As part of their patient and public information remit, health libraries are trying to engage more with customers outside the healthcare workforce. As part of this effort I wanted to do something small but important in talking about the massive amount of information which is published on the internet which discusses the full range of ‘disease’ possibilities which any one of us could fall subject to. So I did some searching and came up with some useful tips….
Who runs the website? Trustworthy websites make this clear, often on every page, for example NHS Choices feature their logo on all pages. Some good websites to begin with…
ALSO – most reputable websites have a section called ‘about us’ on their homepage
What is the purpose of the website?
Is it selling something? a product or a point of view, is it trying to raise money? if so be cautious, all these scenarios suggest bias , when you are looking for health related information you want to make sure that the source is honest, straightforward and objective and not trying to persuade you.
look out for…
A trustworthy health website should use simple language and any ‘claims’ should be checked on other similar websites, also consider the original source, where did the website get its information from? Is it clearly identified?
The importance of the web address
The most reliable websites are often set up by official organisations and businesses. They can often be identified by their suffix.
.org (not for profit organisations) .co.uk (company website in UK
Is the information referenced correctly so you could easily find where it came from? Medical facts/figures and research statistics should always say where they came from.
Does the site make it clear when it is giving someones’s opinion or offering advice when the information is evidence-based?
Who prepares or reviews the website?
The website should make this clear, what are the medical credentials of the writers and the reviewers?
How current is the information?
Healthcare websites should be reviewed and updated regularly. Check the bottom of the page – this should tell you when the page was last updated. You could also test some of the links, if these are broken the site may not be regularly checked for currency and the information may well be inaccurate.
How does the website interact with its visitors?
Reliable websites will always give you a way to contact them, to ask for help or to give feedback.
Are you returning to study in the near future? If so there are many ways that the Library can help you to succeed. You will probably receive a reading list before your course begins, or following enrolment. Some topics may be held only in your university library, but many will be held here in the Trust Library, and you may wish to familiarise yourself with some pre-course reading.
Checking the catalogue at www.midyorks.nhs.uk/library will enable you to choose some titles, or you could pop down to the library to make your selection and enrol. We can also assist you to register for an NHS Athens account (if you have not already done so) which will give you access to many different free electronic resources.
Once your studies are underway you will start working on assignments and perhaps a dissertation. If you are unfamiliar with literature searching you will benefit from a tutorial session with one of the librarians. This informal session will equip you with all the skills you need to perform a thorough search of the available published materials on your subject.
Following this, there may be articles or books that you require that are not available via NHS Athens or the Library. Again we can help, and will do our best to obtain copies for you. Please visit our website (as above) to make requests and to see the many services that we provide.
The Library also runs short courses on critical appraisal, so if this is new territory please visit the Training and Support page on our website for further details. We look forward to meeting and assisting you in the near future.
Tired of waiting for the Oxford textbook/handbook that you need to be returned?
Would you like the information you need at your fingertips, when and where you need it?
You can now access 130 Oxford press titles online. These eBooks are also available to CCG staff in Wakefield, North Kirklees & Calderdale. To access this resource, you need to use your NHS OpenAthens account (if you’re not yet registered you can sign up for freehere)
Follow the instructions below to access these eBooks!
Oxford Medicine online resources can be accessed via:
Hello Blog readers, today I want to tell you all about JournalTOCS. It’s something that I as a librarian in the healthcare sector subscribe to and value as part of my daily information gathering routine.
What is it?
It’s basically a current awareness service where once you sign up you can discover the newest research papers in your chosen field or in a particular subject area which might be of interest to you, so although I primarily use JournalTOCS for medical/healthcare related information I’m also interested in American literature so I get updates on any new papers in that subject area too! So….
Why should you use it?
in a nutshell… because
it’s free to sign up http://www.journaltocs.hw.ac.uk/
you can select from a wide range of journals to have information about the latest research papers emailed to you via RSS feeds
many of the journals are OA (open access)
you can link out to the journal web page
it covers 73 subject areas including
business and economics
health and safety
nutrition and dietetics
pharmacy and pharmacology AND
library and information science
each of the subject areas are then subdivided so you can drill down and find exactly what you’re looking for, below is a snapshot of what happens when we open up the medical sciences subject area
We like to help so…
If you want anymore information about JournalTOCS send us a message on this blog, alternatively you can reach us via our Twitter or if you prefer Facebook drop us a message and we will get back to you. Alternatively you can email us or come and see us because we would love to see you 🙂
Paul Feig’s Ghostbuster’s remake has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic. As the original 1984 film set some significant action in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, we couldn’t help but indulge in a rifle through the archives of cinematic tributes to libraries.
Have you ever wondered what the library staff do in their leisure time? The library is generally a calm, quiet environment so it could be assumed that we like to curl up with a good book after a hard day’s work. Actually we have a variety of interests and hobbies (including reading) which may surprise you. I can’t outline them all, but I recently tried simulated sky diving in a wind tunnel and I highly recommend the experience.
On arrival we sat and observed others who were taking their flights. It seemed relatively tame until suddenly the instructor and pupil joined hands and shot up the tube, returning gracefully a few seconds later. This represents free falling at 1000feet! I was aghast and thought you must need several sessions before attempting that. To my surprise, after a short briefing and session to master the body positioning required, I found myself volunteering to try the turbo launch – and it was exhilarating!
I’m not sure that I would have the nerve to actually jump out of a plane, but this taster gave me food for thought and was certainly a very different way to spend a Tuesday evening.