Tips and tricks for longer research projects

The focus of this blogpost is literature searching, specifically for longer research projects such as dissertations, and it is aimed at St George’s students.

Your expert Liaison Librarians are able to support you with every step of the way so don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing liaison@sgul.ac.uk. We are able to advise on how to plan and carry out a complex literature search in a variety of databases. We can also recommend which databases are most suitable for your topic.

You can email us for an individual appointment or come to one of our online drop-ins. Monday to Friday between 12-1pm you can chat to a Liaison Librarian directly. Click on the relevant link on the day you want to drop by.

Here we provide tips and tricks, no matter which stage of the process you are currently at.

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If you are…

…just getting started

Do a scoping search in Hunter. Even if you already use Hunter to locate books and journal articles in our collection, our Hunter video might teach you another thing or two about how to really make the most of its search functions.

If you aren’t familiar with the planning stage of literature searching or you usually skip this bit to get stuck in straight away, now is a good time to change that. When it comes to dissertations and research projects, you need to be much more systematic in your work, including when you formulate your research question. Have a look at our Canvas unit on this topic. It gives you more information and by the end, you will have a research question ready to start searching with.

If you are worried about how to structure your dissertation or academic writing, you can make an appointment with the Academic Success Centre team. Their details are found on the Study+ section in Canvas. We also have a number of books in our collection which can help with academic writing, including how to approach a literature review, dissertation or research paper. They are listed on our Writing for Assessment Wakelet.

If you need specific software to do your research, such as SPSS, have a look at what is available to you through St George’s University and request it here.

And finally, a little tip on how to get started. If you know of a paper which covers the area you are interested in already, have a look at which articles they reference and perhaps you find some relevant papers in their reference list for your project. While this is not a systematic method, it can help you get started and add to your search strategy (e.g. which alternative terms to use).

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…ready for an in-depth literature search

If you are a little overwhelmed by the prospect of doing a complex search in multiple databases (and who can blame you), you need to start by familiarising yourself with how to build a complex search, what alternative terms are and how to include them and how to use advanced search strategies. We have a libguide that takes you through the whole literature searching process. For those of you who are working on a systematic literature review, have a look at our relevant libguide, which highlights what you need to consider to turn your literature review into a systematic literature review. Watch the following videos to find out more about identifying keywords and alternative terms.

We have introductory videos on Ovid (Medline), Ebsco (Cinahl) and Internurse to get you started. Once you have familiarised yourself with the basics, watch our detailed video tutorial on how to search in Ovid/Medline using advanced search techniques.

Have a look at our Databases A-Z list to see which databases are available to you. Your subject guide will tell you which databases are most relevant to your course.

Don’t forget – you can also ask a Liaison Librarian for help by emailing us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk or coming to one of our daily online drop-ins. We can recommend which databases are most suitable for your topic.

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…finishing up and sorting out your references

To cite correctly at St George’s, most of you need to use Harvard Cite Them Right. While we have a number of physical copies of this in the library, you will probably be using the Cite Them Right website (login required). In case you need a refresher on how to navigate Cite Them Right, we also have a detailed walkthrough video on our YouTube channel and in our Referencing Essentials unit in Canvas.

We strongly recommend you don’t use reference generators such as Cite This for Me as we find that generally the references produced by such tools are wrong. You end up spending longer correcting and double-checking your references than you would have done writing them from scratch. If you find the resource in Hunter, you will notice a “citation” option for each record. This has been formatted to match the requirements of Harvard Cite Them Right but it is not always correct. Make sure you compare it to Cite Them Right and correct it if necessary.

For a longer project, we encourage you to use reference management software as it helps you to deduplicate your search results, manage your references and create in-text citations and references. At St George’s, we support RefWorks, which is a web-based software. You need your St George’s login to access it and create an account. To get started, have a look at our RefWorks libguide. Additionally, our detailed video tutorial covers everything from how to get started to how to create references and in-text citations from within Microsoft Word.

We can also help you with your references, so if you are unsure about anything please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk or come to our drop-ins.

