our training programme dates for 2014 are now available on the Library's web site.

Our courses are free to access for staff and attached students from Northamptonshire Healthcare and Northampton General Hospital.

Our courses are aimed at both clinicians and managers who want to be able to find and use the best possible evidence to support their decision making.

The courses run at a variety of locations including the Berrywood and Northampton General hospitals, as well as Bevan House in Kettering.

Evidence for Health is a great introduction to finding high quality health information on the Internet. The course is totally hands on and takes in sites such as NICE Evidence Services and TRIP, as well as looking at more advanced searching options in Google.

If you need to find journal articles our Literature Searching course can help. This will enable you to effectively search healthcare databases such as Medline, the British Nursing Index and HMIC (healthcare management) to find the information you need and even retrieve full text electronic journal articles.

Lady Blogger with Her Maid, after Vermeer
"The confidence interval you say?"
Of course, once you have found the information you need to know how to assess it and our Critical Appraisal skills workshops can help.

Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal will give you a basic understanding of the terminology and process, whilst our highly interactive Critical Appraisal in Action session gives you the opportunity to appraise a piece of research in a group facilitated by a librarian. 

It doesn't end with our published programme though. We can also create a tailored session for your department and can also do one to one sessions if you can't make any of our dates, and we can even come to you. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a session.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Problem with the thesaurus in the CINAHL and Health Business Elite databases

Users of the CINAHL (nursing) and Health Business Elite databases on the NICE Evidence Services HDAS platform may have noticed a problem with using the thesaurus.

Currently if you click on a subject heading it may tell you that it could not be mapped. Free text searching is still working correctly.

The database supplier (EBSCO) are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it as soon as possible.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Web site of the month: Our YouTube Channel!

We know it's hard to find the time to come on a workshop (but if you can we run a programme of different information skills training workshops) or you may only need a refresher on how to do something specific.

We have created our own YouTube channel and have developed some very short training videos to help get you through the process of searching the healthcare databases to find information.

Our current videos cover:
Each video if fully illustrated with screen recordings and step-by-step instructions. They are also "bite sized", mainly between 2 and 3 minutes long and are even suitable for use while you are trying to search.

We will be developing more videos over time, and would love to have your feedback on what we have done so far and if there are any other topics you would like to see us cover.