Student Accounts Explained

Keele medical students are eligible for a range of username accounts at different times of their course. The different accounts provide you with access to different online resources.

Keele Computer username / password

  • This account is your university account and gives you access to a wealth of online resources subscribed to by Keele University.
  • The account is set up for you by Campus IT at the start of your course.
  • For account problems please contact Campus IT.
  • For problems accessing library resources contact Campus Library.

NHS-HE Athens username / password

  • This account allows you to access the main national NHS subscribed resources – known as Core Content.
  • This account is created for medical students at some point in their second year by the Campus Library.
  • For account problems contact Campus Library.
  • For problems accessing NHS resources please contact Campus Library, although this may be referred on.

NHS Trust Athens

  • This account allows you to access resources subscribed to by an NHS trust as well as the nationally subscribed NHS resources. NHS Trusts subscribe to different extra resources – these may relate to their specialisms.
  • You must be on placement at the NHS trust to be eligible for an NHS Trust account.
  • To apply for an NHS Trust account, register online for the trust where you are on placement.
  • For account problems and problems accessing resources please contact your NHS Athens administrator. The Health Library supports the local trusts within North Staffordshire.

For more information about Athens accounts see our Athens page.

NICE HDAS will be switched off Friday 3rd March 2017

Hello, here is the latest information we have been sent regarding old HDAS:

Old HDAS will be permanently unavailable from Friday 3rd March 2017.

Please see the reminders below of what you need to do to prepare for this. In particular we would like to draw your attention to the reminder to update any links you might have, both to HDAS as well as to the journals and database page.

What do I need to do?

1.       Ensure you have completed the migration of your saved searches and alerts
For those who haven’t already done so, you should ensure that you have completed the migration of your saved searches and alerts. All saved searches and alerts set up from 2008 onwards in old HDAS (and in the BETA version) have been migrated to the new system. This has been semi-automated and there is a piece of work for you to complete the migration.While you will still be able to migrate your saved searches once old HDAS is switched off, you will no longer receive any alerts from old HDAS, so these will need to be migrated into new HDAS from your saved searches.
To complete the migration of your searches and alerts, when you log in you will see anImport link at the top of the page, next to Saved Results and Alerts:
·         click on the Import link and you will see a drop-down list of years
·         select a year, and then you will see the list of your saved searches and alerts from that year
·         select the ones that you want to import. 
Things you should be aware of:
·         Migration may take some time, so please set some time aside to let this run. This will depend on how many saved searches and results you choose to bring across
·         Only bring across the searches you need
·         You will need to go into your searches and run them in the new system
·         Alerts will be on the final line of the strategy only. You will have to go into each strategy to change this if you want alerts on other lines within a strategy.
·         Alerts will continue to be sent from the old HDAS until it is switched off
2.       Ensure that you are familiar with the new HDAS service
Please visit the HDAS resources page  These pages include training guides, details of the differences between the old and new systems and short video tutorials on how to use all of the key features. 
3.       Updated links
If you haven’t already done so, we also advise you to replace any saved links you have to the old HDAS with the new web address   You may also need to update any links you have on your intranet. The URL for the page has changed to The URL for the journals and databases page will also change to


Note: re: Updated Links - you may need to change any bookmarks you keep.

HDAS – Article not found error

There is a known error within the HDAS databases which can cause an "article not found" error when trying to link to the full-text of an article returned in search results. See example below:

Screen-shot of an example "article not found" error

This is occurring because there is a mis-match of data about the article / journal title between the list that HDAS relies on (the OCLC link resolver) and the provider/publisher data (eg Proquest or Medline Complete etc). We have noticed that this can occur when the journal includes online-only content as well as providing a print issue.

Work Round:
It is most likely that the article full-text is available within the provider / publisher content - you can try to search for the article title there.

Please let us know of any instances you come across, we can then ask the provider / publisher and OCLC to resolve the data mis-match.

Known NHS eJournal problems are recorded on the Journal Problems and Fixes web page.

Ovid eJournals – Bad Request Error

When linking to a large number of Ovid ejournal titles (between 10 and 15) from the NHS My Journals A-Z list you can encounter an error "Bad Request". This then prevents you from accessing further titles. See image below:

Screen-shot of an example Bad Request error

Ovid have suggested that this problem is caused by the Chrome browser not clearing the Ovid cookie.

Work Round:
You can clear the Ovid cookie. You will then be able to continue to view Ovid titles. Here are instructions on clearing cookies - it is the cookie that you need to delete.

The error has been reported to both Ovid and NICE.

Known NHS eJournal problems are recorded on the Journal Problems and Fixes web page.