Easter Holiday Library Update

The Easter holidays are just around the corner, but whether you’re planning to spend the next few weeks close to St George’s or a little further afield, we hope that our online services and support will make you feel that help with your studies is never too far away. Below we’ve put together some quick reminders of just some of the help and resources you can access no matter where you are.

Online books and articles

Our search tool, Hunter, is the best starting point for discovering e-books and journal articles that you can access from anywhere using your St George’s login and password.

  • to find articles, select Articles and more from the dropdown menu
  • to find e-books, select Books and more from the dropdown menu. Then use the filter options to limit your results to Online Resources.

E-learning tools

Your St George’s login also gives you access to our collection of online learning tools, many of them using video, quizzes and other interactive features to help you master topics. Try out some of our new and popular resources from the links below, or view a full list here.

  • *New* Complete Anatomy – a powerful 3D anatomy platform that also features lectures, quizzes and more. Install the app from the app store on your device, then use our activation code to set up your free account.
  • LWW Health Library – a large, searchable collection of key texts, videos, cases and self-assessment questions. We have access to all content in the Medical Education and Occupational Therapy collections.
  • BMJ Learning – hundreds of accredited and peer-reviewed learning modules.
  • JoVE Science Education – video tutorials in biology, chemistry and clinical skills.
Complete Anatomy is our newest online learning tool. Find instructions to install it on your device here.

Having trouble logging in to view an e-book, article or online resource? Our PDF guide or short video on offsite access may be able to help. Otherwise, email us at journals@sgul.ac.uk and we’ll try to resolve the issue.

Help with writing assignments and referencing

We have a large collection of books that can help with planning and writing assignments, both on the shelves and as e-books – this search in Hunter brings together lots of these titles. (Use the Online Resources filter on the left to show just e-books that you can access straight away). Our Writing for Assessment collection brings together resources on academic writing, study skills and dissertations and much more.

For a refresher on referencing, have a look at the Referencing Essentials unit in the Library Module on Canvas (login required). This includes a helpful guide to using Cite Them Right, the book and website that show you how to reference in the style used at St George’s. You can access the online version of Cite Them Right here.

If you’re working on a longer project or dissertation, you might be thinking about using a reference management tool to help organise your sources. St George’s supports RefWorks, and you can learn more about this web-based software and how use it in our blog post, RefWorks LibGuide or series of RefWorks videos.

Don’t forget your Liaison Librarians can answer any research or referencing enquiries you might have. Get in touch by emailing liaison@sgul.ac.uk or coming to one of our daily online drop-ins.

Easter weekend opening hours


Over the long Easter weekend from 2nd April to 5th April, the library and computer rooms will be open 9am to 9pm. There will be self-service only with security staff on hand. The helpdesk will not be staffed during this time. We will reopen on 6th April at 8 am.
After Easter, we resume normal opening hours, 8am to 11pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday. The helpdesk will be staffed 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Should you have any questions about opening hours or our service, please email library@sgul.ac.uk. Don’t forget to check our website about our current capacity on our Covid-19 response page.

Kortext ebooks NHS collection

Health Education England (HEE) has invested in a collection of ebooks for NHS staff, now available through Kortext.

The collection of ebooks covers subject areas including key clinical topics, nursing and healthcare management, alongside titles on critical appraisal, mentoring and revision resources for medical exams.

To access the books, go directly to the Kortext website: https://app.kortext.com, select St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust from the list of institutions and enter your OpenAthens details. You will also find a link to Kortext in ‘My Resources‘ when you log into your OpenAthens account.

On the landing page of the site, click on Collections to view the full list of ebooks. Selecting an available title will add it to Books, which is your personal bookshelf. Books that you open will remain on your bookshelf for the duration of their loan period.

Kortext offers accessiblity options which allow you to change the formatting of a book, including options for the background colour, the font and the size of the text. When reading a book, make use of the options to take notes, highlight content, bookmark pages or print – all notes, highlights and bookmarks are saved in your account.

If you wish to read offline, create a personal Kortext account and download the app; Kortext apps are available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.

