Thursday, December 15, 2011

PubMed and MedlinePlus on your phone

PubMed Mobile

Provides a simplified, mobile-friendly Web interface to access PubMed and MedlinePlus from smartphones. Goto The US National Library of Medicine's information page about mobile access and apps.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Google Scholar Citations

A few months ago, Google introduced a limited release of Google Scholar Citations, a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time. Now this service available to everyone.

Here’s how it works: you can quickly identify which articles are yours, by selecting one or more groups of articles that are computed statistically. Then, Google collects citations to your articles, graphs them over time, and computes your citation metrics - the widely used h-index; the i-10 index, which is simply the number of articles with at least ten citations; and, of course, the total number of citations to your articles. Each metric is computed over all citations and also over citations in articles published in the last five years.


Friday, November 25, 2011

RCSI's Research Repository e-publications@RCSI

e-publications@RCSI is RCSI's repository of its published research. It has been visited over 50,000 times and the research works downloaded most frequently are:

The Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life (SEIQoL): a Direct Weighting procedure for Quality of Life Domains (SEIQoL-DW). Ciaran O'Boyle, John Browne, Anne Hickey, Hannah McGee, and CRB Joyce

A Guide to Hospital Outpatient Satisfaction Surveys. Practical Recommendations and the Satisfaction with Outpatient Services (SWOPS) Questionnaire Orla Keegan and Hannah McGee

Overseas nurse recruitment: Ireland as an illustration of the dynamic nature of nurse migration. Niamh Humphries, Ruairi Brugha, and Hannah McGee

Dying in hospital in Ireland: an assessment of the quality of care in the last week of life: National audit of end-of-life care in hospitals in Ireland, 2008/9 Kieran McKeown, Trutz Haase, Jonathan Pratschke, Shelagh Twomey, Helen Donovan, and Feline Engling

The SAVI Report: Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland. Executive Summary Hannah McGee, Rebecca Garavan, Mairead de Barra, Joanne Byrne, and Ronan Conroy

is a global network of persons and institutions interested in various fields of applied ethics. It offers access to a large number of resources on ethics, especially through its leading global digital ethics library and facilitates collaborative web-based research, conferences, online publishing and information sharing.

Lots of fulltext resources available. Free personal registration.

The best medical books?

Browse the best 800 books on medical subjects

Medical Core Collection at LibraryThing

Thursday, October 27, 2011

SciVerse Scopus

SciVerse Scopus is a major abstract and citation database which rivals Web of Science in scope and scale. Indexes scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields.

  • 45.5 million records, 100% of Medline and Embase
  • Indexes 19,500 journals, conference papers and books
  • strong coverage of pharmacology and European journals
  • 24.7 million patent records from five patent offices
  • author Identifier to automatically match an author’s work including the h-index.
  • Citation Tracker to simply find, check and track citations in real-time.

Celebrating medicine in literature

The Wellcome Trust Book Prize celebrates the best of medicine in literature by awarding £25 000 each year for the finest fiction or non-fiction book centred around medicine.

On these pages you can read about this year's competition and about previous winning books. With the Book Prize, Wellcome Trust aims to stimulate interest, excitement and debate about medicine and literature, reaching audiences not normally engaged with medical science.

Friday, October 14, 2011

What works? PubMed Health

About PubMed Health

PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care. PubMed Health is based on systematic reviews of clinical trials. These clinical effectiveness reviews can show what treatments and prevention methods have been proven to work—and what remains unknown.

PubMed Health provides summaries and full texts of selected systematic reviews in one place. The reviews were generally published or updated from 2003. A search on PubMed Health runs simultaneously in PubMed. A filter is used to identify all the indexed scientific articles at the National Library of Medicine that might be systematic reviews.

Information partners selected by PubMed Health to contribute their clinical effectiveness information are:
• Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (US) (AHRQ)
• The Cochrane Collaboration (CC)
• German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)
• National Health Service (NHS) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme (NIHR HTA)
• National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines program (NICE)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The library on Moodle

This is a course area on Moodle open to all RCSI users with information about:

  • Library Journals, books and databases
  • Find journal articles using databases like Medline and Web of Science
  • Access and links to journal articles
  • Guides to our electronic books amd medical digests
  • How to cite and format references and bibilographies
  • Using the EndNote reference manager application
  • Quality healthcare resources in various subjects

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Group Study Rooms

The Mercer Library Group Study Rooms are provided for the use of groups of 2-14 students.

  • There are five group study rooms in the Mercer Library
  • The time period is one hour
  • Students may book two sessions per day
  • Bookings are accepted three days in advance
  • Rooms are not soundproofed, so discussion must be at a quiet conversational level

Bookings can be made at the Service Desk in the Mercer Library.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trip: Evidence Based Database

RCSI Library provides access to the major evidence based synopses UpToDate, DynaMed and Clinical Evidence as the core of our clinical information collection.

