Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Lights, camera, action - filming in the libraries on the 29th of February and 1st of March.

There will be two student film makers in the libraries on Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 1st, shooting a promotional film for us.

They won't be asking anyone to appear in the film to be interviewed (unless you would like to volunteer!), but if you prefer not to be featured in any of the background shots, please let us know and we will ensure you will not end up appearing in the final footage.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

New titles added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added a new electronic journal and selection of books to Clinical Key this month, including:



Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Our 2015-16 subscription to Clinical Key was generously funded by the Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Updated resource guides

Image courtesy of the MetMuseum
We have updated two of our guides to using different information resources.

  • Cochrane Library - our detailed guide shows you how to get the best from the Cochrane Library, including basic search tips, browsing for information and using MESH and the search manager for more complex queries.
  • Electronic Journals - shows you how to access full text electronic journals online via the NICE Evidence Services site. The guide shows you how to find the title you are looking for and how to read the articles, illustrating the different platforms our titles are on.
Of course, to access most of our electronic content, you will need an OpenAthens account. To make it easier for you we have  also created a (very) brief guide to OpenAthens Self Registration. This takes you through the process of getting an Athens account and includes an FAQs section which outlines the common questions and pitfalls of getting started.

All our guides contain lots of screenshots and images, and you can find all of them here.

Monday, 15 February 2016

We have a new selection of books for review

We have just taken delivery of a new set of on approval books. The scheme gives you the chance to
browse a selection of newly published titles covering a variety of health and related topics and let us know if there are any you would like us to buy for the Library's collection.

Our current selections are available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until the 18th of March. The topics covered include:
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Autism
  • Dementia
  • Education and learning
  • Mental health, psychiatry and psychology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Public health
  • ...and more
Of course, we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

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

Saturday, 13 February 2016

February Eyes on Evidence

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 February issue
 you can find:

Evidence summaries from NICE’s Medicines and Prescribing Programme:
  • Restless legs syndrome: Oxycodone/naloxone prolonged release
  • External genital and perianal warts: green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf extract 10% ointment
  • Pregnancy: Effect of metformin on pregnancy outcomes in obese women without diabetes (EMPOWaR study)
  • Obesity: liraglutide for weight loss among people with type 2 diabetes (SCALE study)
You can find subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Monday, 8 February 2016

New Library Services training for nurses going through revalidation

Library Services are running a course for nurses who are undergoing revalidation. It will give you the opportunity to refresh your skills in searching for the latest evidence, while finding information that is relevant to your day to day work.

Come to the course with a question related to your scope of practice and go away not only with updated skills, but also with evidence to feed back in to your department. 

You will log 3 hours of CPD time and at the end of the session will complete a reflective account based on what you have learned.

The course will be held  in The Rowan Room at Berrywood Hospital, Northampton on:
  • Tuesday 23rd Feb 9.30 - 12.30
  • Thursday 17th March 1.30 - 4.30
  • Tuesday 26th April 9.30 - 12.30
To book please contact one of our libraries:

Monday, 1 February 2016

Web site of the month: ERIC - Educational Research Information Centre

ERIC is a large US based educational database produce by the Institute of Education Sciences of the
US Department of Education. ERIC is a large free to access database of journal articles and other resources with records going back to 1966.

ERIC is not health related as such, but is a really useful resource if you are looking for information on mentoring, preceptorship, learning, or coaching for example, all things that take place in today's NHS.

As well as text searching, ERIC has a useful thesaurus that enables more accurate search results. It also has a number of different filters you can apply to your results to find the information you want. These include things like date range, source, descriptor, publication type and audience.

ERIC also provides links to full text articles were freely available as well as bibliographic records where it isn't.

If you are looking for anything with an educational or learning focus, ERIC might be a good place to start...