Wednesday, May 20, 2015

International Clinical Trials Day

Today, 20th May, is International Clinical Trials Day. It commemorates the day James Lind started his famous trial on scurvy and is the recognised date for organisations, clinical research professionals and the public to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of research in healthcare.

Frank Moriarty, who is based at the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research at RCSI in Dublin, has written an article in the latest Irish Times health supplement calling for open and transparent clinical trial reporting, in order to eliminate bias towards positive results. He argues that this bias 'can alter the balance of evidence for a drug and make it appear more beneficial that it actually is'. You can read the full article here .

The RCSI library website has links to a wide range of resources on evidence based healthcare. Of particular interest may be the CONSORT website. The main product of the CONSORT group is the CONSORT Statement which is an evidence based, minimum set of recommendations for reporting randomized trials. It offers a standard way for authors to prepare reports of trial findings, facilitating their complete and transparent reporting, reducing the influence of bias on their results and aiding their critical appraisal and interpretation.

The ISRCTN registry , a primary clinical trial registry recognised by WHO and ICMJE that accepts all clinical research studies, may also be of interest as well as clinicaltrials,gov which is maintained by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) and provides access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions,

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Need a Library book over the summer?

From Monday 18 May 2015, you can get a vacation loan for most items from RCSI Library - please ask at the Service Desk when taking out the book.
Please note:
  • Vacation loans are due on Monday 14 September 2015
  • A vacation loan is subject to certain conditions - if there are requests for the item over the summer months, then we may need to recall the item. In this case, you must agree to return the item (by post etc.) and are responsible for the item until its return. 
  • Exceptions: USMLE and MCQ books and DVDs are exempt from vacation loans as these are required over the summer. 
Please ask at the Library Service Desks if you have any queries about vacation loans.

Friday, April 10, 2015

World Parkinson's Day 2015

Tomorrow, April 11th, is World Parkinson's Day, a day to bring awareness, promote research and unite those who have been affected by Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition resulting from a shortage of Dopamine, a chemical that helps instructions from the brain to cross from one nerve cell to the next, in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which has to do with controlling movement.

Symptoms include:

  • Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
  • Slowness of movement
  • Poor balance and coordination

Parkinson's affects about one person on every 500 and there is currently no cure.

Some resources which may be of interest are listed below:
  • The website of the Parkinson's Association of Ireland at has information on all aspects of the disorder in Ireland including links to support networks and information on treatments and medication  


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ResearchGate and copyright

The Library has had some queries about copyright permissions for adding the full-text of an article to ResearchGate.
Self-archiving of a full-text article on ResearchGate, or other websites, depends on the publisher - for example, some will allow posting on an institutional repository, but not on personal or other websites and vice versa. At RCSI Library, when we add a full-text article to e-publications@RCSI, the RCSI institutional repository we first check publisher copyright policies on Sherpa/RoMEO. This site acts as a good guide for many publications, with a summary of copyright permissions and a link to further details on publisher websites. However, if you use this to assist you to determine copyright guidelines, we would advise you to still check publisher websites and your copyright agreements.
For adding a full-text article to ResearchGate, we suggest:
  • Where you know you can definitely use a publisher PDF or other version of an article then go ahead and do so (e.g. where you can see explicit permission in your copyright agreement, a suitable Creative Commons re-use licence OR the publisher has told you it’s ok to post to any internet website).
  • Where you are not sure, there is a “request full-text” option, where another ResearchGate user can contact you to ask for a personal copy of the article. Most publishers will allow this. Again, we would advise that this may not be the case with all publishers so it is advisable to check and confirm.
There is some information about this in the ResearchGate Help Center (see under Publications – Full-texts and self-archiving - Am I breaching copyright by uploading my publication’s full-text?).

For more information or to submit articles to the RCSI institutional repository, see  or contact


Monday, February 23, 2015

Updated PubMed Search Filter Strategies

PubMed has recently updated a number of their subject filter strategies. The following are the strategies updated.
  • Cancer
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Science  
Subject-based search filters assist searching by offering validated search strategies.

The Cancer search strategy, to take an example, uses terms from the neoplasms (and related) branches of MeSH cancer-related text words , and MEDLINE journal titles. It was created jointly by NLM and the National Cancer Institute to facilitate searching for subjects in all areas of cancer, ranging from  clinical care to basic research. This filter can also be used in a search as cancer [sb].
Example: survivors AND cancer [sb]

Another subject filter strategy is for Systematic Reviews. This strategy is intended to retrieve citations identified as systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine. consensus development conferences, guidelines and citations to articles from journals specializing in review studies of value to clinicians. This filter can be used in a search as systematic [sb].
Example: excercise hypertension AND systematic [sb]

You can find out more about PubMed subject filter search strategies at 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

World Cancer Day 2015

Today is World Cancer Day, a day to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage it's prevention, detection and treatment.

RCSI Library provides access to a number of useful resources on cancer. Of particular interest may be the cancer subset on PubMed; using this filter your results will be automatically limited to cancer-related citations on PubMed. To use the the filter type 'cancer [sb]' into the search box. An example would be 'Ireland AND cancer [sb]' .

You can access PubMed through the 'Find Articles:Databases' section of the library website at
                             Other Useful Resources:


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Journal Collection

RCSI Library now has full access to the OVID LWW Current Opinion collection. The collection consists of 24 journals spanning 26 specialities. In each of the 24 journals you'll find:

  • Full coverage of a complete medical discipline in a concise format so that you can efficiently review all important developments that affect your work.
  • Revealing insight and expert commentary from the leading authorities in each relevant speciality
  • Bulleted and annotated references provide critical commentary on noteworthy studies , keeping you tuned to the best minds, and the best thinking, in your fields.
Access the collection through the e-journal portal on the library website at