Information Skills Training Sessions Oct – Dec 2016

The Library offers a range of free training sessions to meet your needs, from how to use databases to find the resources you need, preparing you for a systematic review, to helping you create a professional social media presence.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact to book.

Personalized training
If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organize a bespoke session please email us at

*New* Using Twitter for Promotions
Mon 12th Dec 12.00 – 13:30
A follow up to our Getting Started with Twitter workshop, you will learn how to use Twitter for promotional purposes. Centred around a case study, you will find out about useful Twitter functions and relevant third party tools such as Vines, Hootsuite and Storify.

Evidence based healthcare resources
Tues 25th Oct 10.00 – 11.30
Tues 29th Nov 14.00 – 15.30
Mon 19th Dec 11.00 – 12.30

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Thurs 1st Dec 12.00 – 13.00

Searching databases using OvidSP
Tues 8th Nov 10.00 – 11.00
Weds 7th Dec 13.00 – 17.00

You can also email to arrange the following session:

  • Searching NHS databases

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Tues 8th Nov 15.00 – 16.30

Keeping up to date
Tues 15th Nov 12.00 – 13.30

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Tues 18th Oct 10.00 – 13.00
Thurs 24th Nov 10.00 – 13.00
Weds 14th Dec 13.00 – 16.00

Getting started with Twitter
Thursday 17 Nov 12-1.30pm

You can also email to arrange the following sessions:

  • Citation metrics – an overview
  • Refworks

Library inductions

Introduction to St. George’s Library and health information for NHS staff
Weds 19th Oct 11.00-12.00
Weds 16th Nov 11.00-12.00
Weds 14th Dec 11.00-12.00


DynaMed Plus- new resource trial until December


DynaMed Plus is available on trial at SGUL until December 2016. DynaMed Plus provides quick access to synthesised evidence on thousands of clinical topics to help you make informed decisions.  Topics are updated daily as new evidence becomes available and it aims to provide objective analysis in an easily-digestible format. You can also download the DynaMed Plus app to use offline on your phone or tablet.

Why not try it today? DynaMed Plus SGUL trial offsite access – log in using your SGUL username and password. See our PDF on how to download and access the Dynamed+ App

Email with any comments on DynaMed Plus.


Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, we’ve put together a curated collection of articles in Wakelet looking at BME pioneers in medicine and healthcare. For example, The Many Rivers to Cross wake details the experiences of some of the many young Caribbean migrants who left the West Indies in the 50’s and 60’s to come to the UK to work for the NHS and their contribution to British society. We’ve included other interesting stories, such as an article on Henrietta Lacks’ ‘Immortal’ Cells from Smithsonian, and recordings of an interview with Dr Shyam Singh, the first Asian MRCP examiner and consultant cardiologist in the NHS, courtesy of the RCP’s Voices of Medicine project.


We welcome contributions to the wake, if there are any stories, or pioneers that we should be including in our Wake, please let us know by leaving a comment on our blog.

Library ♥ Moodle: Find out more about the team and the new Pronunciation Guide

Library <3 Moodle

This post is about getting the know the Moodle team and also includes a brief introduction to the pronunciation guide for students.


Meet the team (in their own words)

Pete Roberts 

“The Learning Technology Services team (with an emphasis on Learning) look after existing Technology Enhanced Learning platforms – like our Moodle VLE and Myprogress.  

There’s a lot I like about our role in St George’s – for example it’s nice that staff and students can just drop in to see us during the working week. This connects us with our users so we can address issues quickly and make improvements where necessary. I really like the variety, one minute we’ll be helping someone to make a screencast and the next we’ll be helping staff design a learning activity in Moodle – like the pronunciation guide with Dr SanYuMay Tun – which speaks unfamiliar medical terms out loud.  

It’s quite interesting that no one can seem to agree on what a Learning Technologist is – or for that matter the job title which seems to be different at every University, but it’s really a bunch of different skills covering technology and pedagogy.   

It’s taken me a while to realise this, but you really do learn all the time – and skills you don’t even think about from years ago come in very useful. For example I did a BSc in Biological Sciences and recently a PG Cert in Online and Distance education with the Open University – but I regularly draw on experience from every other random thing I’ve ever done – I was in a band, produced videos, developed web sites large and small, was an online journalist, teaching assistant, photographer, sound engineer, ambient DJ and electronic musician. Funnily enough it all helps.”

Kerry Dixon 

“I graduated last summer with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences. As part of my degree I  completed a placement year at St George’s as a Learning Technologist enabling me to gain experience and new skills. After graduating I worked for a while in electronic clinical trial assessment before rejoining St George’s in November. I am interested in science communication/ education and I enjoy creating online learning resources and activities such as quizzes.”

