How can the Library Service help me? East Dorset NHS Library Service Alison Day, Principal Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org
Documents to Help and assistance tosupport research locate and use information effectively Access to the knowledge base – evidence to support patient care Information to support personal professional development Some peace and quiet
How to start takingadvantage of what is available?
Registration is easy - complete, sign and return a form and we will issue you with a library card If you have a library card like this already please re-register with your new job details
Membership provides access to collections and facilities at
How can I find books and journals? Use the catalogue: www.swims.nhs.ukSearch bykeyword,author or titleto findprinted andelectronicbooks andjournals inNHS librariesacross theSouth West
Example: Catalogue search for electronic booksUse‘wordsanywhere’Filter by‘electronicbooks’
How do I borrow books ?Books kept locally at anEast Dorset NHS Librarycan be borrowed for4 weeks and may berenewed by phone, onlineor via emailBooks from other NHSlibraries may be requestedand will be delivered foryou to collect from thelibrary.
How can I find a relevant journal article?Use a bibliographicdatabase and use thesearch tools to helplocate relevant articles.Registering for NHSATHENS providesaccess to databasessuch as PsycINFO withsophisticated searchtools and direct links toelectronic full text articles
I don’t understand why my article isn’t available electronically.• Not everything is available electronically but please don’t despair
How do I get an NHS Athenspassword for literature searchingand accessing electronic articles and books?
Self-register for NHS Athens at work You can then access the resources at home or at work www.swice.nhs.ukInformation leaflets and training are available
Health Information Resources at www.swice.nhs.ukSelf-register forNHS ATHENS here Accessdatabases here Map ofMedicine Access electronicjournals here
Select Healthcare Databases Advanced Search to take advantage of search tools Click here to amendyour NHSATHENS account details
Moved from another Trust?Change your account details
Help – I’m not used to using the NHS ATHENS resources Why not book an overview session with a qualified librarian. We can tailor training sessions to suit individual needs.
Examples of some of our training sessions:• How to locate evidence-based reviews• How to use the Cochrane Library• Evidence-based health care methodology• Accessing electronic journal articles and books• Effective Literature searching techniques using bibliographic databases such as Medline or PsycINFO• Basic tools for critical appraisal• Getting started with NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk• Using the library catalogue effectively• Using Map of Medicine
Database searching training includes…Saving searchesCombiningsearchesClipboardThesaurusLimits e.g. dateUsing bestevidence filtersCreating ALERTS
What to do when you are short of time Ask for a literature search If you are trying to locate some information for patient care and you don’t have time to search yourself then please contact the Librarian and ask for a literature search. We will select the most appropriate databases to search and send you abstracts of papers that may be relevant. You can then select from the list any of which you would like to see the full text.