Example titles:

Bailey & Love’s Essential Clinical Anatomy

Care of the Cancer Patient

Children and Young People’s Nursing Skills at a Glance

Essentials of Management for Healthcare Professionals

Essential knowledge and skills for healthcare assistants

Medical Statistics at a Glance

Patient-Centred Ethics and Communication at the End of Life

Research Methodologies for Beginners

Supervision in Clinical Practice : A Practitioner’s Guide

The doctor’s guide to critical appraisal

The Foundation Programme for Doctors

The textbook of non-medical prescribing

This collection is an addition to those ebooks which are already available from St George’s Library, and which can be accessed through Hunter.

If you need to create an OpenAthens account, or have forgotten your password, visit: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/. Contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk with any questions.

Holiday Library Update

Wherever you’re planning to spend the next few weeks, we hope you’ll have as peaceful and relaxing a time as possible. We know that lots of you will also be thinking about revision and assignments at some point over the break, and with that in mind we wanted to remind you of some of the help and resources that are always available from the library, no matter where you are.

1. Find useful tips in our How-to videos

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy adding to our collection of How-to videos. We hope these short videos will give quick, clear answers to a range of questions, so you can get help whenever you need it.

A few of our recent videos focus on referencing. If you’re new to referencing, then our How to use Cite Them Right video can get you started. Or if you’re ready to start using reference management software, we have a series of videos on RefWorks, starting with a RefWorks Overview. Other videos include:

…and lots more. See the full collection on our YouTube channel here.

2. Explore e-books in Hunter

This year we’ve also been rapidly expanding our e-book collection, which now includes over 3000 titles. This means that even if you’re not able to come into the library in person, it’s now more likely that you’ll be able to find the books you need to support your study online.

There are two ways to find e-book material in Hunter:

  • You can search for whole e-books by selecting Books and more in the dropdown menu, then choosing Online Resources from the filter options on the left.
  • You can also search for individual chapters – a useful option if your topic is a bit more specific. Search under All Resources, then choose Book Chapters from the options on the left.

Read online

When you first sign in to view an e-book, you’ll usually be offered options to read online or download the book. Opting to read online will allow more SGUL users to view the e-book simultaneously.

3. Study resources

We have many resources available to students to help you prepare for exams and do your assignments. You can find out more about what resources we recommend for your subject by checking your Libguide. Whatever your subject, we have got you covered; medicine, biomedical science, paramedic science, radiography and many more. Access all our learning resources via the Databases A-Z list. JoVE Science Education is popular among our visual learners and suitable for different subjects. Long-standing favourites are Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy and BMJ Learning. New this year are LWW Health Library, for medicine and Occupational Therapy students and AccessMedicine for medicine students. As mentioned above, we have produced a range of how-to videos on Youtube. If you have any questions about these resources or if you are looking for personalised recommendations, email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

4. Literature searching

If you are spending the holidays preparing an essay or another written assignment such as a dissertation, have a look at our literature searching guide and our video series on how to use Ovid (Medline). We also have a collection of books around doing systematic literature reviews, dissertations and report writing. Get in touch via liaison@sgul.ac.uk to get help from your liaison librarian.

5. Christmas closure

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The library closes at 11pm, Tuesday 22nd December and reopens at 8am, Monday 4th January. The computer rooms will also close during this period, but you can still return books via the the return slot. Please note that the library team will be on holiday and will respond to your queries on their return in January. Should you have any questions about opening hours or book loans, email library@sgul.ac.uk. In January, our opening hours will be 8am to 11pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.

From everyone at St George’s Library, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Summer Holiday Library Update

While this summer is certainly different from any we have experienced before, we still hope you are making the most of the nice weather and enjoying a well-deserved break. For those of you who are continuing with university work, catching up on last year’s content or preparing for what’s to come, we have put together a short blog post around how to make the most of the Library resources. Our online services mean you can get the information and help you need, no matter where you currently find yourself.

1. Discover e-books in Hunter

We’ve added a large number of titles to our e-book collection in the last few months, so it’s now more likely than ever that you’ll find a range of online books to help with your topic.

