Friday, November 29, 2013

Wiley Online and Cochrane Library maintenance 7th Dec 2013

We have received the following notification regarding expected maintenance to Wiley Online and the Cochrane Library:

Event Title: Wiley Online Library Release & The Cochrane Library Scheduled Maintenance Downtime December 2013
Date : Saturday 7th December 2013
Time:  10:00 am UK
Duration: 5 hours (approximate).
How it will effect users: The Cochrane Home page will be available but reviews and search functionality will be unavailable.
Is there a workaround: There will be no workaround
When can users expect will it be backup: The expectation is for the systems to be back up at approximately 15:00 (UK) Saturday 7th December. (Subject to testing)

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

50 Resources for Healthcare: 48. NICE Evidence Search

NICE Evidence Search is a healthcare specialist search engine. It will allow you to search across a wide range of accredited resources that have been approved by NICE Evidence. Thus you can be confident that the results you find will be of good quality.

The results screen includes topic guides, if available, as well as your search results. You can also use the filters to focus your results more. Filters include:
  • Area of interest
  • Types of information
  • Type of Clinical Query
  • Sources
  • Medicines & Devices
  • Published Date
Screen-shot of results from a simple search

The results will often link to the full-text. This search engine does not search across journals for primary research.

You can find out how to use NICE Evidence Search by watching our short video.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Update to Medicines Complete Login Screen

Medicines Complete have updated their home page and login screen.

The home page now looks like this:
Screen-shot of Medicines Complete home page
To login you will need to click the “Sign in” link on the right-hand-side.

You are then given a number of options:
Screen-shot of Medicines Complete login options
NHS Users (using an Athens username and password)

  • Click the option “Sign in via OpenAthens
  • Enter your NHS Athens username / password when prompted

Keele University Users (using your Keele computer username and password)

  • Click the option “Sign in via your home organisation
  • Enter the organisation Keele University and click the link when it is presented.
  • Enter your Keele computer username and password when prompted

Contact the eResources Librarian if you experience any problems.

Clinical Effectiveness Bulletin No. 81 October 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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

50 Resources for Healthcare: 47. Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an online search engine that limits its search to scholarly literature that is in the public domain. It searches across a wide range of subject areas.

You can reach the advanced search options by clicking the down arrow on the search box. The advanced options allow you to include limits for an author, journal and date range as well as allowing you to include combinations of search terms.

Google scholar is helpful for trying to find particular articles where you don’t have the complete reference and for searching for open access articles. However remember to check our journal A-Z lists to see whether we have a subscription for the full-text and which collection it will be available in.
Screen-shot of Google Scholar advanced search options

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Social Networks on Twitter – Where to start

Twitter can be used for a number of reasons:
  • To keep in touch with the latest news
  • To monitor specific organisations
  • For professional support
  • To network with like-minded individuals

To get you started we have listed some organisations that you might find helpful and grouped similar tweeters together. You can find links to these lists on our new page Social Networks. They include networks for:
  • Healthcare professional support
  • Keele-base groups
  • Midwifery-based chat groups and organisations
  • Nursing-based chat groups and organisations
  • Our local NHS organisations
  • National NHS and healthcare-related organisations

Friday, November 15, 2013

Keele Library Latest: More new features in Catalogue Plus

Keele Library Latest: More new features in Catalogue Plus: In Catalogue Plus we want to give you as much information as we can anything you find so that you can decide whether it is useful to you. To...

Athens Email maintenance 19th November 2013

The Athens / Eduserv email service will be undergoing maintenance between 07:00 and 09:00 UK time, on Tuesday 19th November. As a result emails may be delayed. This may impact upon new users registering and password reset requests.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Have you tried our Literature Search Service?

      - Are you an NHS employee working in North Staffordshire?
      - Need help finding the latest evidence to support your practice,research or CPD?
Save yourself time and effort, and use our free Literature Search Service.

One of our qualified librarians will carry out a comprehensive search across relevant evidence based information resources to provide you with quality, up to date information.

- Results sent to you directly via email
- Results list includes search strategy, list of relevant citations and abstracts/summaries
- Fast efficient service (within 3 days as standard. For urgent queries, deadline set by requester)

To use this service, please fill out our online form:

 Requests made must be for NHS related work/research and not to 
 support courses of academic study.

