Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"In the room the women come and go. Talking of Michelangelo"

Wrote TS Eliot in the Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock. Next year you could well encounter similar snatches of conversation from people visiting the Brynmor Jones Library at Hull, which throughout January and February, is hosting  Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now. The exhibition will feature works from some of the greatest artists, from Dürer to Degas, Michelangelo to Matisse and Rembrandt to Riley. The exhibition is free to attend during January and February at the University, as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. So if you need to top up on your culture then get yourself to The University of Hull Library. See the website for booking information.   

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas is nearly upon us...

...and with that comes Christmas Opening Hours:

The Brynmor Jones Library closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and will re-open at 8:30am on Tuesday 27th December. The library will close again on Saturday 31 December at 5pm, will remain closed on 1 January, opening again at 8:30am on Monday  2 January. More information about Hull’s opening hours can be found on their website.  
The University Library will be closed from 4pm on Christmas Eve to 8am on Tuesday 27th December, and from 4pm on New Year's Eve to 8am on Monday 2nd January.
All loaned items from York are subject to recall throughout the Christmas vacation, but you'll have a whole week to get them back. Nothing will be due back between 22nd December and 5th January inclusive. More information about York's loans and hours can be found on their website.
Online Materials & SCONUL access:
It's worth remembering that most of the books we buy for HYMS are available electronically, so you should be able to access them wherever you are this Christmas. The same goes for our other e-resources. If you prefer something physical, you're in the UK or Ireland, and there's another university library nearby, you can always sign up to the SCONUL Access scheme which can get you into a large number of university libraries across the country. More details are available from the links below:
We hope you have a great Christmas break and enjoy your holidays.
Best wishes, HYMS Library Team

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nailing Stats and Data

If you are in your final year undergraduate or a postgraduate student and you want to know more about statistical analysis or using data then you need to check out That Figures, a week long programme of useful workshops at York in the new year. Whether it's something specific like linear modelling or an overview of data sources at York from Monday 6 February there's a week of workshops to get you on the numbers! There's more information on how to book and what's on offer available from the training page for  That Figures.

Don't forget that HYMS students based at Hull can take advantage of this training too. If you don't fancy the trip don't worry the good people at Hull have loads of juicy stats training too, check out the Hull site to see what's currently on offer.

If that's not enough to whet your data appetite York have made Qualtrics even more useful by giving you access to the Qualtrics Offline App.If you already use the Qualtrics survey tool, you'll know that it makes it quick and easy for you to design your own surveys, whether for research or more general purpose surveys.

Now they have a licence allowing all members of the University to use the Qualtrics Offline App. It's available for both iOS and Android, and allows you to administer surveys on your mobile device even when you don't have internet access. The app lets you collect responses on your mobile device, and then upload them to Qualtrics when you're back online.
Find out how to install and use the app at:
Qualtrics Offline App

Learn more about Qualtrics at:
Qualtrics survey tool

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Library Survey Now Open at York

Photo credit: Ryan McGuire Gratisography 
The University of York is running its 2016 survey. It's an opportunity to provide feedback on York's Library services and resources, and to have your say on what changes you'd like to see there. The survey can be found at https://www.libqual.org/survey/RWSLJA82NUM86X8H4A
HYMS students are members of the University of York Library irrespective of what site you're at. So if you're at Hull, you'll still be making use of York's e-resources, and there are plenty of questions about the online provision -- you can always choose "N/A" for anything that's not relevant to you. Plus there's the chance to win a Bose speaker as an incentive to take part. 
While we're on the subject of feedback, if you ever have any feedback for the University of Hull Library you can always make use of their feedback form.
And remember, if you have any comments or questions for the HYMS Library team, do feel free to get in touch with us at library@hyms.ac.uk.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Netflix and … SCRAN?

Photo credit Ryan McGuire; Gratisography
When we talk about literature we normally mean research papers, conference proceedings or clinical trials - the serious stuff. However, literature can also be an all encompassing term for a variety of media to aid learning and teaching. So if there’s an image or even a video clip that you would like to use to enhance lectures or presentations you may be interested to know that you can use content on Netflix to this end so long as:

  1. You have a personal subscription
  2. You aren’t charging an entry fee
  3. You aren’t linking or uploading a copy to the VLE
  4. It definitely is for learning or teaching  (no socials I'm afraid)

SCRAN is a new resource (you’ll need your York login details) that gives educational access to digital materials representing material culture and history via an archive of almost 500,000 images, videos and audio tracks sourced from museums, galleries, archives and media organisations. The materials in Scran can be accessed and used under the terms of an institutional licence. You can access SCRAN from the Images and Videos of this page.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Post Graduate Skills Development

Photo credit: Ryan McGuire Gratisography
If you're a HYMS post grad then this autumn we have some treats for you! Whether you want to sharpen your skills or learn something new; there's support at Hull and York with sessions covering everything from open access publishing to computing for research, and everything in between. 