You can find all our e-books in Hunter. Search under Books and more, then select Online Resources in the menu on the left. To access a book, use the SGUL users log in here link and enter your SGUL username and password.

See our short video on finding and accessing e-books in Hunter.

The Oxford Medical Handbooks have been some of our most popular e-books. You can find them by searching in Hunter, or view the full collection at Oxford Medicine Online – along with over 1000 other Oxford Medicine books available in full text and searchable by specialty and series.

Oxford Medical Handbooks

Please note we’ll be transferring part of our e-book collection to a new platform in the coming months due to the closure of DawsonERA. We hope disruption will be minimal, but if you’re unable to view an e-book you previously used, email us at library@sgul.ac.uk and we’ll try to restore access.

2. Explore online learning resources

As well as e-books and e-journals, your SGUL login gives you access to online teaching and learning resources, many featuring multimedia and quiz elements to help keep your study interactive. We’ve highlighted two popular resources below, but you can browse a full list here.

BMJ Learning offers hundreds of text and multimedia learning modules across 70+ medical specialties.

Access BMJ Learning here. On your first visit you’ll need to sign in with Shibboleth (use your SGUL login), then create a BMJ personal account with a unique password. On your next visit, just sign in with Shibboleth; your BMJ Learning homepage will now be personalised to your interests and previous learning

Sign in to BMJ Learning with Shibboleth then create your personal account. After this, just sign in with Shibboleth each time.

JoVE (Journal of Visualised Experiment) is an extensive collection of videos illustrating scientific concepts and laboratory techniques. SGUL students can view all content in the Biology, Immunology and Infection, Medicine and Neuroscience sections. Click here to sign in to JoVE.

Until 30th Sept 2020 we also have access to key sections in JoVE Science Education – so you have time to review topics in Basic and Advanced Biology, Clinical Skills and other areas over the summer. Click here for more information.

3. Contact the Library for help

The Library team remain available throughout summer to answer any questions you might have. For general enquiries, for example about loans and opening hours, please email library@sgul.ac.uk.

Your Liaison team is busy this summer preparing for next academic year as we transition all of our teaching and 1-2-1 support online. We have already delivered some online training sessions which went well. Additionally, we are working on some Canvas tutorials and are expanding our video collection. We remain available for help via email (liaison@sgul.ac.uk) and can set up an appointment with you if you need help with your research or referencing.

Ebooks for SGUL Library users

As we are sitting at desks in bedrooms and kitchen tables around the UK and indeed the world, electronic resources have become increasingly important to our learning and teaching. The immediate chaos of rethinking a Library service without a physical library space has died down and your Librarians are busy developing new online learning resources to prepare for an uncertain future and continue to develop existing ones. While that work is going on, we are highlighting a range of electronic resources that are available to you at the moment.

Online resources available to SGUL students

Our own e-book collection has expanded dramatically and we continue to work to make the textbooks you need available electronically. As a little reminder, you can find these by searching Hunter, our Library catalogue, and filtering resources to “online resources” only.

In this blogpost, we are presenting electronic resources by a range of publishers which are temporarily available to SGUL library users during the coronavirus crisis. Please note the dates of when access ends.

EBSCO e-book collections

EBSCO have made three e-book collections available to St George’s Library users. St George’s University students and staff need to login with their username and password. NHS staff at St George’s Trust use their OpenAthens details to access the textbooks.

The collections cover clinical, nursing and psychology topics and all three are available until 30 June 2020.

You can find the links for the collections on our Databases A-Z list. Make sure to use the appropriate one, based on whether you are with the University or the Trust.

The clinical collection includes topic areas such as dermatology, gynaecology and obstetrics, internal medicine, medicine (general), nursing, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, pathology, paediatrics, pharmacology and surgery.

The nursing collection includes over 700 e-books, from clinical guides, and evidence-based practice manuals, to practical handbooks and professional growth titles. You can find textbooks on subjects like nursing research & theory, pharmacology, nursing management, evidence-based nursing, home care nursing and leadership.

