Wednesday, October 30, 2013

50 Resources for Healthcare: 44. Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is a charitable organisation that is interested in society and social justice and funds research with the aim to identify issues and develop solutions impacting on poverty and inequality.

They publish a range of reports relating to a wide variety of topics affecting society and specific communities. One of the categories is Health and Care. In this section you can find topics such as:
  • Carers
  • Community Care
  • Disabled People
  • Health
  • Independent Living
  • Mental Health
  • Residential Care
  • Sexual / Sexuality
  • Social Services
You might find this website useful when looking for background information or case studies.

Watch us on YouTube

If you need a little more help trying to use our resources you should check out our YouTube video channel. We have lots of very short video demonstrations on how to find and use some of our most popular resources.

Most of our videos are used within our etutorials – so if you want a more rounded explanation of something try out these too.

What do you need more help with? Let us know if you have a suggestion for a video demonstration.

Here is an example of one of our videos.

Monday, October 28, 2013

NHS Trust Athens Accounts for Students on Placement

Students who are on placement with NHS organisations can apply for an NHS Trust Athens account in order to access that organisation’s electronic resources. This is available for the duration of the placement.

To apply for an account complete the online form and…
Use an NHS trust email account and any computer to register
Use an NHS-networked computer and any email address to register

Note that if you already have an NHS-HE Athens account from your university then you will not be able to use your university email address to register. Email accounts can only be used once within the NHS Athens system.

For more help on registering with NHS Athens see our etutorial.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Find Us on Facebook

Do you like to use Facebook? Why not “like” our Facebook page?
Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the Health Library – you will be notified about new resources and service updates. We also share news from other University pages and health-related organisations.

Don’t worry we don’t get to see all your personal stuff, you just get the opportunity to stay in touch with us. 

You can let us know what you think about us here by posting comments. What else would like to see on our page?
Screen-shot of our Facebook page

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Working at the UHNS? Need some help finding the right information?

If you work at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and want to find health-related information we can help you.

We offer a regular training programme to support you and help you to develop your information skills so that you can find information efficiently and effectively. Whether you need to get to grips with good quality information sources online, you want to improve your literature searching skills or need to find systematic reviews, we can help.

We offer:

  • Health Essentials Online
  • Using NHS Athens
  • Literature Searching using Healthcare Databases
  • Cochrane Library introduction
  • Rapid Critical Appraisal
All the sessions involve lots of hands-on practice and the trainers encourage you to bring your topic details along with you. You can find a list of the full programme on our website. Dates are available up to December.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the scheduled dates our trainers are happy to organise a convenient date for you to attend if needed. They can also deliver training at your workplace, whether for an individual, during a meeting or other training event.

You can book online now or get in touch with Mariet and Rachael to have a chat about your requirements.

50 Resources for Healthcare: 43. The National Elf Service

A quirky name but a useful resource. The elves help you to keep up-to-date with the latest evidence-based literature on a number of topics:
  • The Commissioning Elf
  • The Dental Elf
  • The Diabetes Elf
  • The Education Elf
  • The Learning Disabilities Elf
  • The Lifestyle Elf
  • The Mental Elf
  • The Musculoskeletal Elf
They highlight the latest reviews, guidelines and policy changes and appraise the studies presented. You can sign-up to receive the latest updates by email or follow their RSS feed or Twitter feed.

Athens maintenance 24th October 2013

The Athens / Eduserv services will be undergoing maintenance between 7:00 and 9:00 am on the 24th October. This may affect users logging on and accessing ejournals and databases during this time

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Follow us on Twitter

If you like to track the latest news using Twitter, why not follow the Health Library too @ceclibrary

We let you know all about the latest news at the Health Library – new resources and service updates. We follow a wide range of health-related organisations, including our local trusts, NHS departments and nursing and medicine based colleges and societies. We often re-tweet important news and resources so you can keep an eye on the important events of the day.

Let us know what else you would like to see here.

Friday, October 18, 2013

What are articles? How do you find them?

When we refer to articles we are usually talking about articles from a journal. This may be a print journal or an ejournal (electronic or online journal). Journals are published on a regular basis throughout the year, for example monthly or quarterly, and contain many journal articles. You may come across references to articles either from your tutors or colleagues or during your reading.

We give you access to a wide range of articles via our journal collections. You’ll find all sorts of articles – published research, reporting and discussion of guidelines and best practice, as well as opinion and reflective pieces.

You may need to look for journal articles on a specific topic or you might be looking for a particular article reference.

We can help you to find articles:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

50 Resources for Healthcare: 42. Pubmed Search Strategies

This is an interesting blog where topic-specific literature search strategies are shared.

The suggested searches give you Mesh headings as well as possible free-text phrases related to a specific topic the author is investigating. The tag cloud gives you an indication of the type of topics covered. The searches are pretty detailed and comprehensive.

It is an interesting place to look if you are struggling to think of your own search terms.

screen-shot of a selected pubmed search strategy

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Anatomy eBooks

The anatomy section at the Health Library is, unsurprisingly, one of most popular sections and lots of the books can often be out on loan.

