More Books – Help us to choose new books for the library

St George’s Library would like to invite all library members to put forward their suggestions for new books to add to our shelves. Whether it is medical and healthcare text books or popular science we are open to all ideas that may enhance our collection. Please complete this form between now and Friday 27th May. Or come along to the library foyer from the 18th May to the 27th May between 12pm and 1pm to complete a book suggestion form.  We will review all requests and decide what to buy on the basis of what is most in demand and most likely to benefit the collection and our library users!

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 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.

AccessMedicine lectures screenshot
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

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: 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.


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.

Person with long hair sitting at a table and writing

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

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 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

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

Working from home set up, lapatop and flowers on kitchen table.
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 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 We are happy to help!

Placing Holds: a quick guide

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Books that are out on loan can be reserved in a few quick steps using the Library’s search tool, Hunter.

After finding the book you want, select Check availability of print copies to find out whether it’s available:

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If all copies are out on loan, you’ll be able to reserve a copy. Just follow the three steps below:

no 1 fadeIf you haven’t already, sign in to Hunter.

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  • SGUL staff and students can sign in with their SGUL username and password
  • NHS staff can find out their Hunter login by asking at the Library helpdesk or emailing

no 2 fadeAfter you sign in, a Place hold option appears. Click here…

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no 3 fade…and select Request

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Hunter confirms that your hold is placed:

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When a copy of the book becomes available you’ll receive an email, and will then have one week to collect it from the Library Helpdesk.

Quick Guide to Placing Holds

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It’s now easier than ever to reserve a book that’s out on loan using the Library’s search tool, Hunter.

First check the Locations tab to find out whether the book you want is available. If all copies are out on loan, you’ll be able to reserve a copy. Just follow the three steps below:

no 1 fadeIf you haven’t already, sign in to Hunter.

  • SGUL staff and students can sign in with their SGUL username and password
  • NHS staff can find out their Hunter login (which is different from the Library username and password) by asking at the Library Helpdesk or emailing

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no 2 fadeAfter you sign in, a Place hold option appears. Click here…

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no 3 fade…and select Request.

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Hold placed


Hunter confirms that your hold is placed.

When a copy of the book becomes available you’ll receive an email, and will then have one week to collect it from the Library Helpdesk.

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.


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:


You can also explore all of our other curated collections of resources here:

Spring selection of books 2015

A selection of new titles recently added to stock. Just click on the image to access the book details on the Library Catalogue.

Wallach's interpretation of diagnostic tests: QY90 WAL
Wallach’s interpretation of diagnostic tests: QY90 WAL

Professional values in nursing:  WY86 BAI
Professional values in nursing: WY86 BAI

Farquharson's textbook of operative general surgery: WO500 FAR
Farquharson’s textbook of operative general surgery: WO500 FAR

Orthopedic imaging: WE141 GRE
Orthopedic imaging: WE141 GRE

Chest radiology : the essentials: WF141 COL
Chest radiology : the essentials: WF141 COL

Quick reference dictionary for occupational therapy: WB555 JAC
Quick reference dictionary for occupational therapy: WB555 JAC

The internet and CBT : a clinical guide; WM425 AND
The internet and CBT : a clinical guide; WM425 AND

Drugs in pregnancy and lactation : a reference guide to fetal and neonatal risk: WQ200 BRI
Drugs in pregnancy and lactation : a reference guide to fetal and neonatal risk: WQ200 BRI

Nutrition in clinical practice : a comprehensive, evidence-based manual for the practitioner: WB400 KAT
Nutrition in clinical practice : a comprehensive, evidence-based manual for the practitioner: WB400 KAT

I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that : selected writing: Q162 GOL
I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that : selected writing: Q162 GOL

Children and young people's nursing at a glance: WS100 GLA
Children and young people’s nursing at a glance: WS100 GLA

Mental health nursing at a glance: WM35 SMI
Mental health nursing at a glance: WM35 SMI

Six Oxford Handbooks now available online

The following e-books are now available through Books@Ovid:

  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Diagnosis
  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Surgery
  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills
  • Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties
  • Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry

Click here for access, or search the Library Catalogue

Please note that access to these e-books requires an SGUL login

Medical text books online – discussion forums

New Media Medicine , based at Otago University in New Zealand, provides an online portal for healthcare professionals, with several discussion forums including one for medical textbooks here:

A second website, supported by Elsevier publishers, provides sample chapters online together with reviews from medical students. Just need to bear in mind that the books are from Elseviers, and they also finance this website.