#KAW2015 and beyond

By Abir Mukherjee, on 21 May 2015

As some of our readers at the Cruciform may or may not be aware, Learning at Work and Knowledge Awareness Week (KAW 2015) is drawing to a close, but this post is a reminder that our specialist library staff are on-hand all year round to offer help with finding resources and with specific biomedical e-resource support.

Aside from providing freebies and stationery requests, Library Staff can offer support with medical databases such as Medline or Web of Science; help with accessing Point of Care tools like UpToDate or provide refresher training for reference tools such as Endnote or Mendeley. Check for upcoming sessions at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/training or for biomedical students, staff and NHS users whose home library is the Cruciform Hub, please email lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk with your training request for tailored 1:1 support.


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E-Resource of the month – ERIC

By Abir Mukherjee, on 28 April 2015

After a short gap, our regular E-Resource of the month feature is back with an Introduction to ERIC for this post. ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) is the world’s most widely used index to educational-related literature. Cruciform Hub users may ask how this resource fits into our normal spectrum of Biomedical e-resources, but ERIC is also useful for cross disciplinary or psychology related topics, in addition to multi-disciplinary resources such as Web of Science or Scopus.

Key points: 1.5 million records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books

Over 650,000 records from scholarly journals, 225,000 records+ from reports, conference proceedings & 14,000+ reference records

How to access:-

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. There are 2 versions available at UCL: via EBSCOhost or via ProQuest and the free interface can be accessed via the Education Resources Information Center website.

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.

NHS Users – Act now to make sure you don’t lose your Medline & PsycInfo searches !

By Abir Mukherjee, on 13 March 2015

Adapted from materials produced by Kate Brunskill,UCL IoN Library and NICE

This post is to advise our NHS UCLH users about upcoming national changes, from 1 April 2015, to the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) interface Databases for Medline and PsycINFO via NHS OpenAthens. UCL researchers accessing OvidSP Medline or PsycInfo via the UCL library electronic resources pages are unaffected.

Information about the changes can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/m3j9oho

 What’s happening?

We have been informed that it is not possible to migrate your HDAS searches and alerts for Medline and PsycINFO to the new ProQuest interface and you must follow the instructions below before 8am on the 30th March 2015 to retain your search details.

 What you need to do

First, note whether your searches and alerts have been saved inside HDAS or inside OvidSP then follow the instructions below. Please feel free to contact your UCLH Library Service if you have questions, or if you need any help with this process.

More help is also available at: NICE library and knowledge services staff communities page.

 Instructions for HDAS

If you have a search saved inside HDAS:

  • go to HDAS and log in
  • click Saved Searches to see a list of your searches
  • tick the box next to the search you want to save and click Run Search
  • when it has completed, highlight the search steps displayed onscreen and copy the text into Word.

If you have an alert saved inside HDAS:

  • go to HDAS and log in
  • click Alerts to see a list of your alerts
  • for the alert you want to save, click the link underneath ‘Search name’ on the right hand side and then click Run Search
  • when it has completed, highlight the search steps displayed onscreen and copy the text into Word.

 Instructions for OvidSP

If you have a search or an alert saved inside OvidSP:

  • go to OvidSP and log in (using Athens login, top right)
  • click My Workspace and login; click My Searches & Alerts to see a list
  • click the tiny pencil icon next to the search or alert you want to save
  • highlight the search steps displayed onscreen and copy the text into Word.

 What happens next?

You will need to manually re-enter your search when the new interface has been switched on 1 April 2015. You will not receive any alerts until you re-enter the search.

  • From 1 April to July 2015 there will be a period when we have access to reduced search options and the differences between the previous and the new search fields and limits may mean that your search cannot be replicated exactly.
  • After July 2015, full search options should become available and you can re-instate any settings you have been missing.

 Just to re-iterate, these changes only affect NHS users accessing HDAS or PsycInfo via Open Athens, and there are no changes for those with UCL ISD access, or working on the walk-in Explore machines. If you have any queries, please email lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk or contact other UCLH Library Service staff.


Installing the new DynaMed app (NHS UCLH users)

By Abir Mukherjee, on 9 March 2015

Specifically for our UCLH users or those UCL Staff also working at UCLH, this post looks at installing the updated Dynamed app for mobile devices. The new DynaMed app features a simpler way to authenticate your device and no longer requires contacting Dynamed Support for a serial number. The app works on up to 3 devices and also has offline content.

The app requires:

  • A current OpenAthens account
  • Any iPhone® or iPad® or iPod touch® running iOS 7.0 or higher
  • Any Android device running Android 2.4 or higher
  • At least 500MB of memory.

 For information on how to use the app after you’ve installed it, please see EBSCO’s guide: Using the DynaMed app – FAQs .

To download and authenticate the DynaMed app:

  1. Download the free DynaMed app from the iTunes App store/Google Play
  2. Access DynaMed by logging in with OpenAthens
  3. dm1Click on the Mobile link in the DynaMed toolbar at the top of the screen.
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    Enter your email address and click Send.

