Monday, February 12, 2018

YHEC courses for researchers, including evidence searching

York Health Economic Consortium have announced their programme of courses at University of York for 2018, including:

v  Introduction to Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (7 March 2018)
v  Economic Evaluation for Oncology (24 April 2018)
v  Making an Economic Case in the NHS (16 May 2018)
v  Early Economic Modelling to Inform Clinical Trial Design and Other Decisions (3 July 2018)
v  NEW Health Utilities for Economic Models (4 July 2018)
v  Identifying Evidence for NICE Economic Submissions (5 September 2018)
v  Understanding and Critiquing Models (13 September 2018)
v  NEW Economic Modelling Techniques for the NHS & Public Health (20 September 2018)
v  Advanced Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews, Health Technology Assessment & Guideline Development (16 October 2018)
v  Advanced Search Strategy Design for Complex Topics: Strategy Development Text Analytics and Text Mining (17 October 2018)
v  Software Packages to Support the Systematic Review Process (18 October 2018)

For further information see:

(Note that these courses have costs attached.)

The Retreat mental health archive now available online

200 years of mental health history from the Retreat Archive are now available to view online. The archive, containing over 650,000 digital images, are freely available to view online via the Wellcome Collection website. You can also browse The Retreat archive through the Borthwick Catalogue and follow the links within to the digital content for references of interest.

See for more information.

Books, books lovely books: More books is back.

More books at York is back. Hurrah! Tell them which books you'd like them to buy between the 12th and 25th February this term. And remember, books are bought in eformat unless you specifically request print, so they're available to you in York, Hull, Scarborough, Grimsby....

See for more details.

(Image from byronv2,, Attribution-noncommerical license)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Library unified catalogue consultation: by student request, plus Waterstones vouchers available

A new trial unified library catalogue is now available at Developed on the back of staff and student feedback the ‘Unicat’ allows you to search for books and journals across both university libraries but, we hope, in an improved way from the existing HYENA cross search. The new Unicat provides drop down search options allowing you to search:

  • across Hull and York University Libraries
  • your preferred site plus only what is available electronically via the other University library
  • for the e-holdings only of both University Libraries.

The Unicat also displays the list of your results on a single screen.

The Unicat is still a work in progress and we would very much like user testing and feedback so that the Library technical teams can fine tune. Please send any feedback you have via the form provided at As a thank you for feedback we will be conducting a draw for two £10 Waterstones vouchers later in the term.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Reference management workshops and resources - use them!

The rejigged York Skills Guide for reference management has a new nice 4 min video, and collapsible sections on Paperpile, Mendeley, and EndNote
Next week's Digital Wednesdays is on reference management focusing on Mendeley and Paperpile. Mendeley is a great all-rounder. It’s not as good at collecting as Paperpile, but it does have a built-in PDF annotator, and it works with Word

... and of course Hull has nice bibliograhic online resources too, focusing on EndNote and RefWorks.
The University Library has workshops on Using EndNote this Friday, and again on December 6th, as well as one of Referencing with Harvard or APA on Tuesday next week.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trial of JBI SUMARI tool to support systematic reviews

JBI SUMARI (System for the Unified Management of the Assessment and Review of Information) allows you to 'develop, conduct and report on systematic reviews of evidence related to the feasibility, appropriateness, meaningfulness and effectiveness of health care interventions or professional activities.' 

Trial access to this, and other associated Joanna Briggs tools, are available via the University of York until 14th December 2017

To access the trial go to and login using your University of York account. Select JBI SUMARI and login using your Ovid Personal Account (or create one if needed). Select the Green Wolter Kluwer/EBP Network Account option and you are ready to start.

We are very interested in knowing if this tool is valuable to staff and students undertaking systematic reviews. Please send any feedback you may have to 

For further information on SUMARI go to There are also some video tutorials on using the software at Copied below is a summary of the resource from

The System for the Unified Management, Assessment and Review of Information (SUMARI) is the Joanna Briggs Institute's premier software for the systematic review of literature.
It is designed to assist researchers and practitioners in fields such as health, social sciences and humanities to conduct systematic reviews. SUMARI supports 10 review types, including:
  1. Reviews of effectiveness
  2. Qualitative research
  3. Economic evaluations
  4. Prevalence/incidence
  5. Aetiology/risk
  6. Mixed methods
  7. Umbrella/overviews
  8. Text/opinion
  9. Diagnostic test accuracy
  10. Scoping reviews
It facilitates the entire review process, from protocol development, team management, study selection, critical appraisal, data extraction, data synthesis and writing your systematic review report. Essentially, it is a word processor, reference management program, statistical and qualitative data analysis program all in one easy to use web application.