Hunter is a search tool customised to search our collections, so you can use it to find articles, books and more... Use these FAQS to find out more.

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a book?
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a print journal?

 


What is Hunter?

Hunter is a search engine that provides credible, relevance ranked results from the Library’s online and print collections in a single search. It is a fast and powerful means of searching millions of journal articles and database records.

It includes everything found in the Library’s catalogue, plus a lot of electronic journal content which SGUL subscribes to on your behalf.

 

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What am I searching on Hunter?

The default search is All Resources. This searches the library catalogue, e-journal articles and content in the SORA Repository.

Click the Expand beyond SGUL Library collection to include records outside of SGUL's Library Collection and for which we have no full-text availability.


Library catalogue
searches the SGUL Library catalogue only


Articles and more...
searches for electronic journal articles, book chapters, conference papers etc.


Journal Titles
searches for both print and electronic journal titles (e.g. BMJ; The Lancet)


SORA Repository
searches the SORA Repository to find articles and papers by SGUL staff and students.


What's the difference between 'All Resources' and 'Articles and more'?
'All Resources' searches the whole Hunter index. This includes SGUL's Library Catalogue, e-journal articles, and content in the SORA Repository. 'Articles and more' searches all the SGUL resources and collections except the Library Catalogue and the SORA repository. You can, for example, use 'Articles and more' to search for electronic journal articles that we subscribe to on your behalf.

On the Hunter page banner: Databases A-Z
This will take you to the SGUL Library’s databases page when you can select a particular database to search (e.g. Ovid Medline; AMED).

On the Hunter page banner: E-journals A-Z
Search, browse, discover and visit the electronic journals that SGUL subscribes to on your behalf, plus a range of high-quality, freely available online journals.

 

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Can NHS staff use Hunter?

NHS staff can search Hunter but full-text access to some SGUL content may be restricted to onsite access at SGUL only.

 

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 How do I find:

a book?

  • In the Hunter search box enter two or three key words of the book you are looking for, e.g. for ‘Essentials of Kumar & Clark’s Clinical Medicine’ by Kumar & Clark, your search could be: clinical medicine kumar
  • Select the Library Catalogue option from the drop-down menu next to the Hunter search box
     
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  • Click the search button
  • Check that the search result matches yours i.e. the author, title and year of publication are correct.

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One or more of these links are displayed under each result

  • View Online - this book is available as an e-book
  • Locations - this book is available in print
  • To check if the book is currently available on the shelves in the Library, click on the Locations link and select St George's Library

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an e-journal article?

  • In the Hunter search box enter two or three key words of the article you are looking for, e.g. for the article titled ‘Modifiable risk factors for schizophrenia and autism’ by Hamlyn, Duhig, Mcgrath, & Scott your search terms could be: modifiable risk factors for schizophrenia
  • Click the Search button
  • When the search results appear you can choose to click Articles in the Resource Type menu on the left to display just results for journal articles.

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  •  Check that the search result matches yours i.e. the author, titles and year of publication is correct.

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  •  One or more of these tabs are displayed under each result:

View Online- click this link to see if the article is available online.

SFX@SGUL - you can also click this link to see if the article is available online.

  • When you click on one of the tabs you will see a window display like this:

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  • Click on the Go button to access the full-text

 

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a print journal?

  • In the Hunter search box enter the title words for the journal you are looking for e.g. the Lancet.
  • Select the Journal Titles option from the drop down menu next to the Hunter search box.

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  • You should see the Lancet displayed in your results. The print version will display like this:

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What can I find in E-journals A-Z?

E-journals A-Z contains the electronic journals which SGUL subscribes to on your behalf - plus high-quality, freely-available online journals. Journal articles provide in-depth and up-to-date research about specific areas of study, keeping you up-to-date in your subject.

Find and open E-journals A-Z

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  • Click on the E-journals A-Z on the top right and the following pop up window will appear

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You can find electronic journals by

  • browsing the A-Z
  • searching by a keyword in the title of the journal (you can choose Starts with or Contains). The search box suggests titles you may be interested in as you type your search term. Then click Search

When the search results are displayed

  • click on the name of the journal you want to visit

and find

  • a list of online providers of the journal available to SGUL
  • the date range available from each provider. If there is no end date this means we are currently taking the journal and we should have the latest date available
  • specific advice on how to access the journal offsite (where relevant)

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To visit the journal

  • click on the GO button

 

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What can I find in Databases?

This will take you to the SGUL Library's Databases page where you can select a particular database to search (e.g Medline; AMED).

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How do I access e-resources offsite?

