Friday, January 30, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

eThOS Share My Thesis competition

The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting them to say why their doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

Competition web page -

Can you summarise how important your research is in 140 characters or less?

Problems accessing NICE HDAS

NICE have reported that there are currently problems accessing the NICE HDAS databases. They are working on it urgently.

You can use the "Alternative Logins - when HDAS isn't working" options on our Healthcare Resources page to access the databases directly.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

More NHS Athens Registration Problems

NICE Evidence have informed us that there are ongoing problems with the NHS Athens registration form. This may be preventing you from registering for an Athens username.

The following fixes have been suggested:
  1. Use Google Chrome Internet browser
  2. Make sure you tick all the optional boxes
  3. Use a short landline number for the telephone number
  4. Use off-NHS network if possible
If you are still experiencing ongoing problems please ask your Athens administrator to set up an account for you manually.

You will need to provide the following compulsory information (note we will not be able to process the form without this information):

Compulsory Information
  • Your title
  • Your first name
  • Your surname
  • Your trust email address
  • The NHS organisation / trust that you work for or are on placement with
  • Your job role and job title
  • Whether you are a permanent or temporary employee
  • What your contract termination date is (if applicable)
  • The department that you currently work in
  • Your telephone number
  • Your work postal address

Copy and paste this list into an email, complete the information and send your request to your Athens Administrator.

Note that requests can only be processed during the working hours of the Administrators.

Your Athens administrators are:

For UHNM – Royal Stoke University Hospital
Cheryl Kent
Health Library for North Staffordshire (Royal Stoke University Hospital, Stoke on Trent)
Phone: 01782 679581

For UHNM –County Hospital (Stafford)
Lyn Brain
Library, Education and Resource Centre (County Hospital, Stafford)
Phone: 01785 257731

For North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare
Clare Powell
Phone: 0300 123 1535 ext/FeatureNet 8429 (answerphone available) or 01782 679564

For Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust (North)
Sally Thomas
Telephone: 0300 123 1535 ext/FeatureNet 8429 (answerphone available) or 01782 679564

For GPs and CCGs in Stoke on Trent or North Staffordshire
Sally Thomas
Telephone: 0300 123 1535 ext/FeatureNet 8429 (answerphone available) or 01782 679564

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

January 25th to January 31st 2015
Cervical cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that develops in a woman’s cervix.  However, globally, cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer and it is the fourth most common cause of death in women suffering from cancer.  Cervical cancer is now a largely preventable disease thanks to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme. However, every day in the United Kingdom nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three will ultimately lose their life to the disease. The focus of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (CCPW) is on all things to do with cervical cancer including information about symptoms and causes of the disease and ways to prevent it.
For more information please see the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website at:
For anyone studying cancer and its effects, the Health Library offers numerous resources related to the subject. In the lists below you’ll find a selection of our most popular items, information on materials recently added to our collection and available periodicals.
To locate these items and many more, simply go to our online catalogue or ask at the counter.
- Cancer: the misguided cell/ by David M. Prescott et al., c1982, Sinauer Associates.
- The biology of cancer / by Robert Allan Weinberg,  2014, 2nd edition, Garland Science.
- Cancer chemotherapy : a nursing process approach / by Margaret Barton-Burke, 2001, 3rd edition, Jones and Bartlett.
- Cervical cancer: a guide for nurses / Ruth Dunleavey, 2009, John Wiley
- Women's cancers / edited by Alison Keen, Elaine Lennan, 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- Atlas of diagnostic oncology / edited by Arthur T. Skarin, 2003, 3rd edition, Mosby
- Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Oxford University Press. [Available as a print journal 1999: vol 99-, and as an e-journal 1996 onwards]
- British journal of cancer, Nature Publishing Group [Available as a print journal 1994-2011: vol. 69-105. Also available as a Keele ejournal 1999 onwards, and as a NHS ejournal 1947 onwards]
- European journal of cancer care, Blackwell Publications [Available as a print journal 1995-2011: vol. 4-20. Also available as a Keele ejournal 1997 onwards, and as a NHS ejournal 1998 onwards]
Access more journals via our Journals webpage:
Doing research? Need help finding information? Why not request a literature search (NHS customers only):

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New books for PSA

We have 2 new titles to support the Prescribing Safety Assessment:

Image of example PSA book
You can find both these titles in the Exam section opposite the main Health Library doors.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New etutorial – Current Awareness

Are you keeping up-to-date with all the relevant news and latest research in your area?

Our new etutorial Current Awareness – Keeping Up-to-date can help you.

  • What is current awareness?
  • What are the different levels of information?
  • What resources are useful to monitor?
  • What tools can help you to keep up-to-date?
  • Where you can find more help on the Health Library website?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New etutorial – Critical Appraisal Tools

Do you need some help when trying to appraise the evidence that you find?

There are a wide range of tools that can help you to critically appraise the articles and research that you find. They help you to ask the right questions about a paper to assess its validity, results and relevance.

We have put together a list of tools that might help you in our new etutorial Critical Appraisal Tools.

You will learn:
  • What critical appraisal is
  • What aspects of the research presented you need to think about
  • What tools are available to help you to appraise articles

New Books for December 2014

Here is a selection of new titles added to the catalogue this month. Browse all the latest titles here or check out “New Books” display in the library.

New books include:
New ebooks include:

Check the catalogue for the full collection.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New etutorial – Evidence Hierarchy

Do you know what the evidence hierarchy is? It is something that might be able to help you to appraise the evidence you find in your literature search.

Our new etutorial Evidence Hierarchy will explain what it is, and includes examples of different types of study.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Keele Library Latest: New feature in Catalogue Plus

Keele Library Latest: New feature in Catalogue PlusThis morning's upgrade to Catalogue Plus included a new Shelf Browse feature.

New etutorial – Identify your Question

When you are completing your assignments or developing a research project you need to be very clear about the question you are trying to answer.

Our new etutorial Identify your Question will help you to breakdown and analyse your question so that you are clear and focused about the information you need to look for.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

App of the Month – Health Library on Twitter

Why not start the year by following the Health Library on Twitter?

You can keep up-to-date, via your mobile devices, wherever you are, with the news from the Health Library by following us on twitter.

You will be able to:
  • Learn about new resources
  • Get updates about any changes at the Health Library
  • Discover more about our services
  • Keep up-to-date with important health-related headlines

Screen-shot of the Health Library twitter feed

Keele Library Latest: Catalogue Plus upgrade

Keele Library Latest: Catalogue Plus upgrade: In order to install a small stability upgrade to Catalogue Plus it will be unavailable for a period of about 15 minutes at about 7.30 am tom...

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

New etutorial – Introduction to Literature Searching

Don’t know where to start when looking for information?

Our new etutorial Introduction to Literature Searching will take you through all the steps you need to consider in order to develop your search strategy.

You will learn:
  • Why a search strategy is important
  • How it can help you to find the information you need
  • About the 7 steps that can help you develop your search plan

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

PICO eTutorial has moved

This is on account of a slight re-arrangement of the Information Skills etutorials section on our website to account for new etutorials that will be brought online soon.