Topics such as in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, counselling, social psychology, evolutionary psychology and developmental psychology are included in the psychology collection, which has over 500 popular textbooks.

To make the most of these textbooks, think about a topic that interests you and condense it into one or two keywords. As the example below shows, it is a good idea to keep search strategies in mind when searching the EBSCO e-book collection, but don’t be intimidated by the interface! Our Libguide on effective searching offers further guidance.

Example keyword search in EBSCO clinical e-book collection
Example keyword search in EBSCO clinical e-book collection

If you are unsure of how to search for e-books, email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.

AccessMedicine

AccessMedicine is available to SGUL staff and students and can be accessed until 30 June 2020. You need your username and password to log in.

The website includes over 130 e-books covering basic sciences, clinical medicine and healthcare systems. It also includes cases, videos and Q&As making it an all-around great learning resource. You can even create multiple-choice revision examples for yourself.

For example, you can look at Harrison’s pathophysiology animations, which are short, animated presentations. Short lectures on various topics are available too.

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AccessMedicine lectures

There also videos and lectures on human anatomy. If you are revising anatomy at the moment, have a look at Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy too. You have permanent access to it with your SGUL username and password.

Until 22 June 2020, you also have access to LWW Health Library, which includes videos, cases and textbooks, much like AccessMedicine, but for a broader range of courses, including physiotherapy and radiography.

Sage Nursing Support

Twelve chapters from key nursing textbooks are available from Sage for anyone to download, meaning it is available to both NHS staff and SGUL students. They are available for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.

Sage Nursing chapter examples
Sage Nursing chapter examples

Topics covered include biological and pathological chapters, caring for adults with respiratory diseases, infection control, and managing the transition to professional practice – with reference to working under pressure and mindfulness.


For more help available, to get information on resources available or to book a 1:1 appointment with your Liaison Library, please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk.

Now available: BMJ Learning

St George’s University students

Great news – the University has decided to get access to all BMJ Learning modules for students. You can now work your way through hundreds of accredited, peer-reviewed modules in text, video and audio formats.

To access BMJ Learning you will need to sign in with or register for a BMJ personal account. Once you are logged in, select ‘Shibboleth access’ on the drop down list from the ‘My Account’ menu. You will have full access to the BMJ Learning resources with your university username and password. Returning users who have completed the step above to link their account with the SGUL subscription can login with their personal account directly. If you have any questions around this, don’t hesitate to email liaison@sgul.ac.uk.

The courses include a range of modules, covering different topics. There are specific courses for fast-tracked students to get training on clinical skills and Covid-19 treatment. Learn for example about basic life support, basic practical skills and fluid management in acutely ill patients.

Examples of modules included in the fast-tracked students course

The regular courses on offer are divided into specialties such as diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, paediatrics, practical skills, respiratory and ENT, rheumatology, sexual and reproductive health.

BMJ Learning specialties

NHS staff

In light of the current ongoing Coronavirus Covid-19 crisis, BMJ Learning have made some of their online courses available for free temporarily to NHS staff. Access them here – https://new-learning.bmj.com/covid-19

NHS staff will find the following courses particularly useful:

  • Covid-19 treatment
  • Return to Practice
  • Well being

NHS staff who are returning to work or working on the frontline with Covid-19 patients will find the modules on treatment and clinical skills refreshers useful.

Example of a module within the Return to Practice course

The Well being course covers a range of topics around your professional practice, such as emotional intelligence and dealing with conflict, but also focuses on understanding patient consent and treatment risk calculations.

All you need to access the content is sign up for a free account, which you can do here.

Three resources for students to check out

In response to the current Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, many academic publishers and providers of educational content have made all or parts of their collections temporarily, freely available for you to use via your George’s login.

You can find a list of all current databases available to support you in your learning here. We have highlighted the educational resources we think you might find particularly useful by putting them together under the tag “Online Learning and Teaching Resources”.

In this blog post, we highlight three of those and show you how to make the most of them.

