Wednesday, 25 November 2015

MBChB Phase 1 SSC Critical Analysis - Library Practical (2015)

Firstly, we hope that you enjoyed the library practical session, here's a reminder of what we looked at in the session.

Connecting to the Drug Adverts

We started the session by navigating to the adverts that have been chosen for this module. In order to do this you will need to log into MUSE and select StarPlus - The Library Catalogue from the 'My Services' menu. 

MUSE - My Services - StarPlus - MyResource Lists - MED111
Once you are on the StarPlus landing page, go to the box at the bottom of the page called 'Reading Lists' and follow the link for 'MyResource Lists'. In the 'Search Reading Lists' box type 'MED111' and follow the results for 'MED111 - Critical Analysis - Drug Advertisments.' 

The resource list contains lists for each advert containing the advert itself and the references for each advert. Once you have chosen the advert, click the 'View web link' option to view it as a PDF.

Looking at the references in the drug advertisement

Most of the adverts have some references which support the claims made within the advert, we've added these to the reading list for you, on the list for the advert you should also see links to resources referenced.

Remember, some adverts have only have one or two references whilst others have a lot more.

A few of the adverts have a reference which is unavailable, as we have already attempted to obtain the reference for you but found it unavailable you will not be expected to  read this reference.

Planning your search

Identify the concepts to search for within the advert. Look for:
  • The condition (or outcome)
  • The drug name (generic not brand)
You may also need to look for the way the drug is delivered, this may be the unique selling point.

Searching for background information - using the British National Formulary (BNF)

The BNF provides health care professionals with up to date information, indications, contraindications, side effects, dosage and price for a wide range of drugs. This can be accessed electronically, or in paper format at the RHH at shelfmark QV738.

Find the BNF and the Medicines Compendium in Useful Resources.
In the session we navigated to the BNF from the resource list, but you can also access it via StarPlus - search for "British National Formulary" in the University collections tab.

We searched for the generic drug name, not the brand name.

Medicines Compendium also provides up to date Summary of Product Characteristics (SPCs) and Patient Information Leaflets for different medicines, use the brand name in this website. Again you can access this from the resource list in the 'recommended reading' section.

- using StarPlus

A good place to look for information on the condition your drug is trying to treat is the Library catalogue StarPlus. Search for a general textbook to give you a broad overview. If the item you want is out on loan, place a request! 

Searching for medical research - using databases

MEDLINE via OvidSP and the Cochrane Library are useful databases to look at.

MEDLINE via OvidSP is the main databases for finding medical research. Search for both your generic drug name and the condition in the basic search box and then use the additional limits to focus your search on high quality evidence such as randomised controlled trials and systematic review.

The Cochrane Library is a small medical database, but particularly useful when looking for systematic reviews (Cochrane Reviews).

The videos below give a quick demonstration of how to search for systematic reviews in the Cochrane Library, as well as randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews in MEDLINE via Ovid.

Further Resources

The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP), is a useful resource when looking at appraising research carried out on your subject, it has lots of useful tools and checklists to assist you.

Health Talk provides an insight into the real life experiences of patients, this may be something to take into account when looking at the adverts. When using sources of information that use the patient perspective, look for 'The Information Standard' mark, this mark means the website has been assessed to check the information produced.

Information regarding Athens accounts can be found here.

Further Support

If you need more information, contact Anthea or Cat from your Liaison Team for Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Researching the History of Medicine?

Then don't forget to take a look at our Library youtube video

This will show you how to search the Library catalogue StarPlus, find historical articles on the medical database Medline and give you lots of other top tips and resources. 


If you want any more advice for your particular topic then do get in touch or drop into the Information Skills Advisory Service - every afternoon (Mon-Fri) at the Information Commons. No appointment necessary.  

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

New items available in the library!

If you would like to recommend a book for the library to purchase, then please fill in the book recommendation form.

