Read research for free (legally) with Unpaywall

Unpaywall is a service that helps people locate the growing number of open access or free legal versions of journal articles. You may already have seen links to the full-text of journal articles via Unpaywall in the library discovery system, or through the NICE databases for evidence searching.

There is also a really useful Unpaywall browser extension available for Chrome and Firefox (sadly not for Edge) that makes it easy to see if an article is available for free when searching most publisher websites, PubMed, The Cochrane Library, or some other sites. More information about the browser extension is available on the Unpaywall site.

With the browser extension installed, when you’re visiting a compatible site, a green unlocked padlock indicates a free version is available, and the padlock can be clicked to take you to the article. A grey padlock indicates no open access, and no padlock means you’re on a site or page that does not work with the Unpaywall extension.

There will stil be articles that aren’t available via open access, but you may still find you can access the full-text with an NHS OpenAthens account instead if we subscribe to the journal, and failing that, we can order a copy for you so you can avoid paying publisher prices.

Unpaywall looks for any journal articles that are available by one of three different routes:

Gold open access

Articles that are fully open access, perhaps in open access journals, or in hybrid journals. Often, the article’s author or their institution has paid an article processing charge to make the article available as open access.

Green open access

Articles available in institutional repositories with the agreement of the publisher, usually as an author manuscript (or postprint). This means it has been peer-reviewed, but may not have been copy-edited or formatted for publication. There may be an embargo on how soon an author manuscript can be made available under green open access,

Bronze open access

Articles where the publisher has allowed free access, but retains the copyright and can withdraw access. A lot of articles on COVID-19 have been made available for free under bronze open access.

If you’re curious, it is possible to change the settings in the Unpaywall extension to enable ‘Nerd mode’ and display different colours for different access routes – gold, green or bronze.

Tell us what you think of us

From now until the end of July, Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries are doing a survey about what you think of us, and we’d love to know your views.

We’ll be using the responses to help us plan and improve our services into the future, so whether you think our libraries are wonderful, or perhaps not so good, tell us what you think! It should only take a few minutes to complete.

We’d also like to know how library services have benefited patient care, research, education and training, or your continuing professional development, so we can demonstrate the impact we have in these areas.

The responses can be anonymous, but you can add your name and email if you’d like feedback on your comments.

Health Information Week 5 – 11 July 2021

Discover what your Health Library can do for you.

Displays at Telford and Shrewsbury Health Libraries – and look out for us during the week in the Apley Restaurant corridor at PRH too

Knowledge at your fingertips …………

Digital resources available in an instant …….. 

Giving you the gift of time ……..

Saving you time to care for your patients ……..

We’re here to help you

Support your well-being with a range of Uplifting Resources for the NHS from the NHS

SaTH Health Libraries are staffed 8.30 – 17.00 Monday to Friday.  Ask if you need 24 hour access.

Become a leadership master with our masterclass reading lists!

The SaTH Leadership Academy is running a series of Leadership Masterclasses (more details available on the Leadership Development page on the SaTH Intranet).

We’re putting together a range of resource lists to support these, and the lists so far are:

Each list contains a selection of relevant books and e-books available to borrow or view online.

These lists will develop over time as we add new titles to our leadership collections in both libraries, and we’ll also be adding new topics. All the lists can be found on the Course Reserves page on the library catalogue.

We have a wide range of leadership books available in our libraries in the dedicated Leadership Zones, and we also have many more e-books you can access with an NHS OpenAthens account, as well as thousands of articles. In addition, we can carry out evidence searches to support service development, policy development, knowledge management and other management and leadership needs.





A blooming success at Telford Health Library

A big thank you to everyone who took part in Telford Health Library’s plant sale last week.  Your kind donations reached a magnificent  £140 which will go to the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.  We plan to sponsor  a pine marten, dormouse, bilberry bumble bee, hedgehog, barn owl and a Stiperstone holly tree!

Thank you everyone!



Plant “Swap and buy” at Telford health Library

Gardening … boosts mood … relieves stress … builds strength … creates calm

Telford health Library will be holding a Plant “Swap and buy” starting Tuesday 15 June  – until stock runs out.

Choose seedlings, cuttings and plants to fill your garden with colour this summer – and a few veg too!  No set prices.  All donations will go to Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Opening hours 8.30 – 17.00 Monday to Friday



Prize competition

Win a garden voucher by solving the clues and identifying the garden plants.   Download the competition here.  Good luck!

Find the evidence around Long Covid

COVID-19 can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome,  chronic COVID syndrome, or ‘Long Covid’. The Office for National Statistics estimates that over the four-week period ending 6 March 2021, an estimated 1.1 million people in private households in the UK reported experiencing Long Covid.

Save time when looking for evidence and guidance around Long Covid. As well as including lots of new Long Covid resources in our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletin, we also have a Long Covid evidence resources page where we’ve collated some of the best guidance and resources on topics such as prevalance, rehabilitation, health services and resources for people living with the condition.




Learn more about using UpToDate to provide care with confidence

The UpToDate clinical decision support tool provides evidence-based advice on over 11,000 topics to support the diagnoses, treatment and management of common and rare conditions. It can be accessing onsite via the Intranet, or off-site using an NHS OpenAthens account or a personal account created onsite. Mobile apps are also available, and for more information on the various ways to access UpToDate, visit our UpToDate page.

UpToDate are offering a free 30-minute live training session to help you make the best use of UpToDate and explore some of the ways it can help you. Topics covered include:

  • Creating an account
  • Earning and submitting CME/CPD
  • Conducting a normal or advanced search
  • Help reduce medication errors with Drugs & Drug Interactions
  • COVID-19 common questions and answers
  • What’s New & Practice Changing Updates
  • Patient engagement and safety

The training is on Tuesday, May 18th at 2.30pm and is being carried on Microsoft Teams. To join, simply follow this link at the time – there is no need to book.





New collection of e-books from Wiley publishers now available

We’ve just added another package of new e-books to our collection, spanning titles from Wiley publishers from 2017 owards, for instant access to a range of textbooks covering all subject areas, including medicine and nursing. All of these are searchable on our discovery system alongside all our other print and e-books, and it’s easy to search using the Books tab on OmniSearch.

All the books in the collection can be accessed with an NHS OpenAthens account and the books are available to staff and students of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.

Here are just a small selection of the e-books now available in this collection:

To open a book, click the link and then select the link to ‘Sign in with your OpenAthens account’. Enter your account details and you’ll then have full access to the book, including the ability to download whole chapters as PDF files.

There is no mobile app, but the site is optimised for mobile devices.

World Book Night 23 April 2021

To celebrate World Book Night, Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries will be giving away free book gift bags on Friday 23rd April. Pop the date in your diary and remember to collect your book before they run out!

‘Stories TStories To Make You Smile book covero Make You Smile’ is a collection of feelgood stories guaranteed to put the smile back on your face written especially for World Book Night by ten bestselling novelists.

While you’re counting down the days until World Book Night, why not have a go at our Guess the Smile quiz. Just for fun, there are no prizes, see if you can guess which smile belongs to which comedian.

We will have copies of the book available to collect from both Shrewsbury and Telford libraries on Friday 23rd April 2021, one book per person, while stocks last!

For more information about World Book Night, or to download a free audiobook, please visit the World Book Night website.