Top tips to get you started with revision

Hoping to get some revision done during the Easter Vacation?

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Have a look at our MCQ collection in the Quiet study area of the Walton Library. This collection has books with MCQs, EMQs, SBAs, OSCEs and other self  assessment and answer questions on many different subjects including;  anatomy, medicine, physiology, surgery and more. Look out for the green stickers on the spines of the books.

2. Check out the the Exams and Revision Section on the ASK (Academic Skills Kit) webpages for more help.

3. Remember to take regular breaks.

4. Stay well hydrated, eat properly and get some exercise.

5. Remember to check the date, time and place of your exam well in advance of  the day, make sure you know where you are going.

Have a good Easter Vacation. Happy revising and Good Luck in the exams when you get back.

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From all the staff in the Walton Library.

Medicine in Literature – some thing different for your Easter Reading

Medical Humanities or Narrative Medicine is a popular academic discipline that explores the crossroads between medicine and the arts.

Our Medicine in Literature collection captures the complexities of what it means to be human through a wide range of literary genres.

These resources range from fiction, non-fiction including medical history, ethics and memoir, graphic novels, poetry and prose or medicine as metaphor, to films. Representations of illness, dis-ease, healing and health are interwoven themes that give voice to a diversity of perspectives and personal experiences of the human condition.

If you’re interested in exploring your subject field from a different viewpoint or simply want a break from revision this Easter, dive right in! The physical stock is located in the Quiet Study area of the Walton Library or you can browse the collection from our Library Guide.

Please email any resource recommendations to lib-medlit@ncl.ac.uk.

See the Top 10 Medicine in Literature books borrowed from the collection this year.

 

 

 

 

Study Well@NCL – What we’re doing in the Walton Library.

As you may have already seen Study Well@NCL advocates a responsible approach to studying and encourages positive behaviours in study spaces because we know it can be stressful especially at certain times of the year.

Extended Opening Hours

Here in the Walton Library from 7th-25th January 2019 we’ll be extending our opening hours opening from 8:30 until midnight, seven days a week. You can check our extended opening times on the library website.

Noise Alert Service

We’ll also be monitoring our Noise Alert phone very closely during this time. Wherever you are in the Walton, you can text us at 07891 484764 and we’ll investigate the source of the noise issue as soon as possible.

Housekeeping

During busy periods staff will be checking to see:

  • where seats are available.
  • that bins are emptied.
  • that bathrooms are clean.
  • that walkways are kept clear.

How you can help

  • Choose a study space suited to your preferred choice of study, we have silent, quiet and collaborative spaces to chose from.
  • Do be mindful of the food and drink policy within your chosen study area.
  • We might not always know straightaway if there’s a shortage of towels in the bathroom or if a bin in a group study room needs emptying. Just give us a quick heads up if you notice something that needs our attention and we’ll be right on it.

Looking after yourself

We encourage all Library users to take regular study breaks. Taking the time to get a drink of water or some fresh air can make all the difference to your study session.[1] However, to be fair to all Library users, we’re asking that breaks away from your study space are no more than 30 minutes.

Colour your Campus

On a much lighter note, we’ll be providing pens, pencils and special medical-themed colouring sheets for you to relax and unwind with. Studies have shown that colouring can reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms in adults.[2] So while you’re taking a study break, why not pause and Colour Your Campus? Even better, hand your completed sheet in to a member of Library staff with your name or Twitter handle on the back and we’ll enter it into a draw to win some fabulous Library prizes.

We hope that Study Well@NCL provides you with a peaceful and productive study environment and allows you to achieve maximum studying satisfaction. We welcome feedback on how we can change or improve Study Well@NCL. You can Tell Us What You Think’ online or get a form in the Walton Library.

Finally, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, please contact the University Student Wellbeing Team or NUSU Student Welfare. They’re there to help.

We wish you every success with your exams – Study well.

References

[1] Flett, J., Lie, C., Riordan, B., Thompson, L., Conner, T. and Hayne, H. (2017). Sharpen Your Pencils: Preliminary Evidence that Adult Coloring Reduces Depressive Symptoms and Anxiety. Creativity Research Journal, 29(4), pp.409-416.

[2] Selig, M. (2019). How Do Work Breaks Help Your Brain? 5 Surprising Answers. [online] Psychology Today. Available at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/changepower/201704/how-do-work-breaks-help-your-brain-5-surprising-answers [Accessed 2 Jan. 2019].

 

 

Want something different to read this Christmas? Why not take a look at our Medicine in Literature Collection.

Medical Humanities or Narrative Medicine is a popular academic discipline that explores the crossroads between medicine and the arts.

Our Medicine in Literature collection captures the complexities of what it means to be human through a wide range of literary genres.

These resources range from fiction, non-fiction including medical history, ethics and memoir, graphic novels, poetry and prose or medicine as metaphor, to films. Representations of illness, dis-ease, healing and health are interwoven themes that give voice to a diversity of perspectives and personal experiences of the human condition.

If you’re interested in exploring your subject field from a different viewpoint or simply want to broaden your reading this Christmas, dive right in! The physical stock is located in the Quiet Study area of the Walton Library or you can browse the collection from our Library Guide.

Please email any resource recommendations to lib-medlit@ncl.ac.uk.

See the Top 10 Medicine in Literature books borrowed from the collection this year.

 

 

 

 

Trial: Therapy and Counselling

FMS Students and Staff – researching a topic with a psychological component?

