Information Skills Training Sessions: October – December 2015

Feel like you are out of practice with literature searching? Looking for new ways to keep up-to-date? Or perhaps you want to know more about critical appraisal? Why not sign up for one of our free training sessions held in the library. We have a wide range of sessions, which are free for anyone to attend regardless of if you are a St George’s or joint Faculty student, researcher, staff or an NHS trust member.

Dates are below. Please see our information skills workshop page for full session outlines. You can contact to book.

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

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Tuesday 20th Oct 13.00 – 14.00
Thursday 19th Nov 13.00 – 14.00
Thursday 17th Dec 13.00 -14.00

Searching databases using OvidSP
Tuesday 13th Oct 13.00 – 14.00
Thursday 12th Nov 13.00 – 14.00
Tuesday 8th Dec 12.00 – 13.00

Introduction to critical appraisal
Thursday 22nd Oct 15.30 – 17.00
Thursday 26th Nov 10.30 – 12.00

Keeping up to date
Tuesday 10th Nov 11.30 – 13.00

Citation metrics – an overview
Friday 13th Nov 12.00 -13.00

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Tuesday 13th Oct 14.00 -17.00
Thursday 5th Nov 13.00 – 16.00
Wednesday 2nd Dec 10.00 – 13.00

Online tools and tips for the digital researcher
This session will provide an overview of online tools, including social media, to collaborate, share information and raise your research profile.

Tuesday 15th Dec 14.00 – 15.00

*New* Getting Started with Twitter
This session is aimed at those new to, or considering using, Twitter but want to know more first. We will give you an overview of how Twitter works, discuss why you might want to use it and offer a hands-on practical workshop to explore this growing social media platform. The session will particularly focus on how Twitter can be used in a professional context.

Monday 26th Oct 12.00 – 13.30
Monday 16th Nov 12.00 – 13.30

Evidence based healthcare resources
Thursday 15th Oct 15.00 – 16.30
Tuesday 24th Nov 15.00 – 16.30
Thursday 17th Dec 10.30 – 12.00

Searching NHS databases
Friday 9th Oct 15.00 – 16.30
Wednesday 21st Oct 10.00 – 11.30
Wednesday 4th Nov 10.00 – 11.30
Tuesday 17th Nov 14.00 – 15.30
Monday 30th Nov 15.00 – 16.30
Tuesday 15th Dec 11.00 – 12.30

Introduction to St. George’s Library and health information for NHS staff
Wednesday 28th October 10am
Wednesday 25th November 10am
Wednesday 16th December 10am

New journals for NHS staff – MAHcomplete

After purchasing over 800 new journals through Wiley at the start of the summer, we have extended our journal access for NHS staff even further. We’ve added over 30 titles on topics such as Midwifery, Nursing, Paramedic Practice and Healthcare Management through the Mark Allen Healthcare Complete collection. Some of the key titles include:

MAH complete

  • British Journal of Hospital Medicine
  • British Journal of Midwifery
  • British Journal of Nursing
  • International Journal of Palliative Nursing
  • International Paramedic Practice
  • Journal of Wound Care
  • Nurse Prescribing

You can search for journal titles using the NHS A-Z Journals List. Make sure you sign in with your OpenAthens login at the top right hand corner of the page. This will ensure that you see our full subscription access.

If you need support with your OpenAthens account then contact Cathryn Peppard on

For training or if you have any questions about access to e-journals please contact Karen John-Pierre on

For more information on resources available to NHS staff, please see our dedicated library page –

International Nurses’ Day 2015

Today we are celebrating International Nurses’ Day 2015! Held on the 12th May every year, this date also marks the birthday of one of nursing’s most famous historical figures – Florence Nightingale.

With a plethora of events, organisations and people getting involved to celebrate the contribution nurses make to our health care services and society, we at St George’s Library are getting involved too.

Karen, NHS Liaison Librarian, at International Nurses' Day event
Karen, NHS Liaison Librarian, at International Nurses’ Day event

On Friday our NHS Liaison Librarian, Karen John-Pierre, was at the St George’s University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust event, chatting to nurses about how we can better support their practice through the library and its resources.

Karen has also put together a guide specifically highlighting some of the e-resources, books and journals we have available that are relevant to nursing staff. Whether it’s in-depth research, evidence to support patient care or just keeping up to date with your profession, there’s something in the library to meet everyone’s needs. Download our guide to resources for nurses here –

If you want to show your support for the day or find out more there are lots of resources online. The Royal College of Nursing has twibbons for you to show your support, a #whyinurse hashtag for you to tweet or email in your stories, and an online chat at 7pm this evening for you to get involved in. Our own social media pages will also try and share some of the inspiring posts from around the web during the day so follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more.

