Library <3 Point of Care Resources

Continuing the Library’s new series of monthly promotions – Library Loves – this February we are taking a closer look at Point of  Care Resources – what they are, and what’s available via St George’s Library.Library loves Point of Care Resources

Introduction to Point of Care Resources
Evidence Based Healthcare
DynaMed Plus
BMJ Best Practice
BMJ Clinical Evidence
Pop up library and upcoming training sessions

Introduction to Point of Care Resources

Point of Care Resources refers to a range of resources that are designed to make the latest research and guidance available to healthcare staff/students at the ‘Point of Care’ in order to support their clinical decision making, and enable the practice of Evidence Based Healthcare.

Point of Care in this context simply means any location that is in the vicinity of patient treatment – from the patient’s own home, to the GP’s consulting room or the hospital bedside.

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What is Evidence Based Healthcare?

Evidence Based Healthcare (EBH), also referred to as Evidence Based Medicine (EBM), is the practice of applying high quality, up to date evidence in the process of clinical decision making, alongside the expertise and experience of the healthcare practitioner and the needs of the patient, enabling the most appropriate course of treatment to be identified. Clinical Evidence, one of the resources we will look at in more detail below, includes an excellent introduction to Evidence Based Medicine in their Learn EBM section. There is also an Evidence Based Healthcare section on our Library website, where you can find more information.

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Point of Care Resources at St George’s:

DynaMed Plus – available to NHS staff

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DynaMed Plus is an evidence-based clinical decision support tool. It covers over 3,400 clinical topics, reviewed by doctors, and provides diagnostic information as well as evidence-graded treatment recommendations. Each summary is split into easy to navigate sections, and many summaries will provide external links to supporting webpages and articles, displaying the abstract or full-text article where available. Content is updated daily and users can opt-in to receive alerts on the latest updates in their specialties. The topic summaries provide links to relevant BNF entries, NICE guidelines, Micromedex Drug Content, images and graphics.

Device information: The website is device responsive so can be used in the web browser of any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile provided you are connected to the internet. There are also DynaMed Plus apps for Android and Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad) – there is more information about the DynaMed Plus apps in our Guide to Mobile Resources Blog.

Access: You can access DynaMed Plus via the following 3 easy routes:

  1. Via NHS OpenAthens (Links are also available from the library’s database page)
  2. Under Clinical Applications on the hospital intranet – (no OpenAthens login required)
  3. Via the DynaMed Plus mobile app (detailed download instructions can be found in this feature from our Guide to Mobile Resources Blog).

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BMJ Best Practice – available to users with a SGUL username and password

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BMJ Best Practice describes itself as ‘your instant second opinion’, bringing together the latest evidence, guidelines and expert opinion on over 900 topics to support your decision making. Topics are arranged in a standardised way including overview, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up sections to mirror the structure of a patient consultation. Each topic also includes a resources section where you can view a full list of references with links to the abstract or fulltext where available, online resources, images and patient information leaflets to support the idea of shared decision making.

Device information: The website is device responsive so can be used in the web browser of any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile provided you are connected to the internet. There are also BMJ Best Practice Apps for Android and Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad) – there is more information about the BMJ Best Practice app in our Guide to Mobile Resources Blog.

Access: Use the relevant links in the BMJ Best Practice entry on our databases page.

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BMJ Clinical Evidence – available to all users

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The BMJ Clinical Evidence team carry out systematic reviews of the evidence available on each topic, which is then presented in various summarised ways to make the findings easy to access and interpret in relation to clinical scenarios. Each topic includes an overview that also highlights any significant developments since the last review was published, background which includes the definitions of terms and methodology for the review, links to relevant patient information, guidelines and references. However, the key features of Clinical Evidence are the interventions tables and the GRADE tables; interventions tables rank interventions on a scale to indicate how likely they are to be beneficial, while GRADE tables use GRADE (a system developed by the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluations Working Group) to assess the quality and strength of the evidence available for key interventions.

Device information: The website is device responsive so can be used in the web browser of any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile provided you are connected to the internet. There are currently no apps available for this resource.

Access: Use the relevant links in the Clinical Evidence entry on our databases page.

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Find out more


Visit our Pop Up Library – Tues 23 Feb 12-2pm

Outside Ingredients canteen, 1st Floor Lanesborough Wing
We will be showcasing these Point of Care Resources, alongside the rest of the Library’s services and resources.

Evidence Based Healthcare Resources training session – Tues 23 Feb 3-4.30pm

Interested in learning more about Evidence Based Healthcare?
Book a place on our EBH training session.

