E-Resource of the month: Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI)

By Abir Mukherjee, on 4 December 2014

Particularly relevant for those researchers with an interest in clinical psychology or psychiatry topics, Ovid SP’s Health and Psychosocial Instruments database (HAPI) provides ready access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/ manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science. HaPI assists researchers, practitioners, educators, administrators, and evaluators, including students, to identify measures needed for research studies, grant proposals, client/patient assessment, class papers/projects, theses/dissertations, and program evaluation (adapted from http://ospguides.ovid.com/OSPguides/hapidb.htm).

Access as with other databases, is via the library pages, selecting electronic resources and databases, then either selecting it from the drop-down list for Psychology or finding it alphabetically. Remote access is possible by again going through the UCL Library web pages, finding the resource as before and entering in UCL ISD login details when prompted.

“I Have Given Birth to Twins in the Enclosed Envelope” – Quotations from UCH Magazine

By Rose Pearson, on 25 November 2014

We continue our series on some of the more unusual items featured in the Cruciform archive collections of University College Hospital (U.C.H.) Magazine with some of the funniest quotes from the publication.

Overheard conversations in the hospital between medical staff, student and patients, were collected under ironic headings such as: “Sayings of the Great”; “Sayings of the not so Great” and  “Sayings of the Wise…and Otherwise.”

Sometimes patients could respond to doctors’ questions in unexpected ways as the following quotes illustrate:


Doctor (to small boy): Now Sonny. I want you to pass water into that glass on the window-sill.

Small Boy: Blimey! from ‘ere?


Doctor: Which ear are you most deaf in?

Patient: The middle ear, Doctor.


Extracts from letters that patients wrote to the Hospital were also included:


“I am amazed to find you have branded my child as illiterate. It’s a wicked lie as I married his father a week before he was born.”

“I have child twelve months old, entirely fed on cows’ milk and another child.”

“In accordance with your instructions I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope.”


Quotes from medical students and members of staff often raised some worrying questions:


Doctor: “How many more swabs are there to come out?”

Sister: “We’ve already got one more than I knew about.”


Miss X: “What is the chief danger of placenta praevia?”

Student: “I suppose the foetus might put its foot in it.”


Matron: “And what sex is it?”

Sister: “Male, I think?”

Matron: “But how do you know?”

Sister: “Well… I’ve never felt anything like this before.”


Mr X: “My dentist told me I hadn’t got halitosis.”

Shocked Voice: “Not even his dentist would tell him.”


More quotes can be found in U.C.H. Magazine.  Copies from 1910-1971 are available for reference in the Cruciform Library under the classmark  CRUCIFORM WX 28 UCH.

Learn something new! November lunch-time Drop in sessions

By Abir Mukherjee, on 29 October 2014

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Images designed by Rose Pearson, Cruciform Hub, Oct 2014.



E-resource of the month: Mendeley

By Abir Mukherjee, on 22 October 2014



With the focus on reference management tools in the last blog post, this month’s e-resource of the month takes a closer look at Mendeley for UCL students and researchers using Desktop@UCL.

Mendeley is freely available as a web version using any browser and is now also available on Desktop@UCL and Desktop@UCL Anywhere (access via the Desktop – Anywhere app) so that the features of the desktop version of Mendeley can be used with the Cite While You Write function (ie creating a Word Document and linking references as well as building the bibliography at the end).

Mendeley also has an app for iPhone / iPad / iPod touch, so you can access your library on-the-go and even read pdf documents that you have in your library offline.

To create an account, go to http://www.mendeley.com , and clicking on ‘Sign up and download’ in the top right takes you to Dashboard, which also has updates for your chosen contacts. References are added by incorporating a bookmarklet to your favourites or links bar which can be clicked on, to drag in your chosen reference. On Desktop@UCL, the bookmarklet is already added as a default on Internet Explorer while Firefox needs the version in Programs> Mendeley to be chosen.

References can be imported from various databases or manually created by choosing File>Add entry manually. For Cite While You Write on Desktop@UCL machines, the version of Word under Programs> Mendeley needs to be opened. More help can be found at :




Reference Management Software

By Abir Mukherjee, on 1 October 2014




As many students and researchers will already be aware, reference management tools can save time by allowing them to:

  • create a personal database of references
  • insert these references into a Word document & build a bibliography
  • format citations and bibliography automatically in the citation style of their choice

At UCL, Endnote x7 is available via Desktop@UCL as well as Endnote Online. Detailed guides to referencing & plagiarism as well as software like Endnote are available on the library pages at:



There are also specific guides to Endnote as well as Mendeley and Zotero as alternatives available online.

From U.C.H. Magazine – “What they Look Like in the U.C.H. Rogues Gallery”

By Rose Pearson, on 22 September 2014

Freshmen close upAs the Cruciform Hub welcomes all the new students enrolling over the next few days, we take a look back at what the average Fresher in the medical school looked like in 1942….

U.C.H. Magazine was the journal of University College Hospital and Medical School, and offers an insight into the lives of the medical students, doctors, nurses and other staff working at the Hospital and University.

As part of a regular series we hope to highlight some of the more interesting and unusual articles featured in the magazine.

The magazine also included a number of less serious items, including this photo which was printed in the October – November Edition in 1942 accompanying a humorous article titled “Welcome to the Freshmen – What they Look Like in the U.C.H. Rogues Gallery.”