  5. An authentication link is emailed to you.
  6. Open the email from your mobile device and tap the authentication link (valid for 48 hours) to authenticate the app.
  7. The DynaMed App opens on your device and begins the initial content download (requires wi-fi)

 This post is adapted from http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=3923 (accessed 08/03/15).

Keeping aware of new healthcare evidence

By Abir Mukherjee, on 11 February 2015

What is Current Awareness?

Whether you are a medical researcher at UCL or a clinician at UCLH keeping your team up to date with the latest research, Current Awareness Services send information about the latest publications to you via e-mail or over the web. Services are usually provided by libraries and organisations within their remit to promote the use of good current information and evidence based practice.

Current Awareness Services
The LondonLinks website, maintained by the electronic Knowledge Access Team (eKAT) for the London Health Libraries network and monitored by the London Health Libraries Council has a number of useful resources including links to Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) and Current Awareness Bulletins for Nurses and Professions Allied to Medicine, produced by the Bloomsbury Healthcare Library.http://www.londonlinks.nhs.uk/current_awareness


Eyes on Evidence, the monthly e-bulletin from NICE Evidence Search, also has updates of new and important evidence and key developments on the Evidence Search portal. Readers can also submit comments and feedback on articles and evidence contained in previous issues. The bulletin comes out on the second Wednesday of the month and can be sent to any e-mail address. To signup, please go to:



NICE Evidence Current Awareness Bulletins



If you have any queries regarding current awareness services via the Cruciform Hub medical library, please email lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk .


By Abir Mukherjee, on 3 February 2015

dmThis post is a quick reminder for UCLH NHS Staff of an e- resource available with their up to date UCLH Athens accounts – Dynamed, a point of care tool to help clinicians in their working environments. Login is via https://dynamed.ebscohost.com .

“Dynamed authors review 500 medical journals daily…evaluate for clinical relevance and then integrate new evidence with existing content to produce Systematic Literature Surveillance. ”

(adapted from Dynamed website)

The resource is also available as an app for mobile devices. For further queries accessing this resource or other medical resources, please contact lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk


Free e-books for mobile devices for F1/F2 UCLH Dr’s!

By Abir Mukherjee, on 21 January 2015






F1 and F2 UCLH Doctors are reminded of a new trial scheme for access to e-books for foundation trainees organised through Medhand and the Cruciform library. F1 and F2 Doctors can sign up to receive free access (on up to five mobile devices) to four core e-books in the package and an additional two from a list of available choices on the website. If you are interested in signing up, please email lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk with the following details or pick up a flyer in the Cruciform Hub and hand it back to library staff:

  • Your name
  • Grade F1 / F2
  • Department
  • UCLH Email Address
  • Contact phone number
  • Contract end date

 You will then receive an email with more detailed instructions but please remember to create the Medhand account first, once you receive your email, before downloading the Dr Companion app, and use your UCLH email when doing so.

Further questions can be sent to lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk or more technical queries about Medhand to support@medhand.net.

New term, new research skills

By Abir Mukherjee, on 9 January 2015

As medical and biomedical students return to their studies at the beginning of this term and may be focussing on their research dissertations or coursework / projects, this blog post is a reminder of some sources of research support available at UCL.

Printable UCL Library Guides: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/training/guides

Researcher support @ UCL: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/research-support

Research support for medical students:www.ucl.ac.uk/medicalschool/rfhmedlib/resources/keyeresources

UCL Cruciform wiki: www.ucl.ac.uk/cruciwik

Reference management tools like Endnote or Mendeley can make life easier by creating a personal database of relevant references which can then be inserted into a word document as well as automatic formatting in a chosen citation style.

Endnote: the Desktop version is available from the start menu on Desktop@UCL and Desktop@UCL Anywhere www.ucl.ac.uk/isd (for access from home / remotely). Endnote via the  UCL Desktop account can also be synchronised with an Endnote Web account.

Mendeley: free to download to your own PC and is now available via UCL Desktop. Users need to register at www.mendeley.com/ for an account and download software.

Cruciform library UCL medical or biomedical student, staff or NHS users who would like more help with a practical session on Endnote or help in searching for articles or searching databases, can email lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk.

Public Health Research? – Don’t forget about NICE Evidence & Trip

By Abir Mukherjee, on 5 January 2015

This month, rather than just one e-resource, this blog post highlights a number of free e-resources particularly useful for the increasing numbers of public health researchers in the Cruciform Hub, as well as both medical students and clinicians. More comprehensive help and guides for UCL Medical Students are also available via the Royal Free Library at www.ucl.ac.uk/medicalschool/rfhmedlib/resources/keyeresources

NICE Evidence (formerly NHS Evidence) includes a free search engine that gives access to clinical and non-clinical information as well as guidelines, systematic reviews, practical implementation tools, and policy documents.

Two further resources that can also be accessed from NICE Evidence include CKS and QIPP.

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (formerly PRODIGY) is a freely available evidence-based information resource encompassing conditions from primary and first-contact care.

Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) collection, provides examples of how NHS staffs are improving quality and productivity throughout the NHS.

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence including international guidelines to support their practice and/or care (adapted from www.tripdatabase.com/about ).

Trip has been available since 1997 and also allows clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.

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.