Friday, 7 December 2012

10 of the Best: 6# MEDLINE

After a short break we’re back with our feature ‘10 of the Best’, promoting some of the top information resources for students, staff and researchers across the Faculty. And this month we’re looking at Medline

Now you can probably tell that we’re not ranking these top 10 resources in order because otherwise Medline would almost certainly be up there at number 1. Containing more than 8.7 million records and with over 5,516 journals indexed, Medline is probably the most comprehensive database of medical and health care literature available. So if you’re looking for journal articles or conference proceedings to support your studies or research, Medline is the place to go. 

But how do you go about searching such a mammoth database? 

Well before you do anything you need to make sure that you’re logged into MUSE. Medline is available via a subscription paid for by the Library so if you want full access wherever you are, make sure you log into MUSE first. Then from the Library tab access the Library's catalogue StarPlus and  search for 'Medline'. From the search results select 'Medline via OvidSP' and click 'view online'. 

Once you’re connected to Medline you can then begin your search. There are both basic and advanced search options but for the most thorough search you should always choose the advanced search box. From here you can link your keywords to the database’s subject headings, ensuring none of your search terms are missed, and you can explode or focus your results as needed. 

Check out our Medline tutorial for a full guide on using Medline as well as all our top tips on getting the most out of your search;

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Box of Broadcasts Trial - Available until 12 December ONLY!

We have secured a trial account to Box of Broadcasts, an off-air recording and media archive service. BoB allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days, as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels.
After a programme is recorded users can stream a Flash video in a web page - in a similar way to BBC's iPlayer. BoB stores recorded TV and Radio programmes in an archive indefinitely* for all users to enjoy. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres, including medicine, health and science, and that number is set to rise as more higher education institutions join BoB.

Please contact Clare Scott for details of how to access this trial.

This trial is only available until 12 December. It is expensive to subscribe so we really need to know what you think. Please let give us your feedback on this service here: 

Friday, 23 November 2012

Eating and Drinking Policy

Hi, hope you're all enjoying the newly refurbished Health Sciences Library (RHH). Just a quick reminder that RHH now has a new eating and drinking policy which only allows bottled-water inside the Library. There is however an eatwithUS cafe selling a range of hot and cold food and drinks right outside the Library, along with plenty of social spaces where you can go if you've brought your own snacks. 

Our new policy was agreed after consultation with students however we will be reviewing it after 6 months. So if you've got any comments or strong views either for or against the new policy do let us know. Leave a comment below or fill in a comment slip the next time you're in the Library. 

Friday, 16 November 2012

Health Sciences Library is now open!

The newly refurbished Health Sciences Library (RHH) reopened its doors on the 5th November and it's already proving a popular service among staff and students. The Library holds stock covering every area taught in our Faculty and caters for every department; so if you're a student in Dentistry, Human Communication Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Orthoptics or ScHARR, this is the Library for you! 

We have collaborative learning spaces and silent study facilities, with lots of PC's and desk spaces. We also have bookable group study rooms. There's friendly and knowledge staff on hand to answer any enquiries you might have and there's a new cafe just outside the Library for those all important study breaks. 

So come and pay us a visit.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Spotlight on Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier is a new resource for global business literature and data, such as country and industry reports. It also provides company profiles, which will be useful for any student preparing for job applications or interviews.

The database has text to speech functionality (in English) for documents in html format. The search interface can be translated into a number of different languages, and articles in html format can also be translated. If you create a personalised account within the database, you can organise your search results in folders and add notes to documents that you save. You can also save searches, create alerts and RSS feeds. Apps for iPhone and Android devices are available.

This database will be of interest to students and researchers in a range of disciplines across the University. To get access, open StarPlus from the library tab in MUSE and click the Log in link in the top right corner. Type Business Source Premier into the University Collections search box.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

New web pages to improve your information skills

Be sure to have a look at our fantastic new web pages on information literacy.

Find out what information literacy is and what it can do for you by watching the video ‘What is Information Literacy?’

Find out how information literacy can help you with writing assignments and conducting research. The pages are split into useful sections to support you at different stages: Getting started, Writing assignments, Research skills, and Employability.

The information literacy pages are one part of our Learning and Research Services web pages which have also had a face lift to make finding information easier.

Find useful subject resources, get help with research, find your librarian, and see how they can help you.

