Check Your Skills

Are you searching effectively? Do you want to improve your skills?

Try our new etutorial Check Your Skills.

Complete the questions to find out if you're searching in the best way. Get an action plan at the end to help you to improve your skills.
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Resource of the week #3: NICE Guidelines

What is it?
NICE is the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. They provide evidence-based guidance and advice to the health, public health and social care sectors.

Key Features
They provide guidance on a wide range of topics and service areas:

  • Conditions and diseases
  • Health Protection
  • Lifestyle and wellbeing
  • Population Groups
  • Service delivery, organisation and staffing
  • Settings
Example screen-shot from NICE Guidelines

How can it help you?
NICE guidelines include recommendations of care and treatment. Some can provide tools to help you to implement the guidelines. NICE provide references of the evidence that has been used to compile the guideline.

How to access it?
NICE Guidelines are freely available on the Internet. You can browse through the sections or complete a simple search.

NICE have their own YouTube channel where you can find more information about them as well as more information about specific guidelines.

Did you know?
You can get the latest news and guidance releases by following NICE on Twitter or signing up to receive the newsletters and alerts.

ClinicalKey Content Update: October 12, 2017 - new titles for plastic surgery

Books Added – CK Global
Please note that the following titles are now live on CK Global. They replace the 3rd edition of Neligan: Plastic Surgery, which was ISBN 9781437717334.

How can you find good quality information on the Internet?

Try our new etutorial Finding Information on the Internet to help you to get good quality information for your work and studies.

You'll learn:

  • what is good quality information
  • how the CRAAP test can help you
  • where to find library resources on the Internet
  • examples of free, good quality, healthcare-focused, online resources

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Compete our feedback form at the end to let us know what you thought.

ClinicalKey Content Updates: October 9, 2017

Journal Added – CK Global

Pediatric Dental Journal; Years of Coverage: 2014 to present; ISSN: 0917-2394; Package/Collection: Dentistry;

Books Added – CK Global

Books Removed – CK Global
  • AIDS Therapy (Dolin, Raphael) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780443067525; Package/Collection: Infectious Disease; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Volberding: Sande’s HIV/AIDS Medicine, 2e.
  • Kline & Hudson’s Nerve Injuries: Operative Results for Major Nerve Injuries, Entrapments, and Tumors (Kim, Daniel) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780721695372; Package/Collection: Neurosurgery; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Kim: Atlas of Peripheral Nerve Surgery, 2e.
  • Levin and O’Neal’s The Diabetic Foot (Bowker, John) 7th ed; ISBN: 9780323041454; Package/Collection: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Azar: Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics, 13e.
  • Mechanical Ventilation: Clinical Applications and Pathophysiology (Papadakos, Peter) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780721601861; Package/Collection: Critical Care Medicine; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine.
  • Ophthalmic Clinical Procedures (Eperjesi, Frank) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780080449784; Package/Collection: Ophthalmology; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Elliott: Clinical Procedures in Primary Eye Care, 4e.
  • Practical Guide to the Care of the Gynecologic/Obstetric Patient (Danakas, George) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780323047081; Package/Collection: Obstetrics and Gynecology; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Hacker: Hacker & Moore’s Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6e.
  • Putterman’s Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery (Fagien, Steven) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780721602547; Package/Collection: Ophthalmology; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Long: Surgical Techniques in Ophthalmology: Oculoplastic Surgery.
  • Roy and Fraunfelder’s Current Ocular Therapy (Roy, F. Hampton) 6th ed; ISBN: 9781416024477; Package/Collection: Ophthalmology; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Yanoff & Duker: Ophthalmology, 4e.
  • Surgery of the Anus, Rectum and Colon (Keighley, Michael) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780702027239; Package/Collection: Surgery Extended; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Fleshman: Atlas of Surgical Techniques for Colon, Rectum and Anus.

Resource of the week #2: Journals List

What is it?

We have a number of journals lists which allow you to search for our subscribed journal titles. The journals that you have full-text access to will depend on the organisation that you work for / study with.

Our journals include scholarly articles that report on research, reviews and reflection of practice. These are essential for your studies and provide evidence for healthcare decisions.

Key Features
  • You can search the journals list for a particular journal title.
  • You can also browse through the NHS list using the A-Z links.
  • The entry for the journal title will include a link where you can access the full-text.
  • Note that the link may go to a database, where we have a subscription, rather than the publisher’s site.
  • You will need to log in to access the full-text; use either your Keele computer login or your NHS Athens username.

How can it help you?

