Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Who is JANE?

JANE is the Journal/Author Name Estimator

  • If you have recently prepared a paper, can you find recommended journals to submit it to?
  • Or maybe as a final check on your work, can you browse closely related papers?
  • Or as an editor, can you find related qualified reviewers?

Paste any title or abstract into the search area and JANE will find the best matching authors, papers or journals.

JANE is here

BIOSEMANTICS has developed various knowledge management tools in the biomolecular field.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Social Media and the Medical Profession

Social media and the medical profession

A guide to online professionalism for practioners and students.

A joint initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Medical Associations, this site offers advice and resources about emerging issues in the use of social media.

Evidence is emerging about the risks for medical professionals in engaging with social media. Online behaviours can impact upon professional integrity, professional relationships and employment opportunities. Perceptions of professional behaviour must evolve to encompass new social media.

Friday, November 26, 2010

RCSI Library supporting Beaumont Hospital staff learning

Thank you to all hospital staff who applied for the Library Sponsorship Prize.
The prize includes:
  • books from your reading list
  • free inter library loans
  • information skills tutorials
  • stationery

We are delighted to announce the winner is:

Lisa White

Project Manager, Organisational Development

Lisa is studying for an MSc in Organisational Change and Leadership.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Library on Moodle

Visit the Library on Moodle

Information Seeking and Library Skills

This area is open to all RCSI Moodle users for all you need to know about

  • Referencing and citation
  • Journals
  • PubMed and other Medlines
  • Web of Science citation index
  • Embase
  • Evidence based digests
  • EndNote

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FInd it @ RCSI Library

1. I have found the abstract (summary) of a really good article and I have the full reference (volume and page numbers) – where do I go to find the full text?

2. I have to find information on the overuse of medication, which database should I use to find articles on the topic?

3. Google gives me loads of irrelevant sites – biased, commercial – is there an alternative?

Looking for answers to these or similar questions?

Ask us at the Service Desks in the Mercer and Beaumont Hospital Libraries.

Email us at

Explore the Library’s website :

  • Ejournal portal to link through to the full-text of articles

  • Databases page to find articles on a topic

  • Ebooks page for the full text of a large range of electronic textbooks and digests

  • Library guide for opening hours and staff contacts

Sign up to the Information & Library Skills section on Moodle for lots of support on searching the web, using databases to find articles, doing literature reviews and using citation styles

Keep an eye on the Library blog for lots of information

1. Use the
Ejournal Portal on the Library’s website
2. The Medline and Embase databases include articles on biomedical and healthcare topics – see the
databases page on the Library’s website
3. Try using
Scirus – a search engine which focuses on government, healthcare, academic, technical websites

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New eBooks at RCSI Library

We have bought hundreds of new eBooks

New basic and advanced level books in specialist areas, especially Pharmacology, Psychiatry, Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics.

Clinical Pharmacology
Drug Facts
Dosage Calculations
Medication Administration
Handbook of Pharmacology

Primary Sports Medicine
Spine, Hip, Knee, Elbow, Foot, Hand, Shoulder
Pain Management
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Surgery Manuals
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Psychiatric Therapeutics
Medical Psychiatry Quick Reference

Connect to our eBooks page

Available on and off campus 24/7

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Building a PubMed search : an online clinic

The National Library of Medicine has run an online clinic in building up PubMed searches. The session covers many of the most useful steps and techniques to create more effective searches. If you are starting on PubMed or if you wish to improve your search results, you can pick up some useful methods from this animated presentation.

Duration is 30 minutes but you can spool through sections you may already know.

Connect here


Friday, July 30, 2010

Health Information Resources for Ireland

HIQA, the Health Information and Quality Authority, has publsihed a comprehensive catalogue of health information resources for Ireland. The catalogue includes a wide range of accessible datasets and databases holding social, economic, healthcare and clinical information produced by national and regional agencies. The catalogue also includes sources of Irish data from international agencies.

Available in PDF from HIQA here

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

RCSI Library Bags for sale

Buy an RCSI Library bag - only €2 - from the Service Desks in the Mercer and Beaumont Hospital libraries

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

e-publications@RCSI, the RCSI institutional repository - competition winners!

