Quick Start Library Guide: 4 – St George’s Library @ home

There is a lot to information take in during your first week, so we have picked out 5 things you need to know about the Library and each day this week we will tell you about a different aspect of the Library service through our blog.


4 – St George’s Library @ home

In addition to borrowing items from the Library, you can access the Library’s extensive collection of databases, e-journals and e-books from home using your SGUL login.

Visit the Library homepage: www.sgul.ac.uk/library and use the links to databases, journals and the catalogue to search for and access the resources you need.

For step by step instructions on accessing library resources using your SGUL login, visit the Library’s How to…Guides page.  Download “Accessing SGUL electronic resources off-site” from the Helpsheets section or view our “How to…” videos.

Web of Knowledge – new interface

On 17th July Web of Knowledge will be upgrading to version 5.

Web of Knowledge is the platform used to search the Web of Science Citation Indexes, which can be used to find citing articles, as well as view links between articles using citation mapping and citation reports.

The interface layout is the same.  Changes focus on numerous functional enhancements to search, display, citation metrics, results management and analysis.

Find out more


BMJ Best Practice trial extended

NHS Athens users – the  trial of BMJ Best Practice has now been extended to 31st January 2011. Look out for the evaluation survey which will take place at the end of December 2010 and into January 2011 and enter the free prize draw courtesy of BMJ.  When this trial is over please note that this resource will still be available, but for walk in use in the Library computer rooms only.

BMJ Best Practice replaces BMJ Clinical Evidence for University staff and students

The University now subscribes to BMJ Best Practice. This resource combines the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis, and incorporates BMJ Clinical Evidence.  Off-site access requires a University username / password. Access to Clinical Evidence via this site http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/ is no longer available for University staff and students.

Please note that for NHS staff, Clinical Evidence is still available, and requires an NHS Athens account. Best Practice is available as a trial until 31 December 2010, and again requires an NHS Athens account.

Emerald Health Care Collection Trial extended to end of September

NHS Athens users:

The Emerald Health Care Collection Trial has now been extended to the end of September 2010.

If you haven’t used this resource yet here is a reminder…

This collection covers all aspects of healthcare management including audit, guidelines, best practice, patient welfare, policy, ethics, strategy, leadership and much more.

To access these management resources you will need to log in via http://www.athensams.net/myathens with your NHS Athens username and password.
Click on Local Resources tab. Look for Emerald Healthcare Management in the alphabetical list and click on this to take you through.

In order to evaluate the trial, Emerald have set up a survey to get your feedback on this resource.   If you have used this resource and would like to have your say please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/londonhealthlibraries

For those completing the survey and giving contact details, you will be entered into a prize draw to win £40 M&S vouchers courtesy of Emerald.

SciVerse – new integrated search from Elsevier

From Elsevier’s website  “Elsevier is launching SciVerse to bring together solutions like ScienceDirect, Scopus, the web content from Scirus, and SciTopics into one point of access, enabling more efficient search and discovery for our users.”

SciVerse Hub Beta will be launched on August 28th, 2010, coinciding with the launch of three SciVerse Applications as well as interoperability enhancements to both the SciVerse ScienceDirect and SciVerse Scopus platforms.

Further information is available here: http://www.acceleratescience.com/faq

Improved OvidSP search platform – goes live 2nd August at 3pm

OvidSP is a search platform, subscribed to by the University, which can be used to search major health databases such as Medline, Embase and PsycInfo.

OvidSP will switch over to the new interface on 2nd August at 3pm. Please note that the new version will retain all of your saved settings and customizations in your personal account.

Resource selection

To select or change the database you are searching (such as Medline or Embase) click on Ovid Resources to view the databases available to you through OvidSP.

Tip: Only select one database at a time.  It is possible to select multiple databases, but you will lose important features such as “map to subject heading” and those features unique to a database.

Reviewing results

“Sort by” now in the left-hand column.  New “Filter by” options are also available.

Printing, emailing and exporting your results

Managing your results is now much simpler. Instead of the Results Manager box, there are now just three buttons just above your search results for printing, emailing and exporting your results.

Features available with your personal account: My Workspace

A personal account in OvidSP allows you to save your searches (so you can re-run them later), set up alerts, annotate citations with comments and create collections of articles.  My Projects not only allows you to save article citation and abstract details but also text “snippets” and images from the full-text.

More information

See the Searching Healthcare Databases using OvidSP training guide on the Library Website for details on how to search and use the interface.

You can see the changes made by viewing this side-by-side comparison of the new and old interface (PDF 4.78MB).

Intute resource – reduced funding from July 2010

Following a reduction in funding, Intute has published FAQs providing further information on the future of this valuable resource for study and research. From 31 July 2010, the Intute website will offer a reduced service with link checking and essential support work carried out during the next academic year.  The Intute database of Web resources will not be maintained after July 2011.

With regard to the Virtual Training Suite, 30 new tutorials were launched in June 2010, and  JISC funding has been provided to maintain this Suite in the 2010/11 academic year.  During 2010/11 alternative funding models, including subscription and membership, will be explored. All of the tutorials will remain available. Developments will be posted via the Virtual Training Suite website.