Use the Snipping Tool to Capture Screen-shots

The Snipping Tool is a really useful tool available from Microsoft. You should have access to it via NHS and Keele computers. It allows you to take a snap-shot of your computer screen.

I use this tool to create the images in the step-by-step instructions that I create for this blog. You might find it useful to capture on-screen error messages, online feedback, items for your portfolio or information for your assignments or presentations.

You can find complete instructions of how to use the snipping tool on the Microsoft website.

Here are a few hints & tips:

Find the Snipping Tool

Here is an example of a screen-shot from the Microsoft help page explaining how to find the Snipping Tool. I have used MS Powerpoint to add content to the image.
Example screen-shot - from the Microsoft Snipping Tool help page

When you click the Start button in windows, you may find the Snipping Tool on your start menu, otherwise you should find it in the Accessories folder or just use the search box to find it.
Screen-shot of the windows Start menu

Screen Capture with the Snipping Tool

When you want to use the snipping tool make sure that the part of the screen you want to capture is visible. Then click the Snipping Tool.
Screen-shot of the Snipping Tool window

The Snipping Tool opens as a box (you may need to move it off the bit of screen you want to capture). With your mouse draw a rectangle around the part of the screen that you want to capture.
Example of part of the screen that I am capturing with the Snipping Tool

When you release the mouse your screen capture will appear in the Snipping Tool box.
Screen-shot of the Snipping Tool window

Edit Screen Capture Content

You can use the Snipping Tool edit functions to add some content to the image.

Use the Pen tool to draw on the image.
Example of the Pen tool

Use the Hightlighter tool to highlight part of the image.
Example of the Highlighter tool

You can use the Eraser tool to remove pen drawings and highlights you have added.
Example of the use of the eraser tool

Re-Using your Screen Capture

Once you are happy with your image you can save it or copy it to paste it into another application. For example you could paste it into a word document, powerpoint presentation or email.
Screen-shot of the Snipping Tool menu optoins

If you want to create another image, click the New menu option.

If you use the snipping tool to capture screen-shots for your assignments, remember to check the copyright statements and include the reference.

Proquest Login – navigating all the options

The Proquest database is one of the Core Content databases available to NHS users. You can search the information and access its full-text articles by searching the NICE HDAS database.

Sometimes the Proquest database will ask for your login details. This blog post is going to show you how to navigate the Proquest login screens.

So, the starting point is a search in HDAS where I have found an article that is available within Proquest. Here is an example article and you can see, at the bottom, the link to Proquest.
Screen-shot of an article in HDAS

You click the Proquest link to go to the full-text in the Proquest database.

If you are asked to login, you will be presented first with the screen below, click the drop-down box to view the options.
Screen-shot of step one in the login process
From the drop-down box click the option “Athens (openathens federation)”. We use Athens authentication to allow you to use online resources.
Screen-shot of the Proquest login screen - select the Athens option
You then need to select an institution. Select the drop-down box to see the options.
Screen-shot of Proquest login step two
You need to select the option NHS England – note that you can type into the box to jump down to this option. This is used as the institution (rather than say the trust you work at) as Proquest is purchased nationally and is available to all NHS staff.
Screen-shot of selection of NHS England as the institution
Once you have selected “Athens” and “NHS England” you can click the Connect button.
Screen-shot of the initial login selections
Sometimes you will be prompted to log in to Athens using your Athens username / password. This depends on whether the system has retained the details from a previous login.
Screen-shot of the Athens login screen
Once you have completed the login you will then be presented with the article page on the Proquest database. From here you can now view the full-text on the screen or download the PDF document.
Screen-shot of an example of an article in Proquest

For more help using NHS databases see our help page.

Notice: old HDAS may be switched off soon

We have received notification that the old version of HDAS may be switched off soon, possibly by the end of the month.

Please make sure that you have followed the previous instructions to migrate your saved searches and alerts.

Please check our previous blog entries for information released previously.

Links to HDAS can be found on our Healthcare Resources page.

Clinical Key – keeping up-to-date

You can use Clinical Key to keep up-to-date with your favourite ejournals by subscribing to e-tocs (electronic table of contents). You will then receive an email when a new issue of the journal is released.

Here is a step-by-step guide to subscribing to an etoc:

Log in to Clinical Key (see our healthcare resources page), then click the Journals link under the search box.
Screen-shot of the Clinical Key search screen

Browse or search for the Journal title you are interested in.
Screen-shot of the Browse Journals screen

Select the journal title
Screen-shot of an example journal title search

Now click the option “Subscribe” listed under the journal title.
Screen-shot of an example journal title page

A message will pop-up to confirm that you are now subscribed. The system will use the email address that you entered when you activated your account.
Screen-shot of confirmation of etoc subscription

You will now receive an email when a new issue is published, containing a list of the table of contents.

