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Wherever you’re going to be over the summer, our online resources and other services can help you keep studying. Here are three quick steps to consider before you leave SGUL to make this as straightforward as possible.

  1. Reset your SGUL password
  2. Bring books to the library to renew
  3. Register to study in a library near you

1. Reset your SGUL password

With your SGUL login and password, you can use our journals and e-books, and online resources such as Acland’s Anatomy from anywhere with internet access.

We recommend you reset your password before you leave as this ensures you won’t need to change it again for 3 months.

If your password expires or you’ve forgotten your password, you can usually reset it from offsite. Note: you must have already set up an external email address and if you don’t receive the reset link, check your junk mail folder.

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For a refresher on finding online resources, have a look at our Hunter FAQs.
We also have step by step guide to accessing e-resources from offsite [PDF].

2. Bring books to the Library to renew

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Return and reissue your books to extend your renewal limit

If you’re borrowing items over the summer, it’s a good idea to bring them into the Library so you can return and reissue them on our self-service machines.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to renew any unreserved items a further 10 times online by logging into your library account.  This requires entering the 10-digit number under the barcode on your SGUL card, so you may want to note this number down before you go away.

3. Register to study in a library near you

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SGUL Library is a member of the SCONUL scheme, which allows our users reference access to around 170 other university libraries across the UK and Ireland. Postgraduates may also get limited borrowing rights in some cases.

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To use the scheme,  follow the steps on the SCONUL Access page. Within a few days, and provided there are no fines on your Library account, you’ll receive an email from us which you can take to your chosen library along with your SGUL ID card to apply for access.

Like SGUL, many academic institutions in the UK and worldwide use Eduroam for WiFi. If  you are near a university and have WiFi enabled on phone or laptop, you should immediately pick up the network. If you are using Eduroam for the first  time, remember to enter your full SGUL username (including @sgul.ac.uk) and password.

Finally, if you’re staying a bit closer to St George’s over the summer, our Summer Sites blog series has information about medical and other libraries you can visit in London, as well as some nearby attractions. Note: double check with the libraries for their opening hours before visiting.

Our website library.sgul.ac.uk is a great jumping off point for accessing the services and resources mentioned in this post.

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Evidence based healthcare resources

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is an international, peer reviewed collection of over 13,500 clinical cases covering all disciplines for clinicians and researchers.

Search by keyword or browse by specialty to find clinically important information on common and rare conditions, or subscribe to the RSS feed to receive updates on latest articles, most read articles or new blog posts.

Access is available to NHS staff via their NHS OpenAthens account (self-register here), and to SGUL staff and students via their university login details.

If you have an interesting case, you can receive peer reviews and rapid publication by submitting it for inclusion to BMJ Case Reports Journal. See the BMJ website for submission templates and full details on how to submit your case.

For more information about the SGUL subscription, or to obtain the institutional fellowship code, contact journals@sgul.ac.uk.

Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin

Independent of the pharmaceutical industry, Government and regulatory authorities, each article in the DTB has been evaluated by a wide range of specialist and generalist commentators.

By providing rigorous, unbiased assessments and recommendations of drugs and other treatments for diseases, this journal can be relied upon by doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who are looking to make evidence based decisions to ensure their patients receive the best possible care.

Access is granted via Shibboleth for SGUL staff and students, and via OpenAthens for NHS staff.

Student BMJ Review by Rashmi Saincher

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Students at SGUL can access the Student BMJ for free with their username and password. Learning Advocate Rashmi Saincher has written a short review of this e-journal, giving her reasons for why it is a useful resource for students.

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This is a special magazine that is tailored towards medical students and biomedical students that are interested in transferring. Published every month, each issue focuses on a different specialty (psychiatry, emergency medicine, GI, etc.) where articles are written by a mixture of healthcare professionals, academics, and students. The magazine contains a good balance of visual aids (cartoons, pictures, graphs/data) and the written content is varied with essays, interviews, and reviews. Articles’ subjects also tend to range from hearing different perspectives, new medications & research published, and more careers related information. Medical students have the opportunity to subscribe to the magazine for free in their first year, but after that they can have the option of either continuing to pay for the subscription or you can take advantage of the library’s subscription as well!

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I would recommend this magazine to medical students including biomedical students who are looking to transfer into medicine (it can especially help in interview preparation). Information is presented in a concise manner with few jargon that makes it easy and entertaining to read. Even the ads present useful resources that could help you with your studies. For students that are in group learning situations (CBL/PBL/SBL), the magazine can contain helpful resources of clinicians’ point of views, interesting cases that can add to your learning, or important information about treatment options that you can mention in your discussions. However the biggest asset of this magazine are the clinicians’ interviews, which can help provide more information when thinking about pursuing a career into that particular specialty. The magazine has a few current news articles as well relating to new research into the particular theme of the month. Similarly, the magazine also invites students the opportunity to write for the magazine (you can look at their website online for more information).

By Rashmi Saincher

Accessing Student BMJ

Access Student BMJ through Hunter – Select the ‘View Online’ tab, and then select the ‘Go’ button. If accessing offsite you will need to put in your SGUL username and password.

