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  • Telephone (Library Desk) : 020 7679 6079 (internal:x 46079) - temporarily unavailable, please call 020 7679 9678 (internal: x 09678)

Email: lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk 

Enquiry desk staff can help with a variety of enquiries about library and biomedical and health resources, and will provide ad hoc training on the library's electronic resources. You can also e-mail your enquiry to lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk or call 020 7679 6411 (or x46411).

A regular programme of training is available on specific resources; please view the current schedule or specific training sessions can be arranged on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. To arrange a training session please contact Abir Mukherjee by e-mail on lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk, or by phone on 020 7679 9674.

Library information and guides to searching specialist biomedical resources are also available on the Cruciform Wiki as well as e-resource support on the Cruciform Blog.

There is also a general enquiry point and ISD Service Desk on the Ground Floor of the Science Library, Malet Place (DMS Watson Building).

Some of the biomedical e-Resources & tools that can be covered in the iSkills timetabled sessions or as 1:1 tutorials are listed below:-

PubMed & the Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library (www.thecochranelibrary.com) is a collection of databases containing independent, authoritative evidence used to inform healthcare decision making. Participants will practice searching for evidence-based healthcare and to know when to use Cochrane.

Participants will practice advanced searches to find relevant articles using the available search tools including MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms. Remember to always select PubMed from UCL’s library webpages to link to UCL’s full-text e-resources.

OvidSP Medline, Embase & PsycInfo, CINAHL & Web of Science

Medline is an index of journal articles from the National Library of Medicine. It covers medicine, nursing,
dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences.

Embase is a comprehensive pharmacological and biomedical database renowned for extensive indexing of drug information.

PsycInfo is a database of citations, summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports, as well as citations of dissertations in the field of psychology from over 45 countries.

CINAHL provides coverage of the literature relating to nursing and allied health.

Web of Science provides coverage of journals and conference proceedings for sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.


ResearcherID allows researchers to create a profile and identify their publications to create a definite list. This profile can be made public or private. You can also search ResearcherID to view other profiles, lists of publications and bibliometric data and find potential collaborators.

ORCID aims to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.

Introduction to NHS Electronic Resources

There are a number of electronic resources available to members of the NHS and PCTs that require an Athens Username and Password for many of the resources. Below are details of some of the resources available. We provide training for these resources however, users will be required to register for the NHS Athens Username and Password before attending a session.


Health Information for London Online is a subject gateway for national and London health resources. From here you can register for your NHS Athens account, browse journals, search for evidence and access eBooks. For many of the resources a NHS Athens account will be required.

NICE Evidence

NICE Evidence provides access to information in health and social care. It aims to “to provide easy access to a comprehensive evidence base for everyone in health and social care who takes decisions about treatments or the use of resources”.

NHS MyAthens

Athens is an Access Management System that simplifies access to electronic resources your organisation has subscribed to. Select MyAthens from the homepage and login with your Username and Password.

Athens Registration
To register for an NHS Athens account either to go:* www.hilo.nhs.uk, select Register for NHS Athens, click on Register for an NHS Athens Username and Password and complete the on-line registration form,
or,* www.evidence.nhs.uk, select NHS Athens Resources and click on Register for NHS Athens.

 Additional point-of-care online tools:

Training or help can also be given on using specific online clinical point-of-care resources such as UpToDate or Dynamed.

Bibliographic Management Software

EndNote X7

EndNote is a database for managing references and bibliographies. In these sessions we will cover:

- Setting up an EndNote Library

- Adding references manually and importing references from Databases

- Dealing with duplicates / finding full text and importing folders of pdf's into your Endnote library 

- How to use the “Cite While You Write” toolbar from Word.

Introduction to References, Citations and Avoiding Plagiarism  

This session looks at the importance of citing sources in academic work; main points covered are:-

  • Reference Styles
  • Harvard System / Vancouver System
  • Citing books
  • Citing journals / citing electronic journals
  • Citing websites
  • Citing theses
    Avoiding plagiarism   

Introduction to Searching Biomedical Databases for Journal Articles

This session covers:-

  • Different databases relevant to Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • What is a systematic review?
  • Constructing a search strategy Boolean operators / Truncations / Wildcards
  • Refining your search results
  • Cases / worked examples

To book a place or arrange 1:1 training, please email lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk.

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