We are currently trialling new resources from ProQuest:
Available from 12th November until 31st December

Counselling and Psychotherapy Transcripts 

Counselling and Psychotherapy in Video     

Psychological Experiments Online                 

Counselling and Psychotherapy Transcripts and Videos provide an invaluable first-hand look at the realities of working with clients and the challenges associated with putting theoretical concepts into practice. These resources offer more than More than 2,500 video hours total and more than 400 mental health video simulations. Students are able to learn to recognize and properly diagnose symptoms according to the DSM-5/ICD-10. Psychological Experiments Online provides a multimedia online resource that synthesizes the most important psychological experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries.

We welcome any feedback on these resources, direct to medliaison@ncl.ac.uk

For more detailed information click on the supplier guide pictures below.

 

Doing your Literature Review

Struggling with your Literature Review?  Can’t see the wood for the trees?

We have lots of resources that can help you find the references you need:

  • Watch this video for an overview on literature reviews.
  • York University’s video on Creating a Search Strategy will introduce to the process of breaking down your research question.
  • Don’t forget as you go along you need to be managing your references so you can easily come back to them when you start writing.
  • EndNote  is a piece of software that will help you do this.
  • Remember you must give credit where it is due.  Don’t forget to Reference correctly!

Referencing for Biomedical Sciences Students

Calling all Biomeds, are you worried about Referencing?

Referencing

Academic work builds upon the shared ideas, words and findings of other people. However, whenever you use other people’s work – whether from a book, journal article, newspaper, video or other source ­– you must acknowledge it. In other words, you need to tell the readers of your work where you got the information from and who produced it.

Find out more about managing your references at https://libguides.ncl.ac.uk/managing

Remember if you are directly quoting an author you need to put the text in quotation marks and give the page number, e.g. “Referencing in the best” (1 p. 3)

Biomedical Vancouver Style

Biomedical Sciences uses the Reference Style – Biomedical Vancouver, click the link to the Referencing Guide and scroll down to the ‘Popular referencing styles’ section for more information.

EndNote

This style has been modified and added to EndNote X8.  For more information on using EndNote to manage your references see our EndNote Guide.

School of Pharmacy – Your Pharmacy Library Guide

Calling all Stage 4 Pharmacy students

Are you doing your Literature Review or Systematic Review as part of your Stage 4 studies, then the Pharmacy Library Guide can help you.

The Journal and Database section of the guide will give you direct links to all the relevant databases for searching the literature including:

  • Medline
  • Embase
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science
  • and more

In the Database Video Tutorial section on the right hand side of the page you will find two short video explaining how to use Medline and Embase.

If you are having trouble getting started then our Academic Skills Resources: Dissertations and Resource Projects tool is here to give you a few pointers.

Getting Help

You can also access the Help options from the Subject Help and News tab in the Pharmacy Guide.

Other Resources to help you:

The Endnote Guide can assist you with managing your references.

The Referencing Guide will show you how to reference your articles correctly should you need it.

Welcome to the Walton Library

The Walton Library for the Faculty of Medical Sciences is situated on the 5th floor of the Medical School covering the subjects of Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Sport & Exercise Science.  Nutrition and Psychology are also part of the Medical Sciences Faculty but their book stock is housed in the Philip Robinson Library.

Check your timetable for a scheduled induction session or come up and have a look around, chat to the friendly staff on the service desk or watch our Intro Video.

Mysteries of the Walton Library

Come and do our Treasure Hunt and see what fabulous prizes you can find!

Name that Dewey Number

While you are here try our new exciting Quiz and name the Dewey Classification number for Medical Sciences subjects and win amazing prizes!

Resources

There are lots of resources available to you, here are just a few of them:

Reading Lists

  • essential & recommended module reading
  • scanned extracts
  • direct access to journal articles
  • available in your Blackboard modules or via the MLE

Library Search

Use the catalogue to find the books you need.

If you cannot find the book you need you can:

Request

Reserve titles that are out on loan or held at the Research Reserve.

OR

Recommend

Use the Books on time service to tell us about the books you need and we will see if we can buy them.

Electronic Resources

The Library subscribes to many:

  • eBooks
  • eJournals
  • Databases

Use Library Search and your Subject Guide for more details

 

 

Help

We are always happy to help so if you have any questions please get in touch.

In Person: Ask at the Library Desk

Email: libraryhelp@ncl.ac.uk

Telephone: 0191 2087550

 

 

New resources: Medical Sciences

We have been busy buying new journal titles and some backfiles for the Medical Sciences. These backfiles mean we now own the electronic content outright, in perpetuity, so have access to the full text of the journal articles.  Dive in and discover:

 

JOURNALS – NEW LANCET TITLES

Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology

Lancet Psychiatry

 

JOURNALS – BACKFILES

Angiology v.1-49 (1950-1998)

Caries Research v.1-31 (1967-2008)

Diabetologia v.1-39 (1965-1996)

Journal of Dental Research v.1-77 (1919-1998)

Journal of Neurochemistry v.1-67 (1956-1996)

To save you logging in to each individual resource you can access them via the RAS (Remote Application Service).

 

PRINT BOOKS – NEW EDITIONS

During the summer we have also been checking the whole of the Walton Library print stock for new editions and ordering when we find them.  Use Library Search to find out what is available.

 

E-BOOKS

We have renewed our subscription to Springer Link books which covers eBooks in many different disciplines including Biomedicine, Dentistry, Life Sciences, Medicine & Public health, Psychology, Social Sciences.

Biomedical and Life Science 2018

The following eBook collections have been purchased outright:

  • Biomedical and Life Science 2018
  • Computer Science 2018
  • Earth and Environmental Science 2018
  • Engineering 2018
  • Medicine 2018
  • Social Sciences 2018