View the full details of the course on our website
Email: to book your place

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Library <3 Library StART

New for 2016 the Library is launching a series of monthly promotions – Library Loves. Featuring different resources and events, Library Loves will support your learning, teaching, research and practice by helping you get the most out of the Library and our resources, and we hope at the times when most needed. So with out further ado, it’s the start of the year, it’s the start of Library Loves and we are looking at Library StART…

Library loves library start

With deadlines fast approaching in January, some of these questions may be looming large:

How do I answer my essay question – what information do I need to do it?
How do I find and get that information?
Can I reference Wikipedia? How do I know I’ve got ‘the good stuff’?
What is Harvard Style, how can I make sure I’m getting it right?

Library StART (St George’s Assignment Research Toolkit) has been designed to help you navigate all these questions and more, with specific reference to how you can use resources available via the Library here at St George’s to support your assignments.

You can either work through the whole tutorial for a complete overview of how to find good quality information to support you assignment, or dip in to the section where you are stuck – the main sections are:

  1. Identify – do you need background information or something more specific, what sort of resource can you use to find it
  2. Find – step by step help and video guides on how to find and access resources via St George’s Library from books to journal articles using Hunter.
  3. Evaluate – how to assess the quality of the resource you have found, and judge whether they are suitable for use in your assignment
  4. Reference – how to acknowledge information sources in your assignments, and avoid plagiarism

Library StART is freely available online, and if you can’t find what you are looking for check the Need more help?  section.

Library StART is device responsive so will also work well on your mobile or tablet – watch our YouTube video to see how it works


Find out more

We’re running a Library StART pop-up in the Social Learning Space outside the Library on Wednesday 20th January 12-2pm
Library Start

Cupcakes provided!


PathCAL – online pathology tutorials

PathCAL is a series of online tutorials covering a wide range of pathology and pathophysiology subjects produced and published by the College of Medicine and Veterinary medicine at the University of Edinburgh.PathCAL screenYou have the option to search or browse tutorials, and it features a Tip of the day to highlight particular conditions. As you work through a tutorial there are opportunities to answer questions and quizzes to test your knowledge and learning – with feedback given as you work and when you reach the end of the module.

Access PathCAL via the Library’s Databases page.

New resource: ASSIA – Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts

ASSIA is a database available on the ProQuest search platform. It is designed to meet the information needs of the caring professions, and spans the literature of health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. The database abstracts and indexes over 500 journals, from more than 16 countries, and is updated monthly.
The subject coverage in ASSIA includes:
•    Education
•    Family
•    Gerontology
•    Health services
•    Housing
•    Mental health services
•    Nursing
•    Social work
•    Substance abuse

There are a number of ways to search ASSIA including Advanced Search options, however, the default search option is the Basic Search making it very quick and easy to get started. When viewing your results selecting the Detailed view option will display the SFX@SGUL buttons for each entry – this enables you to check whether the fulltext article is available via St George’s. You can refine your results using the Narrow results by options to the left of your search results. There are also a number of options for managing your search results including emailing and printing available at the top right of the results page. To save results and searches or set up alerts you will need to register for a My Research account, which is free.
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For more information on searching using ProQuest there are a number of YouTube videos available that have been produced by ProQuest. Or alternatively, ProQuest have also produced an online guide, the ProQuest Platform Search Tips section is particularly useful.

ASSIA can be accessed via the Library’s Databases pages.

Freely available reference management tools – some pros and cons

Citing and referencing correctly in most cases is not difficult – it just requires a bit of careful attention to detail, which can be time consuming and when your deadline is looming time is not always on your side. This is where using a reference management tool can help, enabling you to generate correctly formatted bibliographies (reference lists) in a quick and intuitive way. Here is a brief overview of a couple that are freely available online.

The tools
Cite this for me – available at:
RefMe – available at:

What they do:
These tools provide templates for a range of resource types (for example: books, journal articles, websites and many more), which you can use to either automatically import or manually input the details of the resources that you want to cite and reference in your assignment. When you have added all the resources you are using in your assignment you can generate a correctly formatted bibliography simply by choosing the referencing style you require, for example: Harvard – Cite Them Right, from the style menu. You can then copy and paste or export the bibliography to a Word document. These tools also show you how your in-text citations should look in your chosen referencing style, and allow you to copy and paste these into your assignment too.

The Pros and Cons
Cite this for me
cite this for me logoPros
+ Very intuitive layout with clearly labelled functions so getting started is quick and easy.
+ No need to register for an account – your bibliography remains available for 7 days from when you first create it as long as you use the same computer and internet browser.
+ You can share your bibliography with a group if you are collaborating on a project.
– The ‘Autocite’ feature available for books, journal articles and websites will sometimes miss key details needed to correctly reference sources imported this way, for this reason it is best to always choose the ‘Add manually’ option when adding your references.
– To access full functionality requires an account, which you would need to pay for.
– Without an account you can only create one bibliography at a time.

RefME logoPros
+ You can work on multiple projects at once, and copy/move references between different projects.
+ You can access your projects from anywhere that you can log-in to your account.
+ You can share your bibliography with a group if you are collaborating on a project.
– The automatic import function is fairly reliable, however, you should always check that the required details are all present and correct, and manually edit the reference if necessary. Be particularly careful with websites and books.
– You can’t use RefMe without registering for an account, but accounts are free and quick to set up.
– The interface is quite minimal, so you will need to spend a little time exploring where different functions are, but there are on-screen tips to help when you are getting started and once you know your way around it is easy to use.

