Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NHS e-journals - what do you think?

Here at the Library, we need to find out how people with NHS ATHENS logins use (or don’t use) the online journals we buy.

Please help by answering five short questions at http://tinyurl.com/onlinejournals

As an added sweetner, there's a prize draw for a £20 Amazon voucher on 24th August 2009 - 3 chances to win!

We'd really appreciate your comments - many thanks in advance.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

BMJ: " Inappropriate referencing in research has serious consequences"

"Scientific progress is set back by faulty hypotheses and redundant research that is propagated by selective and erroneous citation practices. "

BMJ editorial on the consequences of inappropriate, inadequate and erroneous referencing of research articles, commenting on an article by Greenberg: "How citation distortions create unfounded authority: analysis of a citation network"

Fergusson D. Inappropriate referencing in research BMJ. 2009 Jul 20;339: 184-185

Greenberg S.A. How citation distortions create unfounded authority: analysis of a citation network. BMJ 2009 Jul 20; 339: b2680

Access both full text articles using your University RAVEN or NHS ATHENS login.

If you need help getting your references in order, to clarify the difference betweeen Harvard and Vancouver, or getting to grips with Endnote, contact the Library - we can help!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Inside the Ethics Committee

BBC Radio 4 has begun a new series of "Inside the Ethics Committee".
Joan Bakewell is joined by a panel of experts to discuss the ethical dilemmas facing patients and their medical teams across the country.

This week "should patients with a phobia of operations be forced to have surgery?"

Next week "Should a woman be given a kidney transplant when there is a high risk of failure?"

You can listen again at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lk1kv

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Clinical Reader


Clinical Reader is a new medical RSS aggregator. The service has a simple and easy to understand interface which is showcases the great benefits of using RSS to gather medical information.

There are specialty-specific pages too, for example, Medical Students or Oncology,

Please bear in mind that linking to the full-text of any journal articles might not be straightforward - your NHS ATHENS password, and/or University RAVEN may not give access to the journals via the links in Clinical Reader. Rembember to checking availability via NHS MyJournals or University Newton.

But it's always good to keep up to date - if you would like any support in the use of RSS, or accessing e-journals etc, please get in touch.

update: 17th July - A lot has changed since I first posted about Clinical Reader on 8th July - mostly as a result of comments on blogs (for example) and via twitter (just search for clinicalreader once you've signed in). Hopefully Clinical Reader can regain some ground and become a valued resource.

Cochrane Reviews of Prevention and Treatment of Influenza

There are several Cochrane reviews of the evidence relevant to different aspects of the prevention and treatment of influenza.

Plenty more information, particularly on swine flu, is available from a previous blog post.

Plus, the Cochrane Library has just published Issue 3 of 2009 - see a list of the new reviews at www.thecochranelibrary.com

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Self-Service Printing is GO!

We're pleased to be able to offer self-service printing in the library.

  • buy printing credit from the reception desk (available in £10, £5, and £1 cards)
  • send your pages to print - default setting is black & white duplex (double sided), but you can change this if you want
  • collect your pages from the printer nearest to you

Leaflets with more information are available in the computer rooms, or from library staff - but please ask if we can help further.

Monday, July 06, 2009

MyNCBI in PubMed - new features

Do you have a MyNCBI account in PubMed?

(MyNCIB lets you save searches, set up regular alerts for new articles on your area of interest, and saves collections of useful articles)

You might be interested to know that there are new features which allow you to make your Collections public, so you can share them with colleagues easily.

More details are available from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj09/mj09_pm_myncbi_collections.html or you can ask Isla for more details.