HSTalks – online lecture resource from St George’s Library

Through the HSTalks Biomedical and Life Sciences collection, St George’s students and staff have access to 2,500 online, multi-media seminar-style talks, covering the latest research and development as well as the fundamentals of the biomedical and life sciences.

Presented by leading experts, the resource can be easily embedded into virtual learning environments, such as Canvas, as recommended components or additional/supplemental lectures. The lectures are suitable for blended and flipped classroom programmes as well self-motivated additional learning.

For password-free, onsite access visit:  https://hstalks.com/biosci/

For off-site access, log in with your SGUL network login.

There are various ways to search for lectures, including by subject categories and therapeutic areas.  Talks have also been organised into series within the subject categories, for example: Cancer Genetics or Stroke Prevention

Contact your Liaison Librarians Anna El-Jouzi (FHSCE) aeljouz@sgul.ac.uk or Zena Ali (IMBE) zali@sgul.ac.uk for further information.


Information Skills Training Sessions July – September 2019

Dates for our July – September 2019 Information Skills Training Sessions are below. Please see our Information Skills Training page for full details. Contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book a session.

Getting Results: Finding healthcare literature for your learning and research

This session is for SGUL/FHSCE students and staff who are carrying out more in-depth research, such as for a literature review, dissertation, research project etc.

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Tuesday 23rd July 11:00 -12:30

Wednesday 14th August 2:00 -3:30

Monday 9th September 11:00 -12:30


Systematic reviews – Finding and managing the evidence

Systematic literature searching for systematic reviews, research projects or service developments.

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Wednesday 24th July 1:00 – 4:00

Thursday 29th August 10:00 – 1:00

Wednesday 18th September 10:00 – 1:00


Introduction to critical appraisal

Introduction to the concepts of critical appraisal and evaluating healthcare literature.

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Sessions available on request.
Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk


Citation metrics – an overview

An overview of traditional and alternative metrics, with the opportunity for hands on exploration of a range of metrics.

Recommended for: Researchers or SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Sessions available on request.
Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk


Finding the evidence

Introduction to healthcare resources and training in how use them effectively to support evidence-based clinical practice or decision-making.

Recommended for: NHS staff

Tuesday 23rd July 2:00 – 3:30

Friday 23rd August 11:00 -12:30

Thursday 19th September 3:00 – 4:30


Library Inductions for NHS Staff

Recommended for: NHS staff

Wednesday 7th August 10:00 – 11:00

Wednesday 4th September 10:00 – 11:00


Keeping up-to-date

Introduction to a range of services that will help you keep up to date with current literature.

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book your bespoke session


Getting Started with Twitter

A session for those new to Twitter, offering a hands-on practical workshop exploring this growing social media platform, with particular focus on how Twitter can be used in a professional context.

Recommended: For anyone wanting to get familiar with Twitter

Wednesday 24th July 11:00-12:30



Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students
Sessions available on request.
Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk


Personalised 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 organise a bespoke session please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk


Important: St George’s Library will be self-service only on Wednesday 17th July

Due to a staff training day, St George’s Library will be self-service only on Wednesday 17 July 2019. The Library will be monitored by our security staff.

If you are planning a visit on this day, please ensure you have your ID badge with you to gain entry to the Library and to borrow books.

You will also need your login details to logon to our computers because our security staff will not be able to provide you with assistance.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

St George’s Library Summer Opening Hours

Until mid-September the Library will be open during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am – 11pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 9pm

The Library helpdesk will continue to be staffed from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. 24 hour opening will resume in the autumn.

If you have any questions about this change in service, please email library@sgul.ac.uk

Summer Holiday Checklist

Summer 2019 Checklist 2

Planning to be away from SGUL over the next few months? We’ve put together three quick tips that we hope will help keep your studies going smoothly over the summer.

1. Reset your SGUL password

Resetting your password before you leave campus ensures it won’t expire for the next three months. Use the password change link, or drop in to the Library Helpdesk between 8am and 6pm on weekdays.

Forgotten/Expired password?

If your password does expire while you’re away, you may be able to reset it from offsite using this link.

Note: you must have already set up an external email address and if you don’t receive the reset link, check your junk mail folder.

Access e-resources with your SGUL login

Your SGUL login and password give you access to a wide range of online resources – including electronic journals, e-books and tools such as Acland’s Anatomy and BMJ Best Practice – from anywhere with an internet connection.

Check our helpsheet (PDF) for advice about accessing e-resources while you’re away from SGUL.

2. Keep an eye on book renewals

Any books that you’ve borrowed will renew automatically as long as no-one else requests them. So in most cases, the only reminder you’ll receive is an email telling you that your items have successfully renewed.

Books in a circular pattern

But if one of your books is requested by another user, you’ll receive an email asking you to return it by the due date.

If your book is requested while you’re away from SGUL…

…you will still need to return it by the due date if possible. Overdue books are fined at 20p per day and are invoiced after two weeks.

But if you’re unable to return a book by the due date, we recommend signing in to your account in Hunter where you can attempt to renew it manually. If another copy of the book has been returned, your renewal will succeed – so try this over several days to increase your chances.

Find more detailed guidance in our blog post here.

3. Register to study in a library near you


SGUL Library is a member of the SCONUL access scheme, allowing our users reference access to over 170 other university libraries across the UK and Ireland. (Postgraduates may also get limited borrowing rights in some cases.)

To start using the scheme, follow the steps on the SCONUL Access page. Within a few days, and provided there are no fines on your Library account, you’ll receive an email from us which you can take to your chosen library along with your SGUL ID card to apply for access.

Free WiFi with Eduroam


Like SGUL, many universities in the UK and worldwide use Eduroam for WiFi. If you’re visiting another university – or just passing nearby – you’ll often pick up the network on a WiFi-enabled phone or laptop and will be able to connect using your SGUL username (remember to include @sgul.ac.uk) and password.

2019 St George’s Library NHS Survey- have your say and enter our prize draw

We need your help to improve the NHS library services we provide at St.George’s Library.

Please have your say by filling in our 5-minute St George’s NHS Library Survey, run  in conjunction with other South London Health Libraries this month. 

You could win one of a range of prizes including:

5 x £40 Amazon vouchers

A Kindle tablet

A powerbank / portable speaker combination

To enter the draw for the prizes fill in the survey making sure to give us your contact details before it closes on 19th June.

Pop-up Library, Thursday 16 May

To support the recent addition of BMJ Best Practice to the resources of St George’s trust staff, the Library will be hosting a pop-up stand in the restaurant in Lanesborough Wing this Thursday.

BMJ Best Practice offers access to the current information required to inform decisions on prevention, diagnosis and treatment, structured to mirror the patient consultation.

With a personal account, the tool can also automatically track your activity across topics to demonstrate your learning and professional development.

Come along between 12.00 – 2.00 p.m. on Thursday to ask any questions that you may have, and to try out the Best Practice app for yourself.

Links to Best Practice can be found on the Library’s NHS webpage, A-Z list of databases and NICE Evidence Service’s OpenAthens resource list.

To support you in getting started, download the user guide or visit the FAQ section. If you need any more information, please contact the library on liaison@sgul.ac.uk, ext 5433 or email support@bmj.com.