Wednesday, 25 November 2015

How the Library Service can benefit from your Amazon purchases

Buy it now!
How would you like to help make our budget go just that little bit further, and at no cost to yourself?

If you are an Amazon customer, its as simple as clicking a link!

By clicking on the "buy it now" link in our catalogue, on our web site or from this blog, a percentage of the price of anything you buy will come to us, all at no additional cost to you.

It doesn't matter if you are buying a book, clothing, music downloads or something expensive like a new computer, we will get a percentage of the purchase price.

The tracking ID will stay on your computer for 24 hours, so anything you purchase from Amazon in that time will automatically be included.

"What's the catch?" you may ask. There isn't one.

Clicking on the link doesn't change what you pay to Amazon, and we can't see what you have bought.

Clicking the link just means we get some money back which we can then invest in the library service to help make what we do go a little further.

So please, if you are going to be shopping with Amazon, help us at the same time as you engage in a little retail therapy, and use our Buy It Now link to send a little of Amazon's profits our way.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Evidence for everyday nursing and midwifery

The UK Cochrane Centre have started a new social media based service to share the latest evidence in nursing and midwifery called Evidence for Everyday Nursing and Evidence for Everyday Midwifery.

The service offers evidence on common topics in nursing or midwifery in short summaries they call "blogshots" (like the one below), with links to the full evidence (often Cochrane reviews), if you want to look further.

See the evidence at the Cochrane Library

The service is available across a number of social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

We think following the the hashtags #EENursing or #EEMidwifery on Twitter is the easiest way to keep up with what's new (and if you are unsure about Twitter you can contact us for help).

This is a very easy way to keep up to date with the latest evidence affecting everyday practice, and also a useful resource in helping with revalidation. You can even share it with your colleagues or the wider professional community.

If you want more information you can find it on the Evidently Cochrane blog.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Web site of the month: Shaare Zedek Cancer Pain and Palliative Care Reference Database

The database is a freely available specialist resource containing over 30,000 bibliographic (not full text) references relating to cancer and palliative care.

It is easy to use with a simple interface allowing you to search across multiple fields at the same time (e.g. title, author, journal, year). You can also use phrase searching and boolean operators to make your results more accurate.

A more unusual feature of the database is that the entire content is available for download, although you will need to have End Note reference management software to take advantage of this.

This free database is worth considering for anyone interested in oncology and palliative care.