Monday, June 11, 2018

RCSI Library Guide: New Medicines Complete Platform

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One of our biggest Pharmacy resources Medicines Complete has recently migrated to a newer, more user friendly platform

Medicines Complete provides access to the full-text content of 17 key pharmacy and pharmacology eBooks (review the full Title List at the end of this blog post).

The company has introduced new design of the platform as well as enhanced the platform with new features, such as:

Improved Search
Dosage Card
MC Calculators
Stockley’s Interaction Checker

Improved Search

The new search function allows users to search via all publications at once, as well as search within specific publication.

Quick Search feature is also enabling users to fast-track to specific content within an individual publication.
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Dosage Card

The new Dosage Card feature helps to quickly and reliably answer dosage queries.

As soon as you’ve searched for a drug term, the Dosage Card presents a snapshot of the content available in the BNF, BNF for Children and Martindale.

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MC Calculators

The new platform is also equipped with new Medicines Complete calculators, which allows users to easily calculate ARC, BMI, Body surface area and other in one place.

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Stockley’s Interaction Checker

Stockley’s Interaction Checker is also a new feature of the platform which allows researchers and students easily search drug interactions.

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Each page is now equipped with a feedback button and your input is highly appreciated.

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Need support or got questions? 
Check out New Medicines Complete help page.

Title List

RCSI Library Subscribes to the Full-Text content of the following titles on the Medicines Complete Platform:

AHFS Drug Information
British National Formulary
British National Formulary for Children
Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons
Dietary Supplements
Drug Administration via Enteral Feeding Tubes
Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation
Handbook on Injectable Drugs
Herbal Medicines
Injectable Drugs Guide
Kucers' the Use of Antibiotics
Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference
Pediatric Injectable Drugs
Pharmaceutical Excipients
Rules & Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Distributors
Stockley's Drug Interactions
Stockley's Herbal Medicines Interactions

If you require any more information about these or other resources feel free to contact Content & Metadata Management Librarian Eliska Komarkova at 01 4022405 or 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Calling all RCSI Academic and Research Staff: Have you signed up for your ORCID ID yet?

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

ORCID ID is a unique identifier which enables your publications and other scholarly output from multiple sources to be linked with profiles across various platforms. It is now widely established with funders and publishers around the world.

ORCID have made it really quick and easy to get your unique ORCID identifier and to link it up to your other identifiers. 


Visit and fill out their registration form

Don't forget to verify your email address so that you can move on to Step 2.

Found out you already have an account? Use the “forgotten password” link to reset your password.

Alternatively you may want to find out about Removing your additional or duplicateORCID ID 


Once you have an ORCID ID it is really important to link it to other databases such as Scopus, Web of Science and PubMed and services such as Crossref. You can then import your publications from these sources into your ORCID profile.

On the MyORCID screen scroll down to 'Works' and under 'Add works' you will find an option for Search:

The process then depends on the source you choose, but it will take you through the steps necessary for you to give permission for sharing data and importing publications.

Scopus is particularly important as it is a source for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Setting up the ORCID link will take you through to review your publications on Scopus.

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Include your ORCID identifier, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work, as well as advertising it on profile webpages.

 Why ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

Need support or got questions? Check out ORCID's tutorial videos.

If you have any problems with your ORCID profile or have any questions about the process, please contact Grainne McCabe, Scholarly Communications & Research Support Officer, RCSI Library, 26 York Street or Breffni Smith, Clinical Librarian, RCSI Library Beaumont Hospital.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Guest Post: Why get involved in the RCSIsmj - Student Medical Journal? with Suzanne Murphy

Vol 11 is now available in RCSI Library
RCSIsmj (Student Medical Journal) is in its 11th year as a totally student run peer-reviewed publication giving students a unique taste of research publishing, editing and promotion. Editor-In-Chief Suzanne Murphy, an RCSI Medical Student gives her take on what is involved in being part of the editorial team and why you should consider getting involved!

When I first applied for the SMJ, I was really interested in a writing position. I had experience blogging and editing various student publications and I felt like it would be a good opportunity to write something for publication.

When I read about the different roles within the SMJ (which you can do here), I thought I would love the role of senior editor but never expected to get it! I decided to apply for Senior Editor, senior staff writer and staff writer. I thought I had a decent chance of getting a staff writer post and anything beyond that would be a bonus.  

The second round of the application process involved editing a writing sample and an informal meeting with the Mohit and Jenna, the Director and Editor-In-Chief at the time. To my delight I was offered the position of Senior Editor and I gladly accepted....though the panic did set in!

I worried I wouldn’t be able for the job. I worried about how I’d balance the extra work with my studies. It turns out I had nothing to worry about. Both Jenna and Mo were so supportive of me, as were all the SMJ staff. The role is a learning curve and everyone understood that.

The senior positions within SMJ work on a rolling basis with senior staff passing on the roles to their junior counterparts. This allows time for training so that by the end of my year as Senior Editor, I was more that prepared for the role of Editor-In-Chief.  Even in the less formalised positions there is plenty of training and support given.  Seeing how SMJ staff support each other in their roles is one of the things that makes me proud to be involved with the publication.

