St George’s Library Then & Now: 1894

Libraries Week takes place between the 8th – 13th October 2018. Over the course of the week we’ll be exploring our Archives to look at how the library has – and hasn’t! – changed over time.

This rather damning excerpt from an 1894 edition St George’s Hospital Gazette highlights a perennial problem for libraries: managing noise.

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“If we were asked by a reading student to choose some familiar quotation for each room in the School, that to our mind most suited to the Library would be, “All hope abandon, ye who enter here.” For reading in the Library, becomes, at certain seasons of the day, a matter of impossibility. We cannot even hope that our present admonition will result in improvement. Swing doors will slam, loquacious students will converse in stage whispers, pellets will fall from choreic hands, even though an Embryo dwells in our midst. Yet there is room for great improvement without attaining complete perfection.”

We’re not short of ‘loquacious’ students these days either, but in the intervening 124 years methods of teaching and learning have changed which libraries have evolved to support. One of our ‘great improvements’ to the library has been zoning the space to cater for a variety of study preferences: from quiet, independent reading to collaborative group work.

Arguably, we’ve not attained ‘complete perfection’ either. While you won’t find us ‘sssshh-ing’ users these days (a stereotype library workers aren’t always fond of), we are still on hand to politely remind users to keep the noise to an acceptable level.

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Libraries Week: 8th – 13th October 2018

Libraries Week takes place between the 8th – 13th October and this year’s campaign is focused on the concept of wellbeing. Over the course of the week, libraries across the country will be showcasing the ways in which they bring communities together and support their users with their mental health.

2018-Library-facts-for-Libraries-WeekSo how can using the library affect your wellbeing?

– Research has shown that public library users are happier and have higher life satisfaction compared to non-users. Regularly using your local library is also associated with good general health: when valued medically, library engagement saves the NHS just under £30 million a year.

– When it comes to academic libraries (like ours), research into student library usage has indicated that there is a strong correlation between high library engagement and better degree results.

– Libraries are, of course, homes to extensive collections of books. While we can’t always guarantee that reading for study will be a stress-free experience, reading for pleasure has been linked to a reduction in stress and the symptoms of depression.

– Reading fiction is also associated with higher levels of empathy and improved relationships with others, with 76% of adults suggesting that reading improves their life.

By offering a safe space for reading/studying and facilitating access to fiction as well as specialised textbooks, academic libraries like St George’s have an important role to play in supporting the wellbeing of our users – whether they are studying or working within the university or the hospital.

For a taster of the types of wellbeing resources we have on offer, take a look at our Health and Wellbeing collection below. The selection covers topics such as managing stress, building resilience, and mindfulness to support you at work or while studying.

We also have a specially curated collection of Mood-Boosting Books recommended by the Reading Agency, which includes a range of novels, essays and poetry. You’ll find more of our fiction titles on the shelves under PN and PQ if you prefer to browse for yourself.

Click on either of the images below to browse these selections online, or use Hunter to for search for other available titles.

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A selection of books from SGUL Library on mindfulness, wellbeing, and managing stress.
Mood-Boosting Books
A collection of poetry, novels, essays and more, selected from a list suggested by the Reading Agency.








You might also like to explore our LGBT and Black History Month collections for more fiction titles, biographies, graphic novels and essays.


Over the course of Libraries Week, we’ll be taking the opportunity to dip into our Archives and explore the history of St George’s Library. We’ll offer you an insight into St George’s Library of old, and explore the ways in which we’ve supported our users over time.

Keep an eye out for a series of blog posts next week where we’ll look at St George’s: Then and Now. We’d love to hear your thoughts, please feel free to share them with us on social media:

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Happy Libraries Week!


Inspired to explore other libraries? If you live in London, you’re spoilt for choice!

A top-tip for medical and healthcare students is to check out the Medical Museums website as several member museums have library and archive collections that are accessible to the public. Terms of use will vary, so make sure you check with the institution before you visit.

If you are local to Tooting, why not join your local library? See the Wandsworth Libraries website for a list of their locations.


Information Skills Training Sessions October – December 2018

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Dates for our October – December 2018 Information Skill Training Sessions are below. Please see our information skills training page for full details. Contact to book a session.

