New article search facility coming soon – try it out now

We’re moving to a new ‘discovery system’ in late October that will encompass many of our resources in a single-search. So, you’ll be able to search print books, e-books, and articles from one search box.

It’s already possible to have a go at searching for articles from our test page.

The new system performs a search using Medline, Cochrane Library, PubMed Central, ERIC and PsycARTICLES databases, and returns results with articles available from our libraries first (you can easily change the sort order). You’ll see links to the full-text of any articles we subscribe to or are available via open access. As now, you’ll need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the full-text of many articles.

Using the search filters on the left hand side, you can change the date range, sort order, database, format and more, and see the results refreshed immediately. The new system is also designed to work on mobile devices.

You can select references and see how you should cite them in a variety of citation styles, export them to reference manager software, or email them . Once the system is fully live, you’ll be able to login and save references to your personal lists (which you can also share if you want to) and we’ll also in time be introducing request facilities so you can order copies of any articles we don’t hold.

This doesn’t replace the advanced search for articles which we would still recommend for systematic searching.

There’s still some tweaking to do, and our print books still need to be added, but we hope the system will be fully live by the end of October. Do contact us if you have any questions.

What is medRxiv?

medRxiv (pronounced med-archive) is one of a growing number of preprint servers where articles can be freely shared prior to peer-review and acceptance by a journal. It is jointly owned by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Yale University and BMJ, and was launched in 2019.

medRxiv covers medical, clinical, and related health sciences and accepts research articles (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses). It doesn’t accept material such as narrative reviews or opinion pieces. 

Because the material submitted to medRxiv is unpublished, it’s not indexed in databases such as PubMed until the article is later peer-reviewed and published in a journal. Preprints in medRxiv can however be found in Google and Google Scholar very quickly after submission.

When it comes to fast-moving topics such as COVID-19, preprint servers can make new research available very quickly, and reduce research waste from duplicated efforts and non-reporting. However, they can also add to the spread of poor-quality or misleading research due to the lack of peer-review, and should be used with care.

As medRxiv makes clear on each article’s detail page:

‘This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.’

medRxiv does do some screening checks on submitted articles, such as checking they are research-based, and checking for plagiarism and defamation. A researcher in a relevant field will check the basic content and organisation of the article, but medRxiv does not review a manuscript’s methods, assumptions, conclusions, or scientific quality.

If you intend to publish a research article, note that some journal publishers may not accept articles that have already been made available on a preprint server, so it’s worth checking the policies of any journals you intend to submit the article to.

Further reading

Make the most of Twitter by using Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is a free desktop tool provided by Twitter that can make using Twitter easier and more effective. Tweetdeck allows you to see multiple columns on one screen (so no more switching views) and also allows you to manage multiple accounts which can really help if you manage a departmental account as well as your own.

There is no need to create a separate login, and you simply use your Twitter login details.

Columns in Tweetdeck can consist of your timeline, saved searches, Tweets from list of people on a topic, notifications, your ‘liked’ Tweets and more.


Search for journal articles ‘on the go’ with the EBSCO Mobile app

The new EBSCO Mobile app allows you to search for journal articles in a range of library databases, and access full-text where available. The databases available to NHS users include Medline, CINAHL, and the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, so there’s a good coverage of healthcare topics. Many of the articles will have full-text available with a single touch.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, click ‘Get Started’, select your institution, and then login with your NHS OpenAthens account. The app will keep you logged in for 30 days.

You can also create a free personal account to save liked items (use the heart icon to save them) and synchronise these with the EBSCOhost desktop version for reading later. If you’re logged into a personal account, the app will keep you logged in and retain your saved articles.

Searches can be filtered by date (using the dropdown menu, you can select the past 1,5 or 10 years) and when you click for more details, the app will check whether full-text is available. Unfortunately, there is no means to sort results by date.

Whilst the search functions are quite basic, it makes doing a quick search easy, and because it can synchronise with a desktop account it could be a handy way to find some good articles to like and read later on a bigger screen.








Key pathology journals and e-books available from ClinicalKey

As part of a trial across the West Midlands Deanery, access to the Pathology Essentials and Pathology Extended collections have been granted to staff of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

To access ClinicalKey pathology resources, you’ll simply need an NHS OpenAthens account. You can then login to ClinicalKey via OpenAthens and search the complete site. If your search results contain full-text journals or e-books that are part of the trial, you’ll be able to access the full-text.

