Friday, 27 July 2018

We've updated some of our user guides

We know it isn't always easy to find the time to get to grips with electronic resources, which is why we have produced a number of handy guides to help you get the most out of them with the minimum of effort.

Our guide are practical with lots of screenshots to help you use our e-resources like a librarian!

We have recently updated three:
You can find all of our user guides on the Library web site. Just go to the Useful Information tab and click on User Guides.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Want to help us buy the books you want to read?

We want to be sure that the books we buy are the books you actually need to support your work and learning.

We review publisher's catalogues, scan reading lists and peruse different web sites, but what we like best is when you tell us what you need.

That is where our books on approval scheme comes in.

Every two months our supplier sends us a selection of new publications on relevant health topics which are available for you to review and suggest titles for us to purchase (or sometimes, not to purchase!).

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 10th of August. Topics covered include:
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine
  • Mental health, psychiatry and psychology
  • Nursing 
  • Research
  • ...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 the library catalogue.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews and books added

Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in July:
  • Food allergies
  • Knee injury (other than dislocation or fracture)
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus


Elsevier have also added lots of 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
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Web site of the month: The NHS on Film

To Celebrate the 70th anniversary, the British Film Institute have made available a large selection of films about the NHS for free.

With films going back to the NHS's foundation in 1948, there is a wide range of material covering a selection of health related topics.

From the creation of the NHS and the wider welfare state in the 1940s, this is a fascinating (and sometimes amusing) collection of films including historical snippets, instructional and training items, documentaries, animated items and the ever-popular public information film (sometimes featuring some "interesting" period hairstyles and clothes).

These are as much a document of their times as they are of the NHS and the NHS on Film collection is well worth a look.

NHS on Film free at the BFI