St George’s Library is supporting RAG week – Mon 13 & Fri 17 Feb fines will be donated to charity.

library supporting RAG week Mon 13 Feb and Friday 17 Feb fines will be donated to charity

On Monday 13 February and Friday 17 February 2017, all overdue fines* paid at the Library Helpdesk (8am – 6pm) will be donated to SGSU’s RAG week.

So come along to the Library, pay your fines and do your bit for charity!

More information about RAG week events available at

*Excludes invoice payments for lost or damaged library stock.

Library ♥ LGBT History Month

We are excited to be celebrating LGBT History Month with a display of our new LGBT book collection. The books were selected from recommendations given to us by the LGBT staff network at St George’s.  We have a varied collection including memoirs, an LGBT casebook for healthcare professionals, graphic novels, stories and a well known play from 1979, first performed by Ian McKellan. We would also like thank Margot Turner (Senior Lecturer in Diversity and Medical Education) for donating two novels from her own collection to the library.

The books are searchable from the Library Catalogue using the search term: lgbtq. You can also browse the collection on our Wakelet or see other resource collections that we have created.
Look out for them in the Library space from Monday 6th Feb, they will be available for borrowing as three week loans.


Last Year on  Saturday 25th June, staff and students from St George’s joined the celebrations at Pride in London for the second consecutive year. The Pride in London festival aims to celebrate Lesbian Bisexual Gay and Transgender life and challenge prejudice.

Here is a great selection of photos from the day, shared with us by John Hammond, chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee.

Some of the banners and a LGBT timeline can be found in the corridor between Hunter and Grosvenor wing. Go take a look!


There are some great events planned for the month, including:

  • On Thursday 16 February the LGBT Staff Network will host a storytelling event ‘Coming Out or Being Outed’, 5pm – 7pm in Lecture Theatre F, all staff and students welcome!
  • On Wednesday 22 February the LGBT Network will welcome Professor Jeffrey Weeks to St Georges. Jeffrey is an historian and sociologist specialising in sexuality, and his book ‘Coming Out’ has just been republished in its 40th year 4pm – 6pm in H2.5 (Boardroom), 2nd Floor Hunter Wing, all staff and students welcome!

For more on what’s happening around the campus please follow:

ST Georges LGBT Staff Network    Twitter: @LGBTStGeorges

PRIDE St Georges LGBT student society   Twitter: @SgulPrideLgbt

BMJ Best Practice app – new version released (available to SGUL staff and students)


A new version of the BMJ Best Practice app is now available to download for free from the Google Play and Apple stores. If you’ve been using this popular app, you’ll need to download the new version soon to continue using it, as the older version will shortly stop being updated.


1) Activating your account

To keep using the app, you’ll need to re-authenticate your Best Practice account from the SGUL campus at least once every six months.

You can do this by visiting the Best Practice website in one of three ways:

  • using a desktop computer in the SGUL computer room
  • using a Library laptop
  • using your phone while onsite at St George’s, University of London (making sure it is connected to Eduroam WiFi network).

Log in to your Best Practice personal account, and you’re done!

New user?

Register for a personal account for free if you haven’t done so before. Make sure to remember the email and password you choose – you’ll need them at the next stage.

2) Setting up the app

Download the app from the Google Play or Apple Store. Be sure to pick the 2017 version.

The first time you open the app, you’ll be asked to log in with your Best Practice personal account username and password. As a logged in subscriber, the full content will now start downloading to your device.

The new app

Changes in the new version have slightly altered the overall feel and navigation of the app, but if you’ve been using the old version it should quickly feel familiar. Just as before, it’s essentially a mobile version of the BMJ Best Practice website, and the content and organisation are unchanged.

Key changes:

  • The new app and data will take up less storage space on your device – 226 MB, compared with 610 MB for the old version. It took us less than five minutes to download all the data on a strong internet connection.
  • Some of this space has been saved by not including images in the downloaded data. You can still view images in the app, but you must be using it online.
  • Navigating the content should be a little easier with longer entries now managed through submenus, giving a quick overview of the section and allowing you to click straight through to the part that interests you.

Screenshots of new app layout – differential diagonosis


Screenshot of old app layout – differential diagonosis


You can read our review of the original app on our mobile resources blog.


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

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.

Library StART pop-up stall Thurs 26 Jan 12-2pm

Library StART (St George’s Assignment Resource Toolkit) is an online guide explaining the steps needed to find the right resources for your assignment, including how to evaluate your resources, and resources for helping you to get your references right. Try the Library StART guide and if you would like to find out more, come visit our pop up stall 26 Jan 12-2pm in the Social Learning Space. Cupcakes provided!


Information Skills Training Sessions Jan – Mar 2017

The Library offers a range of free training sessions to meet your needs, from how to use databases to find the resources you need, preparing you for a systematic review, to helping you create a professional social media presence.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact to book.

