Friday, December 5, 2008

Connecting to ejournals from off-campus

1. You know the article details – ie author, title, journal, volume, page numbers
You must link to the ejournal from the Ejournal Portal on the Library’s website. Go to, choose Ejournals, then Ejournal Portal. You can use the alphabetical list to link to the journal, or you can search for the journal title

2. You are searching the Ovid (Medline, PsycInfo, EBMR) or EBSCO (CINAHL, Medline) databases
Click on the Fulltext@RCSI? button and follow the article link to the full-text.

3. You are searching PubMed
Use PubMed to identify your articles and then go to the Ejournal Portal on the Library’s website (, choose Ejournals, then Ejournal Portal) to link to the full text. Linking directly to the publishers’ websites from PubMed won’t allow you access to our ejournal subscriptions.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Focus on DynaMed

Focus on DynaMed

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool and digest created by physicians for use primarily at the 'point-of-care'. With summaries for nearly 2,000 topics, DynaMed is an evidence-based knowledge base designed to answer most clinical questions. DynaMed is updated daily and monitors the content of over 500 medical journals and systematic reviews.

Try it

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New library resources

Faculty of 1000 Medicine and Faculty of 1000 Biology are two major new online services designed to help medics keep abreast of the most important new research in medicine and biology.

Run by a teams of over 2000 of the world's leading researchers and clinicians, Faculty of 1000 Medicine and Biology provide a consensus view of important articles and trends across medicine and the biological sciences. Faculty Members select the most significant articles and contribute short evaluations, providing a guide to key articles in your field, together with an expert's interpretation of what each article adds to our clinical knowledge.

Key features
  • Continuously updated selections of key articles across medicine and biology

  • Authoritative, timely and concise evaluations by leading clinicians and researchers.

  • Systematic organisation of only the most important medical literature.

  • Articles highlighted on the basis of their scientific merit and clinical relevance, rather than the reputation of the journal in which they appear.

Connect to the Faculty of 1000 Medicine

Faculty of 1000 is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland and access is via IReL


Friday, October 3, 2008

Do we have the right email address for you?

The Library can communicate with all Library users via email about book hold requests, book overdues, etc. However we can only email you if we have a current and correct email address for you.

The Library receives student address details from the college's student database, so if you need to update your email (or other contact) details:

  • Undergraduate students - you can send an update of your term time address/email details to Student Services by filling in the Student Change of Address Form on Moodle. You can also go to the Exams Office or Student Services and ask to update your term-time details. The Fees Office can amend your permanent/home address details.
  • Postgraduate students - should go to their Course Coordinator to advise of change of address/updated details.

Staff/Alumni/Surgical Training students
The Library can update email addresses for staff, alumni, associate members and for students from Surgical Training - email us( or call to the Service Desks to advise us of your address/email updates.

Students - please make sure in particular that there is a current email address in your term-time address.

Note: To check what email address we currently have for you, go to and click on "Sign in". Sign in using your ID number and your Library account password (available from the Library Service Desk). Click on "My Library Account". Scroll down the page to the address information section and you can see the email address that the Library has for you. Click "End session" to log off.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Journals: Table of Contents and email alerts

Most of us know the important journals likely to publish valuable research. Virtually all these journals will provide table of contents as direct email alerts to you.

Create your own account or register at the journal website to activate these personalised options. Alerts are added to your personal profile and are usually described as Alert me about new Journal Issues or Set e-mail alert

For large journal collections such as ScienceDirect and Nature and databases such as MEDLINE, you can create multiple alerts and search profiles and these services will push updates to you by email.

More on Moodle Information Seeking and Library Skills : Journals


Friday, September 12, 2008


A major database new to RCSI : 18 million records in life and biomedical sciences, clinical medicine and pharmacology. Embase complements MEDLINE with significant coverage of drug related sources. Offers combined Embase and MEDLINE single search.

Drug Research, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy, Drug Side Effects and Interactions, Toxicology, Human Medicine (Clinical and Experimental), Basic Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Biomedical, Medical Devices, Engineering and Instrumentation, Health Policy and Management, Pharmacoeconomics, Public and Occupational Health, Environmental Health, Pollution Control, Substance Dependence and Abuse, Psychiatry, Forensic Science.

Connect via library database page.


Friday, September 5, 2008

RCSI Library catalogue update

It is now possible to search the RCSI Library catalogue separately by each of our recent or historical collections. The default search in the catalogue (RCSI Library Main Catalogue) will search for items available on our general shelves, including textbooks, reference material, journals etc.
If you are interested in searching for historical books and other items that we have here at RCSI, click on "Other RCSI Library Catalogues" in the top menu of the catalogue and choose "RCSI Library historical collections catalogue". Our historical material is kept in a separate store. Please enquire at the Mercer Library Service Desk (email: if you would like to study any of this material.
You can still search both collections together by choosing "RCSI Library complete catalogue (main + historical collections)".

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Advanced Search on PubMed

In the new search interface you will find a search box on the top and new sections beneath it, which you probably already are familiar with:

> PubMed Search History - It displays your five last searches
> Search by Author, Journal, Publication Date, and more. These field searching screens allow you to choose specific fields to search in (including MeSH or subheadings) and to combine these fields (AND, OR). Author and Journal fields have the auto-complete feature for entering terms; for other fields you can use the helpful index feature
> Limit by Topics, Languages, and Journal Groups

Try it


Friday, August 8, 2008

Science Foundation Ireland are developing an Open Access policy

The Open Repository movement is taking off in research centres worldwide and SFI are developing a policy to encourage SFI funded researchers to deposit their publications in Open Access Repositories. More from SFI here.

The National Institutes of Health Policy on Public Access to publically funded research may be viewed here.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Information behaviour of the researcher of the future

A new study overturns the common assumption that the ‘Google Generation' – youngsters born or brought up in the Internet age – is the most web-literate. The study carried out by the CIBER team at University College London claims that, although young people demonstrate an apparent ease and familiarity with computers, they rely heavily on search engines, view rather than read and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the web.

The report Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future (PDF format; 1.67MB) also shows that research-behaviour traits that are commonly associated with younger users – impatience in search and navigation, and zero tolerance for any delay in satisfying their information needs – are now becoming the norm for all age-groups, from younger pupils and undergraduates through to professors.


Friday, July 18, 2008

PubMed - set up a MyNCBI account to organise your searches

Set up a personal account on PubMed. This will allow you to:
  • Save searches
  • Have results of regularly updated searches emailed to you
  • Save items in personal collections
What to do:
  • Go to MyNCBI and register for a new account
  • When you are happy with your search strategy, save the search and request email updates
  • Alternatively, when browsing through your search results, select items of interest by ticking the box beside the item number and choose Collections from the Send To menu
  • You can add to one collections of items or set up several collections

More information from PubMed Help


Wednesday, July 16, 2008


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