Kanski, J.J. - Clinical opthalmology: a systematic approach - [ebook] - 7th ed.  ISBN: 9780702045110.
Print copies also available

Levin, L.A. - Adler's physiology of the eye - [ebook] - 11th ed. ISBN: 9780323081160
Print copies also available

Todd, I. - Lecture notes: immunology - [ebook] - 7th ed. ISBN 9781118451663
Print copies also available

Barber, P. - Medicine management for nurses: case book - [ebook] - ISBN 9780335245758
Print copies also available

Lynn, J.S. - The new prescriber: an integrated approach to medical and non-medical prescribing - [ebook] - ISBN 9781118278321
Print copies also available

Wray, S.H - Eye movement disorders in clinical practice - [ebook] - ISBN 9780199921812
Print copies also available

Bennett, P. - Psychology and health promotion - [ebook] - ISBN 9780335230709
Print copies also available

Cheasman, C. - Stammering therapy from the inside: new perspectives on working with young people and adults - ISBN 9781907826078

Yarger-Dror, M. - African American English speakers and their participation in local sound changes - ISBN 9780822367413

Monday, 21 September 2015

Welcome new students!

...and welcome back to all our current students too.

We'll be seeing lots of you for various lectures and workshops over the next few weeks but in the meantime here's a quick reminder of our key services.

You can find all the information you need to get started from our online induction webpages;

There are the library subject guides where you can find more specific resources and don't forget the Information Skills Resource where you can get further support with literature searching, referencing, critical thinking and more. 

If you have any questions do get in touch; either with us or with the Library Helpdesk.

All the best for the next year.

Vic, Anthea and Cat 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

*New* - Science Photo Library

The Library has recently purchased a subscription to Science Photo Library

Science Photo Library holds an extensive collection of images and video clips in the fields of science, technology and healthcare. Our subscription allows you to download high resolution images and clips for educational purposes, making this a great resource for both students and teachers. 

Make sure you login first with the Library's account details for complete access. You can find our login details here

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Doing a Literature Review?

If you're embarking on a literature review for your dissertation this summer then take a look at 'Doing a literature review in health and social care : a practical guide' by Helen Aveyard.

Whether it's for a standard literature review, narrative review or indeed a systematic review this book offers good advice at each stage of the process.

View the ebook here .

There are print copies available in the Library too .

Also check out our online tutorial '7 Steps to Producing a Literature Review' for extra guidance and links to more resources.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Summer Vacation Opening Hours

Summer Vacation opening hours start today at the Health Sciences Libraries.

Sites will be opening the following from Monday 20 July until Sunday 20 September

Royal Hallamshire Hospital:
Monday - Thursday 
Opening Hours: 9am - 7pm
Staffed Hours: 9am - 7pm
Opening Hours: 9am - 7pm
Staffed Hours: 10am - 7pm
Opening Hours: 2pm - 6pm
Staffed Hours:Self-service only

Monday 31st August: Closed

Northern General Hospital
Monday & Wednesday
Opening Hours: 9am - 7pm
Staffed Hours: 11am - 3pm
Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm
Staffed Hours: 11am - 3pm
Saturday & Sunday

Monday 31st August: Closed

Information Commons (from Monday 15 June - Sunday 20 September)
Monday - Friday
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Staffed Hours: 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Staffed Hours: 12pm (midday) - 6pm

Monday 31st August
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Staffed Hours: 9am - 5pm

Western Bank Library (from Monday 15 June - Sunday 20 September)
Monday - Thursday 
Opening Hours: 9am - 7pm
Staffed Hours: 9am - 7pm
Opening Hours: 9am - 7pm
Staffed Hours: 10am - 7pm
Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm
Staffed Hours: 12pm (midday) - 6pm

Monday 31st August:
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm
Staffed Hours: 9am - 5pm
 For more information see the library webpages here.

Friday, 17 July 2015

QR codes for our ebooks

Did you know that the library has ebooks as well as print books?  Look out for the QR codes on the shelves which link to some of our heaviest used titles!

There are also lots more electronic titles to discover on the Library Catalogue - StarPlus.