York are running PG WednesdaysStaff from across the University run most of the sessions and they also provide opportunities for you to get involved, for example to showcase your own research or talk about your ‘top tips’ for research practice. PG Wednesdays run every Wednesday afternoon. The 2016-17 programme starts on Wednesday 5 October 2016 and runs through to Wednesday 27 September 2017.

At Hull you can check out the PG Skills Development Programme which provides development opportunities for postgraduate students (taught/research), researchers and staff.

Also coming up at Hull is a credited module on Research Data Management

Don't forget that as a HYMS student you are able to take advantage of the training offered at both sites, so if you're interested, click on the links for further information and booking details.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Swipe Out

From Monday 5 September, you'll need to use your University card to enter and leave the Library at York.
At the beginning of this year, York switched the Library turnstiles to card access for all staff, students, and visitors. This has enabled them to collect helpful information about use of the Library, including details about which departments use the Library most, when the Library is busiest, and how many non-University visitors they see.
In order to make best use of this information, they now want to find out how long people are spending in the Library. To this end, the Library exit gates have been replaced with turnstiles, and from Monday 5 September you'll need to swipe your University card to leave the Library, as well as on arrival.
If you do forget your Library card, please go to the Reception, and staff will issue you with a temporary pass. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More new books

We've had a summer shopping spree. Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions.

Here's a selection of the titles (new or additional copies) bought as a result for Hull and/or York University Libraries. You can search for them all at out webpages at http://libguides.hull.ac.uk/medicine/resources:

Andrews' Diseases of the Skin

Apley and Solomon’s Concise System of Orthopaedics and Trauma

Brenner and Rector's The Kidney 2 vol set

Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

Campbell-Walsh Urology 4 vol

CC Respiratory system /Hickin

Clinical Skills for OSCEs /Burton

Clinical surgery /Henry

Code of practice. Mental Health Act 1983

Crash Course: Immunology and Haematology

Crash Course: Nervous System

Crash Course: Paediatrics

Crash Course: Pathology

Davidson's principles and practice of medicine.

Dermatological Signs of Systemic Disease

Dermatology: 2-Volume Set

Diagnostic Pathology: Head and Neck

Essential clinical anatomy / Moore

Eureka: Biochemistry & Metabolism

Eureka: Cardiovascular Medicine

Eureka: Endocrinology

Eureka: General Surgery & Urology

Eureka: Neurology & Neurosurgery

Eureka: Physiology

Eureka: Psychiatry

Eureka: Respiratory Medicine

Fundamentals of clinical psychopharmacology.

Goldman-Cecil Medicine 2 vol set

Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology /

Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy

Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology

Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics

It's All in Your Head

Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology

Langman's medical embryology

Macleod's Clinical OSCEs

Medical physiology /Boron

Merritt's Neurology

Neuroanatomy : an illustrated colour text /

Neurology and neurosurgery illustrated.

Nunn's Applied Respiratory Physiology

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Cardiology

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Clinical Genetics

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Critical Care

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Geriatric Medicine

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Major Trauma

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Nephrology

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Obstetrics and Gynaecology

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Oncology

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Respiratory Medicine

ODR (Oxford desk reference) Rheumatology

On Call Principles and Protocols

OSCE Cases with Mark Schemes: A Revision Aid for Medical Finals

Oxford Desk Reference: Toxicology

Oxford Handbook Clinical Specialties NOT AVAL

Pharmacology condensed


Primate Life Histories and Socioecology NOT AVAL

Principles of anatomy and physiology /

Psychiatry /Burton

Rang and Dale's pharmacology

Rapid Clinical Pharmacology: A Student Formulary

Rapid Differential Diagnosis

Rapid Emergency and Unscheduled Care

Rapid Medicine

Rapid Neurology and Neurosurgery

Rapid Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Rapid Paediatrics and Child Health