RCSIsmj Vol:11 2017/2018
How can students get involved?
Becoming a staff member for the journal offers students from all years, in all courses, with all levels of experience, the opportunity to meet one another as they work together to prepare and promote the journal.  The SMJ is often the first opportunity many students get to have their work published and all involved take great pride in the high standard of the articles published. 

The SMJ is committed to all aspects of health research. Its regular journal clubs allow students to engage with RCSI staff, learn about current research and find out more about the different disciplines within medicine.  The journal clubs are relaxed, casual events where students also have the chance to meet the SMJ staff and learn about how they can get involved with the journal. I would definitely recommend students get involved in the journal clubs, even if they are not on the staff of the SMJ.

Dean Hannah MCGEE with RCSI SMJ's current executive committee

My advice for anyone considering getting involved in the SMJ: 

1.     Apply for the post(s) you want the most- Students are welcome to apply for multiple posts, but don’t discount a post because you think you don’t have the experience for it. Nearly all of our posts involve some degree of training and we are all here to help new staff.
2.      You don’t have to be a medical student to apply- We welcome applications from students in all courses!
3.      Take time to have a look at the journal (available online or in the library) before you apply- Ideally you would already be familiar with the journal if you’re considering joining the team, but, if not, grab a copy or have a read online.
4.      If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in contact with us! You can email any questions or queries about the available posts to .

The deadline for applications for the staff has passed for this year 2018/2019 but students interested should get in touch about the journal club or blogging for the SMJ...and of course think about what staff role you might like to apply for next year. Keep in touch with all of the news SMJ website or via our Facebook page.

Suzanne Murphy 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Diabetes Resources at RCSI Library

On Friday 19th January RCSI will be hosting the Sixth Annual 3U Partnership International Diabetes Conference which brings together leading experts from around the world to discuss some of the major challenges in the treatment and management of diabetes. You can view the programme and register here.

RCSI Library has a wide range of resources on Diabetes; here we will give a quick overview of these. As usual if you have any questions or want to know more about any of these resources please email us at and we will be happy to help.

The Library subscribes to a number of the top ranked diabetes journals, including Diabetes and Diabetes Care. Access these through the e-journal portal at

We also have a range of books on the subject, in both electronic and print format; search the library catalogue at


Searching the Clinical Key database for ‘diabetes mellitus’ will give you access to a wide range of resources; including an overview of the condition, books, journal articles, images and more. You can access Clinical Key through the RCSI Library database page at

Other RCSI Library resources on diabetes include a wide range of theses accessible through our Institutional Repository at (this is freely available to the general public) and evidence based summaries on the subject through the Clinical summary tools DynaMed Plus and UpToDate which you can access at

The conference is open to everyone with an interest in understanding the pathophysiology of diabetes. Follow @RCSI_Irl  for updates on Twitter.

Colm O'Connor

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

RCSI Library and Open Access

October 23rd to 29th was Open Access Week. Open Access (OA) and data management are areas growing in priority for research funding agencies and in higher education. International Open Access Week is a global campaign, now in its 10th year,  to raise awareness about these fields and how they can improve research impact and knowledge sharing. So what is Open Access and how does it benefit researchers, institutions and the public? 

RCSI Library got involved with a number of talks and drop in sessions highlighting the importance of OpenAccess for research. On Tuesday Associate Librarian Andrew Simpson gave a talk on Open Access and Research Data. He discussed the expectation of funders in terms of open data and how to create a data management plan.

The perils of bad data management were also highlighted; Andrew played a short video produced by Karen Hanson, Alisa Surkis and Karen Yacobucci. Of NYU Health Sciences Library – it’s well worth a watch!

On Wednesday, GrĂ¡inne McCabe, Scholarly Communications and Research Support Officer, hosted a drop in session at the library Expo Stage where she answered questions from researchers on the RCSI repository –such as how can one use it to enhance your research profile and how to submit publications for Open Access. 

Tip: Remember to keep pre-prints & post-prints of articles as publisher permissions for what version can go Open Access can vary. 

RCSI Library was also  tweeting and Facebooking interesting Open Access tidbits throughout the week; follow us @RCSILibrary on Twitter  and like us @rcsilibrary on Facebook!

Colm O'Connor

Friday, October 20, 2017

Green Week 2017 at RCSI

This week was Green Week and the RCSI EnviroSoc have been busy spreading awareness across the college and beyond!  From a beach clean up to their vegan food fair and raising funds for the Dominica relief fund it's been a really successful week.

EnviroSoc have put together a number of videos which explore topics from Veganism to Climate change.Take a look at the videos below and Go Green!

Student tips on being green

Climate change part 1

Climate change part 2


Dominica relief fund

Clean coasts

Effects of global warming on health

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Library Bitesize: Lunchtime Drop-In Skills Sessions

We are in a brand new Library building and know that students have a lot of information to get to grips with at the start of term. 

Our new Library Bitesize drop-in sessions aim to help you get the most out of the Library and support your acade
mic studies. You don’t need to book a session, just drop into the Expo Stage or the Computer Room (different sessions are in different places) and ask questions, get support and hear tips!

Check out our programme below…more sessions coming soon!