The list of key journals includes:

  • Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
  • American Journal of Pathology
  • Human Pathology
  • Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology
  • Forensic Science International
  • Cardiovascular Pathology
  • Surgical Pathology Clinics
  • Clinics in Laboratory Medicine

Some of the textbooks include:

  • Rosai and Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology
  • Enzinger and Weiss’s Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods
  • Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
  • Dabbs: Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry
  • Odze and Goldblum Surgical Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract, and Pancreas
  • Weedon’s Skin Pathology
  • Dorfman and Czerniak’s Bone Tumors

The journals are also linked to the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search, so links to full-text will appear in search results. The e-books are also available in our Discovery interface.

We hope you’ll find this really useful, and if you have any feedback, do feel free to contact Jason Curtis in the Shrewsbury Health Library.

Catch up with all the latest COVID-19 guidance

We’ve just published the 15th of our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, with lots of new and updated guidance and evidence resources to support the response to coronavirus.

Previous editions of the Evidence Bulletins, as well as other useful resources can be found on the COVID-19 Resources page.

The bulletins aren’t exhaustive, and lots of new evidence is being published all the time in journals and elsewhere that isn’t included. Library staff can carry out detailed searches to locate the latest literature, either in relation to COVID-19 treatment or rehabilitation, restarting services, remote working, or any other topic.

Looking for an easy way to keep up to date with non-COVID-19 evidence? Try the Read by QxMD app or website. This allows you to see the latest articles in your chosen journals, or on your chosen keywords, and makes accessing the full-text much easier. For more information visit our recent blog post, or head straight to Read by QxMD.

Stay ahead of the latest journal articles with Read by QxMD

If you’re looking for an easy way to see the latest articles in your favourite journals or on keywords of interest, Read by QxMD can help.

It’s an app and website that tracks articles in healthcare journals and alerts you to new ones matching your interests. More than that, it can make finding the full-text easy as it links to our journal holdings, or locates open access copies. The app version can store your NHS OpenAthens account details – no more logging into OpenAthens each time you want to access an article!

It’s free to create a Read by QxMD account, and you can link your account to the journal holdings of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Staffordshire University or Keele University.

You can also add papers to your own virtual collections, recommend papers, and discuss articles.

Inspiring better health – Health Information Week 2020

The 6th – 12th July marks Health Information Week, promoting good quality health information for patients and the public.

The two main strands this year are ‘finding information you can trust’ and ‘physical and mental wellbeing’.

We’ve put together a newsletter with lots of useful articles, and for a bit of fun why not try out our wordsearch.

Follow us on Twitter @sathlibraries as we post material through the week to inspire you to better health!

We’re working to make discovering library resources easier

We’re busy working on an exciting project to replace our existing library catalogue with a new ‘discovery system’ that will not only manage our print resources but will enable easier searching of our increasing range of online resources.

WorldCat Discovery is used by many universities, and will enable us to bring together many resources that are currently on different systems, so for example when you do a search for a print book, you’ll also see any e-book versions you have access to. As we look to the future and increase the range of e-books we make available from different providers, this will become increasingly important. Our new discovery system will also work on mobile devices.

If you’re looking for print books, you’ll find pictures of the book’s cover, information about the contents, and you’ll have the ability to ‘browse’ the shelves virtually. We’ll still be able to offer automatic renewals, up to 16 loans at any one time, and no fines (except for recalled books). You’ll also still be able to reserve books for collection or to be sent to your workplace.

It will also be possible to do searches for articles, filter to any that have full-text available, and where it isn’t available in full-text it will be easy to request it from us. It will also be really simple to get a fully-formatted citation of any resource, for export to any reference manager package you use.

We’re working hard to meet the ‘go live’ date of 28th October, and prior to that we’ll keep you informed of any changes to our services. We do anticipate that we may have a couple of days where the catalogue and self-issue machines will be unavailable, and we may need to suspend the ability to reserve books for a week or two, but we’ll do our best to minimise any disruption.

Keep an eye on the @sathlibraries Twitter feed for updates.



Catch up with all the latest COVID-19 guidance

We’ve just published the 11th of our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, with lots of new and updated guidance and evidence resources to support the response to coronavirus.

Previous editions of the Evidence Bulletins, as well as other useful resources can be found on the COVID-19 Resources page, and we also have separate pages on e-learning and e-books.

The bulletins aren’t exhaustive, and lots of new evidence is being published all the time in journals and elsewhere that isn’t included. Library staff can carry out detailed searches to locate the latest literature, either in relation to COVID-19 treatment or rehabilitation, remote working, or any other topic.

If you’d like an easy way to receive the Evidence Bulletins by email, simply sign-up for our KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates. As well as being alerted to our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, you can be alerted to new evidence on any clinical or professional topics of interest to you through fortnightly personalised alerts.