Archive for January, 2009

Information Skills Training Feb-Mar 2009

Information Skills Training Feb-Mar 2009

The lastest Information Skills Training dates for NHS staff are now available for Spring 09.

To book email or call our training administrator on 020 8725 5642 (ext 5642)

The Cochrane Library. This crucial resource is the best place to find top  quality systematic reviews to support your professional practice or service developement- Monday 9th February 1.00-2.00pm

E-Journals and E-Books for NHS Staff . The session guides you around 3,000 NHS electronic journals and over 400 electronic books, direct from your desktop-Wednesday 18th March 1.00-2.30pm

Evidence-Based Healthcare Resources. Outlines the key high quality evidence-based healthcare resources- 11th February 10.30am-12.00pm

Healthcare Databases for Beginners. An introductory course to searching primary research databases such as Medline, Embase , Cinahl and Health Management databases via the National Library for Health Search- every Wednesday 4.00-5.00pm

Healthcare Databases in 120 Minutes. For those looking for a little more  from their information searching using advanced search techniques and alerts- Thursday February 2.00-4.00pm

PubMed. Improve your knowledge of this popular free version of  Medline- Wednesday 25th March- 10.00-12.00pm

Reference Manager. Learn how to manage your references and create speedy bibliographies- Tuesday 17th February 3.00-4.30pm and Tuesday 17th March 3.00-4.30pm

Researcher’s Toolbox. A half-day course concentrating on the the skills required to undertake a comprehensive search of the healthcare literature- Tuesday 24th February 10.0am-1.00pm

For more information about the sessions see our Information Skills Training webpage

If you cannot make the above dates please come and talk to the NHS Liaison Librarian (020 8725 5441 ext 5441) to arrange a more convenient time. We can also offer bespoke training for groups at mutually convenient times or tailored 1-2-1 sessions.


January 29, 2009 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

UK Database of Uncertainties and the Effects of Treatment (UK Duets)

UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatment (UK DUETs) Specialist Library

The UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatment (UK DUETs) becomes a Specialist Library within the National Library for Health. UK DUETs, a resource to help those prioritising research in the UK, is now available in the National Library for Health (NLH), and will be incorporated in NHS Evidence later this year. UK DUETs can be searched or browsed at, and the results of searches can be downloaded.

DUETs has been established in the UK to publish uncertainties about the effects of treatments that cannot currently be answered by referring to reliable, up-to-date systematic reviews of existing research evidence

January 29, 2009 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Annual Evidence Update on Patient Safety

Annual Evidence Update on Patient Safety: 26-30 January 2009

An update of the evidence on this topic from the NLH Patient and Public Involvement Specialist Library. This Annual Evidence Update considers the issue of patient involvement in patient safety, which can be defined as: the actions that patients take to reduce the likelihood of medical errors and/or the actions that patients take to mitigate the effects of medical errors when they do occur. The Annual Evidence Update looks at the ways in which patients can help to improve patient safety, and also at the willingness of patients to perform safety-related behaviours. Find out more at

January 29, 2009 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

Services to keep you up to date with journal content

There is a growing number of services available to keep up to date with scholarly and healthcare  journals.  Below some of the main ones are described. All are free to use although Zetoc is a subscription service and off-site requires a login using NHS Athens username & password.

Some of these services use RSS feeds. What is RSS?

Zetoc RSS / Alerts
The Zetoc database contains details of approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. It covers all subject areas for publications from 1993 to date, and is updated daily. A list of journals included can be found here Three features are provided:

Zetoc Search: for citations of journal articles and conference proceedings
Zetoc Alert: to set up alerts to receive emails for  journal table of contents (TOCS) or new articles which match your search criteria
Zetoc RSS: to set up RSS feeds for journal TOCs

Zetoc is a joint venture between the British Library and MIMAS at the University of Manchester.

ticTOCs – Tables of Contents Service
ticTOCs is a new scholarly journal tables of contents (TOCs) service.  It’s easy to use, and it provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers. Search for Tables of Contents, view the latest TOC for each journal, link to the full text of around 250,000 articles (where subscription allows), export TOC feeds to popular feedreaders, and select and save (by ticking them) journal titles in order to view future TOCs. Register to ensure your MyTOCs are permanently saved.

Heriot-Watt University is one of the partners involved in developing this service, which was funded by JISC.

FeedNavigator – medical sources only
From the University of Helsinki, FeedNavigator downloads medical RSS feeds published by websites and aggregates their content into a single feed, latest news first. This gives access to over 4,000 medical sources, including numerous journal Tables of Contents, which are updated continuously.
The latest issues of popular science journals on one page. You can select from various subject areas. There is also a facility to search journal content.

January 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

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