World Physiotherapy Day

This September 8th is World Physiotherapy Day, a global event that aims to celebrate the role that Physiotherapists play in keeping us well, mobile and independent.

Building on the findings of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) World Report on Ageing and Health, the theme for this year’s event is ‘Add life to years’. As our ageing population continues to grow, (with an expected 2 billion people over the age of 60 by the year 2050) the focus of the campaign is the contribution and cost effectiveness of physiotherapy in healthy ageing.

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To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of resources available from St George’s Library to our support our students and Physiotherapists in practice. We’ve also highlighted some other useful links, including websites, tweet chats and other social media tools that may be useful in supporting Physiotherapists throughout their career.

Click the image below to view the collection:

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You can also explore all of our other curated collections of resources here: https://wakelet.com/@sgullibrary

St George’s Library in 2015

As 2015 draws to an end, we bring to you the highlights of this year for St George’s Library.

App Swaps

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This year we started running  App Swap events. These are events where St George’s staff and students come together to share useful apps that are on the market as well as apps that have been created by staff and students themselves. Feedback for the events have been great, and we aim to run more in 2016.

Assignment Surgery

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In March we started running Assignment Surgeries – 2 hour drop-ins where students can get help with their assignments including:

  • finding useful articles
  • managing references
  • formatting documents in Word
  • structuring essays

Students who attended found it very useful, and we already have Assignment Surgeries planned for March 2016.

Red Nose Day

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Library staff dressed in red for Red Nose Day, and we donated all Library fines paid on that day and the following Monday raising £232.62 for Comic Relief.

New PCs in the Computer Rooms

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In April the IT team installed all new PCs in the computer rooms. Then in August the main computer room was refurbished and we now have an extra bank of 10 PCs installed for you to use.

Freshers Fayre

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Our freshers fayre competitions featured more prizes than ever this year – from our Blossom Tote Bags to delicious meals from Honest Burgers and ace stationary from the lovely people at K and K Stationers. And of course more prizes meant more winners – it took a little time, but all prizes have now been collected. Congratulations again to all the lucky winners, and thank you to everyone who took part!

DynaMed Plus

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Made available to St George’s NHS Trust staff this year, DynaMed Plus an evidence-based knowledge system that helps clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care.

New resources for 2015 that are available to all St George’s staff and students include: Acland’s Video Atlas of Human AnatomyASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts), and the Mark Allen Healthcare Collection of Journals (which contains titles such as the Journal of Paramedic Practice and the British Journal of Nursing) available via SFX. Other new journals include Nature Methods and Nature Biotechnology. See our full list of new purchases for 2015.

Online resources can be accessed from our Databases list and Journals A-Z page.

Children in Need

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Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but not it seems for Pudsey this November, thanks to Library users donating their outstanding fines and Library staff contributing to a staff sweepstake we raised £162.50 for the 2015 Children in Need appeal.

Extended Opening Hours

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After popular trials of extended opening over exam periods earlier in the year, we were happy to launch extended opening hours in November seeing an increase to our weekday opening hours of almost 50%. In case you missed it, a reminder of our new opening hours:

  • Monday -Friday 8am-6am
  • Saturday – Sunday 9am-9pm

Full opening hours details available.

A busy December

While some things are winding down as the end of the year approaches, we are still busy busy busy this December.

We were happy to take part in St George’s Research Day to highlight the specialist services that we offer to support Researchers here at St George’s, in particular the work we do to support Open Access and Research Data Management.

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We are busy reviewing all the feedback we have received through the Library Survey we ran in November. Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us their views and help improve the Library service.

One of our Library Christmas traditions is to support a charity in place of exchanging staff Christmas cards – this year we are donating to My Body Back a charity that Beth Jackson, currently our NHS Liaison Support Librarian, volunteers with. Find out how St George’s has also been involved in supporting their work in Beth’s blog post about their work.

Christmas Cake

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We end our post with a photo of the lovely cake that Library staff member Louise made.
We hope you have a lovely break and look forward to 2016, one thing to keep an eye out for is our new monthly resources promotions, rumours are that there will be cupcakes involved for the January promotion…

 

New journals for NHS staff – MAHcomplete

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

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

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

If you need support with your OpenAthens account then contact Cathryn Peppard on cpeppard@sgul.ac.uk

For training or if you have any questions about access to e-journals please contact Karen John-Pierre on kjohn@sgul.ac.uk

For more information on resources available to NHS staff, please see our dedicated library page – http://library.sgul.ac.uk/nhs-staff

The Library’s Interlibrary Loans service, now more streamlined

The Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service allowGet books from other libraries using interlibrary loanss you to obtain material (e.g. a journal article) from other UK & international libraries if it is not available from SGUL’s own Library collection. Fees may apply.
 
From 25 August if you make an online ILL request for an article, you will automatically complete a copyright declaration upon submission, removing the need to sign in person at a later date.
 

You can choose to have the article emailed to you via secure electronic delivery (SED). Please read our PDF on how to set up your PC to receive articles via email. Alternatively, you can collect a print out of the article from the Library.

Visit our Interlibrary Loans page for more information.