JoVE (Journal of Visualised Experiments)

We subscribed to JoVE (Journal of Visualised Experiments) at the beginning of the current academic year. JoVE includes biology, immunology and infection, medicine and neuroscience. Our subscription also includes access to some parts of Science Education.

Currently, however, JoVE has made its entire collection of Science Education available to subscribers. In addition to clinical skills, JoVE has modules on biology, psychology and chemistry for example.

Access JoVE via the following link: https://www.jove.com/science-education-library. Please you note that you still need to sign in with your St George’s username and password.

Screenshot of JoVE homepage
Homepage of JoVE

LWW Health Library

As a St George’s student, you have free access to the LWW Health Library until June 22 2020. You can access the library here with your St George’s username and password.

It includes key textbooks, thousands of videos, cases and questions for the following subjects:

  • Medical education
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician Associate (core education and rotations)

LWW Health Library includes key textbooks for all of the above subjects, divided into the different topics important to you, for instance medical students might want to have a look at Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy or relevant introductions to clinical medicine.

Screenshot of the medical education page on LWW Health Library
Example of medical education in LWW Health Library

Considering the wide range of subjects covered, we are sure LWW Health Library is a great resource for most students at St George’s to check out. If you create a personal account, you can also take the quizzes for each of these topics and bookmark useful content.

E-book collections

In addition to the 5,000 e-books that you have access to normally, numerous publishers have made their collections temporarily available for free. You are able to find and access those via Hunter, as you would any other e-book.

ScienceDirect

You can access 256 titles in the ScienceDirect e-book collections here. Again, you need your username and password to access this collection.

Screenshot of how to filter for appropriate content in ScienceDirect
Filter for appropriate textbooks in ScienceDirect

To find the most appropriate textbooks for your course, you can filter the collection. Make sure to choose to select “books”. As a “domain”, you can choose for example:

  • Biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology
  • Immunology and microbiology
  • Medicine 
  • Nursing and health professions
  • Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmaceutical science

Please have a look at the ScienceDirect entry on our Databases A-Z list to find a list of all the titles you have access to.

Other e-book collections

Cambridge Core textbooks are also currently available for free for students (login required). You can find it on the Databases A-Z list, under the “Online Learning and Teaching resources” tab. Cambridge Core includes a small collection of healthcare related books, which you can find by selecting “Medicine” among the subjects and then filtering to see only books under content type. They have a good selection of nursing and mental health textbooks in particular.

Screenshot of example of nursing textbook in Cambridge Core
Example of nursing textbook in Cambridge Core

Also available through the Databases A-Z list is SpringerLink, another collection of e-books with many healthcare related content. You need to filter for books and English language. They include sub-disciplines for oncology, cardiology, neurology, internal medicine and imagine/radiology for example. So, this is one to check out for radiology students as well as MBBS students.

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Our regular providers of e-books, Dawsonera and Ebook Central are currently allowing multiple concurrent users, so you will always be able to access the content you need when you need it.


Any more questions? As a little reminder, you also currently have access to some CPD courses on BMJ Learning for free. The courses cover Covid-19 treatment, Well being and clinical skills for fast-tracked students. All you need to do is create a personal account with them. You can do that here.

Have you got any questions around e-resources or how to make the most of them? Please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk.

Holiday Library Update

In less unusual times, we know that many of our students would be heading away from SGUL right now to enjoy a few weeks’ holiday; and while it’s easy lately for the days and weeks to blend into one, we hope that everyone does get a chance to take some time off over the coming weeks (even if our entertainment options these days are a little different than in the past).

That said, we know that many of you will also be working to stay on top of your studies. With that in mind, here are three quick reminders of some of the ways your library can help.

1. Access online resources with your SGUL password

Hunter allows you to search a huge collection of online journal articles that you can access with your SGUL login. For tips on finding articles in Hunter, check the Hunter FAQs.

Or browse a list of learning resources – including HSTalks for lecture videos, Cite them Right for referencing help, our most popular online resource BMJ Best Practice, and many more – that can also be accessed with your SGUL login.