When you are offsite you may need to log in with your SGUL username and password before you get access to any full text content. A helpsheet on accessing SGUL electronic resources offsite is available on our Help webpage under the 'SGUL electronic journals, books & databases' section.

For information about NHS offsite access see 'Library Services for NHS staff - PDF booklet' on our Help webpage under the NHS Library services section.

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How do I log into Hunter?

In the top right hand corner of the Hunter home page click Institutional login*

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Enter your SGUL username and password and click Login

By signing in you will be able to add records to e-Shelf and also save your searches.

*Please note that this is for SGUL users; NHS Athens accounts do not apply here.

 

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What can I do in 'e-Shelf'?

 

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e-Shelf allows you to keep the details of any useful articles or books you found in Hunter. You first need to log in (see How do I sign into Hunter?)

After doing a search you can add the details of the articles or books you find by clicking once on  the small star icon HFAQ15 next to each result.

If you now click on the e-Shelf link you will see each result listed. You can email these results, print them, save them to RefWorks etc.

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How do I save my searches?

To save searches you first need to sign into Hunter (see how do I log into Hunter?).

After doing a search you will see a Save search link in the bottom left of the screen * you may need to scroll down to see it).

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Click on Save search.

A small box will pop up prompting you to name the search you want to save.

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After naming your search, click Save.

You now need to click on the Searches tab see your saved search.

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To run the search again, click on the link to e-Shelf, and select the Searches tab. Your search will be listed. Click on the name of your search to run it again.

If you have logged out of Hunter, you will need to sign in again to see your e-Shelf and run your saved searches.

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We use a tool called SFX to help you access the full text content of journal articles quickly and easily from wherever you are searching.

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What is SFX?

SFX is a type of link resolver - a tool for accessing the full text content of journal articles quickly and easily. SFX also provides our new E-journals A-Z list.

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Who can use SFX?

SFX is available to all SGUL Library users.

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How do I use SFX?

SFX is available wherever you see the SFX Button v01 button.

When you search any of the following resources you will see  SFX Button v01 in your search results:

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Can I access journal articles from offsite?

SGUL staff & students (including CPD students) have access to full text content both onsite at SGUL and offsite. Once logged on to the SGUL network, carry out your search (using Hunter, OVID Medline, EBSCO Cinahl etc.) - then simply click on the SFX Button v01  button and follow the links to the article required. Offsite access is via Shibboleth. Simply login via the Shibboleth or Institutional login option and enter your SGUL username and password. See the 'Accessing SGUL electronic resources offsite' helpsheet on the Help page for further instructions.


NHS staff have access to full text content onsite at SGUL only. You will need a valid SGUL username and password to logon to the SGUL network. Please visit the Library helpdesk during staffed hours (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm) if you need a SGUL login. Once logged on, carry out your search (using Hunter, OVID Medline, EBSCO Cinahl,  Google Scholar etc.) - then simply click on the SFX Button v01 button and follow the links to the article required. For offsite access to e-resources, please use NHS Athens. Further information available on the NHS E-resources page .

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How do I find out if we subscribe to a particular journal title?

Search Hunter - our new discovery tool.

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  • Select Journal Titles from the drop down menu
  • Enter the journal title into the search box.

 If we hold the title, it will appear in the results list.

  • Select the SFX@SGUL tab
  • If we hold the title electronically, details will appear under Full Text availability. Click on the link or the Go button to go to the journal's website.

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Alternatively, you can search the E-journals A-Z page:

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  • Enter the journal title in the search box and click the Go button
  • If the title appears in the results – click on the SFX Button v01  button or the Journal name and follow the links
  • If the title does not appear or you see a Sorry, your request returned no records message – it means we do not hold the e-journal. You can check to see if we hold the title in print by clicking on Search for print journals at the top right of the SFX menu - this will open the Library catalogue. 

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Why is there more than one link available for some journals?

 You may find that a journal is available via multiple sources. Often, one source will include current content while another covers the archive content. There may also be some overlap in our coverage via different platforms/publishers. Some journals we subscribe to are also available as open access titles (freely available) and these will show as a separate link.  Open access titles often come with date restrictions (an “embargo” period) where for example the most recent 6 months’ content is not available. 

TIP: Always check the date ranges and click on the appropriate link to the year required.

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Can I search for a specific journal article (by article title)?

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You can search by article title in Hunter

  • Select Articles and more from the dropdown menu
  • Enter the article details in the search box and click Search

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I have a DOI or PMID for an article - what is the quickest way to get the full text?


