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.

MoreBooks scheme at York

Are you a student at York? Do you want us to buy some more books?

The University of York is again giving students (and that includes HYMS students) the opportunity to tell them what books to buy, whether it's a title the Library doesn’t have or an additional copy of a book you’re finding it hard to get your hands on. There's £20K to spend and the scheme will close when all the money's used up.

A MoreBooks button (above) will appear alongside book titles in YorSearch and all you need to do is click it and enter your details in the form. To suggest an item that York doesn’t currently have, go to the New titles through MoreBooks form. The Library will then purchase a copy of the book you want, buying an e-book where possible to improve availability.

Last year there were over 1,800 books purchased through the scheme, so don't miss your chance to tell us what to buy.