Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Bad Science makes Big Headlines"...

We have been meaning to put this up for quite a while, since it is increasingly an issue. This specific post from Huffpost is from back in February, but is an ongoing issue and has been from time immemorial.

It is a very nice little piece on critical thinking in academic, journalistic and everyday life.

"... neither academic publishing nor scientific journalism are immune to misleading headlines and invalid findings. If journalists can be fooled by bogus or simply bad science, how is a layperson supposed to sort out the hype from the help?"

The author Steven N. Austad goes on to present six down to earth tips on how to discriminate muck and treasure.

Get more help on information skills, critical thinking and source evaluation included ;)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

24 Hour Party People

The Brynmor Jones Library is now open 24 hours for 362 days per year: so with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day you can use the BJL to your heart’s content. If that’s not enough to get excited about, the new Allam Medical Building is now open too!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Books on trial: give us your verdict!

HYMS Library, via University of York Library, have trial access to several key medical titles until 31 October 2017. You can access them from the front page of the library website, you’ll need your York details to access them.

Never ones to offer you something and take it away, we’re interested to know whether you would like us to buy any of these titles, so take a look at the trial texts, and if you think they are any good, or otherwise, let us know by completing this short survey.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

By 'eck Quality Training From YHEC: Systematic Reviews, Trials Registers and More ...

York Health Economics Consortium have just announced several workshops that HYMS researchers may find interesting:

Health Economic Evaluations and Economic Evidence (6th September 2017) http://www.yhec.co.uk/training/economic-evaluations-and-evidence/

   Searching Trials Registers and Regulatory Agency Sources (11th October 2017) http://www.yhec.co.uk/training/searching-trials-registers/

 Advanced Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews, HTA and Guidelines (17th October 2017) http://www.yhec.co.uk/training/advanced-search-techniques/

  Advanced Search Strategy Design for Complex Topics (18th October 2017) http://www.yhec.co.uk/training/advanced-search-strategy-design/

 Software to Support the Systematic Review Process (19th October 2017) http://www.yhec.co.uk/training/software-to-support-systematic-review/
For further information on these courses please visit our training pages at: http://www.yhec.co.uk/training

Thursday, May 11, 2017


More Books from the UoY  Library returns next week, and they want to hear from you! MoreBooks will be open for two weeks from Monday 15 May, during which time they'll collect your requests. Then select which ones to buy and get back to you with decisions to purchase.

So let us know about those books you think we should have but don't, or just let us know the books you want more copies of, and look out for a form on the UoY library website.

We aim to buy e-books through the scheme where possible, so even if you're based at Hull, dig out your York username and password and get requesting.

We’ll send out a link on Monday when More Books opens; but for the eager among you keep an eye out on Twitter @UoYLibrary or @HYMSLibrary and the catalogue at York from Monday.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Keep your HRI out

You may have seen the recent announcement on the VLE about the completed  refurb at Hull Royal Infirmary Library. If you did (and even if you didn’t) you will have seen something like this:

It looks very shiny and new, amazing right? The good folks at HRI have installed completely new furniture and you can charge your phone/tablet/laptop there now as well. Not forgetting, of course the range of NHS Athens resources and a decent set of books to boot. All very good. We don’t think the photo doesn’t do it justice though; for one, a library is for people to study and research in, and as good a shot as that photo is, it really isn’t a library unless you are in it, doing something scholarly, so you should do that, otherwise it’s just a room with some computers and books in, and that doesn’t get anybody anywhere.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

BoB's Your Uncle

Box of Broadcasts, known as BoB, is a service which records free-to-air broadcasts from 65 TV and radio channels (see the full list here), and makes the programmes and films discoverable for educational purposes online. You can watch any of the 2 million+ programmes it contains, dating back to the 90s, on any device, anywhere in the UK.

If an excerpt from BoB appears on your reading list then make sure you use your Hull login details. To access BoB go to the HYMS Library pages and see the images and videos section.

The University of York have put together this Frequently Asked Questions page, which goes into a bit more detail about how to use it and what it does. But for this blogpost we want to explore some amazing things you can do with BoB.

1. Make playlists

BoB isn't just a giant vat of films and programmes - it allows you to curate the material to your own ends. So for example we've created a playlist to compare great movie trilogies:
You can check out the trilogies playlist here if you like. You can create your own too, perhaps adding in some more trilogies that BoB has on it (Bourne, Jurassic Park, er, Austin Powers, for example...) - just find any broadcast and click 'Add to playlist'.

If you need to watch a bunch of films or shows for a particular module, just create a playlist to keep them in one easy to find place. Or if you're the academic running the module, create the playlist and just share the URL with your class, or put each programme on your Resource List for the students to find.

2. Search programme transcripts

By default, BoB's search will be looking for your keywords not just in programme titles but in their transcripts. (It's worth going into Search Settings and changing it to 'Title Only' for times when you don't want this to happen.) This opens up a whole new way of studying television and radio, allowing you to keyword-search in an amazing way.

So for example if you type in "Werner Herzog" then of course you get the legendary director's films (including Cave of Forgotten Dreams which some have nominated as the greatest documentary of all time) and his TV documentaries, but you also get TV interviews with him and radio interviews with him, you get films he's acted in like Jack Reacher, you get Alan Yentob's Imagine special on him, you get episodes of Mastermind where he's the specialist subject, you get the time on University Challenge where he was the answer to a question that no one got right, you get the episode of The Simpsons in which he guest starred...  

This ability to search programme transcripts is the equivalent of full-text searching but for multimedia, and surely opens up whole new avenues of scholarship.

3. Create your own clips

It is ridiculously easy to create a clip - you just press the button and drag sliders into place to cover the part of the programme you want. This can be great for collecting, for example, a series of clips about patient experiences. Then you can collect them together in one place, and share them with other BoB users if you wish, or embed them in the VLE or even embed then in a PowerPoint presentation. Head to the BUFVC's site for video tutorials on how to do all these things.  

So, what will you do with Box of Broadcasts? How will it change the way you study at HYMS?