Monday, 18 August 2014

August Bank Holiday closure

All of the libraries will be closed on Monday the 25th of August for the bank holiday.

24 hour access is available as usual to registered members by swiping in using your library card at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We reopen as normal at all of our sites on Tuesday the 26th.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Latest titles added to stock

We added a new selection of books to our collection this month. See our latest acquisitions, via our new books list on the Library web site.

The current list includes titles on:
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Child health
  • Learning disabilities
  • Management
  • Mental health, psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Research
  • Surgery
  • ...and many more
And don't forget, if you are looking for something less work and more beach related, we have a small collection of fiction books available too...

Thursday, 7 August 2014

New additions to the free NHS trial of electronic resources

Back in June we told you about the NHS wide trial of electronic journals and books (the "Finch pilot") that is going on until March 2015.

Two new resources have been added to the trial and will also be available until March next year.
The Merck Index Online is produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry and  has been in existence for over 120 years. 

As with the printed edition, the online index contains a wealth of authoritative information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals in a fully searchable full text database (you can find out more about the content here).

The database has a number of different ways to search, including by full text, compound, manufacturer, molecular formula and many more.

The publisher Karger have also decided to join the pilot and have made their collection of electronic journals freely available to NHS staff.

The titles Karger is offering span a large range of health related subjects and include:

Access to both of these resources is via the NHS's IP range. This means you do not need any passwords, but you will only be able to use them from a computer connected to the NHS network.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Web sites of the month: Serum Rhubarb & MedExam
This month's sites have a local flavour as they have both been developed by Declan O'Kane, a consultant physician from Northampton General Hospital. is an educational resource for students. It features over 1850 questions for undergraduate and post-graduate exams with detailed answers. The questions cover a large range of clinical topics.

The site is free to use (just register to get access)

Serum Rhubarb is a free to access web site aimed at medical students, junior doctors and those interested in clinical internal medicine.

The site features a lot of good quality content coupled with a very simple, easy to use layout.

Currently subject area covered include:
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and heptology
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Rheumatology
Both resources are great for students new to medicine or those needing to revise, and well worth a look.