Look for the title you require, and if it has a 'View it' option, it means that it is available electronically.  Our ebooks are available both on and off campus 24/7, log in to MUSE and go to the library catalogue via My Services to discover more!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

What is critical thinking?

Find out what some of our academics think in our new youtube video;

This video forms part of the Library's online tutorial Evaluating Information and Critical Thinking.

Check it out and improve your critical thinking powers!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Exam Plus

Exams are now upon us and the Library has put together Exam Plus a new webpage where you can find in one place all the support available from us and colleagues across the University. 

Find details of;

  • extra study spaces
  • how to find a computer on campus
  • skills support
  • ....and more.

Remember we're here to help, so if there's anything you need get in touch!

Monday, 13 April 2015

8.30am Opening at the HSL-RHH

From Monday 13 April - Friday 12 June the Health Sciences Library - Royal Hallamshire Hospital will open at 8.30am on a self-service only basis. Exceptions for Bank Holiday opening can be found here.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Easter and Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Over the Easter Vacation and May Bank Holidays, there will be some changes to the usual opening and staffed hours of the University Library Sites and the Information Commons.  For exceptions to the normal hours please see below, or find your site here.

Please note, reduced services will operate during Bank Holidays.

Health Sciences Library -  Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Thursday 2 April - OPEN 09:00 - 17:00 (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)
Friday 3 April - CLOSED
Saturday 4 April - OPEN 14:00 - 18:00 (Self-service only)
Sunday 5 April - CLOSED
Monday 6 April - CLOSED

Monday 4 May - OPEN 09:00 - 21:00 (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)
Monday 25 May - OPEN 09:00 - 21:00 (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)
Monday 31 August - CLOSED

Health Sciences Library - Northern General

Thursday 2 April - Open 09:00 - 17:00 (Staffed 11:00 - 15:00)
Friday 3 April -  Monday 6 April - CLOSED

Monday 4 May - CLOSED
Monday 25 May - CLOSED
Monday 31 August - CLOSED

Information Commons

Thursday 2 April - OPEN 24 hours (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)
Friday 3 April - OPEN 24 hours (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)
Saturday 4 April - OPEN 24 hours (Staffed 12:00 - 18:00)
Sunday 5 April - OPEN 24 hours (Self-service only)
Monday 6 April - OPEN 24 hours (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)

Monday 4 May - OPEN 24 hours (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)
Monday 25 May - OPEN 24 hours (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)
Monday 31 August - OPEN 24 hours (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)

Easter Vacation Loans

Easter vacation loans are now applicable to items borrowed from the University Library, please see here for more details.

Please check your account to ensure all loans have been renewed for the vacation period.  If you have any difficulties, please contact the Library on 0114 222 7200 or email

Monday, 9 March 2015

New Journal Subscriptions!

The University Library has acquired the following new journals from Cell Press;

  • Cell Stem Cell: a broad-spectrum journal that covers the entire spectrum of stem cell biology.
  • Cancer Cell: covers major advances in cancer research and oncology. Areas covered include molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer, mechanisms for the sensitivity and the resistance to cancer therapies, and development of better cancer therapies.
  • Immunity: reports advances in immunology research. Topics covered include immune cell development and senescence, signal transduction, gene regulation, innate and adaptive immunity, autoimmunity, infectious disease, allergy and asthma, transplantation, and tumor immunology.
We've also got access to two new collections in JoVE, the world's first peer-reviewed scientific video journal; Developmental Biology and Science Education Database

You can access all these new subscriptions via StarPlus. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Achieve More: Digimap

The University Library subscribes to four different collections within Digimap, including:
  • Ordnance Survey Collectiom
  • Historic Digimap
Use these to look at the areas of Sheffield and also see how they have changed over the years.

Monday, 2 March 2015

New e-resource: Open Book Publishers

We've joined the Open Book Publishers' Library Membership Scheme.  Open Book Publishers publish peer-reviewed open access monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This scheme offers staff and students full access to various formatted digital edition.  You can access this resource from here.