An early example of photo manipulation, this is a composite photo of every new student starting in the medical school that year. The article explains how it was produced:

“How was it done? Well, all the photographs of the complete October Entry were printed, one on top of the other, on one and the same piece of sensitized paper. And how sensitive it was!

The exposures were of equal length and each sufficient only to produce a very faint image. Great care was taken to get the eyes, nose, and mouth accurately superimposed. By this means a character common to you all [the students] was repeated more frequently and reproduced more clearly.”

The photograph was also sent to a “Giambattista Della Porta” for a “Reading of the Character and Future” without mentioning that was a composite photograph. His verdict includes:

“It is an exceptionally interesting photograph, but I must confess that I am in one or two ways mystified by it.

One thing that has perplexed me is that there is a streak of femininity that is depicted in a freakish, startling, yet subordinated kind of way”

“The face is strong and intellectual and the person is by no means without originality, wit and humour.

He is of a rather sensitive type, easily provoked and rather passionate.”

“The facial lines denoting the possession of a strong intention to benefit the community as a whole are rather strongly defined.”

“The facial lines denoting a strong intention to benefit himself are clear and deeply marked.”

“There is an obvious sign of some obstacle which is interrupting the smooth train of reasoning, which, in a character such as this, should normally be functioning. It is vitally important that this obstacle should be overcome – success and happiness throughout life depend on this.”

Copies of U.C.H. Magazine from 1910-1971 are available for reference in the Cruciform Library under the classmark CRUCIFORM WX 28 UCH.

Cruciform Hub

By Abir Mukherjee, on 4 September 2014


As many of you are probably aware, the Cruciform Hub opened on Monday 1 September. If you haven’t already visited us, come and have a look and tell our friendly Desk staff (or Tweet to @ucl_crucitwit) what you think of the facilities and improvements!

More information on the Cruciform Hub project is available at:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/cruciform-hub/ as well as http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/sites/cruciform and the Cruciform Facebook and Flickr sites.

Opening hours are currently 09.00-19.00 Monday-Friday only until 21 September. From the start of term we hope to commence 24-hour opening patterns to mirror those at UCL Main and Science Libraries. Staff at The Desk in the Cruciform Hub can help with a variety of enquiries to support you and will provide ad hoc training or tailored 1:1 help on the library’s electronic resources. You can also e-mail your enquiry to lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk or call 020 7679 9674.

We look forward to see you here!

The Cruciform Library – A History

By Abir Mukherjee, on 20 August 2014

10456007_588684317918029_1872421033737400833_n As an aside from our usual blog posts on E-Resources and iSkills, and during the relocation of the Cruciform Library back to the Cruciform Hub, this post is taken from the Cruciform Library team’s post on Facebook by Yu-ju Lin and Clare Pryke, looking back  at the History of the Cruciform Library:-

The Cruciform Building was designed in 1896 by the architect Sir Alfred Waterhouse for University College Hospital. The building was completed in 1906. Its distinctive X shape was designed to provide maximum light and air to the wards. UCH occupied the Cruciform Building until 1993.

The UCL Clinical Sciences Library moved to the Cruciform Building in 1999 and then changed its name to the Cruciform Library. Its location in the basement was previously occupied by different hospital departments including radiotherapy, pharmacy and sterile fluids.

Images: UCH Dispensary in 1948 [ Source : UCL Library Services | Special Collections]; the Cruciform Library before the refurbishment in 2013; the Cruciform Library during recent renovations 2013-2014. ( Please contact the Cruciform Library by email : lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk, if you have further information on the UCL archive photograph – UCH Dispensary )


E-resource of the month – NICE Guidance

By Abir Mukherjee, on 29 July 2014

Picture1This month’s e-resource of the month, with many students still being on their holidays, is a look at the NICE Guidance App as some of our readers make the transition from UCL medical students to working F1 doctors at UCLH. Although many clinical biomedical readers will have downloaded this app already, it is worth reminding users to download it directly from the NICE website – it does require an up-to-date OpenAthens login.

Downloading the app is free for Android, iPhone smartphones or tablets & iPads, enabling offline access to all of NICE’s guidance products, organised by clinical or public health topic.




  • Over 760 items (7000+ chapters) of NICE guidance.
  • Guidance is arranged topically by conditions and diseases, and public health topics
  • Rapidly search all NICE Guidance
  • Select full guidance documents or selections of individual chapters from guidance documents, bookmark individual sections of guidance chapters for use as offline reference on your smartphone / tablet device.

Finch pilot aims to give NHS staff access to high quality research information

By Abir Mukherjee, on 23 July 2014

Today’s blog post looks back at an ongoing pilot study, organised through JISC and scientific publishing groups, that aims to promote access for healthcare professionals to the latest biomedical and medical research, based on the recommendations of the Finch Report.

The year-long pilot enables NHS Staff in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland “free trial access to some of the most respected medical and scientific journals so they can read for themselves the latest trials and research.”  The trial hopes to promote awareness of evidence-based healthcare and give healthcare professionals the opportunity to weigh up the latest developments in the study of disease.

Journal titles are available via JISC Collections.

Further information is available through the JISC website  and via NICE Evidence.