Thursday, 11 December 2014

Pop-Up Library

We will be holding three pop-up library sessions over the next two weeks. They will be held on B-Floor Concourse (outside the lecture theatres) on the following dates:

Friday 12 December 10-11
Friday 12 December 12-1
Wednesday 17 December 12-1

Keep an eye out for our banner, next to the desk!

See you there!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Global Data - new database trial

We currently have trial access to the database Global Data - Power and Medical modules.

You can use Global Data to view information on the healthcare industry, including statistics and market intelligence reports, with trends and analysis forecasting. You can also find specific company information and news including business descriptions, history, key contacts and location.

Connect to the database from the library web page below. Follow the quick links on the right side of the page to choose the Global Data Medical Module

The feedback form is available from the web page above or click here

Trial access is available until 12th December. You may be prompted to log into MUSE if you are not already logged in. 

Monday, 24 November 2014

MBChB Phase 1 SSC Critical Analysis Library Practical

Firstly, we hope that you enjoyed the library practical sessions last Tuesday and Wednesday.  Here's a reminder of what we went through in the sessions.

The Library Practical

Finding the adverts

Find the adverts from MUSE - My services - StarPlus-
MyResource Lists - Seatrch 'Me
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.

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, follow the search result for 'MED111 - Critical Analysis - Drug Advertisements'

Once you have found your advert from the list, click on the 'View web link' icon, your selected advert will open in PDF format.

Looking at the references in the drug adverts.

Most of the adverts have some references included which aim to support the claims made within the advert.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Searching for Researching workshops

Do you need to find literature for an independent research project? Not sure where to start? Tried searching but retrieving too many or too few results? 

Then come along to a Searching for Researching workshop at 301: Student Skills and Development Centre.

Run by the University Library, the workshop will show you how to find the best resources for your research project. You will learn about different information sources and how to create an effective search strategy to produce a manageable set of relevant results. You will also consider evaluating information, referencing and plagiarism - making sure you use your own ideas and reference the work of others properly.

Places are still available on the workshop for the following dates:

Thursday 20 November 18.30-19.30
Tuesday 2 December 12.00-13.00 
For further information and to book your place: 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Information Skills Advisory Service

Want advice on carrying out a literature search for your assignment or project?
Do you want some support with referencing, database searching or identifying reliable information?

Then come along to the Information Skills Advisory Service at the IC.

Every afternoon there will be a librarian on hand to offer advice and guidance. No need to book just drop-in!

Information Skills Advisory Service
Level 1
Information Commons
13:00 - 17:00
Monday to Friday 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

BrowZine now available for Android Phone

The BrowZine app is now available for Android smartphones!

BrowZine is an app which enables you to browse, read and monitor current scholarly journal content on your tablet or iPhone. BrowZine works by bringing together articles in Open Access and subscription databases into a single place. 

You can save your favourite journals, view the tables of contents, and read articles as new issues are released. BrowZine is for current awareness and browsing, not focused research or searching. It complements StarPlus which should be used for focused research or searching.

The BrowZine app is available in the iPad, iPhone, Android and Amazon App Stores and is free to download, or you can download it from the Quick link opposite. After downloading, find University of Sheffield in the list and enter your University of Sheffield username and password when prompted.

Monday, 27 October 2014

History of Medicine

Hello to all our first year UGs in The Medical School.  You will now be well underway with your 'History of Medicine' assignment, so here's a little reminder of what we went through in your Library induction session:

The Video

StarPlus - The Library Catalogue

StarPlus is the library catalogue, it gives you a single starting point to find information.  To access StarPlus, sign into MUSE using your university username and password and then look for StarPlus - Library Catalogue under 'My Services'.  Remember to sign into StarPlus by clicking 'University Members' on the landing page.

Use the 'University Collections' tab to search for books, ebooks and journals.  A good medical textbook will be a great place to start your research.

Use the 'Articles and more' tab to complete a basic search of journal articles in your subject area. They provide a more detailed view of your subject area and are the best source of academic research.

