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Improvements of the administration of the NHS Athens accounts

Release 4.4 of the National Library for Health website included a number of improvements to the NHS Athens self registration processes as well as making the benefits of registration clearer.

The most visible change for existing account holders, is the login area on the National Library for Health website that has been relocated to the top right corner of the page, providing a consistent place for login/logout.

From the header users will also be able to access a new My Account page that includes information about their account and provides links for them to change their registered organisation (if they move from one Trust to another, for example). They can also change their email address and/or password.

Further improvements include:
- Being able to sign-in with either your username or your registered NHS Athens account e-mail address
- Being able to recover forgotten passwords more easily
- Being able to get an automatic email 28 days before your account is due to expire
- Being able to…

Researcher ID and the h-index

One of the measures now commonly used to assess researcher profiles is the H Factor, a citation index. This is increasingly being used in processes such as assessment of institutions, for instance as a metric to demonstrate excellence of the paediatric theme within UCL Partners, as well as in consideration for senior promotions.

There is a variety of web based tools to calculate H Factor, but each operates differently and therefore gives slightly different results. UCL has opted to use (an e-mail was sent from David Price to encourage all researchers to retrieve this information).

The library is offering clinics on how to register for a Researcher ID, how to find your h-index bd how to create a PDF with the details.

The first clinic is on 12th December 10.00-11.00 in training room 1 of the Institute of Child Health.

More clinics will be offered on demand

Future Medicine

UCL currently subscribes to two titles from Future Medicine publishers, Nanomedicine and Regenerative Medicine. We now have a trial of all other Future Medicine journals, until 21 February 2009. The titles available are:

Aging Health
Biomarkers in Medicine
Future Cardiology
Future HIV Therapy
Future Lipidology
Future Microbiology
Future Neurology
Future Oncology
Future Rheumatology
Future Virology
Pediatric Health
Personalized Medicine
Women’s Health

If these titles are of interest to you, please send your feedback to

We say good bye to.. we say welcome back to....

We say goodbye to Hannah Shotton, our library assistant who has replaced Sui Jing Ly during her maternity leave. We have enjoyed working with Hannah and we wish her well for the future

We say welcome back to Jing after her maternity leave. Jing has started working in the library again on 10th November.

We also say good bye to our Clinical Librarian Ruth Muscat who is moving to the Royal Free Hospital Library.

Access to the library after hours

Staff and postgraduate students who are members of the library and who work or study at ICH or GOS can obtain access to the library at any time during normal Institute opening hours, from 08.00 – 22.45, seven days a week.

To access the library outside staffed hours, your photo-ID badge must be encoded at the ICH reception desk. This will only be done after you have registered to join the library.

If you wish to stay in the library after 21.00, you must sign in at the ICH reception desk.

If anyone has problem accessing the library after hours they need to be referred to the ICH Reception Desk where advice as to how they might obtain out of
hours access in the future will be given.

If someone has left something in The Library, Reception staff can escort
them to retrieve their property.

New Source Books

A selection of recent additions to the Source Collection:

A selection of electronic resources added to the Source Website:

A full list of New Books added to the Source Collection and Library is available through the Library Catalogue (use the link to the right hand side of the opening screen).

You can also view a list of information resources that have recently been added to the Source Website.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online is now available to UCL users. This resource comprises fully searchable bilingual dictionaries in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. The content available is the full A-Z text (both sides of the dictionary) from Oxford’s unabridged bilingual dictionaries (French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish); the Chinese dictionary is currently the Pocket Oxford Chinese.) Supplementary material from the dictionaries, and study guides, are also available.

Who’s Who and Who Was Who

UCL has a trial of Who’s Who and Who Was Who via Oxford University Press until 16 November 2008.

We have had access to these databases through KnowUK (Who’s Who; Who Was Who.), but this has been discontinued.

Who’s Who contains more than 33,000 short biographies of living noteworthy and influential individuals, from all walks of life, worldwide. Who Was Who comprises over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who’s Who dating back to 1898.

New Database: Scopus

UCL has a subscription to a new indexing and abstracting database,
Scopus, from Elsevier. It covers science, technology, medicine and social sciences.

This is available both onsite and offsite with UCL username and password at the following URL:

Note that offsite login for UCL for this resource does not use Athens,
it uses the new mechanism (Institutional Login) which is already in use
for resources such as OvidSP Medline.

More information about Scopus is available at,
and its citation analysis tools are mentioned at

World Health Report 2008

You can view the full text of Now more than ever, the 2008 World Health Report report, on the World Health Organization website.

The World Health Report 2008 was launched on 14th October. The report focuses on primary health care and how health systems can become more equitable, inclusive and fair.

Clinical Knowledge Summaries

The Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) are a reliable online
source of evidence-based information and practical
‘know how’ about the common conditions managed in primary
and first-contact care.