*New* Using Twitter for Promotions

You will learn how to use Twitter for promotional purposes, find out about useful Twitter functions and tools such as Hootsuite and Storify.
Recommended for: Useful for anyone involved in a team or department Twitter account, or thinking of creating one.
Requirements: Users should be familiar with Twitter, as there will be a hands on element to the session.
Mon 13th Feb 12.00 – 13.30

Finding the evidence: databases and search skills

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Wed 25th Jan 12.00 – 13.00
Tues 7th Mar 12.00 – 13.00

Searching databases using OvidSP
Mon 23rd Jan – 10.00 – 11.30
Mon 20th Feb – 11.00 – 12.30
Tues 21st Mar – 14.00 – 15.30

Evidence based healthcare resources
Tues 24th Jan 11.00 – 12.30
Tues 21st Feb 11.00 – 12.30
Mon 20th Mar 11.00 – 12.30

Searching NHS databases
Tues 17th Jan 14.00-15.30
Thurs 9th Feb 11.00-12.30
Thurs 23rd Feb 10.00-11.30
Tues 7th Mar 10.00 – 11.30
Thurs 23rd Mar 14.00 – 15.30

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Thurs 16th Mar 10.30 – 12.00

Keeping up to date
Weds 15th Feb 12.30 – 14.00

Citation metrics – an overview
Thurs 23rd Feb 12.00-13.00

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Weds 18th Jan 13.00-16.00
Tues 21st Feb 13.00-16.00
Thurs 23rd Mar 10.00- 13.00

Email: to arrange a time

Getting Started with Twitter
Fri 27th Jan 12.00 – 13.30

Personalized 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 organize a bespoke session please email us at


Making the most of your Winter Break

This week we have a guest post by DrRosie MacLachlan, Lecturer in Learning Development


You’ve reached the end of a very busy term, and are looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation. But for many courses, January means not just short-lived resolutions and depleted bank balances, but also assessment deadlines and exams. So how can you make the most of the winter break, taking well-deserved time off to recharge, while also making sure you come back ready to smash those January deadlines? Here are some top tips that we think may help:

Think about your environment

After several hectic months, you may feel you’ve finally settled into an effective study routine. Maybe you’ve found your perfect library desk – distraction-free, and not too noisy – or achieved domestic harmony with housemates keeping you well fed during study sessions. Suddenly, at the end of term, everything changes. If you’re going to be elsewhere during the holidays, don’t let the new environment disrupt your flow; make sure you take some time to think about where you can study. Even if you’re only staying somewhere for a couple of days, choose a space and make it your study zone. Find a table you can work at with no distractions, whether in a local coffee shop or a corner of your bedroom, and train yourself to associate this space with work.

Library Tip: The Library is closed from Friday 23 December 3pm and re-open Monday 2 Jan 9am-9pm (self-service). Computer rooms are accessible throughout this period with a valid ID card.

Make a plan

Let’s be honest, this really has been a busy term. You probably don’t remember everything you’ve heard in every lecture, and the temptation for studying over the holiday may be to plunge straight back into those notes. However, you’ll find you can study much more effectively if you use the extra time to take a step back and consider the long view. How do topics you’ve studied this term connect to each other? Where are there gaps in your knowledge, and can you best fill them? Use your first study sessions of the holidays to review what you’ve achieved so far, and be strategic about what you need to cover next: study smarter, not harder.

Library Tip: For help in organising your study time check out Exam & Essay Survival Hacks book display. Our Wakelet also links to the catalogue records for the books.

Reduce distractions

For lots of people, this time of year is all about catching up with old friends – and renewing family tensions. While you may not be able to control any noisy relatives staying in your house (see tip 1, about finding a good study environment), just as many social distractions are likely to come from your tablet or smart phone. Having a productive break is all about achieving balance: spend time with those you love, and spread the online cheer, but make sure you can focus when you need to. If you struggle with online distractions, programs like Cold Turkey and FocusMe allow you to block certain sites and notifications for a set period of time – turn them on for an hour’s study, and then reward yourself with 15 minutes of social media.

Library Tip:  MBBS student and Learning Advcocate Ele Clancey tried the Forest: Stay Focus app and recommends it as a way of keeping focussed.

Make the most of those around you

If you do have a full house this holiday season, make the most of it. For those preparing written assignments over the break, getting your ideas down in words can be made much easier by first talking them through with someone. This doesn’t need to be someone who knows much about the topic at hand, just someone who is prepared to listen to what you say, and question you on anything that isn’t clear. Equally, if you need to revise for a multiple choice exam, prepare flashcards with all your key definitions and ask somebody else to test you on them. So, next time somebody at home politely asks how your course is going, grab them!


Finally, make sure you do take time to relax over the next few weeks. Holidays are great for spending time with loved ones, and if you have something special planned give yourself time to switch off and enjoy it. Remember too that short mid-winter days affect energy levels – it’s important to listen to your body and rest when you need it. Make sure you spend some time outside during daylight every day, and don’t forget that (much as we may hate to admit it) there’s life outside your course and St George’s.

Dr Rosie McLachlan runs the Academic Skills Centre in the Library Foyer

The Academic Skills Centre drop in is now closed for Christmas, and will re-open on Monday 9th January.

Please email Rosie at for a booked appointment or alternative support during this period.

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