If you need further assistance using StarPlus, take a look at our Information Skills Resource - Using StarPlus

The Databases

You can also use specialist databases to find information on your subject area.  MEDLINE via OvidSP  is the major international medical database. Take a look at the video above to see a screencast of how to search it for material relating to the history of medicine. Or take a look at our online tutorial .

The Websites

You can always find lots of information online.  In our video we looked at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the Thackray Medical Museum, and The Wellcome Trust, but you will need to check the quality of the websites that you are using.  If you are unsure how to evaluate information, take a look at our tutorial.

Remember...Think Critically!

If you need more information, contact your Liaison Team for Medicine, Dentistry & Health.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Nature Journals - all titles now available from the Library

Last November the University Library conducted a survey for staff and students.  Many of our customers commented that although we had access to some Nature journals we did not subscribe to some important titles.
After negotiations with the publisher therefore we now have a subscription to the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) complete collection! This includes all ejournals published by Nature Publishing Group.
For a full list of titles and access to the Nature website, please see .

Or to access individual titles, please search for them on StarPlus.


Monday, 13 October 2014

No More Fines.

We've changed the way you borrow items! 

As long as no one has requested the item you have borrowed, we will keep renewing them until the expiry date of your account.

If we are unable to renew any of your items, we will send an email to let you know that you need to return the item.  Further to this, we will also send you a weekly borrowing statement to remind you of which items you have out on loans, and let you know which items you need to return.

If you want an item that is out on loan to another borrower, the best way to get hold of the item is to request it via StarPlus- the library catalogue.

What happens if you do not return an item?

We are attempting to get rid of fines! We know you don't like them, so for this academic year we are trialling a new system; if you do not return an item that is requested by another borrower, you will not be able to borrow any further items from the University Library until the requested item is returned, we will still continue to renew the other items already on your account.

You can avoid your account being blocked by returning your items when they are requested, and by checking your library account on StarPlus, and by checking your weekly statement.

If this works then we will get rid of fines in the University Library, but we need you to make this work!  If someone requests an item that you have borrowed, bring it back to the library so that they can use the item that they need!

Remember, we will renew items on your account automatically if they are not requested by another borrower.  If they are requested, we'll give you a couple of days to bring them back.  

What do you think?

We would like to know what your opinion is, please do take the time to tell us what you think.  We have a quick feedback form for you to fill in, we will also be using #nofinesUofS on twitter.

This is your chance to get rid of fines in the University Library!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

New look 'Information Skills Resource'

We've been busy over the summer updating our webpages, in particular the Informations Skills Resource.

For those unfamiliar with this resource, it contains handy subject specific guidance, helpful resources on how to search effectively using StarPlus - the library catalogue, use databases, write a literature review, and referencing using EndNote.

It also has tutorials relevant to postgraduates and dissertation students, advice about research tools, research data management (RDM), good practice, and scholarship.

Take a look around and see how it can help you with your studies!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Welcome back

And of course, welcome to new students!

The new year has started and we thought it would be a good time to remind you of some of our key services.

You can find all the information you need to get started using the library on our web pages  

For more subject-specific resources check out the Library’s subject guides. Here you’ll find out where your material is located, a list of key databases and links to the Library’s online tutorials to help with literature searching, referencing and more.

There’s been some changes over the summer too…
This semester we are piloting a no-fines policy, and for this to work we need your help. You can keep your books for as long as you wish, as long as nobody else requests them.  If that happens we'll email you to let you know the date by which you need to return them. Please bring them back promptly, just as you would expect if you need a book which is out to someone else.

If you have any general questions you can email the Library HelpDesk at

Or contact us - your faculty library liaison team;

All the best for the next year!

Friday, 18 July 2014

*NEW* Information Literacy Case Study

"Continual Professional Development (CPD) is now an absolute requirement of maintaining Health and Social Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration. To do this I utilise the research skills learnt in my degree at Sheffield." 

"A fundamental part of the radiographer’s role is being able to provide excellent patient information.... I therefore often have to use my skills of recognising authoritative, reliable information...."