To learn more about the features of Clinical Key check our other blog posts.

Using a Cinahl Account

If you register for a Cinahl account you will be able to save searches, save your results and set up alerts. This can save you a lot of re-work and time.

Register for a Cinahl Account
First of all log in to Cinahl as a Keele user using your Keele computer username and password (this should be automatic if you are on Campus).

Then click the “Sign In” option on the top menu bar.

Screen-shot of the Cinahl top menu bar

Once you have set up your account, this is where you will sign in.

To create your account select “Create a new account”.

Screen-shot of the Cinahl account log in screen

Complete the form presented. You will need to remember your username and password so make them something that you will remember or write them down somewhere safe. Note that you need to create a strong password. You might want to include lower case and upper case letters, numbers and special characters; and avoid short passwords.

Screen-shot of the form to create a Cinahl account

Using Your Cinahl Account
Once you are logged in to your Cinahl account you can:

Save Searches – in search history select the searches you want to save by ticking the box on the left-hand-side, then click the Save Searches option. Then enter a helpful search name and click Save.

Save Articles – to save articles click the Folder+ icon next to the article title.

Screen-shot showing you how to save articles by adding to a folder

View your Folder
Items that you save are added to you folder; click the Folder icon on the top menu bar.

Create your own folders – you can create your own folders. This will help you to organise your saved items. For example create a folder for each search and then move the articles you have saved into the folder.

In the example below I have saved my search on diabetes and hypertension (saved searches contains 1 search). I have saved 2 articles from my results (Articles folder = 2). I have now created my own folder (Diabetes and Hypertension) so now I can move my saved articles here to keep my results organised. I can also move my search to this folder as well.

Screen-shot demonstrating my folder in Cinahl

Organising your searches and articles in this way will be helpful when you come to write-up your assignments or dissertation.

ClinicalKey Content Updates: February 9, 2017

Books Added – CK Global

Print to PDF

Printing to PDF is a useful tip that can help you to save information, web pages and your work.

It can really help if you can’t print or want to print later.

First find the information that you want to print or save. Here I have selected an article from the Information Skills for Health blog. This article is on the internet so the examples I have here will show you the screens presented in Google Chrome. The screens may differ slightly depending on where the information is that you want to save; however the concept should be the same.

Screen-shot of my example content
Select the print option from the interface you are using.

Screen-shot of print option in google chrome
In the print dialog screen that pops up you want to change the destination from the printer to PDF. Where the printer is listed click the “change” button or if this is not available click the drop-down box that holds the printer name.

Screen-shot of the print options in google chrome
Select the PDF option – this may be “save as PDF” or “adobe PDF”.

Screen-shot of example print options that you can select
Then click the “print” button or “save” button (it depends on the interface you are using).

Screen-shot of options once "save as pdf" is selected
You will then be presented with a screen asking you where to save your file. You can save it to your network workspace or a memory stick. You can choose to change the filename if you want to use something meaningful to you.

Screen-shot of the "save" screen
You can then open your PDF document as normal. You can keep the electronic document or print it out any time.

Screen-shot of the PDF file containing the saved content

Working with a Search Strategy in Cinahl

Cinahl is a nursing specialist database. Previous blog items have looked at how you can improve your searching and control how you can view your results. This blog post will show you how to manage your search strategy.

View your Searches
To view the searches you have already executed, click the “Search History” link underneath the search boxes.

Screen-shot of the Search History link

You can perform a number of limited searches; each search will be recorded on a separate row in the history table. You can then use the Search History rows to build up your strategy. Your final search will then include all the search terms and thesaurus terms that you have used.

Screen-shot of example simple searches in Cinahl

Print Search History
You can choose “Print Search History” to show your search strategy. Then right-click and select “Print” to print out a copy. You could also take a screen-shot and add to your assignment or notes to keep a record of your search strategy.

For more help developing your search strategy try our Information Skills etutorials; start with our Introduction to Literature Searching etutorial.

Hints and Tips for Viewing your Results in Cinahl

Cinahl is a nursing specialist database that can help you to find good quality articles and evidence. Once you have run a search you can view the list of articles returned.

Page Options
You can arrange your results in different formats on the page. For example, show up to 50 articles on one page to avoid a lot of paging; include the abstract so that you can check whether the article is about your topic quickly.
Screen-shot of the Cinahl Page Options

Sort Options
You can sort your results on the page by most recent date – click the Relevance link for sort options.

View Full-text
To view the full-text click the PDF Full Text link if it is available. If there is no direct link to the full text of an article, check our Journals A - Z to find out if we subscribe to that journal title from another database.

Screen-shot of Cinahl search results

For more help using Cinahl try our etutorial Using Cinahl.