Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas 2014 opening at the University Libraries

Merry Christmas from HYMS Library! The University libraries will be closed during the following periods:

At the University of York, the library will be closed 4pm Wed 24 December 2014 to 8am Sat 27 December 2014, and 4pm Wed 31 December 2014 to 8am Fri 2 January 2015. University of York items are subject to recall throughout the vacation, but there are no due dates between 20 December 2014 and 4 January 2015. If you need to renew any items you have out from the University of York for the Christmas period, full details are available at

At the University of Hull, the library will be closed from 12.30pm Wed 24 December 2014 to 9am on 3rd January 2015. No items will be due during this period. If you need to renew any items you have out from the University of Hull for the Christmas period, full details are available at

Access to eBooks and eJournals is 24/7 over the Christmas period, so try out our new and improved HYENA cross-search at

Thursday, December 18, 2014

MoreBooks Christmas Shopping

Thanks for all the book suggestions that came in as part of the University of York's MoreBooks campaign -- we had more suggestions this time than ever before, and we've used them all to do a spot of Christmas shopping!
MoreBooks may now be over, but the HYMS Library team always welcome your suggestions, whichever site you're on, so if there's something you're wanting that we don't have, please do drop us an email at

Brynmor Jones Library 24 Hour Opening

We are very pleased to announce that the Brynmor Jones Library at Hull will begin 24-hour opening with effect from 7am on Monday, 5 January. The Library will be open 24/7 until the end of the summer exam period (up to and including HYMS year 4 exams on the 1st July). The Library will only be closed when the University itself is closed over the Easter weekend.

See for further details.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

University of Hull network maintenance work: Sunday 14th December 9am-12pm

Essential maintenance; Internet disruption on 14 December
What/When?: Due to essential work to be undertaken by JANET engineers and assisted by ICT staff, the University of Hull’s internet connection will be ‘at risk’ from 09:00 until 12:00 on the morning of Sunday 14 December. There may also be a prolonged loss of connection of up to an hour between these times.

Why?: Following the serious outage on 7 October affecting the Yorkshire region, JANET have redesigned their network to improve resilience. This work will connect the University to this new, more robust network.

What does this mean for me?:
You may experience breaks in internet connectivity on the University of Hull campus during the period. This is unlikely to cause any serious issues unless you are entering text into external websites. As a precaution, we would advise against carrying out any commercial transactions during this period.
It is advisable anyway to create any lengthy text locally and then cut and paste this into web sites. This guards against normal disconnections that may occur on web sites and will also mitigate any effects of this disruption.

Who can I contact?:
For further information please contact the University of Hull ICT Service Desk by phone on 01482 46 2010 or by email

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

University of York network maintenance work: Sunday 14th December 9am-12pm

There will be disruption to the University of York network on Sunday (14th December) due to Janet, the higher education network provider, carrying out significant work between 9am and 12 noon. While the work takes place, the University of York will be offline for up to three hours.
For HYMS this means that HYMS Blackboard may be unavailable for some or all of this period.
If you are on the York campus (e.g. using York wireless), you won’t be able to access external websites and services - including York library eresources.
The HYMS network should be unaffected by the work.

Monday, December 8, 2014

York Library Survey - one week left

Just a reminder that the Morrell Library at the University of York wants your feedback on Library services and resources, so be sure to have your say in what changes you'd like to see in the Library.

You will also have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw where you could win one of the following:
  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • £20 City Screen vouchers
  • Free swim passes for York Sport Village
  • Meal for two at Alcuin Bistro
The survey is available at and you will be able to see how responses to the survey will be used at

HYMS Library is always interested in your feedback, too, so even when there's no survey going on, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Friday, December 5, 2014

Elsevier eLibrary Website Refresh

Elsevier have made some changes to the interface for their eLibrary website, which you'll have used if you've accessed our Clinical Examination by Owen Epstein eBook or Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine eBook. You can access the website through the links below (you will need your York account details):

Clinical Examination
Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine

You can now register a personal account which will allow you to make bookmarks and create digital notes and shelves to keep your eBooks on!

There are more details in the virtual leaflet at

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New eBooks: Gray's Anatomy for Students and Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience

You now have access to Gray's Anatomy for Students by Richard Drake and Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience by Estomih Mtui, Gregory Gruener and M. J. T. Fitzgerald as eBooks.

You can access them via the University of Hull library catalogue, so will need your Hull account details.

Gray's Anatomy for Students:
Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience:

Click on the link to "Access this resource online" and enter your details as directed.

Please note that when searching for Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience on the library catalogue, currently only Mtui is listed as an author, this will be updated shortly.

If you have any suggestions for titles we could add to stock as eBooks or print books, contact us at

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hull Medical Society Presidential Address: "Taming the Beast", 11 December 2014

The Hull Medical Society Presidential Address is being held on Thursday 11th December at the Lecture Theatre at Castle Hill Hospital. The title of the talk is "Taming the Beast", and it will be given by Dr Uday Joshi, and medical students are warmly invited to attend. Attendance of the talk is free, which commences at 8:30pm.

