Tuesday, December 11, 2012
PMC is the US National Institutes of Health free digital archive of articles in the biomedical and life sciences. They have just released the PubReader, designed particularly to enhance the readability of PMC articles on tablet and other small screen devices.
Find out more about the PubReader and PMC.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Europe PubMed Central is the rebranded open access repository previously known as UK PubMedCentral. It now includes all the free full text of PubMed in addition to the full Medline index. Of significant added value is that Europe PubMedCentral includes important content not indexed in PubMed, especially biological patents, clinical guidelines, PhD theses and research reports.
Doing an advanced search for "RCSI" or "Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland" retrieves over 1,870 publications by RCSI researchers.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The IRC was established in March 2012, merging the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). The IRC will enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across the diversity of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of cultural, economic and societal development (www.research.ie).
In July 2012 the European Commission issued a number of recommendations relating to access and preservation of scientific information for member states and it is following on from this that a National Open Access policy has now been developed.
In line with developing updated policies and procedures for the new IRC, it is timely to adopt an up to date Open Access Policy. The draft IRC Open Access Policy is based on the IRCSET Open Access Policy (effective 2008) but has been updated to incorporate recent Open Access developments and to make sure that it addresses all aspects of the wider research community now covered.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Open Access adds value to research, to the economy and to society. The outputs from publicly-funded research should be publicly available to researchers, but also to potential users in education, business, charitable and public sectors, and to the general public.
National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy
A Committee of Irish research organisations is working in partnership to coordinate activities and to combine expertise at a national level to promote unrestricted, online access to outputs1 which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the State.
Ireland already has considerable expertise in developing Open Access to publicly funded research, aligned with international thinking and initiatives, and is now seeking to strengthen its approach to support international developments on Open Access led by the European Commission, Science Europe and other international agencies.
e-publications at RCSI
Lenus at HSE
Rian IUA / HEA
Are there different versions of your name on your published works? It is important to use a consistent version of your name as most databases index an author’s name based on the information they receive from journal publishers. Because publishers and databases do not always match your name with other papers you publish, this may result in inaccuracies when collating your published work, your citations or your h-index.
If there are different versions of your name, it is recommended that you merge your articles and papers in the two large citation databases, Scopus and Web of Science. Both citation indexes provide several ways for authors to correct information or variants in the databases.
Web of Knowledge
Search for yourself as author by name.
View the "Distinct Author Record Sets"
Click to open items with variant forms of your name
Use the " Suggest a correction" option to request Web of Knowledge to amend your name.
Do an author search for yourself.
If presented with variant forms of your name, select "Request to merge authours" and request a correction.
Please contact Paul Murphy for more information.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The EBRSR was designed to be an up-to-date review of the current evidence in stroke rehabilitation, related to the effectiveness of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. It continues to expand as the stroke rehabilitation literature continues to grow at a seemingly exponential rate. The EBRSR website continues to do well with visits from 139 countries over the past two years. The EBRSR now includes in-depth reviews of well over 2000 studies including 1,078 randomized controlled trials.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Open Access movement has tremendous potential to transform access to clinical and scientific research. BioMedCentral, PubMedCentral and e-publications@RCSI have all had an immediate and positive impact on access to publications.
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.
Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.
More on Open Access Week
OA resources here
Thursday, September 20, 2012
RCSI Library Beaumont Library has re-opened with full service after extensive renovations.
Term Time Opening Hours:
We would like to thank all staff who have contributed to this work, and to thank students for their patience while the library was closed.
Please email the librarian if you have any queries:
Breffni Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
We'd like to thank & acknowledge the work of Estates, Building Services, the IT Department and Media Services in improving the quality of library spaces in Mercer and Beaumont.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The refurbishment is complete and and all facilities and services will be fully available from Monday 1 October.
All reading rooms, PC Labs and Group Study Rooms are now open
We thank you for your understanding and patience during the refurbishment.