Information Literacy is a hugely important transferable skill. Knowing how to find and evaluate good quality information is a skill that will enhance your career well beyond university. 

In this series of case studies the University Library looks at how information literacy skills, as learned during your degree, are applied to a wide range of different professions. In the latest case study we meet Lizzy, a therapeutic radiographer in the NHS (and former archaeology student) who explains how information literacy helps her to keep up to date with the latest research and provide excellent patient information.

Read Lizzy's case study here

Friday, 4 July 2014

BrowZine now available for iPhone

BrowZine for iPhone is now here!

Want to browse and read academic journals on your smartphone? The BrowZine app is now available for the iPhone, which means you can access all online journals with a University of Sheffield subscription from your phone as well as tablet devices.  

With this new release, you have the option to create a BrowZine Account. If you have BrowZine installed on your iPhone and iPad, you may now “sync” your My Bookshelf contents. If you add a journal to My Bookshelf or clear a new article notification from your iPad, it will automatically appear on your iPhone.


Saved Article Limit Raised to 500
Based on popular demand, the Saved Article limit has been raised from 100 to 500 articles. BrowZine provides even more opportunity to browse now and read articles later.

Expanded My Bookshelf
For Android tablet users, the My Bookshelf space has been expanded to 64 journals in 4 bookcases.

System Requirements

iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app is optimised for iPhone 5.
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above 
Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Availability for other smartphones is not currently available. 

Monday, 16 June 2014

*NEW* Online tutorial for Systematic Reviews

The Library has a brand new tutorial available now from the Information Skills Resource .

Getting Started with your Systematic Review: Finding the Evidence will give you all the best advice and guidance you need when embarking on a systematic review, in particular focusing on the literature searching process and helping you to develop your search skills. 

The tutorial covers the key stages involved in a systematic review and offers guidance on the following;

  • Defining your research question and using the PICO analysis.
  • Constructing a search strategy, including the use of boolean operators and advanced search techniques. 
  • Searching for grey literature. 
  • Managing your references.
  • Critical appraisal and the hierarchy of medicine. 

Check out the tutorial here .  

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Researching for your dissertation over the Summer?

Searching for Researching workshop - 301: Student Skills and Development Centre, Glossop Road Thursday 12 June, 12-1

Come and find out about the information sources available to you, search tips to help you get the most relevant results for your project, evaluating information, plagiarism and referencing.

Follow the link above to book a place. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

What do you think of our ebooks?

The Library has an ever growing collection of ebooks and we'd like to know what you think of them. Do you prefer reading books online or in print? Are there any specific functions you want from an ebook? Do you find ours easy to access?

Tell us what you think in our very quick survey and help us to improve our collections further. 

Thank you

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

New items and editions - April

New items for the Health Sciences Library in April.

Rosenfield, M., Logan, N., & Edwards, K.  (2009)  Optometry: science techniques and clinical management.  2nd ed.

van de Poel, K., Vanaqt, E., Schrimpf, U., & Gasiorek, J.  (2013) Communication skills for foreign and mobile medical professionals.
Also available as an ebook

Brown, S.J., (2014) Evidence-based nursing: the research-practice connection.  3rd ed.

Kennedy-Sheldon, L (2013) Communication for nursing: talking with patients.  3rd ed.

Houser, J. (2015) Nursing research: reading, using, and creating evidence.  3rd ed.

Casement, P.  (2014) On learning from the patient.  2nd ed. [electronic resource]

Lewenson, S., & Truglio-Londrigan, M.  (2015). Decision-making in nursing: thoughtful approaches for leadership.  2nd ed.

New editions for the Health Sciences Library in April

Karch, S.P., & Drummer, O.H. (2013) Karch's pathology of drug abuse.  5th ed.

Davies, S.G (ed.) (2014)  Chapman & Nakielny's aid to radiological differential diagnosis. 6th ed.

O'Connell, T.X.  (2014) USMLE step 2 secrets.  4th ed.