Tickets are available for a drinks reception and Christmas dinner which proceed the talk on the web via or by post as described in the attached flyer below.

The tickets cost £10 for HYMS students or £17.50 for HYMS staff and guests and include a drinks reception, 3 course festive meal with vegetarian options, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and mince pies.

Hull Medical Society supports students with bursaries  for electives and intercalated degrees and more information is available from or on the facebook page

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BMJ Best Practice - available via NHS Athens



"BMJ Best Practice rethinks decision-support information with a step-by-step approach that is structured around the patient consultation, covering diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. It fits information around real, diverse and evolving medical information needs to give users a second opinion in an instant"*
The much requested BMJ Best Practice is available** via NHS Athens.
Tutorials, Guides and Quick Tips are available at
** currently available until 31st March 2015

What's in the redeveloped Brynmor Jones Library? Take a look!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Library Survey 2014 at the University of York

The Morrell Library at the University of York wants your feedback.

The survey gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on Library services and resources, and to have your say in what changes you'd like to see in the Library.
You will also have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw where you could win one of the following:
  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • £20 City Screen vouchers
  • Free swim passes for York Sport Village
  • Meal for two at Alcuin Bistro
Your feedback and comments contribute to Library developments and helps the library to maintain its award-winning customer service.
The survey is available at and you will be able to see how responses to the survey will be used at

HYMS Library is always interested in your feedback, too, so don't hesitate to contact us at

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Postgraduate Research: "Searching the Literature" Session at University of York - Friday 28 November

The University of York Morrell Library’s Research Support team and Academic Liaison Librarians are continuing to deliver their Searching the literature sessions as part of the Researcher Development training programme.
The following session next week should be of particular relevance to HYMS researchers:
The session is specifically created for PGR students, particularly new PhD students who have just started undertaking their literature reviews. It includes opportunities for practical work using your own topics, and Steph Jesper from the HYMS Library services will be on hand to help with any queries you may have.

To find out more about the Researcher Development training programme, and to book your place at the session, visit:

Friday, November 14, 2014

One for the weekend...

Today's post on XKCD will have special relevance for anyone doing literature searching in the medical sciences, but be warned, it's quite meta:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Reading list consultation

Last year we asked you for your views on reading lists, and we then used your responses to develop a new reading list system. Here's a summary of that consultation and the plans that came from it (click the image to view the document as a pdf):

For more information about the new reading lists and where to find them, visit:

If you have any feedback about the new reading list software please let us know at:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Endnote session for Researchers at University of York 5 December 2014

University of York is running Endnote sessions for researchers. The next session is on 5 December 2014 13:00-15:00 and you can book a place at

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Create a personal reference library
  • Import bibliographic information from bibliographic databases like Medline, Google Scholar and YorSearch
  • Manage collections of references
  • Insert and format citations and reference lists using MS Word
  • Access further support material

Online help regarding Endnote at University of York can be found at and at University of Hull can be found at

Friday, November 7, 2014

How Many Scholarly Articles are on the Web?

Just how many scholarly articles are posted on the web? An article published in open access journal PLOS ONE ( says that there's at least 114 million English language articles out there. The research shows that Google Scholar had less than 100 million articles at the time of writing and that only 27 million (24%) are freely available.

So if you want to ensure that your literature searching is as comprehensible as possible, the advice is to run your searches in as many databases as possible. Databases available to HYMS researchers are listed at

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Read-Cycle for second-hand books

Looking for a copy of Ben Goldacre's Bad Pharma? How about Crash Course Pharmacology or How to Read a Paper? Read-cycle is the place at HYMS to advertise and buy second-hand books and is available at

Here's what users of Read-Cycle have had to say:

   "Read-cycle is a brilliant scheme and idea"

   "Excellent service, always the first place I look when looking for a particular title"

   "I found it easy to use"

   "It's really easy to use and a good idea, we just need to get more people to use it"

Monday, November 3, 2014

Brynmor Jones Library Redevelopment update

·         The remainder of the ground floor, excluding the east entrance, gallery and exhibition space, is now open.  This includes Teaching Rooms 1 & 2, soft seating, quick print PCs and the remainder of the Welcome Desk turnstiles.  The Library and Learning Innovation Training Rooms are also situated in this area.  Contractors are currently commissioning the AV in the teaching and training rooms and they will be in use from Monday 17 November.

·         The gallery and exhibition space are due to be handed over week commencing 24 November.  It will then be possible to start moving the University Art Collection into the new gallery.

·         The redevelopment of the original east entrance is due to be completed in the course of December.

External works, excluding the area around the BAM compound and site offices, should be finished by the end of this month, at which point the fences will be removed.