Welcome video 2021

If you are joining us this autumn, have a look at our Welcome video.  

We give you our top five tips on making the most of the library, our services and resources while you are studying at St George’s. 

And…there might even be a bonus tip! 

Induction Quiz 

Don’t forget to do our library induction quiz on Canvas. It is part of your Getting Started module and you can also find it here

If you have any questions about using the library, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing liaison@sgul.ac.uk 

Review: Acland’s Anatomy – Quiz function

Learning Advocate Kurian George (Second Year Biomedical Science student) has written a review of the Acland’s Anatomy exams function.

What it is:

Acland’s Anatomy is a series of anatomy tutorials presented online using cadavers. Split up into five main sections of the upper and lower extremities, the trunk, the head and neck, and the internal organs, Acland’s anatomy explains each section to a great degree of detail step-by-step, making it clear in understanding the crucial concepts  for all years. It has always been recommended to put learning into practice, which can be done here as well, with exams available at the end of every section.

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How to access it:

Aclands onsite link

Aclands offsite link  Select ‘UK access management‘ for Federation and St George’s, University of London as the institution.

If you can’t remember the link. Simply search for ‘SGUL Acland’s Anatomy‘  and select the link that says “A-Z Databases: acland’s“. Selecting this will take you to the onsite and offsite links.

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Search for SGUL Acland’s anatomy

Review of the Exam section:

I definitely found this very useful, as it puts to test whatever I have learnt and it is just for our own personal reflection of our knowledge of whatever we have learnt in the previous section. The fact that below each answer there is a link to the relevant section of the tutorial makes it a lot easier and convenient to learn from any mistakes made and further develop knowledge in that particular area. This is a great chance to learn if you don’t have time to go to the Dissecting Room outside the scheduled sessions.

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When the answer is revealed, Acland’s displays a link to the relevant section of the tutorial.

You can access the exams (the quiz section) and save your favourites by registering for a personal account.


Overall, I personally find Acland’s Anatomy a great resource to utilize outside of DR [Dissection Room] sessions and it does go into great detail in all of the areas of Anatomy. Having said that, it is difficult to discern how much one needs to learn as this is open to all years. In order to tackle, definitely use the DR book given in order to make sure you are on track with what is being taught and do not go into a lot more detail than what is required. Even though this is an excellent resource, it can take time to follow everything due to the amount of information given. One way to overcome this could be to learn the overview from the video and attached diagrams and animations, but also take part in some constructive learning with fellow peers, which I find is a great way to learn a lot of the taught content. To conclude, Acland’s Anatomy is an excellent resource and would definitely recommend it.

Kurian George
Second Year Biomedical Science Student

Find out more about what Learning Avocates do on our VLE (SGUL username and password required to log-in)

New Cochrane Library learning tutorial now available

A brand new learning video to support the new search interface for thecochranelibrary.com is now available and free to use.  It supports the existing introduction to Cochrane video, both tutorials can be accessed by following the below links:

The Cochrane Library – an introduction: https://www.brainshark.com/wiley/cochrane1

The Cochrane Library – Advanced and MeSH Searching: https://www.brainshark.com/wiley/cochrane2

These videos have also been added to the Library website’s How to… guides pages.  Please don’t forget to look here for help and support in finding and accessing resources.

Database Discovery: Primal Pictures (Anatomy.tv)

What is it and how can it help me?
Primal Pictures (Anatomy.tv), produced by Primal Pictures (http://www.primalpictures.com/), provides a very detailed interactive model of the human anatomy, and features 3-D animations that illustrate function, biomechanics, and surgical procedures.  The software allows you to rotate structures, manipulate the images, and view different layers to provide a cross-sectional view of different parts of the anatomy. Clinical videos and textual descriptions by leading specialists supplement the animations and models. Interactive learning modules covering basic human anatomy focus on one or more areas of the body, from a generalist’s or specialist’s perspective. Quizzes are also included to test knowledge.

What is the coverage?
Modules cover the following topics:

3D Head & Neck with Basic Neuroanatomy
Interactive Head & Neck
Interactive Spine including a Clinical & Chiropractic Editions
Interactive Shoulder including a Sports Injuries Edition
Interactive Thorax & Abdomen
Interactive Hip
Primary Hip Arthroplasty
Interactive Pelvis & Perineum
Interactive Knee including a Surgery Edition
Primary Knee Arthroplasty
Interactive Knee including a Sports Injuries Edition
Interactive Foot & Ankle including a Sports Injuries Edition
Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
Interactive Hand including a Therapy Edition

Interactive Functional Anatomy
Anatomy Trains
Complete Human Anatomy Study Guide
Anatomy for Acupuncture

How do I access it?
Primal Pictures is available within Ovid Online. Various routes are possible:

– For on-site access direct link here
– Login to MyAthens; from the Resources tab, select Ovid Online, from the list of databases, select Primal Pictures.
– Via the Library website > Databases

It is also available to St. George’s Hospital staff via Ovid Online with your NHS Athens password

Can I re-use any of the Primal Pictures content?

For educational use only by University staff and students, images, videos, text etc can be copied and used in documents, presentations, but please acknowledge the source.

In addition, content can also be used in Moodle or the University Intranet/Portal. Please note that if we cancel our subscription to Primal Pictures then any online content must be removed.