Friday, 29 July 2016

Pride Sheffield 2016

Once again the Library is supporting LGBT equality week and Pride Sheffield 2016 with its very own StarPlus Pride list We asked staff to list their favourite LGBT resources and they did us proud. 

If you can't find what you're looking for, why not recommend it and we'll see if we can add it to the Library's collection! 

Friday, 17 June 2016

Understanding Research Methods

Whether you're critically appraising a journal article or undertaking your own research project, having a good grasp of the research methods used in healthcare is an essential skill.

And the Library has lots of resources to help. Here are some top recommendations;

Introduction to research in the health sciences  - gives a good overview of health research methods including a glossary of terms.

The Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research  - likewise gives a very thorough introduction with a stronger clinical focus.

The Research Process in Nursing - is one of the most popular books we have. Chapter 7 (8 in the latest edition) provides a good starting point for critically appraising studies.

Research Methods for Nursing and Healthcare - provides more detail of the different methodologies.

Searching StarPlus for the particular research method you're interested in will also help you to find further resources.

There are also lots of free online resources you can use. For critical appraisal try using the following checklists;

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

New - Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS)

We now have access to the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS), an online resource providing a comprehensive introduction to key topics in the life sciences for students, lecturers and researchers.

eLS has over 5,000 peer-reviewed articles written by leaders in the field, accompanied by colour illustrations and tables, as well as appendix and glossary material to provide essential information for non-specialists.

Key subject areas include:
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioethics & Philosophy
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolution & Diversity of Life
  • Genetics & Disease
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Science
  • Science & Society
  • Structural Biology
  • Virology
To access the encyclopedia, visit StarPlus and search University Collections for 'encyclopedia of life sciences'.  

You can then browse the encyclopedia by topic or theme, or search by keyword.

Monday, 14 March 2016

New - Springer Protocols

Springer Protocols is the world's largest database of life sciences protocols. These 'recipes' allow scientists to recreate experiments in their own laboratories. Springer Protocols contains more than 28,000 protocols, most of which come from the classic book series, 'Methods in Molecular Biology'.
University of Sheffield access to Springer Protocols covers 1980 to 2012.

Are you ready for the REF?

To be eligible for the next REF, all your articles and conference papers published after the 1st April 2016 must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance.  

To meet these requirements, you can deposit your Author Accepted Manuscript in MyPublications.  We will then upload it to White Rose Research Online, our open access repository.

To find out how to do this, and learn more about Open Access, visit our Open Access webpages.  

You may also wish to read How it all works, a new series of guides for researchers. Issue one gives an excellent introduction to the key issues relating to Open Access and research data, and the services available to help you maximise the impact of your research outputs.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Want to know how to do a literature review?

Then the Library is here to help!

Our online tutorial Seven Steps to Producing a Literature Review will guide you through all the key steps involved and is a great resource to get you started.

We also have lots of books available for further guidance. Here's just a small selection from the Library catalogue;

Doing a literature review in health and social care [electronic resource] : a practical guide
Print copies also available

The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students

Succeeding with your literature review [electronic resource] : a handbook for students
Print copies also available

Monday, 29 February 2016

World Book Day 3rd March: Book Swap

Got any old textbooks you don't want?  Want to read something new?  

Come to Western Bank Library on Thursday 3rd March, and help us celebrate World Book Day with our first ever Book Swap.  

Bring your old books and swap them for something new, or just help yourself to the second hand books available.  There will be everything from textbooks to novels, and whilst you don't have to swap a book to take one, the more you bring, the better it'll be. 

The Book Swap runs from 10:00am - 2:00pm upstairs in Western Bank Library and it would be great to see you there!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Easter & Bank Holiday opening

Firstly, we'd like to say thank you to all of you who contributed to the My Books scheme. Keep a look out for the items appearing on StarPlus - the library catalogue soon.

Due to the Easter holidays and Bank Holidays coming up soon we have a few exceptions to the normal opening hours, these changes have been detailed below:

The Health Sciences Library - Royal Hallamshire Hospital will be open the following for Easter and Bank Holidays:

Thursday 24 March  - 09:00-17:00 (Staffed)
Friday 25 March - Closed
Saturday 26 March - 14:00-18:00 (Self-service only)
Sunday 27 March - Closed
Monday 28 March - Closed
Monday 2 May - 09:00-21:00 (Staffed 09:00-17:00)
Monday 30 May - 09:00-21:00 (Staffed 09:00-1700
Monday 29 August - Closed

From 16 April - 17 July the The Health Sciences Library - Royal Hallamshire Hospital will move to exam opening hours:
Monday-Friday  - 09:00-21:00 (Staffed 09:00-19:00 Mon-Thu, 10:00-19:00 Fri)
Saturday - Sunday - 10:00-18:00 (Self-service only)

For more details on opening hours at The Health Sciences Library - Royal Hallamshire Hospital see here

The Information Commons and The Diamond will be open 24/7 during Easter and Bank Holidays.  Please see Information Commons opening hours  and The Diamond opening hours  for details of staffed hours and regular opening.

For Western Bank Library please see here, for Health Sciences Library - Northern General Hospital please see here.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Help us spend £50,000 on books

We’ve set aside a whopping £50,000 for new books. And we need your help to spend it.

From 9am on Monday 22 February, you can fill in an online form telling us which books you think we should buy. The form is for ordering new titles only. If you think we need more copies of a current title, let us know via the Get It tab on StarPlus.

We’re expecting the cash to go quickly – so act now!

For details log on to

Friday, 5 February 2016

Literature Searching Workshops

Want to improve your literature searching skills? Then come along to one of our workshops in the Diamond aimed specifically at MDH students.

Whether you’re searching for a systematic review, dissertation or just want to find the best clinical evidence these workshops will help you to hone your skills and retrieve the best results. We'll look at how to create a search strategy and some key databases such as Medline and CINAHL with plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions and get some hands-on practice searching. 

Literature Searching for Medicine, Dentistry and Health - The Diamond

3-4pm Wednesday, February 17, 2016
11am-12pm Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book your place online now.

Monday, 18 January 2016

*New* - The Royal Marsden Manual

The Library has recently purchased online access to The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures. 

Currently in its 9th edition the manual includes over 350 evidence-based clinical procedures related to every aspect of nursing care, from handwashing to cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

You can access the manual by logging into MUSE and searching for the title via StarPlus, the Library catalogue. 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

White Rose University Press launches

White Rose University Press (WRUP) is a new open access digital publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books, publishing across a wide range of academic disciplines.  WRUP is run jointly by the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

White Rose University Press is committed to innovative, open access dissemination of research and teaching materials, ensuring academic quality, and supporting innovation in publishing.

To find out about publishing books or journals with White Rose University Press visit 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Oxford Desk Reference Series

We now have the complete collection of the Oxford Desk Reference Series at the Health Sciences Library, RHH.

Covering all the major fields of medicine; from cardiology and oncology, through to critical care and major trauma these books are ideal reference tools for when your studying in the Library.

Find them all from StarPlus, the Library catalogue.