 Need further information? Email:
 or Tel: 01782 679590

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas Opening Hours - Health Library

The Health Library will be operating different opening hours during the Christmas holidays. Please check the revised times before visiting library - click here to view opening times.
You can renew your loans online throughout the holidays via the library catalogue.

Campus Library's Christmas opening times will be publicised on the Campus Library website.

50 Resources for Healthcare: 46. Looking for an NHS Job?

If you are looking for a job within the NHS, then try NHS Jobs. You can search for jobs using the simple text box or try the advanced search options to limit your search to particular employers, staff group or location.

When you register you can set up alerts so that you are notified when new jobs are posted, apply for posts online and save your application forms.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Keele Library Latest: New feature in Catalogue Plus

Keele Library Latest: New feature in Catalogue Plus: A new feature has gone live in Catalogue Plus this week.If you have searched for a journal title which we have in print, such as New Sc...

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Getting Full-text Articles

Have you been pulling your hair out trying to get to the full-text of the articles that you have found? Everything not quite as freely available on Google as you thought?

Here are a few hints and tips to getting your hands on the articles you need.

Know your reference
You need to know as many the bibliographic details about the article as you can find. Just the article title won’t be enough, so make sure you know:
  • Where it was published – the Journal title
  • When it was published – the Issue it was published in; this will include the Year it was published, also possibly the Volume and Issue Number, sometimes also a Date.
  • Who wrote it – the Authors
You’ll need all this information for your reference list.

Search our Collections
Once you have the Journal title and issue you can start to look in various collections:

1. Print Journals at the Health Library
We still have a print collection located in the rotunda at the Health Library. To look for a print journal check on our catalogue first; here you will find the Journal title as well as the issues available. Our etutorial How to Find a Print Journal will help you.
You can photocopy any articles you need.

2. eJournals for NHS users
We pay for a wide range of journal titles for our NHS users. To search the A-Z list you need to login with your NHS Athens username. Our Finding an NHS eJournal etutorial will show you how to find an NHS ejournal.
Keele healthcare students who go on placement with our local NHS organisations can apply for an NHS Athens account during their placement.

3. eJournals at Keele University
Keele University subscribes to many ejournals and databases. You can search through the Keele journals A-Z list to see whether they provide access to the journal you need. Keele staff and students can access the full-text of the journals using their Keele computer username / password.
NHS users can get access to most Keele networked resources via walk-in access at the Health Library.
Our etutorial Find a Keele eJournal will help you; it includes video demonstrations. If you need more help accessing journals off campus try our Keele Access to eResources tutorial.

4. Pubmed Citation Matcher
If your article is listed on Pubmed and is open access (ie freely available), then you might find a link to it via the Pubmed database. Use the Citation Matcher; enter as much of your reference details as you know and click the Search button.
Screen-shot example of the Pubmed Citation Matcher

5. Advanced Google Scholar
Try the advanced options in Goggle Scholar (click the arrow on the text box to get the advanced options). Enter your Article title in the text box (tip – use either the “all” box or the “exact phrase” box), then your author in the “authored by” box (tip – use the surname of the first author), and your Journal title in the “published in” box.
Screen-shot exampe of the Google Scholar advanced search options

Click the Search button. If the article is freely available you may find a link to the full-text. However if it is a subscription-only article you may only find the abstract.

6. Are you a member of another university or institution or society library?
If you are completing a course with another university you can check the journals list for that institution.
If you work for a number of organisations they may have additional subscriptions and it might be worth checking if they cover some journal titles that we don’t have.
Some professional societies also include access to a limited but specialised group of journals. If you are a member why not check whether you can access their collections.

7. And finally…
If you cannot get access to the full-text any other way ask at the Health Library or request an Inter-Library Loan.

You can find links to all our journal collections via our Journals page.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

50 Resources for Healthcare: 45. NHS Improving Quality

NHS Improving Quality works to improve health outcomes by providing improvement and change expertise. They work to research and identify best practice from within the NHS as well as globally.

They are investigating a number of topic areas:
  • Patient Safety
  • Seven Day Services
  • Integrated Care
  • Experience of Care
  • Long Term Conditions
  • NHS Health Check
  • CCG Capability
  • NHS Change Model
You can search the website for publications and case studies. You can find improvement tools, guides and reports as well as posters and leaflets.

Monday, November 04, 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.