You may come across references for articles, either via a reading list, a database search or just recommended reading from a colleague. If you need to access a particular article like this, always check whether it is available via our journals lists.

How to access it?

To view your NHS-subscribed journals you will need to log in to the list with your NHS Athens username.
The Keele University list of journal titles can be viewed from Library Search, no log in required. However you will need to log in to actually view any full-text.
The list print journals is also available to view via Library Search.

Video demo

Here is a demo of how to find a Keele ejournal:


Our online etutorials can help you to find journals:

Did you know?

We subscribe to BMJ Case Reports where you can also publish your own case reports.

More help?

You can find more help about accessing journals from the online guides section of our website.

Introduction to Referencing and Plagiarism

Why is referencing so important?
How can you avoid plagiarism?

Find out by completing our new etutorial: Introduction to Referencing and Plagiarism

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Resource of the week #1: Getting Started eTutorials

What is it?
The Getting Started etutorials are a suite of online tutorials aiming to help you get started using our major resources.

Key Features

  • You’ll find out what information is available to you from the resource; how to access the resource; plus many more useful features.
  • Our etutorials include interactive elements, step-by-step instructions and videos.
  • Most tutorials are very short and each tutorial includes a menu so you can jump to the bit you need.
  • You can download the etutorial reflection document at the end of the etutorial to keep a record of what you have learnt. Why not add this to your portfolio as a record of your development?
Example screen-shot of the Using the Health Library etutorial
How can it help you?
eTutorials are available online, 24/7. So if you need some quick help they are available any time.

The Getting Started etutorials cover topics such as:

  • Using the Library
  • Using ebooks
  • Finding articles
  • Finding journals
  • Using databases

How to access it?
The Getting Started etutorials are available on the Health Library website.

For a quick overview of our etutorial watch this video

Did you know?
97% of users, who provided feedback in 2017, rated our etutorials good or excellent.

Resource of the Week Starting Soon

We'll be giving you plenty of information about good quality healthcare resources over the next year. We're going to start a Resource of the Week feature this week. So sign-up to get your weekly resource via your inbox.

Do you find good quality articles?

When you have retrieved a number of articles from your literature search, how do you assess the quality of the evidence described?

The Health Library now runs 2 introductory and complementary training sessions on the skills that you will need to undertake the Critical Appraisal of healthcare research articles:

These sessions take the form of practical workshops, reading an article and assessing it using the CASP tool for Critical Appraisal.

Missed out on an introduction to the Health Library?

Missed out on an introduction to the Health Library?
Need a refresher on the resources we offer and how to access them?

Then the Health Library Induction Plus course is for you.

Find out how the library can help you:

  • Library resources for Keele users and NHS staff
  • Facilities you can use at the Health Library
  • Specialist Services to support your studies and work

And the Plus part? We’ll also give you an overview of how to find good quality, reliable resources on the Internet.

ClinicalKey Content Updates: September 11, 2017

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 02:49 PM PDT
Alert: A dosage error has been found and is being corrected in Swaiman’s Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice, 6th edition.
There was a drug dosage error in Chapter 56, Table 56-1, under the entry for the drug Methylphenidate. The entry under “Total daily dose” for Methylphenidate should read “1 – 2 mg/kg.”
The title will be reposted to ClinicalKey products upon correction of the dosage error.


Books Added – CK Global

Books Removed – CK Global
  • Atlas of PET/CT with SPECT/CT (Wahl, Richard) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416033615; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Paulino: PET-CT in Radiotherapy Treatment Planning, 1e.
  • Capsule Endoscopy (Faigel, Douglas) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416034025; Package/Collection: Gastroenterology-Hepatology; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Ginsberg: Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2e.
  • Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (Spicer, W. John) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780443103032; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Goering: Mims’ Medical Microbiology, 5e.
  • Perioperative Diagnostic and Interventional Ultrasound (Harmon, Dominic) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416033561; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Gray: Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia, 2e.
  • Rapid Diagnosis in Ophthalmology: Neuro-Ophthalmology (Trobe, Jonathan) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323044561; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Liu: Neuro-Ophthalmology: Diagnosis and Management, 2e.
  • Rapid Diagnosis in Ophthalmology: Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery(Nerad, Jeffrey) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323053860; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Fagien: Putterman’s Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery, 4e.
  • Ultrasound of Fetal Syndromes (Benacerraf, Beryl) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780443066412; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Norton: Callen’s Ultrasonography in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6e.

Royal Marsden Manual Online – now available to SSoTP staff

Nursing staff at SSoTP can now access the Royal Marsden Manual online via their NHS Athens username.