To enhance the service the first in a series of CKS audio podcasts on ‘hot’
clinical issues have been developed and are available at

Featured podcasts cover:
• Diagnosis, management and follow-up of acute anaphylaxis
• Reducing antibiotic prescribing for otitis media with the use of
deferred prescriptions
• Referral for breast cancer and promoting breast awareness
• Missed contraceptive pills
• Managing red eye
• Evidence for the use of varenicline in people who want to stop smoking

New training materials have been produced and are
available at

The training resources are helpful if you
want to find out more about CKS, or to teach others about the service and
consist of:
• A user guide for the website available as a video, Po…

Cochrane Library News

The latest edition of the Cochrane library is now searchable on the NLH Evidence Hub.

Also one of the most popular features of the Cochrane website, is the two minutes podcasts on popular Cochrane Reviews which can be also downloaded on MP3 players or people can subscibe to them:

Global Health Watch 2

The UCL Institute for Global Health and Zed Books are launching ‘Global Health Watch 2: An Alternative World Health Report’ (GHW2) on 16 October 2006 at UCL.

The book covers a range of health challenges including the continued growth in global poverty, climate change, war, food prices, and water and sanitation.
The launch event is open to all, from 4.45 to 6.15pm in the Jeremy Bentham Room, Main Building UCL, Gower Street.
To register for attendance, contact Zed Books

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

UCL students and staff now have access to the Wiley reference work Current Protocols in Neuroscience. Select the link to the archive on the publication home page to view the core publication, from 1997, and all subsequent supplements.

Cambridge University Press E-books

UCL and Cambridge University Press are currently participating in an ebooks project, which gives us access to over 700 titles in various subject areas including medicine, psychology and zoology.
The ebooks are hosted on the MyiLibrary platform, where you can browse and search the titles that are part of the project.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online is now available to UCL users. This resource comprises fully searchable bilingual dictionaries in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. The content available is the full A-Z text (both sides of the dictionary) from Oxford’s unabridged bilingual dictionaries (French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish); the Chinese dictionary is currently the Pocket Oxford Chinese.) Supplementary material from the dictionaries, and study guides, are also available.

Get WISE with Moodle !

WISE for Biomedical and Life Sciences, the comprehensive guide to finding and using information from UCL Library Services, is now available in Moodle.

Whether you’re a new student or an experienced researcher, WISE can help you to discover the most valuable information for your topic, and help you make the best use of it!

Previous users will notice that with the move to Moodle existing WISE modules have been given a new look, with simplified navigation and the introduction of interactive tutorials. More interactive elements will be added soon, including opportunities to test your skills and log your progress.

Use WISE for Biomedical and Life Sciences to:
Understand which online resources are best for your subject.
Learn how to search for biomedical and life sciences information effectively.
Understand how to assess the quality of information
Learn how to cite references correctly.
Learn how to manage your references using Reference Manager.
Understand how to avoid plagiarism.

To acc…

Anti Virus Software

ICH staff and students needing anti virus software can download it from the UCL website. For instructions and downloads please go to the following website:

We no longer keep the disks in the library. The software can also be downloaded from the UCL website:

In order to download the program people will need to enter their UCL username and password

New UCL e-journals list - firewall settings

Some users are experiencing problems related to local firewall settings when accessing the new ejournals list off-site. The errors vary depending on the specific firewall and browser, but can generally be characterised as “access denied” messages. The solution is to make sure that the addresses and are explicitly permitted for traffic through your (or your organisation’s) firewall. If the problem is to do with your firewall at home, you’ll need to consult the documentation for whichever package you use (F-Secure, Norton, ZoneAlarm etc.) The section will probably be called “Firewall”. There should be something like a set of “Rules” or a “Trusted Zone” that allows you to specify sites and port numbers that should be allowed through the firewall.

Access to Medline, Embase, PsycINFO and other databases is changing

Access to Medline, Embase, PsycINFO and other databases is changing! If you have saved searches or alerts on Silverplatter / WebSPIRS databases you must transfer them before the end of September.

Many key biomedical databases for UCL staff and students are now available through a new interface called OvidSP. OvidSP has replaced Silverplatter / WebSPIRS, to provide more up to date references and new search features. From 1st October databases will no longer be available through the Silverplatter / WebSPIRS interface and all saved searches will be lost.

Databases now available through OvidSP include:
Biotechnology Abstracts
HAPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments)
HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium)

Other resources accessible through OvidSP include a selection of ejournals and ebooks, including PsycBOOKS.

