Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Springer eBook trial ends 31 December

We continue to have access to over 17,000 titles from the publisher Springer Verlag courtesy of a trial until 31st December 2010. Their eBook content compliments our existing eJournal access via the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL).

All 17,000 titles have been added to the library catalogue but can also be searched here via the publisher platform. Access is seamless on campus and off campus you'll need to be logged in remotely.

Titles include:

Fonesca, V., Pendergrass, M. and Harrison McDuffie, R. 2010. Diabetes in clinical practice.

Chiappelli, F. ed. 2010. Evidence-based practice: towards optimizing clinical outcomes.

Let us know what you think of Springer's eBooks by emailing Barbara Houston at bhouston@qmu.ac.uk with your comments of filling out the feedback form on the Trial Databases page.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Little things make a big difference

Ever since the NHS e-library changed it's name to the Knowledge Network a short while ago, I've been dipping in when I have the time to see what's new. I do like the announcements feature on the front page. Today, one of the highlights is to their Little things make a big difference: valuing the patient experience site.

It is designed to be an online resource for frontline NHS Scotland staff. I particularly like the images used throughout the site that were created by Graham Ogilvie in real time in response to comments made and views expressed at the 'Little things make a difference' conference at Murrayfield in March 2009. The learning objects on 'Reflective practice' and the 'Developing reflective practice' look fantastic too. I've never heard reflective practice and reflective writing explained so clearly and effectively before!

There are four themes of values, patient centred practice, strengthening leadership at all levels and developing reflective practice. Each theme includes resources, key documents and useful links.

Friday, 29 January 2010

The Knowledge Network - formerly known as the NHS Scotland e-library

From the 1st February, all visits to the NHS Scotland e-Library will be automatically redirected to The Knowledge Network. The NHS e-Library has matured and now offers a faster search, quicker access to eJournals, articles and books as well as a new area called 'My Resource Space' that allows you to save and organise your findings.

If you are student who goes on placements to an NHS hospital or clinic in Scotland as part of your course - or if you teach students who go on these placements - then you qualify to register for a username and password. Click here for more details.

It is an amazing resource and not only will it enhance the number of resources you have access to, it will also look good when you do go on placement that (a) you already have a username and password and (b) that you know how to use it!

The Knowledge Network is managed by the NHS so if you have any queries regarding forgotten passwords or access issues then you will need to contact them at: eLibrary@new.scot.nhs.uk.

NB: I've just logged in to the new site using my NHS ATHENS username and password and had no problems.

Monday, 25 January 2010

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons on Facebook

Put your hand up if you're on Facebook...

Did you know that colleges, universities, publications, libraries, (yes we've got our own page!) and societies have pages that you can become fans of?

With the new functionalities of Facebook, you can read updates in your news feed and keep up to date with events, links and other news.

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Podiatry Today

QMU Learning Resource Centre

Friday, 22 January 2010

RefAware Trial

We've arranged a trial of RefAware. RefAware is a web-based current awareness service designed to provide researchers and other members of the academic community with immediate access to new research and publications in their field - all within hours of being posted online! Providing one source for a variety of research data, RefAware constantly scours the internet for the latest information and automatically delivers new information directly to the user. Covering over 8,000 peer-reviewed sources and other non-refereed sources of information, RefAware provides a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute picture of today's global research.

You'll find access information on our Trial Databases page. Users are required to self-register to create an account before using this service.

Let me know what you think - send me an email at lroberts@qmu.ac.uk.

Monday, 18 January 2010

An essential tool???

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays.

Just before we closed for the holidays, Jean Mooney's book arrived. The book's blurb says it's:

More than just a collection of simple definitions, the "Illustrated Dictionary of Podiatry" is a pocket-reference guide for students and practitioners which covers anatomy, pathology, systematic disease, clinical diagnostic tests, treatment and management of foot problems and much more."

You can find it on the shelf at 617.585003 MOO. It looks good but I want to know you think. Let me know if you think it lives up to the hype of being an essential tool.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Top tip for finding the full name of a journal abbreviation

Have you ever come across a fantastic quote from a journal article only to discover that the reference looks like this:

Sullivan, R. W. 1985. Correction of the hypermobile flatfoot by the subtalar arthroeresis procedure. Mil Med 150 (10), pp.546-8.

Sometimes the abbreviation of a journal title is easy to work out, the rest of the time it can be like doing The Times crossword without the clues! For those times when the abbreviation is not obvious, try using the Journals Database from PubMed. Enter the abbreviation and click 'go'. Using the example above, we can see that Mil Med is short for Military Medicine.