To access…

You can start by going to the Health Library home page and clicking the Quick Links option Healthcare Resources. Here you will find links to all the NHS-based resources. Page down to the Royal Marsden section and click the link.

Alternatively you can search for Royal Marsden Manual via a search engine and go directly to the website.

You now need to log in to the Royal Marsden by clicking the login link at the top right.
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Select the “OpenAthens” option from the log in pop-up screen.
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Enter your NHS Athens username / password and click the “Sign in” button to login.
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Once you are logged in you can view the full-text.

To register for an Athens username please see our Athens page.

Looking for Grey Literature?

Grey Literature refers to non-traditional sources of information and may include: reports, leaflets, bulletins, dissertations etc. These sources of information may not be published through the traditional route and may not be available within typical bibliographic databases.

We have updated our Literature Searching Sites web page to include resources that you can use to find grey literature. You'll find links to help you to find reviews, guidelines, reports, clinical trials, and theses. You'll also find links to specific grey literature databases.

ClinicalKey Mobile App

You can now install the Clinical Key app and access evidence on the go.

You must have activated your account on Clinical Key. You can then go to your mobile store and download the app. You will be prompted to login – follow the openathens option and use your Athens username / password.

Features include:
  • Intuitive search, including keyword search with filtering, auto suggest and search history
  • Access to full-text books, full-text journals, guidelines, images, videos and more
  • Ability to bookmark and save items, synced with web application
  • Persistent login, enabling quick and easy access

ClinicalKey eBooks with Videos

Some of the ebooks within ClinicalKey now have accompanying videos. These are linked to the general content of the ebooks and include body part examination techniques.

To read ebooks and access the videos you need to have activated your account. On the ebook page you will see a new link if videos are available.

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Clicking the link will allow you to browse the index of videos associated with the book.

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You can then select the video title to view it. Use the video controls to play, pause, rewind or stop the video. Close the video page to go back to the ebook.
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ClinicalKey Content Updates: August 7, 2017

Books Added – CK Global

Books Removed – CK Global
  • Facial Rejuvenation Surgery (Jones, Barry) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323048309; Package/Collection: Dermatology; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Azizzadeh: Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation.
  • Handbook of Dialysis Therapy (Nissenson, Allen) 4th ed; ISBN: 9781416041979; Package/Collection: Nephrology; Title phased out of ClinicalKey. Recommended alternative – Himmelfarb: Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, and Transplantation, 3e.
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology (Liacouras, Chris) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323032803; Package/Collection: Pediatrics; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Wyllie: Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 5e.
  • Rapid Diagnosis in Ophthalmology: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus(Strominger, Mitchell) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323051682; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Lambert: Taylor and Hoyt’s Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 5e.
  • Techniques in Wrist and Hand Arthroscopy (Slutsky, David) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780443066979; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended; Title phased out of ClinicalKey. Recommended alternative – Miller: Primer of Arthroscopy.

Follow us on Twitter

Follow the Health Library on twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest news about the library, services and resources. Including:

  • Training opportunities
  • eTutorials
  • Resource features
  • Skills development
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Videos
  • Tips and Tricks

Need to access Healthcare Info on the Go?

If you want to access our major resources via mobile devices, then check the Mobile Essentials for NHS page on our website.

Here you’ll find links and details about a range of information sources suitable for mobile devices – both apps and mobile-friendly websites.

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Access NHS-based Online Resources

Need to access journals, databases and ebooks? For all the links to our NHS-subscribed resources go to our Healthcare Resources page. There might be more there than you think.

You can try our etutorial “Finding NHS Resources” to learn more about our major resources.

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Have you registered for an NHS Athens account yet?

Still not sure if you should register for an NHS Athens username? Don’t miss out on access to online resources such as journals, databases and ebooks.

Our etutorial “NHS Athens Registration” shows you how to register – it’s really easy. Over 3,000 NHS staff across North Staffordshire have already done so.

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Join the Library

Are you just starting in the NHS in North Staffordshire? Did you know that you can join the Health Library?

NHS staff from our NHS partners can join the library. We have more than just books to help support your work. With your library card you will be able to:
  • Borrow items from the library (we have DVDs as well as books)
  • Request Inter-Library Loans
  • Request a Literature Search
  • Book on a training course
  • Access the Keele network via walk-in access
  • Pay for photocopying and printing
  • Access the library during evenings and weekends
Why don’t you come along and join. Complete our application form and bring it with your NHS ID to the library counter.

For access to our online resources make sure that you register for an NHS Athens username.