Systematic reviews – Finding and managing the evidence

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Tuesday 16th October 13:00 – 16:00

Wednesday 28th November 10:00 – 13:00

Thursday 20th December 13:00 – 16:00

Introduction to critical appraisal

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Wednesday 31st October 14:00 – 15:30

Tuesday 11th December 10.30 – 12.00

Citation metrics – an overview

Recommended for: Researchers or SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Tuesday 22nd November 12:00 – 13:00

Finding the evidence

Recommended for: NHS staff

Wednesday 24th October 10:00 – 12:00

Wednesday 21st November 11:00 – 13:00

Thursday 13th December 14:00 – 16:00

Library Inductions for NHS Staff

Recommended for: NHS staff

Wednesday 3rd Oct 10:00 – 11:00

Wednesday 7th Nov 10:00 – 11:00

Wednesday 5th Dec 10:00 – 11:00

Keeping up-to-date

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Thursday 29th November 15:00 – 17:00


The following courses are available on request, please email for details

Getting Started with Twitter

Recommended: For anyone wanting to get familiar with Twitter


Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Searching databases using EbscoHost

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Searching databases using OvidSP

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Personalised training

If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organise a bespoke session please email us at

App Review: Dermatology: Medical Student Edition

The latest in our series of app reviews is a guest post by MBBS student Michelle Warncke. If you are interested in reviewing an app or resources for the blog, please email us at:                      

Quick Look Post

Name: Dermatology: Medical Student Edition

Publisher: British Association of Dermatologists

Devices: Available on Android (version 2.2+) and Apple unnameddevices

Other requirements: Requires 10MB of memory.

Tested on:  Lenovo P2

Available from: Google Play and the App Store, although the iOS version is currently being re-coded.

Price: Free

For: Anyone who wants to prepare for their YSKTs, OSCEs, or simply to explore dermatology.

  • Main Pros: Simple language, lots of pictures and a wide range of topics.
  • Main Cons: There could be more practice questions with varied pictures.

Type of Information:
Handy guides to clinical examinations, dermatology concepts, and different conditions. Exam preparation help with practice questions including how to describe lesions.


One of the most difficult points of dermatology is differentiating rashes and learning how to describe them. This app helps practice just that!

The dermatology app includes sections for learning and for examination preparation.

The learning section includes:

  • Basic concepts: Anatomy and physiology.
  • Essential clinical skills: How to take a dermatology history, how to do an OSCE style examination, and how to describe any lesions you might find.
  • Practical skills: Patient education, written communication, prescribing skills, and clinical examination/investigations.
  • Disease profiles: Emergencies, infections, cancers, common problems.
  • Management: Topical and oral.

The exam section includes:

  • Case scenarios
  • Picture quizzes
  • 113 randomized questions

This free app is very useful because of how simple and clear it is. Its folders are easy to navigate and ordered logically. The descriptions are relatively free of medical jargon, and any more difficult terms are accompanied by very indicative pictures. These pictures are used again in the practice questions. The rehearsal is helpful in making associations and has made even practice questions on other apps easier.  The British Association of Dermatologists designed this app for both medical students and junior doctors, and we can definitely see ourselves using it as a refresher on clinics or on the wards in our foundation years.

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Thanks again to Michelle Warncke for writing this review. Please note, all app reviews on this blog are subject to St George’s Library mobile resources disclaimer. Please take the time to read it carefully.

Applying the Skills: Literature Searching e-learning final module now available

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The final module, How to Search the Healthcare Databases, of the seven module How to Search the Literature Effectively programme has now been published. The programme aims to help health and social care professionals develop confidence in searching for and identifying relevant articles in support of work, study and research.

Each modules features a mix of explanatory material, video demonstrations and opportunities to ‘check understanding’ via practice search screens.

Module 1 Introduction to searching
Module 2 Where do I start searching?
Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?
Module 4 Too many results? How to narrow your search
Module 5 Too few results? How to broaden your search
Module 6 Searching with subject headings
Module 7 How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)

See our blog post New NHS e-learning programme on literature searching now available for an overview of the programme.

Module seven pulls together skills learnt from the earlier modules and encourages users to apply that learning when using the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS). The module can be completed as a part of the whole programme, or as a standalone module for users already familiar with literature searching but who would like to try searching the Healthcare Databases for the first time or need to refresh their skills.

All modules are freely available and can be accessed without the need to login on the eLearning for Healthcare web site If you wish to record and save your learning you will need to login via NHS OpenAthens.

September Update

Whether you’re back in Tooting or still a little further afield, the Library has a range of help and resources that you can connect to from (almost) anywhere, helping you get a headstart on your studies for the new semester.

