Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Have you improved?

Did you Check Your Skills when we asked you to?

Have you tried any of our etutorials yet? Check Your Skills again to see if you have improved and learnt something new.

Check Your Skills info card
You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

Here’s a spot of revision

Ready to get started on your literature search plan – here’s a bit of revision of the steps involved.

Literature Searching Revision info card
You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Don’t get caught out

Make sure you understand what plagiarism is and how important it is to create a reference list – this is essential for every assignment you complete.

Learn more from our etutorial Introduction to Referencing and Plagiarism.

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You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Find full-text articles from our NHS ejournal collection

All the journal titles in our NHS journal collection are listed in the NHS A-Z journal list. Here you can:

  • search for a journal title
  • find out whether you can access the full-text
  • view which holdings are covered in full-text
  • learn where you can access the full-text from

You need to make sure that you log on using your athens username, so that you see the list specific to your Trust.

Please remember that we don't always buy journals titles directly from the publisher, full-text may be available via the databases or packages that we buy. Any title where we have full-text will be listed on the A-Z list, and will include a link to the website, database or platform where you can access it from.

For more information about how to find an NHS-subscribed journal see:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Medicines Complete – cancellation of titles for UHNM and North Staffs Combined Healthcare

The Health Library has had to cancel the additional titles within Medicines Complete, available to NHS Athens users from UHNM and North Staffs Combined Healthcare.

This is because:
1. Pharmaceutical Press, the publishers, have severely restricted the number of users allowed access.
2. This means that the resource represents poor value for money.

Access to the additional titles within Medicines Complete will end 31st May 2018.

Staff in the UHNM pharmacy department should contact the Medicines Information Manager for alternate routes to drug / medicine texts.

Medicines Complete is still available to all NHS Athens users to access the BNF and BNFc.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Health Library closed for Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May 2018

The Health Library will be closed for Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May 2018.

Remember that online resources will still be available.

Have you done the CRAAP test?

When you find resources or information on the Internet that you want to use in your assignments or dissertation, how do you check that they are suitable to use?

Our etutorial Evaluating Information will take you through the quick CRAAP checklist.

Evaluating Information info card
You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Skin Cancer Awareness Month - May 2018

With 5.4 million cases in more than 3.3 million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and highly treatable when detected early.
Changes to a mole or freckle can be a sign of skin cancer, which is why it's so important to see your doctor straight away. Early detection makes it easier to treat. Seeing your doctor could save your life.
For more information surrounding Skin Cancer please visit the NHS Choices and Skin Cancer Foundation websites:

For anyone studying the importance of improving both the awareness and knowledge of, and supporting those who suffer from Skin Cancer, the Health Libraries both at the Royal Stoke and County Hospitals offer numerous resources related to the subject. In the lists below you’ll find a variety of items as well as information on materials recently added to our collection and available periodicals. To locate these items, simply go to our online catalogue or ask at the counter.

  • Journal of skin cancer, New York, NY : Hindawi Publishing Corporation. [Available as a Keele ejournal 2011 onwards & as an NHS ejournal 2009 onwards].
  • Clinical dermatology, London : Mediscript. [Available as a Keele ejournal 2009 onwards].
  • Journal of dermatological case reports, Warsaw : Spejaliƛci Dermatolodzy. [Available as a Keele ejournal 2010 onwards & as an NHS ejournal 2007 onwards].
  • British journal of dermatology, Oxford, England : Blackwell Science. [Available in print 1994 – 2009 and as a Keele ejournal 1997 onwards].
  • Clinical Skin Cancer, Elsavier: London. [Available as a NHS ejournal 2016 onwards].
  • Lancet Oncology, Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier Science. [Available as a Keele and NHS ejournal 2000 onwards].

Access more journals via our Journals webpage
  • Mcgrath, John M. ; Fisher, Valerie ; Krejci-Manwaring, Jennifer, “Skin Cancer Warnings and the Need for New Preventive Campaigns: A Pilot Study”, American Journal of Preventive Medicine”, 2016, Vol.50(2), pp.e62-e63 [Available via Keele & NHS ejournals.]
  • Craythorne, Emma ; Al-Niami, Firas, “Skin cancer”, Medicine (UK version), 2017, Vol.45(7), pp.431-434. [Available via Keele & NHS ejournals.]
  • Parsons, Bridget ; Gren, Lisa ; Simonsen, Sara et al, “Opportunities for Skin Cancer Prevention Education among Individuals Attending a Community Skin Cancer Screening in a High-Risk Catchment Area”, Journal of Community Health, 2018, Vol.43(2), pp.212-219. [Available via Keele ejournals.]
  • Jackson, Ian ; Patton, E, “Red alert about lipid’s role in skin cancer”, Nature, 2017, Vol.549(7672), pp.337-339. [Available via Keele ejournals.]
  • Finch, Linda ; Janda, Monika ; Loescher, Lois J. ; Hacker, Elke, “Can skin cancer prevention be improved through mobile technology interventions? A systematic review”, Preventive Medicine,  2016, Vol.90, pp.121-132. [Available via Keele & NHS ejournals.]
  • Raphael, A. P. ; Soyer, H. P., “Automated diagnosis: shedding the light on skin cancer”, British Journal of Dermatology, 2018, Vol.178(2), pp.331-333. [Available via Keele ejournals.]
  • Seiverling, Elizabeth V.; Ahrns, Hadjh T.; Bacik, Lindsay C. and Usatine, Richard, “Biopsies for skin cancer detection: Dispelling the myths”, Journal of Family Practice, 2018, Vol.67(5), pp.270-274. [Available via Keele & NHS ejournals.]
  • Rzepecki, A.K. et al, “Promoting early detection of melanoma during the mammography experience”, International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, 2017, Vol.3(4), pp.195-200. [Available via Keele & NHS ejournals.]
  • Pleat, Jonathon, “Melanoma screening by non-health-care professionals”, Lancet Oncology, 2016, Vol.17(10), pp.1352-1353. [Available via Keele & NHS ejournals.]