To access databases through OvidSP, link through the Library webpages:…

Biomedical and Life Sciences backfiles from Sage

UCL users now have access to the following Sage backfiles (older journal content):

American Journal of Sports Medicine, The Vol. 1, 1972-
Journal of Health Psychology Vol. 1, 1996-
Neuroscientist, The Vol. 1, 1995-

Oncology and Haematology backfiles

UCL now has access to the Wiley-Blackwell Oncology and Hematology backfile collection, which comprises the older content of the following fifteen titles:

American Journal of Hematology Vol. 1, 1976-
Diagnostic Cytopathology Vol. 1, 1985-
Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis (first published as Environmental Mutagenesis) Vol. 1, 1979-
Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer Vol. 1, 1989-
Head & Neck Surgery (currently known as Head & Neck) Vol. 1, 1978-
Hematological Oncology Vol. 1, 1983-
International Journal of Cancer Vol. 1, 1966-
Journal of Clinical Apheresis Vol. 1, 1982-
Journal of Surgical Oncology Vol. 1, 1969-
Molecular Carcinogenesis Vol. 1, 1988-
Medical and Pediatric Oncology (currently known as Pediatric Blood and Cancer) Vol. 1, 1975-
Psycho-oncology Vol. 1, 1992-
Radiation Oncology Investigations (merged into International Journal of Cancer in 2000) Vol. 1, 1993-Vol. 7, 1999
Seminars in Surgical Oncology (merged into Journal of Surgical Oncology in 2004) Vol. 1, 1985-Vol. 21, 2003

Psychology backfiles

UCL Library Services has bought the Wiley-Blackwell Psychology backfile collection.

This includes the pre-1996 content of the following journals in psychology, infant, child and adolescent development, psychoanalysis and psychiatry:
Aggressive Behavior Vol. 1, 1974-
Applied Cognitive Psychology Vol. 1, 1987-
Behavioral Interventions Vol. 1, 1986-
Behavioral Sciences & the Law Vol. 1, 1983-
Child Abuse Review Vol. 1, 1992-
European Eating Disorders Review Vol. 1, 1993-
European Journal of Personality Vol. 1, 1987-
European Journal of Social Psychology Vol. 1, 1971-
Early Development and Parenting (now known as Infant & Child Development) Vol. 1, 1992-
Infant Mental Health Journal Vol. 1, 1980-
International Journal of Eating Disorders Vol. 1, 1981-
Journal of Clinical Psychology Vol. 1 1945-
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology Vol. 1, 1991-
Journal of Community Psychology Vol. 1, 1973-
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences Vol. 1, 1965-
Journal of Traumatic Stress V…

New ejournals list

UCL now has a new ejournals service. This comprises an A-Z list with SFX links to full text, much improved search functionality, subject lists, links to major ejournal collections and lists of journals by publisher. Please note that if you want to browse the contents of a journal, do not enter any year, volume, issue or page information in the SFX box: simply click "go" next to the full-text link and you will be taken to the journal home page.

Users who like browsing for a title can click to go to a particular start letter and its subsets. Alternatively, select the "starts with" radio button and enter the first word(s) of the title (Nature, for example) to narrow your browsing.

You can add journals to your list of favourites, using the plus button next to titles: this makes it easy to find journals that you use frequently.

Closing the gap in a generation

August 28th saw the launch of the final report by WHO's Commission on Social Determinants of Health, chaired by Michael Marmot from University College London, UK. The full report, and related resources, can be downloaded from the World Health Organization website.

The Commission, launched in March 2005, brings together leading scientists and practitioners to provide evidence on policies that improve health by addressing the social conditions which people live and work. It collaborates with countries to support policy change and monitor results.

New Source Books

A selection of recent additions to the Source Collection:

A full list of New Books added to the Source Collection and Library is available through the Library Catalogue (use the link to the right hand side of the opening screen).

You can also view a list of information resources that have recently been added to the Source Website.

New online Library Catalogue Tutorial

Try out our online Library Catalogue Tutorial and find out how to search for books, e-books and other publications held by the Library. The tutorial takes around 10 minutes to complete.

The tutorial is best viewed using Internet Explorer. If you use another browser, some of the interactive features may not work correctly.

ZETOC now available for NHS England

ZETOC is now available for NHS England via classic Athens access. The Zetoc workbook can be found at:

The Zetoc service provides Z39.50-compliant access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC). The database contains details of approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. With over 20 million journal and conference records, Zetoc covers every imaginable subject in science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, law, finance, the arts and humanities. The database covers the years from 1993 to date and is updated daily. A list of journal titles covered by Zetoc also provides the ISSN, latest issue and date loaded.

MEDLINE now available on Web of Knowledge

As from 1st August 2008, Medline (1950-present) is now freely available on the ISI Web of Knowledge platform for all JISC subscribed institutions, including UCL.

This will enable users at these institutions to access MEDLINE with the added value of Web of Knowledge citation data and navigation.

In addition, the ‘All Databases’ feature will allow users to simultaneously search MEDLINE and other subscribed Web of Knowledge resources.

