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Reference Management Software

By Abir Mukherjee, on 1 October 2014

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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:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/training/guides

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/training/guides/webguides/refscitesplag

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

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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.

 

 

Features

  • 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.

E-Resource of the Month – PsycInfo

By Abir Mukherjee, on 17 June 2014

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imagesPSy 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.

 

Key features

psych2The 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 lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk or see the appropriate subject librarian at other UCL Library sites.

E-Resource of the month – UpToDate

By Abir Mukherjee, on 23 May 2014

u2d555Although, 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. 

Key features

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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.

Medical Calculators

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.

Knowledge Awareness Week 2014 (#kaw2014)

By Abir Mukherjee, on 20 May 2014

Knowledge Awareness Week

As readers are probably aware, this week is Knowledge Awareness Week (#kaw2104) at the Cruciform Library and there are drop-in sessions everyday at 1pm providing a very brief introduction to just some of the wide range of biomedical e-resources available via UCL Library Services for students and staff researchers.

As with other e-resources mentioned previously, most of these resources are available on the walk-in Explore machines as well as remotely for UCL students/staff via the library web-pages and ISD Login when prompted. The medical apps discussed in the coming session on Friday are available free to download but Athens registration may be required to download content in some cases, as well as for logging in to Anatomy TV.

Here are some brief external links for those who may not be able to make it to these sessions:-

PubMed Video Guides 

 Ovid Online training (Medline)

Web of Science video guides

Scopus video guide

BMJ Best Practice

UpToDate

Clinical Key

Anatomy TV

NICE smartphone and tablet apps

 

 

50 Shades of Grey Literature

By Abir Mukherjee, on 13 May 2014

Reading-pile-300x300Grey literature has been defined as: ‘That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers.’

 Grey literature for inclusion in biomedical systematic reviews can consist of:

• Technical or research reports from government agencies

• Reports from scientific research groups

• Working papers from research groups or committees

• Doctoral dissertations

• Some conference proceedings and official publications

• Correspondence from journal authors  

 Biomedical databases such as Medline; CINAHL; Embase may include various types of grey literature along with publisher-controlled literature. Limiting search results by “publication type” can refine database search results for only grey literature.

 Why is grey literature important?

 Grey literature can be important as resources such as dissertations; conference proceedings or research reports may explore emerging research niches where little evidence or literature already exists or the latest developments in a particular field yet to find its way into the journal literature.

 References:

  1. Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature: New Frontiers in Grey Literature. GreyNet, Grey Literature Network Service, Washington DC, USA, 4-5 October 1999.