Magee, D.J. (2014) Orthopedic physical assessment.  6th ed

Greenstein, B (2009). Trounce's clinical pharmacology for nurses.  18th ed.

Upton, D., & Thirlaway, K.  (2014) Promoting healthy behaviour: a practical guide.  2nd ed.

Rees, J.A.  (2014) Pharmaceutical Practice. 5th ed.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


The Library has recently purchased BrowZine, an app which enables users to browse and read academic journal articles on tablet devices.  

BrowZine brings together articles from our subscription and open access journals into a single ‘newsstand’ style app.   Users can save their favourite journals, view the tables of contents, and read articles as new issues are released.

BrowZine is designed for current awareness and browsing.  It complements the Library catalogue StarPlus, which can be used for more focused research or searching.

University of Sheffield members can download the BrowZine app, free of charge, from the iPad, Android and Amazon App Stores, or from the link below.  After downloading, users will need to select University of Sheffield from the list and enter their University of Sheffield username and password when prompted.

Please note: the minimum OS required are iPad version 5.1.1 and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). BrowZine is currently available for tablets only. It is not compatible with smartphones at present although this development is expected in the future.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Borrowing and opening hours over the Easter vacation

Borrowing and requesting items over the Easter vacation
Over the Easter vacation your books will continue to be renewed by us.  From Monday 31 March, if a book is requested by someone else we will send you an email to let you know and to ask that you return the book by 28th April.  Requested books will not be renewed beyond this date.

You can still request books over the Easter vacation, however the person who has the book out on loan over the vacation will not have to return it until Monday 28 April.

Opening hours over the Easter vacation
The University Library will have revised opening hours over the Easter Vacation.

Health Sciences Library - Royal Hallamshire Hospital will be open as follows:
Thursday 17 April: 09:00-17:00 (Staffed 09:00 - 17:00)
Friday 18 April: Closed
Saturday 19 April: 14:00-18:00 (Self-service only)
Sunday 20 April: Closed
Monday 21 April: Closed

Health Sciences Library - Northern General Hospital will close at 17:00 on Thursday 17 April and reopen on Tuesday 22 April at 09:00.

The Information Commons will be open 24/7 with staffed hours as follows:
Thursday 17 April: Staffed 09:00-17:00
Friday 18 April: Staffed 09:00-17:00
Saturday 19 April: Staffed 12:00-18:00
Sunday 20 April: Self-service only
Monday 21 April: Staffed 09:00-17:00
Please note some services may not be available during the Easter vacation.

Western Bank Library opening hours over Easter vacation can be found here.
St George's Library opening hours over the Easter vacation can be found here.

For more information, visit the Library News

Monday, 10 March 2014

Spotlight on.... the Trip Database

Trip is a free search engine used to find clinical evidence and  research in the fields of medicine, dentistry and health.

Used by health professionals and members of the public alike the interface is easy to use and incorporates some useful tools, such as a PICO search option where you can easily apply your PICO analysis to generate your search results, and the still developing 'Trip Rapid Review' search option which allows you to analyse multiple research articles at once.

From the simple and advanced search options it's also easy to find a whole range of different types of material. Using the tabs along the top of your search results you can limit your search to resources such as clinical evidence, images, videos, educational tools or patient information sites. The options on the right-hand side of your search results also allows you to further limit the clinical evidence results to resource types such as systematic reviews, case reports or guidelines etc. 

With results including evidence from pubmed, the cochrane database and NICE the quality of the search results seems to be high but remember to always use your own judgement and appraise the evidence for yourself. 

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Open Access Made Easy

Making your research open access has never been easier now that the link between myPublications and White Rose Research Online is live. White Rose Research Online is Sheffield's open access institutional repository, and all staff are welcome to deposit an author version of their peer-reviewed articles, plus any other research outputs, including conference proceedings, posters, monographs and more. 

Please watch our short video to see how simple it is to deposit your research in WRRO.