International Health and Development Newsletters in the Library

Did you know that the Library has a range of international health, disability and development newsletters? You can browse through the latest issues, which are on a new display in the Source Collection.A list of online newsletters in these subject areas is also available through the Library’s website.Academic journals covering international health, disability and development are also available in the Library.

BCS launches new NHS IT qualification

A new qualification, NHS ELITE (NHS eLearning IT Essentials), has been launched by the British Computer Society and Department of Health IT agency Connecting for Health.
Officially launched at last week’s Healthcare Computing 2008 conference, the new qualification, accredited by the BCS, helps to consolidate the IT skills of NHS staff by offering valuable hands-on IT training from using a keyboard and mouse, through to email, web and file management skills.
The qualification has been designed to complement the existing NHS eLearning for Health Information Systems (BCS NHS Health) qualification, which provides staff with the training they need to comply with rules on information governance, data protection and patient confidentiality when using health information systems implemented locally through the National Programme for IT.
The BCS says BCS NHS Health is the first computer skills syllabus in the world specifically for users of healthcare systems and covers some of the broad issues, c…

Cochrane Library e-learning Update

A brand new online tutorial on the Cochrane Library has now been added to the Wiley-Blackwell e-learning service. There are now a total of 3 Cochrane Library modules available in English, they are:

1. The Cochrane Library - an introduction
2. Tips on Advanced and MESH searching
3. Setting up Saved Searches and e-mail Alerts

All of these short demonstrations are free to use and available at Each one has been designed to provide quick and informative overviews to end users and library administrators alike.

Helping patients and the public get access to NICE guidance

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on clinical and public health. They produce guidance in three main areas; health technologies, focusing on the use of new and existing drugs, devices and operations; clinical practice, relating to appropriate treatment for specific diseases and conditions; and public health, involving the promotion of good health and prevention of ill health.

They are working to make it easier for the public to find out about their guidance. They can help public libraries to meet library users’ demands for health information by providing access to patient-friendly versions of NICE guidance.

Working with NICE

All their clinical guidance is produced in patient-friendly versions called ‘Understanding NICE guidance’. These explain what they have recommended so that people know what they are entitled to and are better able to make informed health decisions. The guidance …

How to Practise Evidence-Based Child Health

3 day short course, 15-17 October 2008

Centre for Evidence-based Child Health, UCL Institute of Child Health, London This evidence based course is for health care professionals and others who want to improve their clinical or research skills and learn more about using best available evidence in their every day practice. The course will focus on the skills needed for evidence-based practice:
How to frame answerable questions from practice or policy problems
How to find the best available evidence
How to critically appraise research articles for validity and usefulness
How to incorporate the findings into decisions about individual patients
Understanding the steps involved in a systematic review Training throughout the course involves a mix of interactive plenary and facilitated small group sessions, combined with search sessions and support for self-directed searchingVenue: Institute of Child Health, LondonCost: £450 (£320 or GOS/ICH staff)For more details please contact: Melissa Harden emai…

How to find the impact factor for a journal

1. Go to the Web of Knowledge

2. Click on the green button to enter

3. Click on the yellow Select a Database tab

4. Click on the heading Journal Citation Reports

5. Select the relevant edition and year, then select Search for a specific journal

Alternatively, you can opt to view a group of journals from the drop-down ‘Subject Category’ menu

6. Click on

7. Type the name of a journal into the search box

Click on view list of full journal titles to see all journals included in the Journal Citation Reports

8. Click on

The impact factor for the journal is displayed


The library subscription to CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) has been upgraded to CINAHL Plus.
CINAHL Plus is an authoritative source of information for the professional literature of nursing, allied health, biomedicine and healthcare. It provides indexing for 3,279 journals, and spans from 1937 to the present.
CINAHL Plus also offers various special features, including cited author searching.

How to join the Library

You need to complete a registration form in the Library. Please bring your ICH or GOSH ID card, and proof of home address (eg a utility bill or driving licence).

Once you have registered you will be able to borrow books, use the Library’s computers, and gain out-of-hours access to the Library. NHS staff will also be able to register for an NHS Athens password.

How to order a book or article from another library

The Library offers an inter-library loan service, which means that you can order articles, or borrow books, from other libraries.

To request a book or article:

1. Complete a Request Card for each item that you wish to order. NB These should be as complete as possible and the copyright declaration should be signed.

2. There is a charge of £3 for each item requested, which needs to be paid when you place the order. If you would like the payment to be deducted from the appropriate departmental or unit fund, please complete a Request Payment Form.

3. Bring the completed Request Card and Request Payment Form (or £3) to the Library.

You need to be a member of the Friends of the Children of Great Ormond Street Library in order to request a book or article from another library.

Further information about the Library’s inter-library loan service can be found on the Library Website.

