Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Navigating and getting library links in Google Scholar

Google Scholar is really useful, but I hate the so-called "advanced" search interface, I cannot combine my searches and thus use any intricate search strings in Google Scholar to try and filter through the immense amounts of information out there systematically and not just by whatever happened to be on the first two screens...

But the powers that be at Google Scholar have at least made some of the interface easier to navigate by introducing the drawer as an eased access to various features. The drawer contains the settings, which is handy for getting your library links. The library links is what lets you go directly through the pay-wall to the full text via your Hull, York login (for those items one or both university libraries have bought access to).

Go to the drawer top left (three horizontal bars left of the colourful "Google Scholar"), go to settings (the cog-wheel now visible to the right of the ever colourful Google Scholar), click Library links, search for University of York and University of Hull, tick them and click "save". Lo and behold you should now have blue links appear to the right of some of your search hits in Google Scholar saying something boring but useful like "Full Text @ York" or "Find@Hull". Tadaaaa....

But don't forget all the wonderful paid for search resources where you can refine your search results to get fewer, more useful hits ;)

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.