As ever, the Library's open access team are happy to provide more tailored information to departments, research centres, and research groups across the University, regardless of funding sources or levels. Please contact us at if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a meeting. If you would like more information on WRRO, please email

Thursday, 27 February 2014

February new items and editions

New editions and new items for the Health Sciences Library in February.

New items for the Health Sciences Library:

Schwarz, S.H.  (2010). Visual Perception: a clinical orientation,   4th ed. [electronic resource].

Coward, K., & Wells, D. (2013) Textbook of clinical embryology [electronic resource].
Also available in hard copy.

Carton, J.  (2012). Oxford Handbook of clinical pathology.  [electronic resource].
Also available in hard copy.

Ramrakha, P., & Hill, J.  (2012). Oxford Handbook of cardiology. 2nd ed. [electronic resource].
Also available in hard copy.

Wilkins, R. (ed.) (2011). Oxford handbook of medical sciences.  (2nd ed.) [electronic resource].
Also available as a hard copy.

Marwick, K.  (2013).  Psychiatry.  4th ed. [electronic resource]
Also available as a hard copy.

New editions for the Health Sciences Library:

Chambers, E., Brown, E.A., & Germain, M.  (2010).  Supportive care for the renal patient.  2nd ed.  [electronic resource].
Also available in hard copy.

Read, A.F. (2011). New clinical genetics.  2nd ed.

Hampton, J.R. (2013).  The ECG made easy.  8th ed. [electronic resource].
Also available in hard copy.

Hollins, C. (2013). Levison's textbook for dental nurses.  11th ed. [electronic resource].
Also available in hard copy.

Clarke, R.  (2013). Diseases of the ear, nose and throat.  11th ed.

Schneider, Z., & Whitehead, D. (2013).  Nursing and midwifery research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice.  4th ed.

Holland, A.L., & Nelson, R. (2014). Counselling in communication disorders: a wellness perspective. 2nd ed.

Norwitz, E.R. (2013). Obstetrics and gynaecology at a glance.  4th ed.

Lo-Biondo-Wood, G. (2013). Nursing research: methods and critical appraisal for evidence based practice. 8th ed.

Allgood, M.R. (ed.). (2013). Nursing theory: utilization & application.  5th ed.

Jackson, E.  (2013).  Medical law: text, cases and materials.  3rd ed.

Preston, C.L. (ed.) (2014).  Stockley's drug interactions pocket companion 2014. 

Monday, 24 February 2014

To fine or not to fine...

Have you ever requested a library book? Was the item returned late?
Come along and give us your views;
Information Commons Level 1, Room 126 Wednesday 26 February
12:00 - 13:00
At this session, Lynn Sykes, Head of Customer Services, will be talking to our students about the pros and cons of fining or blocking customers that do not return requested books on time. Her presentation will last about 15 minutes and then we will ask you to decide which of 3 available options you prefer.

If you are unable to attend, please complete our online survey at

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

7 Steps to Producing a Literature Review

Are you planning a literature review? Remember we have an online tutorial to guide you through the process!

7 Steps to Producing a Literature Review
You can also use our Information Skills Resource for advice on referencing, database searching, using Endnote and much more.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The University of Sheffield Research Data Management Survey

The University is undertaking a survey of research data management practices within its research community.  If you undertake research in any faculty at the University of Sheffield, the Research Data Management Service Delivery Group would like to gather feedback on how you manage your research data.

For the purpose of this survey, research data refers to any type of data created, collected, or generated in a digital or non-digital form that is analysed to produce original research results.

The questionnaire is designed to:

  • Assist in the understanding the types of research data held by researchers
  • discover the influences and barriers to managing research data
  • establish what advice and support you require
  • identify current levels of research data management practice in faculties
We will use the information you provide to:
  • inform the RDM user requirements gathering
  • assess what research data we are seeking to manage
  • deliver tools, infrastructure, and policies to facilitate good research data management practice at The University of Sheffield
The survey should take you about 10 to 15 minutes to complete and it can be completed anonymously. If you would like further information on research data management or would be willing to participate in a follow-up interview, then please enter your name and email address at the start of the survey.