How to renew books on-line

You can renew your library books online at any time via the library catalogue in a few easy steps:

1) Go to the library catalogue at
2) Select My Account at the top of the eUCLid catalogue screen

3) You will be prompted to enter your Barcode (this is the number on the back of your library/UCL ID card) and PIN code (this is your four figure/letter code - ask at the library issue desk if you don't know yours)

4) Click Sign In, then select from the options that follow (eg you can change your PIN code)

5) To renew a book, click on the current number of loans at the top of the left hand column

6) Select the item(s) you wnat to renew by ticking the box to the left of each item

7) Select Renew Selected from the horizontal menu above the list of loans

8) Please note you cannot renew books if you:
owe the library more than £20your books have been reserved by someone elseyour account has expired
9) Note the new return date

The library cannot guarantee you can renew you…

Darzi Review of the NHS

The full report can be read here.

A second report, looking at workforce planning, education and training has also been published.

In addition, a consultation paper on a proposed NHS constitution has been launched.

Child Death Review Study

This report has been published by the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH). It is the first report of a national confidential enquiry specifically focussed on child deaths. There were six key findings:
Key Finding 1:The feasibility of confidential enquiries in children: CEMACH recommended that it should prepare a strategy for the future development of the national confidential enquiry for child health in liaison with the National Patient Safety Agency, the Department of Health, the Department for Children, Schools and Families and other relevant bodies.
Key Finding 2: Good practice: The CEMACH enquiry panels found many examples of high quality care and examples where, even with outstanding care, the child died
Key Finding 3: The recognition of serious illness in children: CEMACH recommended (for paediatric care in hospitals) a standardised and rational monitoring system with imbedded early identification systems for children developing critical illness – an early …

Reference Manager software at GOSH

Reference Manager is a software package which allows you to quickly and accurately import citations from a database such as Medline or CINAHL, then generate bibliographies in different output styles. It can be used from within Microsoft Word to insert references and footnotes into a document and automatically generate a reference list in a chosen output style, e.g. for publication in a specific journal. This makes it an invaluable tool in any work that requires tracking of reference lists, such as clinical audit, guidelines writing or systematic reviewing.

The Postgraduate Medical Education department are pleased to announce that two copies of the Reference Manager software package have been purchased and installed on the computers in the Doctors’ Mess. In collaboration with the Friends of the Children of Great Ormond Street Library, training in using the software will be offered on a regular basis in Weston House from July. The package can also be used by GOSH staff in the Library.

My Journals (TDNet) service extension

The My Journals (TDnet) service at has been extended until 31st December 2008. This will allow the NLH link resolver A-Z list to develop in parallel to this service. The specification for a new Table of Content service is being scoped by the Link resolver delivery team

Dialog Datastar extension

The National Library for Health has extended the Dialog Datastar contract for a further month, until 31st July. During July NLH will release 4.1 of Search 2.0 with further improvements and enhancement to ensure the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) is fit for purpose. This is the FINAL extension of the Dialog Datastar service.

Pain in premature babies

Premature babies undergoing medical procedures may be in pain even if there is no obvious physical hint of it, brain scans reveal. The BBC Health website reports that researchers from University College London found changes in brain oxygen levels - a response to pain - did not match other signs. The findings suggest commonly used scales to rate pain in babies may produce misleadingly low scores.

The study is published in the Public Library of Science journal.

LWW journals legacy archive now available

The LWW Journal Legacy Archive gives immediate access to the backfiles of 220 journals in major clinical and medical specialties, including nursing, infectious disease, surgery, and cardiology. Access is now available GOSH and ICH staff and students.Backfiles include the following journals:
Academic Medicine 1926-
American Journal of Nursing 1900-
Circulation 1950-
Laryngoscope 1896-
Medicine 1922-
Neurosurgery 1977-
Obstetrics and Gynecology 1953-

ICH staff and students should link to titles via the UCL Library ejournals list. NHS staff can access titles at Log in using your NHS Athens username and password. Choose Your Journals@Ovid and browse the alphabetical list of journals.

ICH and GOSH staff publications database

We are testing a web-based version of our holdings of papers published by staff of the Institute and Great Ormond Street Hospital. This covers the period c1900-1990, after which the Research & Development Office maintains the record of staff publications.

Currently there are 3,000 references listed. The database may be accessed through the Library's intranet page at

After entering a search term, select an appropriate field to search from the drop-dwon menu on the right hand side of the screen, then click on the "Search" button.

We hope to update the database at least every quarter. This will allow us to add further references and also update links to the full-text articles, where these are available. Feedback on the database is welcome at any time. The content is based on our bound paper copies of these articles, which are located in the Librariian's office. Please ask library staff if you wish to consult them…

Mary Ann Liebert journals

UCL now has electronic access to all journals published by Mary Ann Liebert. Subjects covered include biotechnology, biomedical research and life sciences, clinical medicine and surgery, environmental science and sustainability. List of journals. (log in with your UCL Athens passoword)
All the journals in these packages have been added to UCL Library Services' ejournals list and the UCL Library catalogue.

NHS Medical Search tool now available to NHS users

Problematic, inefficient web searches for credible medical information are a thing of the past for medical professionals in the NHS, as Microsoft’s new NHS Medical Search tool is now being rolled-out to users.

The Medical Search tool, developed through support from the National Library for Health and Connecting for Health, utilises a vast knowledge bank of credible sources such as the National Library of Health evidence based medicine, guidance, medical dictionary and specialist libraries, British National Formulary and The search tool sits in existing popular software and can provide NHS users with easy access to reliable medical information that is completely up-to-date. The NHS Medical Search project has developed three tools to do this:

The Office Research pane

The first uses a feature of Microsoft Office called the research task pane. An augmented version has been developed for the NHS that allows people to use it to search the library and formularies while using M…

New Member of Staff

Hannah Shotton is covering for Sui Jing Ly maternity leave. Hannah will be with us for 6 months or more. Hannah is about to submit her PHD in Anatomy from UCL. We hope Hannah enjoys her time with us.

Dialog Datastar extended till 30th June 2008

The National Library for Health is announces that an extension to the contract with Dialog Datastar has been agreed until 30th June 2008 and covers all the current databases including CINAHL.

How to Practise Evidence-Based Child Health: Focus on Paediatric Infectious Diseases

3 day short course, 11-13 June 2008

Centre for Evidence-based Child Health, UCL Institute of Child Health, London

This evidence based course is for health care professionals and others who want to improve their clinical or research skills and learn more about using best available evidence in their every day practice. The theme of the course this year is paediatric infectious diseases and we will examine evidence underpinning recent guidelines relevant to this topic.

Participants will examine some of the evidence underpinning guidelines and debate their interpretation. They will also consider how to incorporate the best available evidence on interventions and diagnosis into their clinical decisions and the information they give to patients.

The course involves a mix of interactive plenary and facilitated small group sessions, combined with training in searching and support for self-directed searching.

Tutors for the course include:Ruth Gilbert, Professor of Clinical Epidemi…

How to register for an NHS Athens password

1. From an NHSnet computer

If you have access to an NHSnet computer, including all computers on the GOSH network, you should self-register.

· Go to
· Follow the screen instruction and click on Start registration process
· As region select London SHA
· Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust is within the NHS North Central London

The NHS Athens username and password will be emailed to you immediately to an email address of your choice; this does not have to be your GOSH email address.

2. From any other computer

If you do not have access to an NHSnet computer, you can still self-register at the website mentioned in 1, but it will take around 15 days for you to receive your KA24 Athens username and password.

It is quicker to complete an application form, available from the library or to download from, and return it to the library. You will receive your NHS Athens account …

Annual Evidence Update on childhood obesity from 28th April 2008.

An update of the evidence on this topic produced by the National Library for Public Health
The National Library for Public Health is holding its first National Knowledge Week (NKW) and Annual Evidence Update on childhood obesity from 28th April 2008. The week coincides with the launch of the new public health library.
The NKW has been undertaken with the new National Obesity Observatory. Focusing on childhood obesity surveillance and preventative public health interventions, the knowledge week includes an evidence update to the NICE guidance of 2006 and key policy documents. There are also number of guest editorials written by experts, which provide a snapshot summary of preventative interventions for childhood obesity and international surveillance activities.
Find out more at

Launch of new National Library for Public Health

The National Library for Public Health (NLPH) is an online specialist library of the National Library for Health. It replaces the Public Health electronic Library (PHeL). The NLPH was made available in mid-November 2007 with an initial focus on three key areas: Obesity, Alcohol, and Tobacco. The library was relaunched in April 2008.

The project is being directed by the North East Public Health Observatory on behalf of the Association of Public Health Observatories, as part of the Information and Intelligence Strategy published by the Department of Health.

The library can be accessed at:

What is it?
The purpose of the NLPH is to be the central point of reference for research evidence and guidance on best practice relating to the health of the population. It covers all aspects of population health including:
health inequalities
health improvement
quality and safety
health protection

Who is it for?
The NLPH aims to provide resources relevant to:
public health special…

Save your searches on Dialog now!

After 31st May 2008, it will not be possible to search NHS electronic databases via Dialog. Any literature searches you have saved on the Dialog version of the databases, including alerts, WILL NOT transfer to NLH Search 2.0 when access via Dialog ceases. Please save your searches to your own computer before 31st May. Please see below for instructions on how to that:

Viewing, printing out and emailing your full saved searches

Viewing saved searches
1. To view your saved searches, first login to your NHS Athens account and navigate to the Dialog databases. You can access the Dialog databases by clicking Search Databases on the page.
2. Select Advanced Search next to the databases where you have saved your search.
3. Next select Saved Searches from the top menu.
4. Now click on the blue triangle next to your search title to view all the search steps. Repeat this for all saved searches.

IMPORTANT NOTE: to capture all the search steps in your search, you must select the re…

Medical Masterclass - Learning Materials for the MRCP(UK) Examinations

Medical Masterclass is now available to borrow from the library:

Medical Masterclass is a distance learning resource developed by the Education Department of the Royal College of Physicians of London The website aims to help candidates prepare for the MRCP(UK) Examination. It is also a tool for continuing professional development.

Library members will be able to "borrow a password" for three months in order to be able to access the web site which offers an on-line practice facility for both MRCP(UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written examinations.

Take mock MRCP(UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written examinations on-line.
See how you score compared to other users and how you progress in each of the different specialties that comprise the MRCP(UK) examinations.
Over 2,200 questions (equivalent to 20 examinations).
Also library members will be able to borrow the 12 textbooks. The textbooks are divided into 12 modules covering all areas of medical practice. For mo…

Microsoft E-learning Site for NHS Staff

Microsoft NHS Resource Centre has enhanced its existing e-learning platform to include richer functionality and brand new courses, which all members can use for free. The site has added new course collections in Microsoft Office 2007 including training in the Groove collaboration tool and OneNote, a way of keeping organised notes and images on your PC. Training is also available in Windows Vista and SharePoint Services 3.0. The training platform has a new look and feel and the new courses offer even more interactivity, Microsoft says. For more information, visit

NHS Core Learning Unit (CLU) site.

The NHS Core Learning Unit (CLU) site offers the following programmes:

Infection Control Training
Fire Safety
Manual Handling
Health and Safety
Child Protection Awareness in Health (CPAH) programme
Equality and Diversity
Disability Awareness

Go to and register or enter your username and passworsd if you have already registered.

National Knowledge Weeks for 2008 and 2009

The National Library for Health (NLH) Specialist Libraries have been developed to identify and meet the information needs of particular communities of practice. They are web-based collections containing clinical and non-clinical information on the major health priority areas. Each NLH Specialist Library identifies and provides access to quality assessed information of relevance to the community that it serves. An aspect of this involves the production of Annual Evidence Updates and National Knowledge Weeks (NKWs). National Knowledge Weeks aim to highlight the best current evidence for selected healthcare topics - they consist of the good quality evidence from an Annual Evidence Update (a search of research evidence on a particular topic over a 12 month period), plus user-friendly summaries written by relevant experts, and links to guidelines, secondary research and primary research, if applicable. All information included in National Knowledge Weeks has been subject to rigorous select…

"Show me what my friends can see"

Written by Patricia Sonksen and Blanche Stiff. Illustrations by Blanche Stiff. IBSN 0 951752618 1 8

The book can be bought from Eileen Carter: 0207 405 9200 x1140. Please leave a message, she will get back to you.

EndNote Web

Thomson Scientific has recently upgraded EndNote Web. More information on the latest version of the product is available at
EndNote Web is a bibliographic management tool available as part of the Thomson Scientific cross-search gateway Web of Knowledge.
EndNote Web is offered to all UCL users and is a cut-down version of EndNote, a software package only available to UCL staff.
To access EndNote Web, log into Web of Knowledge and click on the My EndNote Web link at the top of the page.

Embase Classic

ICH staff and students have now have access to Embase Classic (1947-1979).
EMBASE Classic, a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database, is drawn from 43 Excerpta Medica biomedical and pharmacology print journals published prior to 1974. It includes over 1.8 million records.

The access is via Enter your Athens password and select Embase Classsic.

At present, UCL staff and students cannot search Embase and Embase Classic jointly. Therefore, if you are looking for more recent content, see Embase.

NHS healthcare databases : Search 2.0 launched 1st April 2008

The NLH Search 2.0 service is now live at: - login with your NHS Athens account for full access.

The healthcare databases via Dialog will continue to be provided at until the end of May 2008. Any literature searches you have saved on the Dialog version of the databases, including alerts, WILL NOT transfer to NLH Search 2.0 when access via Dialog ceases. Please save your searches to your own computer before 31st May.

The new search tool, NLH Search 2.0 allows you to search the following healthcare databases:

PubMed/Medline, CINAHL, Embase, Alternative and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED), British Nursing Index (BNI), PsycINFO, Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC: includes Kings Fund and DH-DATA databases).

Training at GOSH -Search 2.0

A comprehensive training programe on using the new Search 2.0 interface will be provided from April – please see dates below. If you wish to attend one of these sessions (max. 9 people) please contact Ruth Muscat, Clinical Information Support Librarian x5175, or Grazia Manzotti, Deputy Librarian, x2424,
More sessions may be set up subject to demand.