 Jacquelene Gill 

“With a degree in BSc in Managing Business Information and subsequent qualifications in learning and technology I have had a varied background in IS/IT.  I have enjoyed developing systems, training users and managing the implementation/upgrade of various technologies.  I am currently supporting Myprogress (the ePortfolio system used at SGUL) for both students and staff which keeps me busy.  Aside from work I love arts and crafts, knitting, music, singing and the simple things in life.  I do try to incorporate creativity into my work as long as time, resources, ‘brain power’ permit. “

Ludmilla Dias  

“I am currently studying a Computer Science degree at Brunel University London. For my placement year, I am working as a Learning Technologist at St George’s University to gain work experience in relation to my degree. Alongside the Learning Technology Services team, my role involves tasks surrounding Moodle and Myprogress. By the end of my placement, I hope to gain skills that I can use in the future, potentially for my Final Year Project, and further understanding of the career fields I could possibly get into.”

The Pronunciation Guide on Moodle

The pronunciation guide is a new resource created for students by Dr SanYuMay Tun, with the help of the Moodle team.

She gave us a few words on how she came up with the idea for the guide.

In my teaching sessions, I was finding that students were sometimes hesitating to contribute in discussions because of uncertainty over how to pronounce words they had only come across in written form.
To help with this, I developed an audio pronunciation guide so that you can hear the words spoken aloud and practise saying them confidently. The concept is that I add new words according to requests, which are anonymous. There’s also a feedback page so suggestions and comments would be great. Give it a try!
Dr SanYuMay Tun

The guide can be found in the Student Help Area in Moodle.


Introducing the St George’s Archive Project


We’re pleased to introduce to you the St George’s Archive Project, which aims to preserve our archives and make them accessible for research.

St George’s has a long and rich history, dating back to the early 18th century. The Hospital was first founded in 1733 and even before the Medical School was formally established at the Hospital in the 19th century, St George’s already had a long history of training pupils. The pupil registers held in the archives date back to 1756, and John Hunter, one of our most well-known alumnus, is the first name listed on his entry to the Hospital as House Surgeon.

Entry for John Hunter in the St George’s Hospital Pupil Register 1756-1837

What are Archives?

Archives are a collection of records or objects created or gathered by a person or institution and selected for long-term preservation as evidence of their activities. Our archives tell us about our history, preserving the past and allowing others to discover it.

As well as papers, books and photographs, our collections contain over 300 artefacts, consisting mainly of historic surgical instruments.

Why are they important?

Many of our archives are unique, and if lost, are irreplaceable. They represent our documented heritage, telling the story of St George’s.

The collections provide a rich source for research, not only about the history of the Hospital and Medical School, but also the wider transformation in the teaching and practice of medicine and health since the 18th century.

In support of this project, the University’s first professional archivist started earlier this year.

What is an Archivist?

It is the job of the archivist to preserve and widen access to archives and the information contained within them. This might include assisting users and answering enquiries, promoting the collections through exhibitions and talks, and using curatorial skills to select, arrange and catalogue archives.

An archivist does not carry out detailed research themselves, but instead they facilitate access to collections in support of research.

Before joining St George’s, University of London, Archivist Elisabeth previously worked in the archives at the University of the Arts London, the Guardian newspaper and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Archivist Elisabeth in the Archive Store

Until now the majority of the collections were inaccessible. Elisabeth is currently listing and repackaging the archives prior to cataloguing. This will allow the collections to be searched more easily, helping interested researchers find the information they need for their research.

Project progress so far has included introducing suitable access arrangements to help to protect the archives for use by current students and future generations.

Looking forward

A lot of the work of the Archive Project so far has taken place behind the scenes but in November 2016 we will be celebrating our archives during Explore Archives week, encouraging everyone to explore archives.

Look out for future blog posts updating you on the progress of the St George’s Archive Project.

We will also be posting interesting things from our archives on Twitter, so be sure to check out hashtag #stgeorgesarchives

e-Learning for Healthcare now available via OpenAthens

logo_elfhHealth Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) resources are now available via OpenAthens. HEE e-LfH Hub has been added to the list of OpenAthens resources giving users access to a series of online resources free of charge with just a single OpenAthens account.

HEE e-LfH currently offers more than 100 programmes comprising of more than ten thousand e-learning sessions. The programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training.

Sessions are developed in partnership with the professional bodies, Department of Health policy teams and other NHS bodies such as NHS England and Public Health England. The programmes aim to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce.

All content is nationally quality-assured and available 24/7.  The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point. The HEE e-LfH Hub records user activity, enabling users to run reports on all their learning activity and build a transferable life-long learning portfolio. The reports can be viewed online, or downloaded in PDF or Excel formats for use offline.

You can find the new content by going to Log in with your OpenAthens username and password, and click on My Resources in the menu on the left hand side.

To register for an OpenAthens account please visit:

For more information about accessing e-LfH resources via OpenAthens visit:


Sexual Health Week 12th-18th September 2016

This year’s Sexual Health Week is taking a back to basics look at sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The campaign run by the Family Planning Association aims to bust common myths about STIs and raise awareness about where to get tested.


To support this year’s campaign, we’ve put together a collection of resources available from St George’s Library including books, articles and websites where you can get further advice and support.

Click the image below to view the collection:


You can also explore all of our other curated collections of resources here: