Making finding full-text easier

Whether you've got the title of an article you're looking for, want to look at the latest issue of a journal, or want to be able to access full-text articles when searching the web, there are a number of ways library and knowledge services can help.

From searching within the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub, using BrowZine, using LibKey Nomad, or using Google Scholar Library Links, our short guide and video show you how to make finding full-text a bit easier.

And if there is no full-text available, it's easy to request items from the library and let us do the leg-work!

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Get easier access to journal articles with LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension available for Edge, Chrome and Firefox that makes accessing the full-text of journal articles much easier. Once installed it indicates if an article is available in full-text through your library. Simply install the extension and select the organisation you work for. It works for all NHS organisations, so is available to staff of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.

As well as checking library subscriptions, LibKey Nomad also checks to see if the article is available via open access.

LibKey Nomad works on many publisher websites, along with PubMed and Wikipedia, and adds links to access the full-text or PDF (where available) making it easier to login and access the full-text quickly.

Visit our website for more browser extensions and mobile apps to make finding the evidence easier.

Get the latest tables of contents from your favourite journals

The KnowledgeShare service now offers you the ability to receive tables of contents for a wide range of healthcare journals.

The contents list of your chosen journals will be sent out once a month in a single email (so you won't get lots of separate emails). You can up by using the Evidence Updates form.

Any journal that is indexed in PubMed can be added to the tables of contents service, but unfortunately not all journals will be available if they are not included in PubMed.

It's an easy way to receive the latest contents from healthcare journals, but we also offer access to the Read by QxMD app as well, where you can also get details of the latest articles by following your favourite journals, keywords or collections.

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.

Read by QxMD helps you keep up to date with new articles

Read by QxMD is an app and website that allows you to discover and read relevant new healthcare journal articles. It does this by enabling you to specify journals, collections, keywords or topics to follow, and suggests relevant new articles that match your criteria. This way, you can build your own personalised alerting service.

It's free to create an 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 to make downloading PDF copies of articles easier.

On the mobile version, you can store your OpenAthens account so that when you view a paper, the app will attempt to download the PDF version if we subscribe to the journal or if it is available, an open access copy. If you find an interesting paper and it’s not available as a PDF, we can still order a copy for you - you just need to complete an article request form available on our website.

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

Read by QxMD covers a wide range of healthcare journals, so you’ll see more than just the ones we subscribe to.

We also suggest that you also sign up to KnowledgeShare If you want to keep up to date with new guidance, reports, UpToDate Practice Changing Updates, and other high-level evidence as these materials are not all covered by Read by QxMD.

What is 'green open access'?

Green open access (sometimes also called self-archiving) is where a copy of an article is deposited by an author in a repository, with the permission of the publisher. Repositories can be institutional (most universities have one, along with small number of NHS Trusts) or discipline based.

Institutional repositories are a good way of demonstrating the research work being carried out in an organisation, and of making that research available to others.

Many publishers support the idea of green open access, but what is allowed to be deposited is usually not the final published version, but may be a preprint, or the peer-reviewed postprint.

Finding out which journals allow green open access can be carried out by searching for the journal in the SHERPA/RoMEO database. If the journal is listed, it should give the policies of the publisher towards depositing a copy, and which version of the article can be used.

Locating open access articles held in institutional repositories is a little more tricky. Many will be found by carrying out a search in Google Scolar, but along with non-open access articles. There are however, a number of specialist search engines that cover institutional repositories, such as BASE and CORE.

Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries already collate details of articles and other publications produced by staff in the Trust in our Staff Publications Hub, and nationally work is being carried out as part of the Knowledge for Healthcare programme to look at creating an NHS institutional repository to make open access articles more widely available.