Friday 11th, 10.00-11.30
Wednesday 16th, 10.30-12.00
Monday 28th, 11.00-12.30

Thursday 1st, 11.00-12.30
Tuesday 6th, 10.00-11.30
Thursday 15th, 15.00-16.30
Tuesday 27th, 11.30-13.00

Wednesday 11th, 11.30-13.00

Message to NHS Athens Users - Changes to accessing and using electronic resources

This message is to let all the NHS Athens users that from 1st April 2008 there will be a change in the access of the NHS electronic resources.
Firstly, you will no longer be able to search the databases via Dialog. There will be a new way to search all electronic content purchased nationally for the NHS. The new search engine, called Search 2.0, is currently being tested by NHS librarians. It will be the main discovery tool to locate articles from the following primary databases:
* PubMed/Medline
* Cinahl
* Embase
* Alternative and Complementary Medicine Database
* British Nursing Index
* PsycINFO.
* Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC)

It is designed to simplify searching by ending reliance on different supplier systems to access resources. The planned national launch date is 1 April 2008 and there will be a two month overlap between the Dialog databases (except Cinahl) and Search 2.0 during this transitional period.
Please note that your saved searches and alerts will not be transf…

Behind the Headlines

The National Library for Health’s Hitting the Headlines health news service will end on 31 March 2008.

The National Library for Health will continue to provide users with access to high quality news analysis via the Behind the Headlines service provided by NHS Choices: This service will be available on the NLH homepage as of 1st April 2008. In addition to this, the searchable Hitting the Headlines archive will be retained:

Behind the Headlines provides an unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories that make the news on a daily basis and from 1 April will work to the standards developed by the Hitting the Headlines to enhance their service even further.

Library Easter Opening Hours

The library will be closed from Wednesday 19th March from 2.00 pm for the Easter break and will re-open on Wednesday 26th March at 9am. Out of ours access will be available to library members when the building is open.

National NHS databases move to Search 2.0

The National Library for Health will be changing its NHS databases service from the end of March 2008. The databases have previously been supplied by Dialog will now be via a service called Search 2.0 and will be accessible using an NHS Athens account. The NLH have announced that it will not be possible to automatically migrate any saved searches to the new system. PLEASE NOTE: if you have email alerts or saved searches within the existing Dialog service, you will need to set them up again when Search 2.0 goes live

JAMA Archives journals for the NHS

The National Library for Health (NLH) now includes online access to JAMA (1998-present) collection of Archives journals. You can link to these journals through your My Library section within NLH. When you have logged in with your NHS Athens accountsimply click through to MyAthens Resources

Essential Science Indicator

Essentials Science Indicators is now a subscribed service for UCL and is delivered via the Web of Knowledge. ESI is an in-depth analytical tool offering data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals. It provides performance statistics and trends for science, using journal article publication and citation counts as indicators of influence and impact. For lists of highly cited researchers around the world also see ISI's Highly Cited.

New Web of Knowledge Interface

The Web of Knowledge (WoK) has switched to a new interface. The new look offers the same functions as before but with improved 'tabbed' navigation and the introduction of tools to allow for analysis of your search results. If you have saved searches or set up email alerts, these will not be affected by the interface change. For a WoK training leaflet please click here.


The UCL subsciption to CINAHL has switched from WebSPIRS to the EbscoHOST service: Offsite access requires a UCL computing account. To set up a UCL computing accound please contact ISU. To access CINAHL via EbscoHOST click here.

CINAHL full text for the NHS

The National Library for Health (NLH) now includes online access to the CINAHL full text collection. This resource is part of the NHS National Core Content collection from 1st April 2008 but access has been switched on early. You can link to the collection through your My Library section within NLH. First log in with your NHS Athens account and then simply click through to MyAthens Resources

17-21 March 2008 National Knowledge Week for Hearing

The National Knowledge Week for Hearing will commence on 17th March with the aim of presenting expert commentaries on key hearing disorder topics, supported by relevant research evidence from the past 12 months. Also people will be a unique resource providing the latest research evidence and commentaries on:
Children’s Hearing Services:
Newborn hearing screening
Assessment and diagnosis
Glue ear
Hearing aids
Cochlear implant
For more information please see the following web page:

Blackwell Backfiles

UCL staff and students now have online access to a number of Blackwell backfiles. NHS users may access these titles from walk-in computers in the library. Most titles allow access from volume 1 onwards and include:
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
British Journal of Dermatology
Child: Care, Health and Development
Clinical & Experimental Allergy
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Contact Dermatitis
Experimental Dermatology
Immunological Reviews
International Journal of Dermatology
International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Wound Repair and Regeneration

Elsevier backfiles -The Lancet

UCL now has access to Elsevier's backfiles on ScienceDirect. This means that electronic content back to volume 1, issue 1 of most Elsevier journals is now available to UCL users. Previously, Elsevier journals were only available online from 1993 or 1995. As part of the Elsevier backfile (see previous item), UCL users now have acces to the The Lancet from Volume 1, 1823 onwards. NHS users may access Elsevier journals from the walk-in computers in the library.