If you have a PMID (PubMed ID) or a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), the quickest way to get the full text is to use the SFX Find an article tab on the E-journals A-Z page:

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  • Select the Find an article tab
  • Enter your PMID or DOI in the search box and click the Go Button
  • A new window will open showing links to the article (if available)

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I clicked on 'Full text available via...' but I only got to the journal's home page - why is this?

SFX tries to get as close as possible to the full text of the article. However some publishers are unable to support article level linking and will link to the journal homepage instead. If this happens, just select the year or volume number you need and then navigate to the issue and page number.

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Why doesn't Hunter show 'Related' articles every time?

The BX Related articles feature uses data drawn from all other ExLibris users worldwide (ExLibris is the company who supplies SFX and Hunter) so it takes time to build up the recommendations. For this reason, Related articles are less likely to appear for recently published articles.

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Why are there no full text links available for my journal or article?

Occasionally there are problems with e-access – for example, the publisher may have cut our access in error. Please use the feedback form in the SFX menu to report any problems with e-journal access, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If there are no links showing for your journal or article it usually means that SGUL does not subscribe to the journal content.  You may order the article as an Interlibrary Loan. N.B. there may be a charge for this service. See below 'If there is no full text available - how do I get the article?' . We also have more details available on Interlibrary Loans page.

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If there is no full text available - how do I get the article?

If we do not have access to a particular article (either electronically or in print) you may order the item as an Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  The easiest way to do this is via the SFX menu:

  • Click on the Request document via SGUL Interlibrary Loan link

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  •  A SGUL Interlibrary Loans form will open in a new window – simply complete the form (as much detail as possible) and click Send request.  

You will be emailed by the Interlibrary Loans team on receipt of your request. Journal article requests usually take between 2-7 days. N.B. there may be a charge for this service. Further details available on Interlibrary Loans page.

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How do I access SGUL's print journals? 

Print journals are held in the Silent Study Space (Blue Zone) at the back of the Library. They are stored in “rolling stacks” and are shelved alphabetically by journal title. You will also find the current issues of some popular journal titles (such as the BMJ and Nursing Times) on display in the Quiet Study Space (Orange Zone).


N.B. Print journals are for reference only and may not be taken out of the Library. See our opening hours.

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How do I find out if SGUL holds a journal in print?


You need to search the Library Catalogue. 

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  • Go to unicorn.sgul.ac.uk
  • Select print journal title from the drop down menu
  • Type the title of the journal in the search box
  • If we hold the journal in print, a record will be displayed showing the years we hold and their location. Any issues from 1975 onwards will be in the location JOURNALS – this means they are shelved in the Library (in the Silent Study Space).
  • Click on the Catalogue Record tab to see more detailed holdings information

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You can also search the Library Catalogue via Hunter:

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  • Go to Hunter
  • Select Library Catalogue from the drop down menu
  • Type the journal title in the search box
  • Click search

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  • Click the Locations tab to check holdings and availability.
  • Click on St George’s Library to link to the Library catalogue record for further details.

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How do I access the pre-1975 journals collection?


Journals published before 1975 are stored in our Archive and need to be requested. Please visit the Library Helpdesk (Mon- Fri, 8am-6pm) and complete a Request for journal from store form.  Archive requests are collected on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am. Items are usually held at the Helpdesk for 1 week. N.B. Print journals are for reference only and may not be taken out of the Library.

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Who do I contact for additional help or for answers to questions about journals and SFX?


For further help, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone the Library Helpdesk on 0208 725 5466

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We provide a range of helpsheets guides and leaflets for your learning and and teaching needs.

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See our Library Services Alert page for information on known disruptions to Library services.


 New to the Library? See our Library Essentials guide for all the need to know information.

Helpsheets, guides and leaflets are arranged under the following headings:

  1. Referencing and reference management
  2. Using Hunter to find resources eg books, journals or articles
  3. SGUL electronic journals, books & databases
  4. NHS Library services, electronic journals, books & databases
  5. Information for Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (FHSCE)
  6. Finding information, including statistics, on the Web
  7. Accessing information via your Mobile
  8. Social Media Guidelines

 

Aside from helpsheets we also have:

 


 

Referencing and reference management

How to reference

Harvard (FHSCE) student - PDF

Guide to using the Harvard system of referencing produced by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education for the academic year 2016-2017. 


Harvard: Cite Them Right onsite access
Harvard: Cite Them Right offsite access

Online guide for Harvard referencing style based on Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2016) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 10th edn. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cite Them Right - YouTube video

A brief introduction to Cite Them Right online.

Vancouver - PDF

Guide to using the Vancouver system of referencing.

Reference management software

RefWorks 2.0 - PDF

Workbook for using RefWorks 2.0, a web-based application for storing and managing bibliographic references. Only available to SGUL staff and students.