Both these tools have the potential to save you time when it comes to completing the citing and referencing in your assignments, leaving you more time to focus on writing your assignment. The University also subscribes to a reference management tool called RefWorks, on and offsite access requires a SGUL username and password. RefWorks is not as intuitive as these online tools but does offer additional functions that are particularly useful if you are undertaking longer pieces of written work. Links to all these resources are now provided on the Library’s Reference Management page.

*Top tip! Before you submit your work, always check your citations and references are correctly formatted according to the standards used at St George’s – guides and helpsheets are available on the Library’s Help pages. *

New at St George’s Library for 2015/16

A warm welcome to the new year here at St George’s. September is always a busy month for us in the Library as we welcome over a thousand new and returning students to a new academic year, but having said that we have been pretty busy over the summer too – here are the highlights of what we have been up to…

We have been working hard to improve access to computing facilities, so you will find:
IT clinic Monday and Wednesday 11am-2pm, MS Office Drop-in Monday and Friday 11am-1pm–    30 new high specification laptops are available now for use in the Library, replacing the small netbooks
–    The main Computer Room has been refurbished and re-jigged to accommodate an additional 10 new PCs
–    Work has also been carried out to improve WiFi coverage in your Lecture Theatres
–    And if you need any help, face-to-face IT and Microsoft Office support  drop-in sessions take place in the Library Foyer.

IT Clinic: Monday and Wednesday  11am – 2pm
Microsoft Office support: Monday and Friday 11am – 1pm.

Access Acland'sAfter the trial of three key visual anatomy resources last year Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy proved the most popular and we are pleased to say we have now purchased this resource, read our blog post for more information. make life that little bit easier we’ve put together a new online guide Library essentials to give you all the essential information about the Library in one place, from opening hours to connecting to the WiFi, and where to get help when you need it.

And when it’s time for those first assignments don’t forget Library StART (St George’s Assessment Resources Toolkit) is there to help you identify, find, access and evaluate the information you need to support your work.

Image of library tote bag with books inside. Yours for £3Also new for this year are tote bags honouring the Library’s most eminent resident, Blossom the cow. Get yours for £3 from the Helpdesk, or enter our Freshers’ Fayre competitions – Spot the Bull and Social Media Prize Draw – for the chance to win one. Look out for our stand at the Freshers’ Fayre on Monday 21st September.

We’ve also created a Library Services Alert page to update you on any disruptions to Library Services.

Our work won’t stop here, so watch this space for more information about upcoming improvements, events, and resource features – and if you have any suggestions or would like to give us some feedback on how we are doing then there are lots of ways to get in touch:
Visit the Library HelpdeskEmail Facebook SGUL LibraryTwitter @SGULLibrary

New resource: Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

Image from Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy - The Trunk

Earlier this year the Library ran a trial of three key visual anatomy resources. Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy proved the most popular and the Library has now purchased this resource.

Specifically designed to support medical and dental students Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is popular with both medical and non-medical users as an accessible source of anatomical knowledge featuring simple language and realistic, 3D visuals. For medical students this resource can be used as an adjunct to dissection and for reviewing learning, or to re-learn clinically relevant anatomy during surgical rotations. It is also a good resource for allied health students who don’t have access to dissection facilities, as the Video Atlas provides an appreciation of the real human body and a direct understanding of the mechanics of body movement.

The videos are organised in 5 volumes: the upper extremity, the lower extremity, the trunk, the head and neck, and the internal organs. Exams are available for each volume so you can test your learning. To access the exams and save videos to your favourites you will need to register for a personal account.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy can be accessed offsite or on your mobile or tablet if you sign in via Shibboleth using your SGUL username and password. To do this, select Sign in via: Shibboleth on the Acland’s homepage and then choose: ‘UK Access Management Federation’ from the Federation menu and ‘St George’s, University of London’ from the Institution menu, click select and enter your SGUL username and password when prompted.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy can be accessed via the Library’s Databases page.

Event: Pop Up Library – Friday 21 Mar FHSCE Reception, 2nd Floor Grosvenor Wing

Pop Up Library

Friday 21st March

12-1.30pm FHSCE Reception, 2nd Floor Grosvenor Wing

Our drop in lunch time surgeries are designed to save you time by bringing our Library services to you. Please come along with all your queries including finding, accessing and referencing evidence based information

St George’s first four female medical students

To mark International Women’s Day the Library presented a display of archive material that documented the first admittance of women to study medicine at St George’s.

For anyone who was unable to make it on Monday to visit the display in the Library we have also produced a timeline exploring Women and Medicine and the first female medical students at St George’s. Click the image to open the timeline in Prezi.