The Trip Database complements these clinical digests and the service has been recently redesigned and enhanced. Trip's simple search function retrieves evidence based results which are clearly distinguished by synopses sources, systematic reviews and guidelines by country. There are direct links to related search results filtered by Clinical Queries in Medline, to British National Formulary entries and to a variety of CME resources.

Registration for Trip is free.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wellcome Library launches historic Arabic medical manuscripts online

The Wellcome Library has launched Wellcome Arabic Manuscripts Online, a digital manuscript library created in partnership with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and King's College London Department of Digital Humanities.

The resource is now available online:

More details can be found in the Wellcome Trust press release:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

2010 Journal Citation Reports now available

The latest Journal Citation Reports (JCR) for 2010 are now available. They provide a combination of impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points that comprise the complete journal citation network of Web of Science. The 2010 JCR includes:

• 10,000 + of the world's most highly cited peer reviewed journals
• Nearly 2,500 publishers and 84 countries represented
• Over 1,300 regional journals
• 1,075 journals receiving their first Journal Impact Factor

RCSI users access JCR via the library's databases page.

Medscape Mobile apps

Medscape from WebMD is a comprehensive medical website for healthcare professionals.

Medscape includes:

- Fast & Comprehensive Drug Reference
- Drug Interaction Checker
- In-depth Disease & Condition Reference and Treatment Guide
- Procedures Reference
- Tables & Protocols Reference

Free self-registration required.

Medscape’s FREE app now available for Apple and for Android.

Patient care guidelines app

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network SIGN

Hundreds of guidelines on patient care are available at SIGN

Also available now as iPhone, iPad and Android app

Friday, June 3, 2011

Springer offers free access to research articles on E. coli bacteria

Springer Science+Business Media is offering all journal articles and book chapters which deal with the E. coli bacteria free of charge on its online information platform The articles can be found by using the search terms “Enterohaemorrhagic and Escherichia and coli” or by using the link A total of over 400 scientific articles are available to print out or download from now until 1 September 2011.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Where to publish?


Many authors use Journal Citation Reports from Web of Science to find journals in a field and to get their impact factor. You can also use SCImago to find journal rankings and comparisions in all major reseaech areas.

Where does the Journal of Liposome Resarch stand in the field of pharmacology journals?
How does Ireland compare with the European average for journal papers published in pharmacology?
How many papers were published in neuroscience in the past five years and how many were never cited?
Has the level of international collaboration among Irish researchers increased?

All this and more at SCImago - published by Elsevier

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Uniquely you - ResearcherID

Variants in the published form of personal and institutional names can adversely impact research ratings and bibliometrics. Consistency in the form of author name used ensures full credit for all published work.

ResearcherID is one service that uniquely identifies researchers worldwide and intregrates with Web of Science. There are over 540 Irish researchers using ResearcherID at present.

Personal registration is free: ResearcherID will display all your Web of Science publications, citations, collaborations and metrics.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Standards for systematic reviews

Systematic assessment of the comparative effectiveness of medical or surgical interventions is the basis of evidence based decision making.

Finding What Works in Health Care is a new set of standards for researchers who wish to conduct systematic reviews.

Produced by the US Institute of Medicine, the standards cover how to initiate a review, finding and assessing studies, synthesizing the evidence has released and reporting results.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My RI - your Research Impact

My RI - my research impact

An open access toolkit to support bibliometrics training and awareness. This package of resources includes videos, quizzes and an online tutorial In 3 modules: introductory overview; journal ranking; bibliometrics to support your career and research strategy.

A DCU, DIT, DCU, NUIM collaboration.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Publish or Perish analyzes Google Scholar citations

Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents the following statistics:

• Total number of papers
• Total number of citations
• Average number of citations per paper
• Average number of citations per author
• Average number of papers per author
• Average number of citations per year
• Hirsch's h-index and related parameters
• The contemporary h-index
• Two variations of individual h-indices
• An analysis of the number of authors per paper.

Publish or Perish (PoP) is designed to empower academics to present their own research impact to advantage. Each discipline or research field has different publication patterns and arguably the established citation indexes Web of Science and Scopus comprehensively harvest bibliometic information from science, technology and medicine. However Publish or Perish does offer researchers another option to calculate research performance using Google Scholar data.

The Publish or Perish website has a variety of interesting papers and reports about citation and bibliometrics. PoP is free to download from the site.

Over 700 free healthcare eBooks at NCBI

Access Full Text Life Science and Healthcare Texts Using A New NCBI Bookshelf Homepage

The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) has released a new version of their "Bookshelf" homepage.

The Bookshelf provides access to more than 770 free (full-text) items including biomedical textbooks, other scientific titles, some genetic resources, such as Gene Review, and NCBI help manuals.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Search our electronic books in the catalogue

RCSI Library now has hundreds of electronic books in surgery, medicine and pharmacology.

You can search a separate subset of the main catalogue to find our electronic books.

Go to the catalogue choose
Other RCSI Library Catalogues and select the eBooks