Friday, 24 February 2017

A final goodbye to the old HDAS...

The Healthcare Databases Advance Search (HDAS) is the interface the NHS uses for literature searching healthcare databases such as Medline, the British Nursing Index or PsychInfo.

After extensive testing, NICE have finally decided to decommission the old version, and it will be no longer available from Friday the 3rd of March.

The good news is the newer version of HDAS is a great improvement on the old one whilst still providing access to lots of full text content. Easier to use, more intuitive and with better reliability, if you haven't already tried it out you can find it here. Like the previous version, you will need an OpenAthens account. 
There is lots of help available for using the new interface. We run training workshops on literature searching in various locations each month and can even arrange a one to one session if you can't make any of the dates.

If you can't make a training session, NICE have produced a series of short tutorial videos covering the new interface which you can find on YouTube, as well as both a quick guide and more detailed full user guide.

Friday, 10 February 2017

New books added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added new electronic 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.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Web site of the month: ONESearch

ONESearch from the US National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) is a simple search interface giving you access to a number of different resources aimed at researchers.

Using ONESearch gives you a single point of entry to:

ONESearch uses the standard searching options (Boolean operators, phrase searching etc.) you may already be familiar with. It also allows you to filter your results by each of the resources above and then further by topic areas.

ONESearch is a really useful resource for finding ongoing and unpublished research, grey literature as well as public health related material.