Unpaywall Browser extension

is a browser extension which adds an icon to your screen that lets you know if the full text of the article you are trying to view is available Open Access.  You can add the extension to Google Chrome or Firefox and click on the icon to check for a link to an Open Access version – it’ll add an open padlock icon to the right of the screen, which will take you to the full text.

The extension works using DOI’s – so if there is no DOI- the plugin won’t work.

Read more about Unpaywall and its origins here

Is this a game changer in the way that people access free full-text versions of research articles? Let us know what you think of it in comments below!


Citations Count! Understanding and tracking your citations – April 26 14:00-15:30 Training session for researchers

Citations Count! Understanding and tracking your citations- training session for researchers  26 April 2017, 14:00-15:30

pen and paperCitations and related bibliometric data are now a part of REF for a number of subject areas and are included in a range of measures that are widely used to compare research performance. This is an introductory session covering: what is bibliometric data and what is it used for; how to find and evaluate it; and techniques and resources to track your own citations. We will look at managing your research identity, in particular the role of ORCID and Scopus author profiles. Participants will also be given a workbook with examples and databases to explore.


To book:
– Follow the link to Core HR from the intranet
– If you are a line manager, ensure you choose your employee dashboard
– Select Development from your options on the left
– Find the “Citations Count! Understanding and tracking your citations” course by typing in “citations” as a keyword in the search box on the right
– Click on the green plus sign to request to attend this course
– Then select the date you are interested in
– Click on submit

Ebooks trial

We’ve set up a trial to  EBook CentralTM . This is an ebook platform that allows unlimited concurrent user access. There are masses of books available in subject areas such as Health, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Education and Social Sciences.

Access is via:

There’s a short guide at http://corpweb.proquest.com/docs/qsg-ebookcentral.pdf

This has links to more detailed guides.

Signing in with your Cardiff username and password will create a personal account, enabling you to use the bookshelf, notes and annotation features.   Access is available via desktop & mobile devices and books can be downloaded for reading offline – these are accessible for a limited period of time after download.  There are limits applied to printing and copying and these are displayed at title level.

Please feedback any thoughts on this resource to the Health Library in person or by reply or email to blslibrarians@cf.ac.uk

BMJ Learning

BMJ Learning is a collection of over 300 online interactive tutorials on clinical subjects and deal with everyday issues in primary care and hospital medicine. They are evidence based and and peer reviewed, and are regularly updated. It is commissioned by the BMJ Publishing Group.

The 26 Foundation Skills modules are suitable for doctors completing the foundation programme, core and specialty trainees and other members of the clinical workforce. The 35 Surgical Skills modules cover surgical techniques and procedures for ST 1 & 2 level surgical trainees.  As well as detailed modules on surgical procedures, the product also includes sections on anaesthesia, suture techniques, instrument handling and guides on patient consent.

Is BMJ Learning for me?

  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dieticians
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Occupational therapists

as well as the professions below plus others will find useful materials in there.

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The first time you access this resource you will need to register. Open BMJ Learning and Register here 

For help using BMJ Learning, and to see answers to common questions, please see our Help and FAQs page. If you’re new to BMJ Portfolio, you might like to take a look at the user guide.