For a more detailed guide see the RefWorks2.0 online help.

Refworks YouTube Channel

Official RefWorks YouTube Channel with video tutorials from general orientations to more advanced technical feature overviews and grouped into playlists.  Produced by ProQuest RefWorks.

Using RefGrab-it from RefWorks - video tutorial

Short online tutorial demonstrating how to use the RefGrab-It tool to quickly capture citation data from websites.  This tutorial was produced by LSU Health Sciences Center Library, New Orleans.

Reference Manager YouTube Channel

Offical Reference Manager YouTube Channel with video tutorials on how to use Cite While You Write and other features of the software.  Produced by Thomson Reuters.

EndNote YouTube Channel

Official EndNote YouTube Channel with video tutorials from general orientations to more advanced technical feature overviews and grouped into playlists.  Produced by Thomson Reuters.

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Using Hunter

Using Hunter search tool -PDF

Also see Hunter FAQs

How to search across all of SGUL's information resources including books, journals and articles

How to renew or reserve items - Libguide

See our Library Essentials online guide for help on how to renew or reserve items

Understanding your reading list - Libguide

A guide to understanding references on your reading list and how to find them using SGUL resources.

 

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SGUL electronic journals, books & databases

Help with offsite access

Accessing SGUL electronic resources offsite - PDF

Step-by-step instructions on how to access e-journals, e-books and databases offsite with your SGUL login.

E-books and e-journals

SGUL e-journals and SFX FAQs

See our Journals and SFX FAQs to find out how to find, access and navigate e-journals.

SGUL e-books - PDF

An introduction to electronic books available at SGUL including how to find, access and use.

Finding research on a topic

Searching databases using Ovid - PDF

Ovid is a specialist search tool that allows you to search for journal articles on a topic in databases such as Medline and Embase.

Searching databases using EBSCOhost - PDF

EBSCOhost is a specialist search tool that allows you to search for journal articles on a topic in databases such as CINAHLPlus or Medline.

Cochrane Library - PDF

[Introduction to The Cochrane Library - video tutorial]

[Search and MeSH - video tutorial]

The Cochrane Library is a database of systematic reviews and other good quality evidence based healthcare information.

Pubmed Tutorial

PubMed is a free search tool for MEDLINE, provided by the US National Library of Medicine. It also includes special tools such as Clinical Queries, Journals Database and Single Citation Matcher.

Searching ASSIA using ProQuest (libguide)

YouTube tutorial

ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts) spans the literature of health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.

Searching BNI using ProQuest (libguide)

BNI (British Nursing Index) indexes mainly UK articles, with selected international journals, of interest to nurses, midwives and health visitors.

Finding citing articles, citations and journal metrics

Web of Science Citation Indexes 

A link to the Web of Science training and support pages. Materials include Tutorial, Workbook, Glossary and quick reference cards. Find information here about Citation Reports and the h-index.

Cited Reference Searching - PDF

How to use Web of Science Citation Indexes to find journal articles that have cited a particular article (i.e. reference).

Essential Science Indicators

A link to the Essential Science Indicators tutorials.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Support materials for the new version of JCR (available only onsite) can be found on the JCR training and support page.

Current awareness

Keeping up to date - slides

Keeping up to date - handbook

Covers various tools available to help you stay up-to-date. Includes alerting services, bulletins, blogs, wikis and RSS feeds.

Zetoc - produced by Mimas

Zetoc training materials. Zetoc provides access to the British Library's table of contents of journal articles and conference proceedings. Allows you to search, set up alerts and RSS.

Accessing information via mobiles

Mobile Resources Blog

A guide to accessing information via your mobile phone and other moblie devices.

 

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NHS Library services, electronic journals, books & databases

Information about Library services

Library Services for NHS staff - PDF booklet

A brief NHS guide to library services and e-resources.

Guide to Nursing Resources for NHS staff - PDF booklet

A guide to key resources for nurses.

E-books and e-journals

Finding NHS electronic journals - PDF

How to find and access a wide range of electronic journals using your NHS Athens login and the My Journals service.

Finding NHS E-books - PDF

How to find and access e-books using your NHS Athens login.

NHS HDAS video tutorials

A series of short video tutorials on how to use the new NICE Healthcare Advanced Database Search (HDAS) site.

*New Jan 2017 version guide*

10 Step Guide to NHS healthcare databases  Jan 2017- PDF

Quick guide to searching NHS healthcare databases, including Medline, Embase, CINAHL, BNI, AMED, PsycInfo, HMIC and Health Business Elite.