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Access online resources with your SGUL login

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Use the new-look Hunter to search for e-books and online journal articles that you can access from anywhere with an internet connection.

  • To find e-books, drop down to ‘Books and more’ before you search, then use the filter options to narrow your results to Online Resources.

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  • Search in ‘Articles and more’ to find online journal articles and similar material.

To open the full e-book or article, follow the links under ‘View Online’ and enter your SGUL login and password. You can find more help in our PDF guide to accessing e-resources from offsite.

For more advice about finding resources in Hunter, see the Hunter FAQs.

More online resources, including Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy, BMJ Best Practice and DynaMed Plus, can be found in the Databases A-Z.

  • Find a resource in the A-Z list then follow the link for offsite access
  • Enter your SGUL login and password to access

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Find more information about online resources and apps in the Useful Apps section of our Library Essentials LibGuide.

Forgotten/Expired password?

Use this link to reset it from offsite.

Note: you must have already set up an external email address and if you don’t receive a reset email, check your junk mail folder.

Contact the Library for help

The Library remains open 7 days a week, with 24 hour opening returning from Monday 17th September.

The Library Helpdesk is staffed as usual from 8am to 6pm every weekday. Call in and see us, or phone us on 020 8725 5466.

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The Research Enquiries Desk can help with more in-depth queries about finding resources, referencing and more. Drop in or phone 020 8725 5514 during the RED’s staffed hours (see below).

Alternatively, email a query to and a liaison librarian will get back to you.

Summer From Sep 17th
Library Opening Hours Mon to Fri: 8am – 11pm

Sat and Sun: 9am – 9pm

24 hours

Library Helpdesk staffed Mon to Fri: 8am – 6pm Mon to Fri: 8am – 6pm
Research Enquiries Desk staffed Mon to Fri: 12pm – 2pm* Mon to Fri: 11am – 2pm* from Sep 11th

*subject to change

Find more information about these and other services – including support with IT and academic writing – in the Getting help section of our Library Essentials LibGuide.

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to win great prizes!

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Between now and 12th October, we are running a Social Media prize draw with wonderful prizes to give away!

Prize list:

  • 3 x Honest Burgers vouchers (2 burgers, 2 fries, 2 sides and 2 drinks)
  • 1 x £25 Amazon gift card
  • 1 x St George’s travel mug
  • 1 x St George’s teddy
  • 5 x Library Goody Bags

To enter the draw: follow @sgullibrary on Instagram, follow @sgullibrary on Twitter, or like our SGUL Library Facebook page.

*Treble your chances of winning by following us across all our social media.*

The Library uses social media to give you the latest information about Library services, as well as drawing your attention to relevant news items and articles relevant to the medical and health field.

Terms and Conditions: Social Media prize draw

  1. The competition will run from Tuesday 28 August 2018 until Friday 12 October 2018.
  2. The prize draw is open to St George’s, University of London and Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (Kingston University and St George’s, University of London partnership) students only.
  3. Entry to the prize draw is restricted to one entry per student, per channel.
  4. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  5. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries once the competition has closed on Friday 12th October 2018.
  6. Winners will be contacted via social media. Please be sure to check your direct messages.
  7. The prize can only be collected in person from St George’s Library on production of a valid St George’s University ID card.
  8. Prizes must be collected within two weeks of notification.
  9. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  10. Photos of the prize winners will be taken to be used in publicity on Library social media channels.
  11. One prize draw will take place, unless the prize(s) are not collected by the deadline, in which case uncollected prizes will be redrawn (once only).


Terms and Conditions: Spot the Bull

The following Terms and Conditions relate to the Spot the Bull competitions run during Freshers Fayre 2018.

  1. The competition will run 10am-2pm during the Postgraduate Freshers’ Fayre and the Undergraduate Freshers’ Fayre.
  2. The competition is open to St George’s, University of London and Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (Kingston University and St George’s, University of London partnership) students only.
  3. Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per student for providing their name and contact details on the Spot the Bull grid.
  4. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  5. A winning location on the grid will have been selected at random in advance of each Fayre.
  6. Winners will be contacted on the day of the Fayre via the contact details they provide on the grid (if legible) or their SGUL email (if identifiable).
  7. The prize can only be collected in person from St George’s Library on production of a valid St George’s University ID card.
  8. Prizes must be collected within two weeks of notification.
  9. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  10. Photos of the prize winners will be taken to be used in publicity on Library social media channels.