A new NHS Knowledge and Library Hub (the ‘Hub’), coordinated by Health Education England (HEE) and NHS librarians, now makes it easier to find journal articles and other evidence resources across NHS England.
The Hub is a ‘one-stop’ gateway which, for the first time nationally, connects NHS staff and learners in England seamlessly to articles, reports and other evidence-based resources all in one place.
You can access and search the Hub athttps://bit.ly/NHSKLH, and sign-in with your NHS OpenAthens username and password to take full advantage of time-saving benefits, including:
Cross-searching across a wide range of databases to locate journal articles and e-publications such as reports and conference proceedings
One click access to PDFS where available, or request a copy via our NHS Article Request service
Searches that can be carried across to clinical decision support tools such as Uptodate, BMJ Best Practice or the Royal Marsden Manual and even selected e-books
Access to individual databases such as Medline, CINAHL and Embase for advanced literature searching
A national NHS system available to you wherever you work in NHS England via your NHS OpenAthens account, connecting you to library services such as our NHS Articles Request Service.
The Hub is an exciting new HEE initiative, designed with all NHS staff and learners in mind- please send any queries or feedback on the ‘Hub’ to email@example.com, so we can keep working with our providers to enhance and improve this new service.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen John-Pierre, NHS and Liaison Manager at St George’s Library on firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to St George’s to all our new students and welcome back to everyone who is returning to their studies with us. After the flurry of Freshers Week and the first weeks of classes, now is a good time to start familiarising yourself with the library’s resources and the services we offer.
We are here to help you and support you in your studies.
Each guide includes information on which resources we recommend for your subject, including revision and e-learning resources and databases, if you are doing complex literature searches. In the guide, you can also find information on how to reference correctly and who to contact to get further help. A little tip: it’s generally a good idea to email email@example.com for help with finding information and referencing.
On Canvas you can find a range of self-directed library research based tutorials that you can take at your own pace when you are ready. They each include some videos, explanations and short quizzes so you can test your knowledge as you go along.
If you need to use Harvard referencing in your assignments (and it is very likely that you do as it is the institutional referencing style), you will find our Referencing Essentials tutorial helpful. It covers the basics of referencing, explains what in-text citations and references consist of and guides you through the reference layout of the most commonly used resources.
Once you have completed the tutorial, why don’t you take our referencing quiz to see how well you can apply Harvard referencing? A little tip: you might find our Cite Them Right video helpful to answer the questions.
We have a brand-new service this year! There is an expert ‘on-call’ librarian available every weekday between 10am-2pm you can talk to in person about any research or referencing concerns. All you need to do is let us know at the library helpdesk and we’ll take it from there.
Every subject at St George’s has a specialist librarian, in fact librarians, so you are sure to get the specialist support you need for what you are studying. You can find out who your librarians are on your subject’s libguide.
You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like any help with research, systematic literature searches, finding information in Hunter, referencing or RefWorks. For more in-depth enquiries we can make an appointment with you, either online or in person, depending on availability.
Reading for pleasure collection
Regular breaks from studying and revision are important, which is where our collection of fiction, poetry and popular non-fiction comes in. Not all our books are medical and healthcare-related textbooks. We have a range of books you might expect to find in a public library!
The Library also supports the Big Read. This is an exciting shared reading project, which is now in its third year at St George’s. We have all the shortlisted books from the last years, going back to the project’s origins at Kingston University, and of course all the winners, in the library available for you to borrow. You can find the Big Read books listed here.
Last but not least, you might be looking for help with academic skills, such as essay writing, revision skills or note taking. You can find information on these topics and many more on the Study+ page on Canvas.
You can also get one-to-one support by booking an appointment with the Academic Success Team. You need to book via the Study+ page on Canvas. Appointments can be in person or online.
We hope you find these resources will support you in your assignments, dissertations and learning. Don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com with you
The recent weather has let us know that summer is finally upon us, and with the last of our student groups finishing exams in the next few days, we’re sure that many people’s thoughts are now turning to the summer holiday. Below we’ve highlighted a small selection of our services and resources that we hope will be helpful to you over the coming months, whether you’re studying or taking a moment to relax.
Hunter now gives access to over 5000 e-books to help with your studies, and this collection is continuing to grow. So whatever the topic of your assignment or research, it’s increasingly likely that you’ll find e-books that can help.
To find e-books, select Books and more from the dropdown box when you search in Hunter. Then choose Online Resources from the filter options on the left to limit your results to e-books only.
View our YouTube video for a quick reminder of how to access e-books (and other online resources) from off-campus using your SGUL username and password.
Resetting your SGUL password
If your SGUL password has expired, or if you’ve forgotten it, you can reset it here as long as you’ve previously registered an alternate email address. If you haven’t registered an alternate adress, contact the Student Life Centre to set one up.
If you’ve been in the library recently, you may have spotted our Summer Reading display filled with books from our growing collection of fiction, poetry and contemporary non-fiction. Coming soon will be another reading for pleasure display, this one using a new collection of uplifting titles chosen by NHS staff in collaboration with The Reading Agency. Find out which titles will be available at The Reading Agency’s website here.
Please help yourself to anything from the book display using the nearby self-issue machines.
Items in these collections are mostly print books only, so if you’re heading away from SGUL for the summer and are thinking of picking up a book or two, remember to do this before you go.
Research support in summer
Believe it or not, summer is a busy time for your liaison librarians as we are preparing for the next academic year, developing and updating training sessions, recording videos, preparing inductions and getting new resources and tools ready for all come the autumn. Nevertheless, we will be available all summer to help students, researchers and academics. We can help with searching Hunter, our library catalogue, using databases to do complexes searches and show you how to make the most of RefWorks, the reference management software at St George’s. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help. If you require more in-depth support, we can schedule an online appointment with you.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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).
…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.
Don’t forget – you can also ask a Liaison Librarian for help by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or coming to one of our daily online drop-ins. We can recommend which databases are most suitable for your topic.
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 email@example.com or come to our drop-ins.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to check our website about our current capacity on our Covid-19 response page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to get help from your liaison librarian.
5. Christmas closure
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) and can set up an appointment with you if you need help with your research or referencing.
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.
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.
If you are unsure of how to search for e-books, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Return to Practice
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.
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.