All from Learning and Research Services on the Library home page.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Effective Internet Searching

The Information Skills tutorial Effective Internet Searching has been completely overhauled and updated, please take a look.
In this tutorial you will:
  • Understand in broad terms how search engines work
  • Discover what the invisible web is and why it matters
  • Try out a selection of handy techniques and tips for quicker, more effective searches
  • Learn about other sources of information and when to use them
Effective Internet Searching is just one of a number of tutorials the Library provides through the Information Skills Resource
Access it from the Library tab in MUSE and/or from the Library web home page

Refurbishment 2012 - Update

Great news! The date for the reopening of the Health Sciences Library has now been set. The Library will reopen on Monday 5th November at 10am

In order to move all the books back and complete the final finishing touches, all services at the site will end on Tuesday 30th October 5pm and will be unavailable until the following Monday. If there are any books that you need during that time please make a reservation and we will try and process everything as soon as we can.

Once again thank you for all your patience during this time. We know it'll be worth it once the new Library is unveiled. But for now here are a couple of photos for a sneak peak....

Monday, 1 October 2012

History of Medicine

Hello to all our first year Medical students. 

You should be starting on your first assignment soon, exploring the 'History of Medicine', and as always the Library is here to help. If you came along to the Library's Induction lecture the other week you will have been given our new literature searching guide, full of top tips on how to find material for your essay. This was written especially to support the 'History of Medicine' assignment so if you didn't get one make sure you drop into the Library and pick one up. 

Remember as well that you can always visit the Skills Suite in the Information Commons where librarians are available to help you plan and carry out your search. Just call in or ask for directions at the Level 1 Information Desk.

In the meantime if you're looking for a bit of inspiration to get started, try checking out some of the websites below;

Friday, 14 September 2012

Welcome everyone!

Welcome to all our new and returning students. We'll be seeing you all soon at various workshops and induction sessions but in the mean time why not check out our new induction presentation - there's a chance to win an Amazon voucher!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Ebooks - your essential guide

So ebooks, we all know what they are but do you know how to make the most of them? How to annotate online, when to download and how much you can print? The Library buys hundreds of ebooks each year and you can find them all via our Library catalogue StarPlus but they don’t all come from the same supplier. As a result there are lots of different rules governing how you can use them. Here is a quick guide to our main supplies and some top tips on how to make the most of your e reading experience... 


This is our main supplier. If there’s an ebook you want and dawsonera has it we’ll be buying it from them. Dawsonera allows you two options with ebooks. You can either ‘read online’ or you can download the book onto a memory stick or your computer drive where it will last as a pdf format for 24 hours. This is great if you know you’ve only got a short internet connection. 

If you’re reading the ebook online you can also annotate the text, just click on the yellow notes tab. The reader portal recognises who you are each time you log in and your notes will be saved for your next session. 

If you want a hard copy of the text Dawsonera allows you to print up to 5% of any ebook per user. 


You can generally download or print 10 pages of a MyiLibrary ebook, although this may differ slightly as the publisher sets the limits.

The MyiLibrary software works best if you use the chapter navigation on the left-hand side to navigate the book.


You cannot download from NetLibrary ebooks, but you can print a percentage of the book. This percentage is again set by the publishers so will vary book to book, if you click on the print button within a book it will tell you how many pages you're allowed for that book.

If you're using a Mac to view NetLibrary ebooks, you will need to install a PDF Browser plug-in which can be found in the help section.

Taylor and Francis archive:

With these ebooks, you can save or print one chapter, or 5% of the book, whichever is greater.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Welcome new students!

Congratulations to our new students who received their results yesterday. You can relax now you know you are coming to The University of Sheffield, Times Higher Education UK University of the Year.

If you’d like to find out about our library services in advance, you can find the introductory information you will need here:

You can also follow the library on Twitter @UniSheffieldLib, and follow this blog for news relating to your faculty.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, fingers crossed for some more sunshine!

Looking forward to meeting you all in September. 

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

How to find 'Find it'

Hi, you may have noticed that we've recently made some changes to the links you see from the Library tab in  MUSE. In particular we've removed the link to 'Find it', our e-journals database. But don't panic! You can still access all the Library's e-journals only now we recommend that you use our new Library catalogue StarPlus

From StarPlus you can search for and access all our Library content (both print and electronic) so it's no longer necessary to have separate links for e-journals and ebooks. So to search for books, journal titles and databases simply use the 'University Collections'  tab on the StarPlus homepage. 

