Friday, 30 January 2015

New national collection of electronic resources available from April 2015

NICE have now finished their re-procurement of the NHS National Core Content. The core content is a selection of electronic resources that are purchased on behalf of all NHS staff in England and available via NHS Open Athens accounts.

The new core content selection will be available from April 2015 until March 2018 and consists of:

Databases (available via HDAS):

  • AMED (Allied and complementary medicine)
  • British Nursing Index
  • CINAHL full text (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
  • Embase
  • Health Business Elite
  • HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium)
  • Medline
  • PsychARTICLES ~new~
  • PsychInfo

Electronic journals collections (available via My Journals and HDAS)

The renewal of the existing resources, plus the addition of the Proquest and PsycARTICLES collections mean even more electronic journal titles are available, in addition to those purchased locally by our service on your behalf.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Disruption to the Cochrane Library, Saturday the 31st January from 10 am

Wiley will be carrying out some essential maintenance on the Cochrane Library from 10 am on Saturday the 31st of January. This is scheduled to last approximately 6 hours, until 4 pm.

The Cochrane Library will not be accessible during this time.

Wiley have also announced that there is also a new version of Cochrane coming soon, with an updated interface, improved navigation, easier browsing and better optimisation for mobile devices. You can see some screenshots of the new version on the Cochrane's Announcements and updates page.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Need help with reading lists, reserving or renewing your books? Our updated videos might just be the thing...

Our Channel
We have just updated three of our short (the longest is around 2 minutes) video tutorials on YouTube to help you find and manage the books you borrow from us.

If you are a student either on placement with us or a member of staff undertaking a programme of study, we are able to help you find the material you want on your reading lists. Our video, How to find books on your reading lists shows you how to access everything from your list in one go.

If you find the books you want on our catalogue and want to reserve them, this video shows you how to do it (including specifying which library you would like to collect them from).

Finally, once you have books on loan from us you may want to avoid those pesky overdue fines. Our video on renewing your library books through the library catalogue ensures you can keep them in date without having to come into the library and never have another fine.

Don't forget, we also have the free BookMyne App for smartphones and tablets to help you search our catalogue and manage your loans.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

January 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 might mean for current practice.

In the January issue
 you can find:
  • Pharmacy-based screening for cardiovascular risk
  • Self-management of hypertension in people at risk from cardiovascular events
  • Mental health after stopping smoking
  • Alpha-blockers for the expulsion of ureteral stones
  • Haemoglobin thresholds for blood transfusion
You can find all the previous issues of Eyes on Evidence or subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

There are also new Evidence Updates highlighting new information worth considering along side current guidance:

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

New web site: Fact Check Central

Fact Check Central is produced by Sense About Science who's main aim to to enable the public to make sense of scientific developments and evidence.

Featuring a lot of health stories, but also covering food and diet, education, policy and the media, the site aggregates stories from blogs and sites that offer scrutiny and high quality analysis of claims and news stories for factual accuracy.

More than that, as Sense About Science say on their blog about the site launch, "fact checking isn't just about separating true from false. Done well, it can give proper context to claims, allow space for deeper understanding, and deflate the rhetoric and bluster that often surrounds controversial issues."

Fact Check Central is a really useful site for getting a balanced, factual view of stories and claims in the media, and in an election year, it could prove very useful indeed...

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

New electronic journal titles available

We have added two new titles to our electronic journals collection.

The European Eating Disorders Review publishes research and articles on the treatment of eating disorders in both the hospital and community settings and covers best practice in diagnosis and treatment. The journal coverage goes back to 2007.

You can access the journal here:

The Journal of ECT covers the use of electroconvulsive therapy and related treatments. It publishes international articles reporting on major new clinical and research developments, as well as the legal, ethical and sociological issues concerning the use of ECT. The journal coverage goes back to 2000.

You can access the journal here:

To access either title (or hundreds more we provide) you will need a Trust Open Athens password. If you don't already have one, staff and attached students can register on-line here.

To access all of our electronic journals you can:

  • Use My Journals on the NICE Evidence Services site if you want to read a particular title
  • Use HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advance Search) if you want to search for a topic

If you need any help, we have a useful guide on using My Journals, a set of video tutorials on YouTube that take you through the whole process of searching, we also offer training, and of course you can always contact us.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Web site of the month: OTseeker

OTseeker advanced search
OTseeker is a database of systematic reviews, randomised control trials and other resources related to interventions in occupational therapy.

OTseeker has both a basic keyword search box and a more advanced search function that allows you to search specific fields that includes drop down menus of specific interventions and diagnosis.

OTseeker also features phrase searching and you can use Boolean operators (AND / OR / NOT) to make your searching more precise.

As well as the main database, OTseeker also features other useful resources:

  • Evidence Based Practice includes tutorials, articles and links on EBP, searching for information and critical appraisal.
  • Implementing Evidence in Practice is focused on closing the gap between research evidence and clinical practice by enabling the implementation of evidence more routinely.
  • Injury Management is a specialist resource focused on occupational therapy interventions for people who have sustain spinal, brain and other traumatic injuries.
OTseeker is managed by occupational therapists from Queensland and Sydney universities and is completely free to access. We highly recommend it as a resource for occupational therapists and others looking for high quality evidence on OT interventions.