*New October 2016 version guide*

Searching NHS Healthcare Databases Oct 2016 - PDF

Detailed guide to searching the NHS healthcare databases, including Medline, Embase, CINAHL, BNI, AMED, PsycInfo, HMIC and Health Business Elite.

Cochrane Library - PDF

[Introduction to The Cochrane Library - video tutorial]

[Search and MeSH - video tutorial]

The Cochrane Library is a database of systematic reviews and other good quality evidence based healthcare information.

Pubmed Tutorial

PubMed is a free search tool for MEDLINE, provided by the US National Library of Medicine. It also includes special tools such as Clinical Queries, Journals Database and Single Citation Matcher.

Current awareness

Keeping up to date - slides

Keeping up to date - handbook

Covers various tools available to help you stay up-to-date. Includes alerting services, bulletins, blogs, wikis and RSS feeds.

Zetoc produced by Mimas

Zetoc training materials. Zetoc provides access to the British Library's table of contents of journal articles and conference proceedings. Allows you to search, set up alerts and RSS.

Evidence based healthcare

DynaMed Plus tutorial - video tutorial

A flash video tutorial on how to use DynaMed Plus.

DynaMed Plus User Guide

The basics of searching and finding results on the DynaMed Plus interface. Provided by Ebsco.

Evidence Based Healthcare Resources - PDF

A guide outlining the what, why, how and where of evidence based healthcare, and introducing the resources available.

Patient information

Patient information leaflet - PDF

List of websites for finding information for patients.

Accessing information via mobiles

Mobile Resources blog

A guide to resources you can access on your mobile device.

 

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Information for Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Information about libraries

Information for FHSCE - PDF

A brief student guide to Library and Information Services. Includes useful web addresses and key contacts for both universities.

Guides to clinical placements - website

Information about libraries that students may be able to use while on placement.

How to reference

Harvard (FHSCE) student - PDF

 

Guide to using the Harvard system of referencing produced by the FHSCE for academic year 2013-2014.

Finding research on a topic

Searching databases using EBSCOhost - PDF

EBSCOhost is a specialist search tool that allows you to search for journal articles on a topic in databases such as CINAHLPlus or Medline.

 

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Finding Information on the Web

Where to find statistics - PDF

Lists various websites where statistics can be found.

Finding Quality Information on the Web

A guide to finding quality information on the Web. Introduces a number of different search engines, quality websites, tools, directories and gateways. Includes tips for searching with Google and covers how to evaluate a website.

 

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Accessing Information via your Mobile

Mobile Resources blog

A guide to resources you can access on your mobile device, with reviews of useful apps.

Setting up University e-mail on your mobile device - SGUL login required

Guides on synchronising University email, contacts and calendars on your mobile device.

WiFi set-up- SGUL login required

Guides to connecting to eduroam - the WiFI network on mobile devices.

Connecting to Eduroam via mobile devices - PDF

Instructions for connecting to the Eduroam wireless network via Android mobile devices or iPhones and iPods. (Please note that NHS staff do not have access to the Eduroam wireless network).

Introduction to QR codes - PDF

A quick quide to using QR (Quick Reference) codes to access information on mobile devices.

NHS Evidence Mobile - PDF

Information on accessing the NHS Evidence search engine on mobile devices.

Dynamed Plus App - PDF

Information on accessing Dynamed Plus on mobile devices.

BMJ Best Practice App - PDF

Information on accessing BMJ Best Practice on mobile devices.

PubMed Mobile - PDF

A quick introduction to PubMed for mobile devices. PubMed is a free online interface that allows you to search the Medline database.

EBSCO Host Mobile - PDF

Information flyer produced by EBSCOhost about their mobile site and apps.
SGUL has access to the CINAHL Plus, AMED, and Medline databases via EBSCOhost. SGUL/FHSCE staff and students can therefore access these databases via EBSCO Host Mobile.

 

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Social Media Guidelines

 Social Media Guidelines for Students - PDF

Advice and guidance on using social media for health care professional trainees

 Social Media Guidelines for Staff - SGUL login required

Guidance on using social media for St George's, University of London staff

 

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Instructional six second Vines and videos are available.

Vines list

 

Youtube videos list  (all videos are subtitled)

 

How to find the Printer/Photocopiers in the Library

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How to take out books on the self-service machines

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Returning Library books

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Finding the Research Enquiries Desk

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Youtube Videos 

Below are videos on how to use Hunter to find articles, e-books and books.  These are taken from Library StART - St George's Assignment Resources Toolkit  where we have more information on how to get started with your assignments.

 Finding and viewing articles in Hunter

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Using Hunter to find e-books

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Using Hunter to find print books

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Placing holds on books

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