Friday, May 18, 2018

Do you know your * from your #?

Learn how to use search techniques so that you can find the most relevant information quickly and effectively – try our etutorial Develop Your Search Skills.

Develop Your Search Skills info card
You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Learn to frame a question

If you are looking for information around patient conditions and treatments, learning to frame a clinical question will help you to concentrate on the information you need.

PICO is a tool that can help you – learn more about the PICO tool and how to use it to frame a clinical question by completing our etutorial Using PICO.

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You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

Get the Good Stuff on the Internet

When you’re looking for information on the Internet make sure you get to the good stuff quickly and don’t waste time on irrelevant information. Our etutorial Finding Information on the Internet gives you some hints and tips as well as some examples of good quality resources.

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You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Easy steps to finding articles for your project

If you’re getting ready for your dissertation or an assignment, then make sure you know the steps to follow to find information effectively.

Our etutorial Find Articles for a Project will take you through the steps and show you how you can access the full-text.

Finding Articles for a Project info card
You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

You’ve got access to full-text

Remember that the library purchases a wide range of journals and databases to help you to get straight to the full-text of the articles you need.

Our etutorial Access Keele eResources shows you how you access library online resources.

Access Keele eResources info card
You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Are you ready for a plan?

Who doesn’t love a plan? We’ll help you to create your literature search plan for your dissertation or assignment.

Take our etutorial Introduction to Literature Searching – learn about the steps you need to take and complete your plan as you go along.

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You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

We’re more than just books

The Health Library is here to help you to succeed on your course. Make sure you know about all the different ways we can do that for you.

Take our short etutorial Using the Health Library and you’ll find out that we are more than just about the books.

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You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Have you got the skills?

Make sure that your skills are up-to-date so that you can efficiently find the right information for your dissertation and assignments.

Complete our etutorial Check Your Skills – what are you good at, where are the gaps and how can you improve?

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You can find all our etutorials online via our website.

New books in April

Lists of the new books added to library stock in April are available here:

Friday, May 11, 2018

What did you think?

What do you think of our etutorials? You can provide feedback via our online form.

Last year:
  • 96% of respondents rated our etutorials good or excellent.
  • 87% of respondents said that our etutorials helped them to find information.
  • 80% of respondents said that they had learnt what they needed to know.
You’ll find our etutorials online via our website. Why not have a go and let us know how we can improve them.
List of feedback outcomes

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

What new Information Skills etutorials did we create in 2017?

We created some new etutorials in 2017, have you checked them out yet?
List of new information skills etutorials

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

What is our most popular Information Skills etutorial?

In 2017 Critical Appraisal Tools was our most popular information skills etutorial – you can learn about the tools that can help you to critically appraise a research paper.

In 2nd place was Introduction to Literature Searching – what are the steps you need to follow to complete your literature search? Find out here.

3rd place goes to Check Your Skills – check your got the right skills and get your own action plan.

List of popular information skills etutorials

Monday, May 07, 2018

Students on Placement or Electives (Nursing & Midwifery) - no change to library loan rules

If you are embarking on a placement or elective during May - July:
You are welcome to continue to loan items from the library, but please be aware that normal loan periods will still apply.
Items may be requested by another user and recalled. Late return of requested items will still incur fines.

Automatic renewals will run as normal, but if you wish to try to avoid having an item potentially due for return at a time when you really cannot come in, you can attempt to renew your books early via your account on Library Search.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

What new Getting Started etutorials did we create in 2017?

We created some new etutorials in 2017, have you checked them out yet?

List of new getting started etutorials

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Health Library closed Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018

The Health Library will be closed in Monday 7th May for the Bank Holiday.

Online resources will still be available via the website.

What is our most popular Getting Started etutorial?

In 2017 Using Cinahl was our most popular getting started etutorial – you can learn how to use our popular nursing database to find articles for your assignments.

In 2nd place was Using the Health Library – get an overview of the services and facilities available to you here at the Health Library.

3rd place goes to NHS Athens Registration – a quick etutorial for our NHS users to help them to register for an Athens account and appreciate how important it is.

List of popular etutorials