This survey is conducted by the University Research Data Management Service Delivery Group, which is exploring issues around a research data management infrastructure (technical and human) to support the research data lifecycle, acknowledging and responding to different practices across subject disciplines.

Take the survey

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

*Trial electronic resource* - BrowZine

The University Library has a trial subscription to BrowZine, a new tablet application (iOS & Android) that allows you to browse, read and follow scholarly journals in a format optimised for your iPad or Android tablet.

If you’d like to try this resource, then visit this page and remember to leave us some feedback on what you think to this resource! 

The trial to BrowZine will end on 1 March 2014

Monday, 10 February 2014

*New Resource* - BoB

The University has recently purchased a subscription to Box of Broadcasts (BoB)
BoB is an off-air recording and media archive service that allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are due to be broadcast over the next seven days.  As well as this, you also have access to programmes broadcast over the previous week.  You can also create video clips and access transcripts of the programmes.
BoB has excellent video tutorials that take you through the basics of searching and recording, through to creating video and audio clips and searching transcripts.

BoB is produced by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), Cambridge Imaging Systems and Bournemouth University

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Keep track of your WRRO stats

Sheffield's shared open access repository White Rose Research Online (WRRO) has recently unveiled its new statistics page where you can find out all the latest download stats.

The repository has had a fantastic 2,048,419 downloads overall for the full-text articles it holds with the most downloaded research paper getting a whopping 32,289 alone. 

Here are the top downloaded research papers from Sheffield;

Clark, C.D.Evans, D.J.A.Khatwa, A.Bradwell, T.Jordan, C.J.Marsh, S.H.Mitchell, W.A. and Bateman, M.D. (2004) Map and GIS database of glacial landforms and features related to the last British Ice Sheet. Boreas, 33 (4). pp. 359-375. ISSN 0300-9483

Baxter, S. and Brumfitt, S.M. (2008) Professional differences in interprofessional working. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 22 (3). pp. 239-251. ISSN 1469-9567

Wang, J.B., Wang, W.Y., Jewell, G.W. and Howe, D. (2005) Design of a miniature permanent-magnet generator and energy storage system. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 52 (5). pp. 1383-1390. ISSN 0278-0046              

To find the stats you want simply use the 'filter items' option at the top of the page. From here you can find out exactly how many downloads each individual article, author or department has had for any given period. To look up a particular article all you need to search for is the EPrint id number which you can find at the end of every record's URL. 

We're developing the repository' statistic capabilities all the time so if there's further information that you think we should include just let us know. Contact us on 

Monday, 27 January 2014

January new items and new editions.

New editions and new items for the Health Sciences Library in January

New items in the Health Sciences Library this month:

Clarke, C.   (c.2009) Neurology: a Queen Square Textbook

Horrocks, C., & Johnson, S. (eds.).  (2012) Advances in health psychology: critical approaches.

Laverack, G.  (2009) Public health: power, empowerment and professional practice.  2nd ed.

New editions in the Health Sciences Library this month:

Watson, P.G.  (c.2012) The sclera and systematic disorders.  3rd ed.

Sines, D. (ed.) (2013) Community and public health nursing.
This title is also available as an ebook

Quick, C.G.R.  (2013) Essential surgery: problems, diagnosis and management.  5th ed.

Johnson, L.  (2013) Gastrointestinal physiology.  8th ed.

Cameron, A.C., & Widmer, P. (2013) Handbook of pediatric dentistry.  4th ed

McVeigh, E., Homburg, R., & Guillebaud, J.  (2013) Oxford handbook of reproductive medicine and family planning.  2nd ed.

Marcus, R., Feldman, D., Dempster, D., Luckey, M., & Cauley, J (eds.) (2013) Osteoporosis.  4th ed.

Hinkle, J.L.  (ed.) (2013) Brunner & Suddarth's textbook pf medical-surgical nursing.  13th ed.

Longmore, J.M., Baldwin, A., Wallin, E., Liakos, A & Hill, M.  (2014) Oxford handbook of clinical medicine.  9th ed.