However 'find it' is still available if you want to use it  - for example it can be useful for browsing a list of journals by subject. To find it simply go the StarPlus homepage and there will be a link at the top of the page 'Findit@sheffield ejournals A-Z'.

For any queries or problems just contact the Library helpdesk. 
Tel: (0114) 222 7200

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Pemberton Lecture - 10th September 2012

The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) has just announced the details of their second Pemberton Lecture and this year they welcome guest lecturer Sir Iain Chalmers, Coordinator of The James Lind Initiative. 

In an analysis published in the Lancet in 2009, Chalmers and Glasziou estimated that there is avoidable waste of 85% of the 100 billion US dollars invested every year in medical research. A follow-up series of papers looking into this problem in preclinical, clinical, and epidemiological research is currently being prepared. Iain Chalmers will present some preliminary findings from this work.” (ScHARR)

The Pemberton lecture will take place on Monday, 10th September 2012 at 5pm - Students Union Auditorium, University of Sheffield. All staff and students are welcome to attend and there will also be a wine reception afterwards 

For more details and to book a seat visit the ScHARR website;

Monday, 9 July 2012

Vacation loans

Just a reminder that for all students, University staff and NHS staff, normal loans taken out during the summer vacation are now issued until the 28th September. Please note however that an item may be recalled if someone else requests it and that you will have just 15 days to return a recalled item.

Loan periods for external borrowers will remain at 1 week.

For full details regarding vacation loans click here. Or for enquiries please contact the Library HelpDesk on (0114) 222-7200

Monday, 11 June 2012

New eBooks

Some more new books added to the Library's collections this month. Click on the title covers to go straight to the full-text;


Skilled interpersonal communication [electronic resource] : research, theory and practice / Ramon (Rom) Lewis         Rutter's child and adolescent psychiatry [electronic resource].       Communicable disease control and health protection handbook [electronic book] / Jeremy Hawker ... [et al.].


Clinical orthoptics [electronic resource] / Fiona J. Rowe - 3rd ed.       ABC of colorectal cancer [electronic resource] / edited by Annie Young - 2nd ed.       Medical microbiology and infection at a glance [electronic resource] / Stephen H. Gillespie - 4th ed.

Monday, 14 May 2012

"The Rough Guide to..."

Hi, we've recently updated some of our travel books from the 'Rough Guide' series here at HSL. These were initially suggested for purchase by students planning their elective placements, so if you're getting ready to study abroad or just off on your hols, check out these new editions for some traveling inspiration.

 Click on the links for full details;

The Rough Guide to Australia - 10th ed.

The Rough Guide to China - 6th ed.

The Rough Guide to India - 8th ed.

The Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland - 7th ed.

The Rough Guide to the Caribbean - 3rd ed.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Library Refurb

As part of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health's Medical School redevelopment, the Health Sciences Library (HSL) at RHH is being refurbished, and the work is now well under way.  The journal archives and non-core reading materials have been relocated to Western Bank Library and the study space area blocked off. The main entrance and service point however are still in use and will continue to be throughout the refurbishment period (April-September), along with 5,000 core titles that will be still be immediately accessible for customers.

To keep up-to-date with all the latest developments you can follow the Faculty's blog or hear the latest news via their twitter account, @SheffUniMDH. There's also lots of information on the Library webpages including details on where to go for alternative study space and IT facilities.

It's a really exciting time for the Library and the Faculty and we're working hard to make sure we minimize the disruption during this period. We'll see you in the new HSL this September!

Artists impression of the new HSL

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Web of Knowledge Mobile Access

Web of Knowledge have recently brought out a new mobile version of their database so now you can search for articles on the go. The mobile interface contains many of the same features; so there's all the advanced search options, you can set alerts, view your search history and send references to endnoteweb.

To get started all you need to do is go to from your phone and log in with your personal WoK username and password.

If you haven't created a WoK account before just follow the steps below;

  1. From a normal PC log into MUSE and go to Web of Knowledge from the library tab.

  2. Once in Web of Knowledge click on 'sign in'.

  3. Then click 'register' to create a new account (when registering it's best to use your @sheffield email address).

You can now use your new password for the mobile interface as well as accessing all the database's advanced features. All you need to remember is to log into your new account at least every 6 months from an IP authenticated computer to ensure your account stays active.


For more information or trouble-shooting see the WoK webpages below;