Thursday, March 12, 2020

Alert RCSI Library Closure in Response to COVID-19

*updated 7/4/2020

In line with government policy the RCSI campus, including libraries at York Street, Mercer Building and Beaumont Hospital are closed at present.

The campus may be closed but the library is still open with 24/7 access to e-resources and the library team providing expert services remotely.  Fuller information on library service arrangements are available at

Please email if you have any questions.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Library Life Blog: Monday 9th March 2020 - Sunday 15th March 2020

Library Life is our weekly blog to let you know what will be going on around the library next week to help you plan your days and be aware of what is on.

If you have any suggestions of things you would like us to add to the blog for 2020 please get in touch:

Extended Hours starting Monday 2nd March

#FairSpaceForAll - Bookmarks available in 26 York St Library Spaces

See our full explainer blog post on #FSFA here.

How do they work? 
Grab a bookmark when you come into the library or when you find your seat. When you want to leave your seat, fill in the date and the time you leave, and be back with 45 minutes!

If you are leaving your seat for more than 45 minutes, take your belongings with you or they might get packed up and moved to the concourse area on that floor - i.e. opposite the main lifts.

When can items be moved? Items can be moved when you have not followed the policy of noting the date and time you have left your desk, or if you are gone longer than 45 minutes, or if you put the wrong time on your bookmark, or if you don't use a bookmark at all.

When are items cleared from desks? This can happen at any time, in any area of the library to any desk not adhering to the policy. Sometimes only one desk might be cleared, sometimes all desks might be cleared so the best advice is to adhere to the policy!

Ask at the Library Information Point in 26 York Street for more information.

All Library Policies can be found on the Library Website

Additional Study Spaces this week *

*updated 10th March 2020


Library BiteSize Sessions: Skills Sessions to get the most from your library*

*updated 03/03/2020

Keep an eye out here on our blog or on our Moodle page for updates.

Library Space Bookings

*Check local signage for updates. Blog will be updated too. All information correct for time of publication.

Computer Room Bookings


Moodle Training

Expo Stage Bookings


Sea Society

Tours in 26 York Street this week:

  • Wednesday 4th March 11am-2pm: Weekly Porters tour (all floors)

In 26 York Street this week:

  • Monday 9th - Friday 13th: Cultural Diversity Month (Student Societies)

Do you have other news you would like us to highlight to Library users?

Any comments or thoughts on how we can make this weekly blog post more useful? Email

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Coronavirus – Information Resources

*Update 09/03/2020
RCSI Library will no longer update this blog post. For a more up to date version of this information please go to our dedicated LibGuides page

RCSI Library has collated a selection of resources on the coronavirus including medical databases, government and national healthcare websites, and resources made available by publishers to facilitate international research.

Tips for searching the literature

It is recommended that you search key medical databases to find journal article references, and then access the full text of these articles via our e-journal portal and document supply service.  

Medline/PubMed - medicine
Embase – medicine and pharmacology
Scopus – medicine and science
Cochrane – systematic reviews 
Web of Science – interdisciplinary

A list of RCSI Library resources can be found on our A-Z LibGuides Page

Search strategy 

  • Search for your keywords in all fields - sample keyword search using “inverted commas” for exact phrases:
    coronavirus OR “COVID-19” OR “2019 novel coronavirus disease” OR “2019-nCoV” OR coronavirinae OR “2019 novel coronavirus”
  • Search for Subject Headings to ensure your search is comprehensive.  Subject Headings are provided in some databases: MeSH in PubMed; Emtree in Embase.
  • Combine searches of similar meaning with OR, then combine different topics with AND.  
  • Use Filters if appropriate: do not filter to Human if you think recent animal research may be useful.  Do not limit your results to full text in any database as this will exclude relevant articles from your results set.  Recent articles in press may only provide an abstract if full text is not yet available.
  • Sort your results by most recent.

Searching PubMed

When you do a keyword [All Field] search in PubMed, the results automatically include a subject heading [MeSH] search.   Click on Advanced Search – Details to view the search strategy.  Sort Results by most recent.

Searching Embase

Open Embase from the library A-Z LibGuides page.  In the Advanced Search tick the Mapping options to include Emtree and free text searches.

Embase Disease Term: Coronavirus infection

Embase Emtree Subject Terms: 'coronaviridae'/exp OR 'coronavirinae'/exp

Searching Scopus

Open Scopus from the A-Z LibGuides page and click on the Advanced tab.  Copy and paste the following search string and click on Search:

TITLE-ABS-KEY(coronavirus OR "Middle East respiratory syndrome" OR "Severe acute respiratory syndrome" OR "Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus" OR "Feline infectious peritonitis virus" OR "Murine hepatitis virus" OR "Avian infectious bronchitis virus") AND RECENT(60)

Searching Cochrane

Search for coronavirus in the Title Abstract Keyword fields and click on the Clinical Trials tab to view registered trials if there are no relevant systematic reviews published yet.

Clinical Summaries 

DynaMed topic

UpToDate alert

BMJ Best Practice

Guidance for healthcare professionals and the public

Department of Health, Ireland – information for the public

Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Ireland

HSE guidance for the public

Department of Health, England - information for the public

Department of Health, England – guidance for healthcare professionals

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

World Health Organisation

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health   

U.S. National Library of Medicine - For a pre-set search see the Additional NLM Resources link to Journal Article Citations (PubMed)  

U.S. Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering: interactive map of reported cases

Publishers providing access for researchers 

Wellcome and Nature are among organisations to call for Coronavirus content to be shared openly. A number of publishers including those listed below have made content available:




The New England Journal of Medicine


The Lancet

Wiley Online Library 

Taylor and Francis Group

JAMA Network