Thursday, 4 February 2016

Library food and drink regulations

Food & Drink Regulations change in Quiet Reading Room

On 20 January, we changed our food and drink regulations for the Quiet Reading Room. The room remains a no food zone, but lidded drinks are now allowed. Drinks in open containers are banned. A fine of £5 will be imposed for violations.

UCL Library Services launch new bibliometrics webpages

UCL Library Services is improving support for researchers in a number of areas of the research lifecycle, in line with the goals of the Library Strategy (2015-18). One of these areas is support for bibliometrics and they have just launched of new bibliometrics web pages. 
Bibliometrics is concerned with the analysis of research based on citation counts and patterns. The measures used are also commonly referred to as bibliometrics, or citation metrics.
The web pages bring together information to support UCL researchers, students and other staff with an interest in bibliometrics for informing research, supporting applications for funding or jobs, or comparing research output with other groups or institutions. They include information on 
  • what bibliometrics are 
  • different types of bibliometrics 
  • UCL’s policy on the use of bibliometrics and their relevance in the wider context
  • information on bibliometrics support and training available at UCL and beyond
For further information, guidance or support on making use of bibliometrics please contact Library Services by emailing The bibliometrics web pages will continue to be developed and expanded and we welcome any suggestions or feedback.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Quality/Credibility of eHealth Information and Trust Issues

I thought people might find the article below quite useful. 

Koren Hyogene Kwag, Marien González-Lorenzo, Rita Banzi, Stefanos Bonovas, Lorenzo Moja
J Med Internet Res 2016 (Jan 19); 18(1):e15
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Background: The complexity of modern practice requires health professionals to be active information-seekers. Objective: Our aim was to review the quality and progress of point-of-care information summaries—Web-based medical compendia that are specifically designed to deliver pre-digested, rapidly accessible, comprehensive, and periodically updated information to health care providers. We aimed to evaluate product claims of being evidence-based. Methods: We updated our previous evaluations by searching Medline, Google, librarian association websites, and conference proceedings from August 2012 to December 2014. We included Web-based, regularly updated point-of-care information summaries with claims of being evidence-based. We extracted data on the general characteristics and content presentation of products, and we quantitatively assessed their breadth of disease coverage, editorial quality, and evidence-based methodology. We assessed potential relationships between these dimensions and compared them with our 2008 assessment. Results: We screened 58 products; 26 met our inclusion criteria. Nearly a quarter (6/26, 23%) were newly identified in 2014. We accessed and analyzed 23 products for content presentation and quantitative dimensions. Most summaries were developed by major publishers in the United States and the United Kingdom; no products derived from low- and middle-income countries. The main target audience remained physicians, although nurses and physiotherapists were increasingly represented. Best Practice, Dynamed, and UptoDate scored the highest across all dimensions. The majority of products did not excel across all dimensions: we found only a moderate positive correlation between editorial quality and evidence-based methodology (r=.41, P=.0496). However, all dimensions improved from 2008: editorial quality (P=.01), evidence-based methodology (P=.015), and volume of diseases and medical conditions (P<.001). Conclusions: Medical and scientific publishers are investing substantial resources towards the development and maintenance of point-of-care summaries. The number of these products has increased since 2008 along with their quality. Best Practice, Dynamed, and UptoDate scored the highest across all dimensions, while others that were marketed as evidence-based were less reliable. Individuals and institutions should regularly assess the value of point-of-care summaries as their quality changes rapidly over time.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Free exam resources for Junior Doctors

·      Notes on topics covered in MRCP Part 1
·      130 MCQ questions
·      Bookmark questions
·      Choose questions by topic
·      Track statistics
·      Look back over wrong answers

·      Covers MRCP Parts 1 and 2
·      Over 5,000 MCQs arranged by topic
·      Free to sign up
·      Past papers going back to September 2010 -
·      Over 1,800 MCQs with detailed answers
·      Updated with new information every day
·      Covers MRCP, MRCGP and PLAB exams

Almost a Doctor -
·      Works like Wikipedia - put together by users but subject to quality control
·      Contains notes, mindmaps, flashcards and an OSCE checklist
·      Blogs from other junior doctors
·      Lots of notes on different topics

·      Notes on study skills, revision, history taking and clinical skills
·      Free – being created by a group of currently working junior doctors
·      Aims to cover material that is ‘hard-to-find’ in textbooks
·      You can download the entire web site as an app

Radiology Master-Class -
·      Courses accredited by the Royal College of Radiologists
·      X-ray interpretation tutorials
·      A gallery of sample X-ray cases

Thursday, 14 January 2016

National Student Survey

The National Student Survey is now open! Calling all @UCL final year undergrads: take 10 mins to have your say at