Congratulations to Frank Doyle, Department of Psychology, and Fiona O'Mahony, Department of Molecular Medicine, who each won a £50 voucher for Amazon for submitting some of their work to e-publications@RCSI, the RCSI institutional repository

Frank's work can be downloaded at and Fiona's at

is an open access institutional repository of research and scholarly output of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Mandated by stakeholders like SFI, HRB and HEA, repository deposit of research material has proven benefits:
  • broadens worldwide access to your material
  • increases citations for research material
  • preserves your work publicly
  • indexed on Google, Google Scholar and Scirus
  • profiles Irish researchers internationally
To find out more about the repository or to submit your work, contact the repository administrators at or check out the website.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New email alerts in Google Scholar

New in Google Scholar : email alerts of newly indexed hits that match a previous search.

Simply do a search, get your results and if you want update alerts emailed to you in future, simply click the "Envelope" icon top left.

- alerts flag newly indexed items, not necessarily newly published
- alerts work with Advanced Search
- alerts work with "Cited By" so you can be alerted to any further citations of a given item

Alerts work for proper names, keywords, phrases but they do not work for journal names so unfortunately cannot be used to get tables of contents at present.

More about this

Monday, April 26, 2010

EMBASE is back

Thanks to IReL, access to EMBASE is now restored.

  • Over 20 million records from 7,000 + journals.
  • Strong coverage of drug, pharmaceutical and European content.
  • Indexes over 1,800 biomedical titles not offered by Medline.
  • Includes all Medline content- search together or seperately.

EMBASE’s drug indexing is underpinned by chemical names, trade names and laboratory/research codes that are mapped to generic names for more than 27,000 drugs and chemicals. More than twice as large as Medline’s thesaurus MeSH and including all MeSH terms, Emtree opens up access to the literature via more than 230,000 synonyms.

Connect on or off campus via the library database page here

Journal articles about EMBASE in systematic review searching:

Find all RCSI authors in the combined EMBASE + Medline :
1. Go to advanced search
2. Turn off all mapping
3. Paste in this search string to retrieve authors with RCSi and Beaumont affiliations:

(royal:ad AND college:ad AND surgeons:ad AND ireland:ad) OR (rcsi:ad) OR (beaumont:ad AND dublin:ad)

Further information Paul Murphy

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fellowships and training - Cochrane Library in Ireland

The Cochrane Collaboration produces systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and disseminates them in the Cochrane Library. The Health Research Board (HRB) co-funds free national access to the Cochrane Library.

Cochrane Fellowships

The HRB are offering fellowships to healthcare practitioners, researchers, academics and policy makers to carry out their own systematic review. It provides the Fellow with protected time of up to two days per week for up to two years to conduct a review. The award covers systematic review training costs, salary-related costs and research expenses.

The deadline is 12.00 noon on 20 May 2010. Full details and guidance notes on the HRB website (

Cochrane Library Training Courses

The aim of the courses is to build awareness and capacity in conducting systematic reviews. On offer are:

  • Introduction to Cochrane - this half-day course will train people with little or no previous experience to access and use the Cochrane Library
  • Cochrane Systematic Review Course - this intensive two-day course will cover systematic review methodologies and critical appraisal skills. Suitable for those who may be thinking of conducting a systematic review themselves.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 26 March 2010. Further details and guidance notes available on the HRB website (

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Challenging Google Scholar

An article by Peter Jasco in the journal Online Information Review challenges the use of Google Scholar in evaluating the publishing performance and impact of journals and of researchers. Citing examples of phantom authors, unindexed names, and volatile hits, Jasco concludes that bibliometric measures based on Google Scholar may be unreliable.

Title: Metadata mega mess in Google Scholar
Author(s): Peter Jacso
Journal: Online Information Review
Year:2010 Volume:34 Issue:1 Page:175 - 191

Available direct to RCSI users: DOI: 10.1108/14684521011024191

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - find the evidence

From 2010, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews will be published monthly.

A systematic review identifies an intervention for a specific disease or healthcare problem and determines if it works. Evidence is located, appraised and synthesized from as many relevant scientific studies as possible. Systematic reviews adhere to a strict design in order to make them more comprehensive, thus minimizing the chance of bias and ensuring reliability.

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews comprises over 4,000 reviews and almost 2,000 protocols (reviews in progress).

From 2008, it also includes systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy. These reviews assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test(s) for a given target condition in a specific patient/participant group or setting.

Changes to the review and protocol headers

From 2010, the header reflects the most recent status of the review, for example if there has been a new literature search conducted, or the conclusions have changed, or the review has been edited.

Click picture to enlarge.

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is part of the Cochrane Library. Find it at