By Abir Mukherjee, on 29 October 2014
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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 :
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:
By Rose Pearson, on 22 September 2014
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7679 9674.
We look forward to see you here!
By Abir Mukherjee, on 20 August 2014
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 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 : email@example.com, if you have further information on the UCL archive photograph – UCH Dispensary )
By Abir Mukherjee, on 29 July 2014
This 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.
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.
By Abir Mukherjee, on 17 June 2014
Readers may be familiar with Ovid SP Medline or NICE Evidence as interfaces for their biomedical searches, and this month’s blog post looks at PsycINFO – one of the bibliographic databases that can be searched from Ovid or independently. As with the other e-resources described, the database can be accessed on site or remotely by UCL Students and Staff via the Library Homepage and Explore by choosing ”Find Databases” at the top of the page, then selecting PsycInfo from the alphabetical list.
What is it?
PsycINFO (going back to 1806) has records about journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law. It may be particularly relevant for those UCL biomedical students or staff whose research has a public health; epidemiology or sociology aspect to it.
The default is set to advanced search with ‘Keyword search’ and ‘Map Term to Subject Heading’ pre-selected. Users can build their search strategy using a PICO (Patient / Intervention/ Comparison / Outcome) or concept approach combining keywords and subject headings. Users can select Expand by the Search History to build their search line by line. Advanced filters to refine searches by publication date / type of resource / language / etc are also available.
How do I access it?
As with the other e-resources described, the database can be accessed on site or remotely by UCL Students and Staff via the Library Homepage and Explore by choosing “Find Databases” at the top of the page, then selecting PsycInfo from the alphabetical list. UCL ISD Login and password required when accessing remotely. PsycInfor can aslo be selected from Medline or NICE Evidence searches (Athens username required for NICE Evidence)
- For tailored help with literature searches for journal articles using biomedical databases at the Cruciform Library, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see the appropriate subject librarian at other UCL Library sites.
By Abir Mukherjee, on 23 May 2014
Although, readers may recall previous posts on Point of Care online decision tools from last year, this months E-Resource of the Month for May is ‘UpToDate’ to reflect that many of our users spend most of their working week either studying or working in hospital.
As with the other e-resources described, the database can be accessed on site or remotely by UCL Students and Staff via the Library Homepage and Explore by choosing ”Find Databases” at the top of the page.
What is it?
UpToDate is an online resource with synthesized reviews covering 9,500 topics in 20 specialties aiming to provide clinicians with access to recent evidence-based medical information and practical recommendations at the point of care. UCL biomedical students may find this a timely introduction to a resource that provides topic overviews as well as focussed Summary and Recommendations features for different conditions.
Practice Changing UpDates specific new recommendations and updates anticipated to potentially change usual clinical practice.
Patient Education — 1,500 articles that clinicians can review with patients in the exam room, print out as handouts, or send via email, drawn on the same evidence-based information.
Graphics Search – search tens of thousands of pictures, charts, movies, illustrations and more – all without ever leaving UpToDate.
Drugs & Drug Interactions (Lexicomp®)
How do I access it?
Via the UCL Library webpages and Explore either through UCL desktops or remotely (UCL computer ID and password required when prompted if accessing remotely). From the Library homepage, “Finding databases” can be selected from the tabs at the top. UpToDate can be then be found alphabetically or by choosing it from the “Biomedicine and Health” options from the drop-down list.