You can also access this resource from StarPlus and individual titles are also searchable in StarPlus as part of the Directory of Open Access Books collection.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Trial e-resource: Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection from Henry Stewart Talks provides access to online seminar style talks by experts in the field of biomedical and life sciences. 


Trial access is available directly from this page by connecting to the Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection website. Access is available to University of Sheffield staff and students and the trial ends on 30 June 2015. If you are accessing the resource off campus you will need a separate username and password.

Please do let us know what you think to this resource by leaving feedback here

Monday, 16 February 2015

Join us for Healthy Campus Week!

Tuesday 17th February 11am–1pm, Tipi, Students' Union

This week we'll be taking part in the Students' Union Healthy Campus week with our session in the tipi... Creative Health Information

Working alongside our colleague Jo Marsden, the Outreach Librarian for STH, we'll be blending collage and storytelling with information finding skills to create a vision of a supportive campus for people with long-term health conditions. 

Everyone is welcome and there's no need to book. Just turn up!

Hope to see you there.

Vic, Anthea and Jo.

Spotlight on.... PathCAL

PathCAL is a set of web-based tutorials designed to help students understand the basic pathological principles of disease by exploiting techniques in learning psychology. 

The tutorials can be used by beginners for learning the subject for the first time or by more advanced students for review and self- assessment. The tutorials were written and developed by experienced university teachers over a ten year period and have been subsequently edited and enhanced by both staff and students. There are 115 tutorials with more in development.

Why not take a look at this resource and see how it can work for you! 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Trial e-resource: Cite them Right Online

We have trial access to Cite them Right Online, this is now active and will run until 2 March 2015.  This resource gives you examples on how to reference almost anything in the following formats:

  • Harvard
  • APA
  • MHRA
  • MLA
  • Vancouver 

Student and staff feedback on this resource is welcome via this page

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Orthoptics Literature Searching Workshop

Hi hope you found the workshop on Wednesday useful. Here's a quick recap of some key points...


A good starting point for any literature search. Remember, use University Collections to find books and journal titles. For online journal articles use the Articles and More tab. If you're looking for a particular journal article make sure you check both our print and electronic holdings.

Always sign in before you start by clicking the University Members link and use the e-shelf to save what you find.

Google Scholar

Link up to the Library catalogue before you start searching so you can check what the Library

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Achieve More: Health Challenge

The Health Challenge kicks off this week and the Library is here to support you throughout your project.

Group Study Space

Book group study rooms by using 'My Rooms & Resources' (myR&R) in MUSE. There are lots of group rooms available, both at the IC and the Health Sciences Library. You can also book laptops and creative media equipment. 

Details of all Library sites and opening times are available here

Library Resources

StarPlus: You can find all the Library's resources, print and electronic, from our Library catalogue, StarPlus. Search the 'University Collections' tab for books, journals, maps, images and more. You can also use the 'Articles and More' tab to search for journal articles

Friday, 30 January 2015

New! Evaluating information and critical thinking tutorial

Are all sources of information equal? Can you believe everything you read on Wikipedia?  Are there cases where Twitter would tell you more than a textbook?

Learning to think critically about what you read, and how to choose the most appropriate information sources for your needs are some of the most important skills you'll learn at University.

We've created an new tutorial to help you ask the right questions about any information you find, to help ensure that your work is based on the best evidence available.

Monday, 26 January 2015

My Books - Books Chosen by You!

You said you wanted more books, and we listened!

The library has secured £50,000 to spend on extra copies and new titles for our students.
The scheme starts at 9am on Monday 2nd February.

From this time, any registered student can:

• order extra copies by logging into StarPlus and clicking on the ‘MY BOOKS – BOOKS CHOSEN BY YOU” button in the ‘Get It’ tab.

• order new titles by completing an online form which will go live at the start time, and can be accessed from .

The money may go quickly, and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the expenditure.

We will buy the e-version of the title if available, so that as many students as possible can access the resource. For multi-edition titles; we will buy the latest available edition.