However you can use our ebook collection of anatomy books instead. We have put together a list of some of our popular ebooks on this topic so that you can access them easily.

You’ll find the Anatomy Online Reference collection on our ebooks page.

Remember that ebooks:
  • Are available 24/7
  • Don’t incur fines
  • Can be accessed off-campus using your Keele computer username / password or NHS Athens username / password.
Screen-shot of the Anatomy Online Reference collection
If you need more help using ebooks you can try our short etutorial or look through our online guide. The video below will briefly show you one of the ebook platforms.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Using the Self-Service Machine

If you don’t want to queue at the counter we have a self-service machine for you to use. You can take out books, renew your books, return items and pay fines (cash only). You must have your Keele / Library card with you to use it.

It is easy to use:
Checking out a book on the self-service machine

Finding Books at the Health Library

If you are not sure where to start to look for books on your reading list try our etutorials:
Make sure that you are using textbooks efficiently, try our Use a Book etutorial. Here is one of the videos included in the tutorial:

Friday, October 11, 2013

Have you got lots of questions about the Health Library?

Lots of people ask us lots of questions every day. We’ve put the most popular about our facilities and services here – along with the answers of course. Take a quick look and learn more about how the Health Library can help you.
Screen-shot of the FAQs page

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Maintenance to NICE Evidence websites Tuesday 15th October 2013

NICE will be carrying out maintenance on its Evidence Services websites between 5-6pm on Tuesday 15th October. This may affect users trying to access these sites during this time.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Helping you to get started at the Health Library

Have you tried out etutorials yet?

We have a number of online etutorials that can help you to get started finding and using some of our most popular resources:
  • Welcome Tour – here are some etutorials that give you the basic information about the facilities, services and resources here at the Health Library
  • Finding Resources – learn how to find and borrow your books, find journals and articles and learn how we give you access to good quality online information
  • Using Resources – learn how to make the most of resources whether it is books, journals, databases or Internet resources; we can help you to get to the information you need quickly and efficiently

You can find more help on a range of our resources via the I want to learn about page.

50 Resources for Healthcare: 41. Pedro for Physiotherapists

Pedro is a physiotherapy evidence database. Here you will find randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines specific to physiotherapy topics.
It is free to search, no login is needed, though you may not get access to all the full-text articles it contains – check our journal collections to see whether we have the full-text. 

The database is updated regularly and you can sign-up to an email list so that you can receive the latest updates in your inbox.

Using Pedro will help you to focus your literature search on selected, good quality, subject specific material.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Health Inequalities Bulletin no. 40 Aug-Sep 2013

Click here to access the bulletin.

This bulletin is produced by the North Staffordshire NHS Outreach Library and Information Service for Primary Care Trusts in North Staffordshire.

It aims to draw attention to some of the key documents and reviews on health inequalities which have been published in the previous two months. Sources covered include: NHS Evidence, Department of Health, Cochrane Library and King's Fund.

Clinical Effectiveness Bulletin No. 80 September 2013

Click here to access the bulletin

This bulletin is produced by the North Staffordshire NHS Outreach Library and Information Service for Primary Care Trusts in North Staffordshire.

It aims to draw attention to some of the key documents and reviews on clinical effectiveness that have been published in the previous month. Sources covered include NHS Evidence, Department of Health, Cochrane Library and King's Fund.

Monday, October 07, 2013

New Books for September 2013

You can browse all the latest titles added to the catalogue in the past month. Here is a selection of new titles.

New books include:
New eBooks include:
Check the catalogue for the full collection.
Like our Facebook page for the latest info about our popular titles.

Nursing and Midwifery students – have you found the Health Library yet?

If you are a new nursing or midwifery student starting at Keele University we’d like to welcome you to the Health Library. We are a specialist health library and are partnered with the NHS.

How can we help you?
We are here to support you and help you to successfully complete your course.

You’ll find us on the ground floor at the Clinical Education Centre. You can see our main doors as soon as you walk into the atrium.
Main doors of the Health Library

You don’t need to complete any forms to join – your Keele card acts as your library card and you are added automatically to our library system.

We can help you to find all the information you’ll need for your studies and assignments. You’ll find lots of different types of resource, online as well as in print – books, of course, but also articles, journals, databases and links to good quality Internet resources.

It might seem a bit overwhelming but don’t worry we have lots of help so that you can get to grips with everything. Our librarians will tell you all about us at the start of the term. You can also sign-up for extra training or try one of our online etutorials.

You’ll also be able to study in the rotunda, use the printing & photocopying facilities and access the nearby computer suite.

See our web page for new students or check our Welcome tour for more details. Drop by or gives us a call if you need to ask a question.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

50 Resources for Healthcare: 40. Emerging technologies from the National Horizon Scanning Centre

If you are interested in the coming technological breakthroughs in healthcare then check out the National Horizon Scanning Centre. You can find reports and articles on the latest developments, including topics such as:
  • pharmaceuticals
  • medical devices and equipment
  • diagnostic tests and procedures
  • therapeutic interventions
  • rehabilitation and therapy
  • public health activities
You can search for a topic or view material by specialty or even suggest a topic yourself.