PathCAL – A pathology and pathophysiology e-resource

PathCAL is a Library subscribed resource with a wide range of tutorials on Pathology and Pathophysiology topics. Each tutorial within the resource outlines its target audience, who has written the content, when it was last updated and the objectives of the tutorial so you can assess if it’s right for your studies. PathCAL covers a wide range of topics from diagnostic techniques through to specific diseases.


The tutorials themselves guide you through the topic, though wider reading around the subject is essential, and has regular quizzes to test your knowledge. The quizzes vary between multiple-choice and short, written statements that you can benchmark against appropriate answers. Additionally, PathCAL has a range of images and photographs embedded in its tutorials to aid with understanding concepts and topics.

To access PathCAL you should go through the Library’s databases list and look for PathCAL. If you are onsite you can click through to get direct access to the resource, if you are offsite you will need to login using your University username and password. NHS staff also have access to this resource but only onsite using the computer rooms adjacent to the Library.

*Resolved* Problems with offsite access to Ovid SP, EBSCO and Refworks

*Update 2* Issues with offsite access should now be resolved.

We are currently experiencing intermittent problems with offsite access to Ovid SP, EBSCO and Refworks. Other online resources may be affected. This problem has been logged and we hope that it will be resolved soon.

*Update* We believe this may be a problem with Shibboleth so any e-resources requiring Shibboleth authentication could be at risk.


Knoema – a free resource for statistical data

If you are looking for data and statistics to support your assignments or research then you might be interested in a website we’ve recently discovered called Knoema.

Knoema has amalgamated open data from a wide range of sources like the World Health Organisation and United Nations to create one easy to use statistical reference resource. The content is discoverable by browsing thematically, by country or by organisation as well as via keyword searches. Once you have found a set of data relevant to your search you can export graphs, information and view the data in a variety of ways. Additionally, you can choose to ‘Explore data’, which allows you to manipulate the information to create custom graphs and charts.


For those of you who are concerned about finding reliable information, the data on Knoema links back to the original source material so you can scrutinise its trustworthiness. This can also be useful when it comes to referencing the information.

Knoema is a free resource to use and has a good range of data relating to health and healthcare so worth exploring if you are looking for statistics as part of your research.

St George’s new email client – Outlook 365

SGUL has moved to Outlook 365 as our email platform so we’ve compiled some information about how to access your account and what to do if you have multiple Outlook 365 accounts.

Accessing your email

If you are onsite, our quick link at the bottom of the Library homepage will take you straight through to your email account without the need to log in.

If you are offsite you can still use the quick link on our homepage. It will direct you to a login page where you should enter your SGUL email address and password to access your email.

Off-site login page

What to do if you have multiple Outlook 365 accounts

Some of you may have realised that you use the Outlook 365 email platform for other email accounts, such as other institutional emails or perhaps a personal account.

To access alternative email accounts that use Outlook 365, both onsite and offsite, you can visit You will need to enter the email address you wish to access in full e.g. or and Outlook will identify the right login profile. At this point you could be redirected to a specific login page or the page may remain the same, in which case enter the associated password to gain access to that account.

Outlook 365 login page screencap

If you are already signed in to an Outlook 365 email account you may find that it keeps redirecting you to this account, rather than letting you sign into your alternative account. If this occurs, you should completely close the browser and re-open it before attempting to log in.


We recommend that you use Firefox where possible to log in to Outlook 365, especially if you are attempting to access alternative email accounts whilst on site.

Student’s 4 Best Evidence Wiki Week

Approximately 180 million articles related to medicine are accessed on Wikipedia every month. It is a heavily used resource for health related information and its use is reliant on this information being up to date and accurate. The Cochrane Collaboration and Wikiproject Medicine teamed up earlier this year to improve the accuracy of medicine related articles to ensure that they contain well-referenced, high quality information. Students 4 Best Evidence, a global network of students interested in evidence-based medicine, have joined the Cochrane Collaboration and Wikiproject Medicine in their efforts by launching Wiki Week.

Students 4 Best Evidence Logo
Students 4 Best Evidence Logo

Wiki Week will be running from Monday 15th September to Friday 19th September and is intended to encourage and teach students interested in evidence-based medicine how to improve health related articles on Wikipedia. Student’s 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) will be updating their website with articles, resources and tutorials aimed at helping students to learn how to edit Wikipedia effectively.

There will also be a Wiki Edit-a-thon on Tuesday 16th September at 12pm BST. The Wiki Edit-a-thon will take place at the UK Cochrane Centre, in Oxford, but for those who can’t make it to Oxford, there will also be an online edit-a-thon simultaneously taking place using Google Hangouts. If you think you might be interested in contributing to this great project then you can get involved by following the links below.

For further information about Wiki Week see:

For further information about the Wiki Edit-a-thon and to sign up to take place see:,_September_editing_campaign_%28%29