Author Archives: Mariann Hilliar

Mariann Hilliar

About Mariann Hilliar

Works in Health Library at Cardiff University as a subject librarian.

Postgraduate students – we want your feedback! We’re all ears!

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Need somewhere to park your wheels?

Some of you reported (myself included) that you find it difficult to find somewhere to park your bike and that more bike racks around the Cochrane Building at UHW are needed.


Over 40 new bike racks are to be installed around the Cochrane Building and are to due to be ready on Friday 2nd March. Any prizes for most pimped bike?

Cycle safe!

Systematic Review: Food From our Oceans

The Cardiff University-based Academia Europea Hub (Wales) has overseen the compilation of a major new Evidence Review Report Food from the Oceans, which examines the question of how the ocean can help satisfy the global demand for food. The University Library Service’s BLS team made an important contribution undertaking a series of literature reviews to support the project.

Hub Manager Louise Edwards praised the team’s efforts: “one of Cardiff’s unique strengths in the European Scientific Advice Mechanism is our competence in undertaking systematic reviews for policymaking.  In Food from the Oceans, our Library subject specialists undertook high-quality rapid reviews in both the natural sciences and the social sciences/humanities.  Their work was recognised and appreciated by both the expert working groups and the European Commission”

The report is available online at Print copies will be available shortly from selected ULS libraries.

A four day training session on undertaking Systematic Reviews is scheduled for 9-12 April 2018 Find out more and book here




BMJ Best Practice

We recently took a subscription to BMJ Best Practice – Access it via the Library to ensure you have off campus access (rather than searching for it via Google) or here

Add the app to your mobile device for convenience and additional features. To download the app you first need to create an account on the BMJ Best Practice website. You will need to use this login to download the app.

Further information about the Best Practice apps can be found at

BMJ Best Practice is a point of care tool which aims to assist health professionals in making decisions about treatment and diagnosis. It uses an evidence based, patient focused approach. BMJ Best Practice links out to PubMed records so you can access the full text where Cardiff University has access and information about drugs and dosages are linked via the BNF. (You can also download the BNF app freely – please see separate post here

BMJ Best Practice can be used to:

  • Get a second opinion about prevention, diagnosis, treatment or prognosis
  • Identify UK or international guidelines
  • Identify evidence-based synopses
  • Develop professionally – notes and links can be saved to a personal portfolio
  • Identify images to be used for educational purposes
  • There are also links to national and international guidelines and patient information leaflets.

Further information about the Best Practice apps can be found at



Trial to Access Medicine

We have a one year trial to AccessMedicine which as well as access to the Harrison’s Principles of Internal Mediicne textbook also gives access to other medical texts, plus multimedia items such as diagnostic tools, revision tests, examination videos plus self-assessment tools.

AccessMedicine is aimed at medical students but also has resources for nurse practitioners and doctors in training giving instant access to videos, self-assessment and textbooks that facilitate decision-making at the point-of-care.


Find the full list of texts on AccessMedicine

Extensive multimedia library – features examination and procedural videos, patient safety modules, audio files, and animations. For a complete listing of videos and animations go

Differential Diagnosis Tool – Connect to more than 1,000 diagnoses through Diagnosaurus®, a tool that saves you time by allowing you to browse by symptom, disease, or organ system at the point of care.



About the AccessMedicine App

The AccessMedicine app is available to users at institutions with a full site license. To activate and for continued access to the app, the user must have an active My Access account and sign in every 90 days through your institution, either on-site or through a VPN. Sign up for a My Access account today by logging into your subscription and clicking on your institution name in the upper right hand corner.  To download the app visit the app store on your mobile device.

The AccessMedicine app delivers support and point of care solutions for clinical practice through mobile features:

  • Quick Medical Dx & Rx is a collection of concise evidence-based outlines of conditions and disorders most often encountered in medical practice – perfect for high-yield review or for quick reference in the clinical setting.
  • Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas of Clinical Dermatology facilitates dermatologic diagnosis by providing color images of skin lesions, plus a summary outline of skin disorders and diseases.
  • Differential Diagnosis Tool provides more than 1,000 diagnoses through Diagnosaurus®, a McGraw-Hill Medical tool that efficiently allows you to browse by symptom, disease, or organ system at the point of care.
  • Diagnostic Tests, from Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, is a quick reference guide to the selection and interpretation of commonly used diagnostic tests, including laboratory procedures in the clinical setting.

Please send feedback and comments on the use of this trial to

Open Access computers upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 is being rolled out to all open access computers in the library sites across campus.

Some of the main points to note are:

  • Documents previously saved on the desktop in windows 7 will not be carried over to Windows 10.
  • Bookmarks and passwords saved won’t be rolled over
  • Anything saved on the H: drive will be accessible- it is advised you back up all your work to this drive.
  • Multiple Desktops -In Windows 10 it is possible to create multiple virtual desktops by clicking the button next to the Cortana search box on the taskbar: Multiple desktops allow you to arrange lots of open windows if screen space is too small. Alt+tab can
    be used to move between apps as normal and then Windows+Ctrl+left/right arrow can be used to  scroll between desktops.

Where can I get more help?
Further help and assistance is available from the IT Service Desk:
Chat: Start a live chat
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2251 1111

Trial access to Video material from Sage

We have trial access to SAGE Video, online video collections in the social sciences. SAGE’s video collections combine originally commissioned material with licensed videos in the following disciplines:

SAGE Video offers quick definitions, short tutorials and in-depth interviews for a range of academic viewpoints. It also features extensive footage of practitioners in real-life professional settings designed to illustrate best practice and provide a unique insight for students to master the theory, skills and techniques needed to succeed.

The trial runs until 1st March 2018. Please send your feedback to