Rapid Psychiatry

Rapid Surgery

Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease

Robbins basic pathology

Signs for Lost Children

Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease- 2 Volume Se

Synopsis of clinical ophthalmology

The Last Act of Love

The Outrun

The Top 100 Drugs: Clinical Pharmacology and Practical Prescribing

Understanding Human Anatomy and Pathology: An Evolutionary and Developmental Guide for Medical Students

Underwood's Pathology

Wheater's functional histology : a text and colour atlas /

Williams Textbook of Endocrinology

Purchase suggestions are welcome at any time and can be submitted using the form at http://libguides.hull.ac.uk/medicine/librarycontacts or sent directly to library@hyms.ac.uk.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Systematic Review Training

York Health Economics Consortium have just announced two workshops that HYMS researchers will find interesting:

  Software Tools to Support the Systematic Review Process (7 October 2016)

In association with the Systematic Review Toolbox, these linked workshops will provide an overview of, and hands on experience with, various software tools currently available to support the production of systematic reviews. 

The workshops will run at The University of York and a discount rate is available for booking both days together.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Extended opening times at Hull

This will be a popular one with HYMS students we know...

The Brynmor Jones has announced that it will be extending its opening times throughout the summer until midnight, 7 days a week!

For more details see http://www2.hull.ac.uk/lli/library-services/opening-hours.aspx.

(Picture from https://www.flickr.com/photos/bjlredevelopment/17067589930/)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Protect your P@55W0rD!

Photo credit: Ryan McGuire, Gratisography
Maybe you're one of those people who makes a password so secure that it is immediately forgettable, maybe you devise passwords in memoriam of long dead  pets with a few !@*% thrown in for a little more security, or perhaps you do none of this? With our banking and other sensitive data predominantly managed online, not to mention, the constant hacking (or cracking?) of social media accounts, how are we supposed to stay safe online? Well, short of a complete rejection of modern life and living in a field somewhere, we thought you may like to take a look at this  interesting piece by Patrick Collinson. It gives some handy tips on creating and storing passwords. We’d advise you take all of this with a critical eye though; you only have to look at the comments to see what a contentious topic password security is! That said, there are some really basic steps in this article that can help to make your passwords more secure.    

Thursday, May 26, 2016

MoreBooks Opens 1 June

The University of York is again giving students (and that includes all 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. We aim to buy e-books through the scheme where possible, so even if you're based at Hull, there's absolutely no reason not to make use of your York credentials and take part.

The scheme will close when all the money's used up.

A MoreBooks button (above) will appear on Wednesday 1 June 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.

Last time we ran MoreBooks, more HYMS students offered suggestions than ever before, and we're looking forward to doing even more book-shopping this time around, so please let us know what you'd like to see on the shelves and e-shelves!

For further information see: http://www.york.ac.uk/library/borrowing/morebooks/

Monday, May 16, 2016

OSCE Information Search Revision Material

It was great to see the first years that came to our pre OSCE drop-in. If you missed the session or would just like a recap then take a look at the HYMS library webpages this page has everything you need for revision including mini-tutorials covering Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), truncation and wild cards (or truncat* and “w?ld cards” if we are being clever about it). There’s also the updated Medline tutorial and the IS2 workbook on this page too. Take a look at these over the next couple of weeks and make sure that you are familiar with the skills contained in the various guides available to you. Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Have we mentioned how good the Brynmor Jones building is lately??

 Err, yes- but we can't resist mentioning that as well as the recent RIBA awards the Brynmor Jones has been included in the shortlist for the SCONUL 2016 Library Design Awards. It's a long wait but we'll be crossing our fingers for the announcement of the winner on the 1st December.

Another excuse for a nice photo..

For full details of the shortlist see http://www.sconul.ac.uk/news/design-awards-shortlist-and-event. Good luck BJL!

(Image from https://www.flickr.com/photos/bjlredevelopment.)

Extra silent study space at University of Hull Library

If you're finding it hard to find a quiet spot to do that revision there's good news at the Brynmor Jones Library as they've added some extra silent study space during the exam period. Find it on the 2nd floor.

Friday, April 22, 2016

We all know that the Brynmor Jones is a stunner

We all know that the Brynmor Jones is a stunner and now RIBA have rubber stamped that with three awards; basically that means if Kevin McCloud spent his time making shows about libraries the BJL would be on the title screen. But we don't need television to make that happen, we have it for real! We couldn't agree with RIBA more, and we could go on writing and writing, but just look ...

  For full coverage see RIBA's article on the BJL 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Trial of New Resource at UoY - Tell Us What You Think!