Help with offsite access

Our quick video shows you the easiest way to log in to journals and other online resources when you’re offsite. There’s also a PDF helpsheet to guide you through the process.

If you’re having problems logging in to any of our journals or online resources, let us know at journals@sgul.ac.uk. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Resetting your SGUL password

You can reset your SGUL password here, as long as you’ve registered an alternate email address; if you haven’t done this yet, contact the Student Life Centre to set one up.

If you have problems resetting you password, email ITAV@sgul.ac.uk.

2. Explore e-books

There are now over 3000 e-books available in Hunter – so whatever your topic, it’s quite likely there’s an e-book that can help. To find out, search in Hunter for Books and more; then select Online Resources in the filter at the left to see which titles you can access straight away using your SGUL login.

See our short video on finding and accessing e-books in Hunter.

Use the Online Resources filter to see e-books only

Temporary access to extra e-books

A number of publishers are making their e-book collections freely available during the Covid-19 health crisis – so you may be able to view e-books now that you wouldn’t usually be able to access.

From Monday 13th April you’ll be able to access all of these through Hunter while free access lasts. For now, you can log in to publishers’ websites to see what’s available and start reading. Try:

For a full list of these offers – as well as a growing collection of free resources on Covid-19 – check the new list in our Databases A-Z. We’re updating this list as new resources become available.

Borrowed books?

We’ve suspended holds for now, so you won’t be asked to return any books you’ve borrowed until further notice. Books will continue to renew automatically.

3. Get 1-2-1 help from a librarian

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Working from home

The library team may now be working from kitchens, bedrooms, sitting-rooms and a few other places besides – but we’re as committed as always to getting you the information, research and referencing help you need.

We continue to provide 1:1 support for everyone at St George’s. To make an appointment, please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk. In these unusual circumstances, we use Microsoft Teams to guide you through the databases and answer any questions you might have.

We are focusing our efforts on developing online material on Canvas and helping you make the most of our e-resources. For any queries or help needed email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk. We are happy to help!

Introducing: Lunchtime Learning workshops

Do you find literature searching laborious? Does Harvard Referencing ruin your day? The library can help.

In response to recent student feedback, the library is offering a new series of workshops to support you with your academic work.  These sessions are over lunchtime so you can fit them into your busy schedule and they will give you a head start for your assignments.

My Learning Essentials: Hunter & Harvard Drop-In

Tuesday 25 February 1-2pm

Monday 23 March 1-2pm

Do you have a burning question about referencing or finding academic sources through Hunter? These drop-ins give you the opportunity to speak to a librarian and find a solution. There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day!

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Literature searching

We know databases, like Medline (aka PubMed) and CINAHL, can be daunting, but we’ll let you into a little secret: Librarians LOVE them! So, not only will you learn how to effectively run a literature search on a relevant database, you’ll also make a librarian’s day!

There are two versions of these Lunchtime Learning sessions. One specifically for medical students and one for other St George’s University (SGUL) and Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (FHSCE) students…

Literature searching for your Audit, QI project or Research (medical students)

Wednesday 1 April 11am-12:30pm

Suitable for Medical students, T Year and above, who are undertaking a literature review as part of an audit, QI project or research for publication.

Here is the booking form for this session.

Literature searching for your dissertation, review or research project (SGUL/FHSCE students)

Tuesday 11 February 2-3:30pm

Wednesday 4 March 11am-12:30pm

Suitable for all SGUL and FHSCE students, e.g. biomedical, paramedic, midwifery, pharmacology

Here is the booking form for this session.

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RefWorks

Monday 17 February 10:30-11:30am

Wednesday 11 March 2-3pm

Students BEWARE! Free, online Citation Tools can be inaccurate and unreliable. Learn how to manage and store your references using RefWorks – the only Citation Tool supported by the library. 

RefWorks is available with your SGUL username and password. Come along to find out how to import references to RefWorks from various databases. You’ll also get a chance to use Write N Cite to create in-text citations and generate bibliographies in Word.

Suitable for any students undertaking extensive pieces of academic writing such as dissertations, theses etc.

Here is the booking form for this session.