We'd like to thank & acknowledge the work of Estates, Building Services, the IT Department and Media Services in improving the quality of library spaces in Mercer and Beaumont
Thursday, June 28, 2012
National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare have been announced by HIQUA, the Health Information and Quality Authority.
The Standards are intended to place patients at the heart of the healthcare process and to ensure clarity of expectations for all in the drive to improve the quality of services.
There are specific themes on the importance of quality information management in patient care and access to evidence based information in clinical decision making. Appropriate information governance in healthcare services is recommended to provide a framework to bring together all the legislation, guidance and best available evidence that applies to the handling of information.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
When you search Google Scholar on campus, you can link to subscribed journal articles available via RCSI Library. You can also set this up to work at home:
1. Go to Google Scholar and click on "Settings" top right.
2. Select "Library Links"
3. Enter Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in the Library links box and click "Find Library"
4. “Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Full-text @ RCSI Library” will appear in the list, simply check the box and click Save.
When you search Google Scholar from home you will be able to link to RCSI full-text journal articles by entering your network username and password when prompted.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
PubMed has changed the way citations are exported to Endnote. It is now simplified via the "Send to" menu box in the results display screen - now simply select the option for citation manager and then click on the create file button. This will save a file called citations.nbib to your local drive. The contents of this file can then be imported using the PubMed (NLM) import filter in the EndNote import menu.
Up to 200 PubMed references can be exported this way. If you want to export more than 200 references, use "Send To File" and import them from that file into EndNote.
- Are your students over -reliant on general web sources to complete assignment tasks?
- Do you want your students to be able to find and use peer reviewed reference, data and journal sources?
- Can your students competently compile an up to date bibliography on a topic?
Monday, May 21, 2012
- Vacation loans are due on Monday 1 October 2012
- 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.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Answer questions, do drug calculations, chemical formula, do math, get facts, create plots, calculators, unit conversions, scientific data and statistics.
compute body mass index
compute mean plasma glucose from HbA1c level
compute estimated risk of heart disease
compute life expectancy and survival probabilities
get data on deaths from a specific cause
get information about a test result
get an overview of health care costs in a country
Categories and Examples
Friday, May 11, 2012
There are a number of different open access citation managers with various search, import and export features. See the Wikipedia entry for a comparison of of features.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Now Google Scholar Metrics has been introduced to enable a similiar type of analysis at the journal level. Buit how valid are these emerging metrics based on Google Scholar? Over in The Scholarly Kitichen, they are cooking up a critique:
Google’s New “Scholar Metrics” Have Potential, But Also Prove Problematic
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
- Cognitive stimulation to improve cognitive functioning in people with dementia
- Cold-water immersion (cryotherapy) for preventing and treating muscle soreness after exercise
- Disposable surgical face masks for preventing surgical wound infection in clean surgery
- Exercise interventions for smoking cessation
- Intracutaneous or subcutaneous sterile water injection for relieving pain in labour
- Neuraminidase inhibitors for preventing and treating influenza in healthy adults and children
- Self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are not using insulin
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Library has a new subscription to Access Medicine, a collection of 60 electronic books.
To ensure you can connect on or off campus, use the link to Access Medicine on the Digests and EBooks page on the Library website.
About Access Medicine
AccessMedicine® from McGraw-Hill is an innovative online resource that provides access to more than 60 medical titles from the best minds in medicine, updated content, thousands of images and illustrations, interactive self-assessment, case files, time-saving diagnostic and point-of-care tools, a comprehensive search platform, and the ability to view from and download content to a mobile device.
Some of the ebooks included in Access Medicine are:
· Harrison's Online
· CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2012
· Hurst's The Heart, 13e
· Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 9e
· DeGowin's Diagnostic Examination, 9e
· Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology, 6e
· Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, 7e
· Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 12e
· Hazzard's Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 6e
· Lichtman's Atlas of Hematology
· Principles of Critical Care, 3e
· Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, 9e
· Sherris Medical Microbiology, 5e
· Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 7e
· Williams Gynecology
· Williams Hematology, 8e
· Harper's Illustrated Biochemistry, 28e
· Smith's General Urology, 17e