Monday, 27 October 2014

History of Medicine

Hello to all our first year UGs in The Medical School.  You will now be well underway with your 'History of Medicine' assignment, so here's a little reminder of what we went through in your Library induction session:

The Video

StarPlus - The Library Catalogue

StarPlus is the library catalogue, it gives you a single starting point to find information.  To access StarPlus, sign into MUSE using your university username and password and then look for StarPlus - Library Catalogue under 'My Services'.  Remember to sign into StarPlus by clicking 'University Members' on the landing page.

Use the 'University Collections' tab to search for books, ebooks and journals.  A good medical textbook will be a great place to start your research.

Use the 'Articles and more' tab to complete a basic search of journal articles in your subject area. They provide a more detailed view of your subject area and are the best source of academic research.

If you need further assistance using StarPlus, take a look at our Information Skills Resource - Using StarPlus

The Databases

You can also use specialist databases to find information on your subject area.  MEDLINE via OvidSP  is the major international medical database. Take a look at the video above to see a screencast of how to search it for material relating to the history of medicine. Or take a look at our online tutorial .

The Websites

You can always find lots of information online.  In our video we looked at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the Thackray Medical Museum, and The Wellcome Trust, but you will need to check the quality of the websites that you are using.  If you are unsure how to evaluate information, take a look at our tutorial.

Remember...Think Critically!

If you need more information, contact your Liaison Team for Medicine, Dentistry & Health.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Nature Journals - all titles now available from the Library

Last November the University Library conducted a survey for staff and students.  Many of our customers commented that although we had access to some Nature journals we did not subscribe to some important titles.
After negotiations with the publisher therefore we now have a subscription to the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) complete collection! This includes all ejournals published by Nature Publishing Group.
For a full list of titles and access to the Nature website, please see .

Or to access individual titles, please search for them on StarPlus.


Monday, 13 October 2014

No More Fines.

We've changed the way you borrow items! 

As long as no one has requested the item you have borrowed, we will keep renewing them until the expiry date of your account.

If we are unable to renew any of your items, we will send an email to let you know that you need to return the item.  Further to this, we will also send you a weekly borrowing statement to remind you of which items you have out on loans, and let you know which items you need to return.

If you want an item that is out on loan to another borrower, the best way to get hold of the item is to request it via StarPlus- the library catalogue.

What happens if you do not return an item?

We are attempting to get rid of fines! We know you don't like them, so for this academic year we are trialling a new system; if you do not return an item that is requested by another borrower, you will not be able to borrow any further items from the University Library until the requested item is returned, we will still continue to renew the other items already on your account.

You can avoid your account being blocked by returning your items when they are requested, and by checking your library account on StarPlus, and by checking your weekly statement.

If this works then we will get rid of fines in the University Library, but we need you to make this work!  If someone requests an item that you have borrowed, bring it back to the library so that they can use the item that they need!

Remember, we will renew items on your account automatically if they are not requested by another borrower.  If they are requested, we'll give you a couple of days to bring them back.  

What do you think?

We would like to know what your opinion is, please do take the time to tell us what you think.  We have a quick feedback form for you to fill in, we will also be using #nofinesUofS on twitter.

This is your chance to get rid of fines in the University Library!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

New look 'Information Skills Resource'

We've been busy over the summer updating our webpages, in particular the Informations Skills Resource.

For those unfamiliar with this resource, it contains handy subject specific guidance, helpful resources on how to search effectively using StarPlus - the library catalogue, use databases, write a literature review, and referencing using EndNote.

It also has tutorials relevant to postgraduates and dissertation students, advice about research tools, research data management (RDM), good practice, and scholarship.

Take a look around and see how it can help you with your studies!