The University of York currently has a trial set up for a new database: Global Health, which covers "all aspects of public health at both international and community level along with related fields in the biomedical and life sciences". The trial is running until Sunday May 15. 

Although Global Health is public health focussed HYMS staff and students may well find it useful. If you do decide to have a play we'd be interested to hear whether this resource is useful and what you think of it's functionality and searchability. You can do this by dropping us an email: library@hyms.ac.uk 

 Note also that CABI (the publisher) say that will be launching a platform upgrade in the summer which will “bring a whole host of new platform features that include visualization tools, improved search capability and a project workspace to improve systematic and literature review”.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

It's the Summer Term so Shut Up and Write! Workshop for PGs

Summer Term Shut Up and Write! - dates for your diary

Photo Credit Ryan McGuire Gratisography
 Shut Up and Write! for Postgraduate Research Students is a simple concept - it's an opportunity for you to start, continue, or finish written work in a supportive environment with other postgraduates
Summer Term Shut Up and Write! for Postgraduate Research Students will run on:

              Monday 18 April
        Monday 09 May
        Wednesday 25 May

All sessions will take place in room LFA 144 (1st floor), Harry Fairhurst Building, University Library.

Just come along with a piece of work that you want to spend time on, with a laptop or pen and paper, at any time between 9am to 5pm and get writing.

Refreshments will be provided!

For further information on how Shut Up and Write! works see the Library News item Shut Up and Write! for Postgraduate Research Students.

All HYMS students are welcome although these sessions are based at York. If you would prefer similar sessions based at  Hull please check these support pages

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Systematic Reviews on the Move

These days we expect responsive design in all the websites we visit. Most of us use our phone or tablet to access the internet just as much, if not more than, we use a desktop or laptop. So why shouldn't we be able to access information on the devices we are using? Cochrane are the latest good eggs to provide a host of features such as clean and responsive design, social media integration and a whole feast of lovely stuff in the picture to your right. Why not have a play yourself and view the Cochrane Library 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Post Graduate Workshops in Statistics

Statistics, data collection and analysis, predictive analytics; whatever you want to call it, if you are using statistics in your research, then you may well want to take advantage of a series of statistics workshops  run by the University of York's Maths Skills Centre. The workshops are running from April- June 2016 for all postgraduate students.   

The 4 workshops being offered (all on Wednesday afternoons - see website for dates & more details) are:

An Introduction to SPSS
Descriptive Statistics and Exploratory Analysis
Using Graphs and Measures of Association
Confidence Intervals & Hypothesis Testing

Feedback suggests that these workshops have been useful complements to courses available in departments and they have become very popular. There are limited places available so if you are interested we recommend that you sign up to the workshops as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. More details and an on-line course sign up are available at:

HYMS postgraduates who are based at Hull are more than welcome to sign up for these workshops if they are able to make it York, if not, don’t forget that there are similar workshops available from the skills development programme at Hull

Friday, March 18, 2016

Achieving best practice in research data management

Photo credit Ryan McGuire http://gratisography.com/
Good research data management (RDM) enables researchers to meet the standards and responsibilities set out in the University's code of practice and to meet funder, ethical, legal, and other responsibilities. So in short, if you want funders and institutions to see your research as legit it’s best to get a grasp of RDM sooner rather than later. Follow these links for more information on RDM at the University of York or the University of Hull


Easter Opening and Accessing Books at Other Universities

If you’re planning on hitting the library over the Easter vacation make sure you know when each library is open and the level of service available to you. Have a look at the table below to check opening times.

Brynmor Jones Library: Hull
Friday 25/03/2016
Saturday 26/03/2016

Sunday 27/03/2016
Monday 28/03/2016
Tuesday 29/03/2016    


09.00 – 1700

09.00 – 1700

Normal service
JB Morrell Library: York
Friday 25/03/2016 

Saturday 26/03/2016
Sunday 27/03/2016
Monday 28/03/2016 

Tuesday 29/03/2016   

Self service

Self service

Self service

Self service

Full service

If you are travelling over the Easter vacation you may want to take advantage of the SCONUL scheme.This allows undergraduate students reference use of other university library's physical book stock during vacation times. Postgraduates, part-time and distance learning or placement students can also borrow books and journals at other participating libraries.

See the SCONUL Access for more information. Information about the scheme is also available from  Hull  and York.    

We have also produced this handy guide to help with registering for SCONUL access.

Happy reading and have a fantastic Easter!