Access to Best Practice, Clinical Evidence and Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin – 2nd April 2012

We  are currently experiencing problems accessing content on Best Practice, Clinical Evidence and Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin.  Those trying to access content see the message:  Although your institution, St George’s University of London, subscribes to part of Best Practice, the subscription does not cover this content.

Please be assured  that we are working with BMJ to restore access as soon as possible and we are not cancelling this subscription.

Access to and the BMJ Journals Collection is unaffected.

Important changes to the way you access RefWorks

Those of you who use RefWorks will know that to access your references you are currently logging in via the Athens Credentials option.

As of 27th February it will be possible to access RefWorks via the Institutional option and set up a new RefWorks account associated with this login route.  This has been done to simplify what has previously been a complex process.

Athens access will not be available after 31st July 2012 and so all RefWorks users need to create a new account via My Institutions Credentials (Shibboleth) and transfer all references and customised output styles, etc. from their old Athens RefWorks account.

Instructions on how to do this can be found here:

Please note that you will not be able to access your RefWorks database via Athens after July 31st 2012 so you must transfer your database before this date.

If you have any queries, please contact  or 020 8725 5466

Web of Knowledge – new interface

On 17th July Web of Knowledge will be upgrading to version 5.

Web of Knowledge is the platform used to search the Web of Science Citation Indexes, which can be used to find citing articles, as well as view links between articles using citation mapping and citation reports.

The interface layout is the same.  Changes focus on numerous functional enhancements to search, display, citation metrics, results management and analysis.

Find out more


What do you think about e-journals?

What do you like and dislike about electronic journals?

Do you find the features and tools within electronic journals useful?

What changes would you like to see for electronic journals?

All FMBS students and members of university staff will have received an email inviting them to take part in a survey.  You can still tell us what you think by completing the online questionnaire at

The questionnaire consists of 10 questions and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. It will ask you about your usage of electronic journals, your opinions on electronic journals and your association with the university (i.e. whether you are a student, researcher etc.).  You will NOT be asked for your name or email address and your responses will be anonymous.

Note that this survey is only open to SGUL staff and FMBS students. If you are NHS staff or part of the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences and have something to say or a question to ask about e-journals at SGUL, remember you can email

Improved OvidSP search platform – goes live 2nd August at 3pm

OvidSP is a search platform, subscribed to by the University, which can be used to search major health databases such as Medline, Embase and PsycInfo.

OvidSP will switch over to the new interface on 2nd August at 3pm. Please note that the new version will retain all of your saved settings and customizations in your personal account.

Resource selection

To select or change the database you are searching (such as Medline or Embase) click on Ovid Resources to view the databases available to you through OvidSP.

Tip: Only select one database at a time.  It is possible to select multiple databases, but you will lose important features such as “map to subject heading” and those features unique to a database.

Reviewing results

“Sort by” now in the left-hand column.  New “Filter by” options are also available.

Printing, emailing and exporting your results

Managing your results is now much simpler. Instead of the Results Manager box, there are now just three buttons just above your search results for printing, emailing and exporting your results.

Features available with your personal account: My Workspace

A personal account in OvidSP allows you to save your searches (so you can re-run them later), set up alerts, annotate citations with comments and create collections of articles.  My Projects not only allows you to save article citation and abstract details but also text “snippets” and images from the full-text.

More information

See the Searching Healthcare Databases using OvidSP training guide on the Library Website for details on how to search and use the interface.

You can see the changes made by viewing this side-by-side comparison of the new and old interface (PDF 4.78MB).