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UpToDate Anywhere

Cardiff University Library Service has renewed the subscription to UpToDate for 2015-2016 and this

UpToDate is a clinical decision support resource that provides answers to clinical questions on over 10,000 topics covering a wide range of medical specialties. UpToDate topic reviews cover all of the major aspects of a particular condition, including symptoms, tests, diagnosis and treatment options.

You can access UpToDate via:

Cardiff University Library catalogue, LibrarySearch

OR the library pages on the Cardiff University intranet web pages


You will need to log on with your University username and password. You can also link through to Cardiff University journal holdings from the reference lists in each UpToDate article.

In addition you can register for UpToDate Anywhere which offers access on up to two mobile devices.

In order to access the UpToDate Anywhere app, please follow the instructions below.

  • Access UpToDate Anywhere via any of the above routes logging on with your Cardiff username and password.
  • Click on the “Login/Register” tab in the top right hand corner.
  • Create a unique user name and password on the UpToDate Anywhere registration page: IMPORTANT: You will use this username and password to access UpToDate from your mobile devices.
  • You are now registered and will receive a confirmation email about installing the UpToDate Mobile App
  • Following these instructions you can now download UpToDate apps on up to two devices
  • In addition to the app, now you have registered you will be able to access UpToDate from any computer with internet access using your unique username and password at: and click the log in button located on the top right corner of the webpage.

PLEASE NOTE: to continue to use the UpToDate mobile app, 90 day re-verification is required. In-application and email messaging will inform you of the need to verify affiliation with Cardiff University. You can complete verification by logging on to UpToDate once every 90 days with your Cardiff University username via ; OR^u&srcsys=EZPX339439

If you fail to re-verify in time, you can re-register as above.

To note: the automatic linking to Cardiff University journals from UpToDate does not work using the mobile app.

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Manage My Publications is Moving

Manage My Publications, the quick submission tool for the University repository, ORCA (Online Research @ Cardiff), is now available on the intranet.

You can find Manage My Publications under ‘Open Access’ in the Research Support section of the intranet (you will need to log in with your CU username and password).

Manage My Publications was previously available through Cardiff Portal. Its migration to the intranet is due to the decommissioning of Cardiff Portal, which will be unavailable from September.

Use Manage My Publications to upload the full text or abstract of your research publications to ORCA to comply with REF, funder and University Open Access requirements. Find out more about ORCA.

Please do get in touch with the ORCA team with any questions or for further advice:, 029 208 76123.



Following on from the very successful trial to Browzine, theUniversity now has full access on mobile devices and the new desktop version ( – this appears to work better on Firefox than IE)

Download the app via the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon Kindle App Store, enter your Cardiff University username and password and you can easily browse journals that Cardiff University subscribe to in mobile format. You can also create a personal bookshelf of your favourite journals, bookmark or save articles to read later, export the reference to Mendeley, Zotero, RefWorks and Endnote (iOS & android) and also opt to be alerted when new issues of a journal are available.

There is also a video you can watch that shows how Browzine works:

Atrium Artwork

New Artwork in Cochrane Building

Atrium Artwork

Next time you are in the Cochrane building take a moment to look at the new artwork that has been installed in the atrium.

The donation for the artwork came from Professor Simon Smail, former Dean of the School of Postgraduate Medical & Dental Education. 
The design for the artwork came from Professor Richard Weston, formerly in the School of Architecture.

Health Library – make up or break up?

If you need a quick break from exam revision or have perhaps already come to the end of term, we need your help!

We’d like you to write either a love letter to your library service, or a break up letter about the aspects that frustrate or annoy you. Imagine the service is a person and explain to them exactly how they make you feel! Has your relationship blossomed or is it now on the rocks? Is there something you’ve been meaning to get off your chest?

Complete your letter now using the online link below. Your joy and pain will help to make a difference!

Stats made easy??

We have many books in the Library and online to help get your head around statistics, just search for medical statistics.

If you prefer a more visual way of learning about statistics, have a look at “Against All Odds – inside statistics” from Harvard University.

Its an online course on statistics made up of 10min videos with PDF student guides to support them. You can work through the whole course or just dip in and out of the bits you need e.g. Normal Calculations, Confidence Intervals.

There’s also this interactive tool from Nottingham University:

“Statistics, an Intuitive Introduction” –

Navigate through the Prezi and click on the links to bits you need more help with to open up an online tutorial.

And a basic, but very useful glossary of stats terms from University of Glasgow:

“Statistics Glossary” –



Blackwells Bookshop Stall – Tuesday 20th January

Blackwells Bookshop will be having a stall in the Social Learning Zone of the Health Library, Cochrane building on Tuesday 20th January.  They will have books to sell and also information on their ebooks.

We’ll update later in the week on the specific titles and promotions they will be offering but if there is a specific book you have been planning to buy to help with your study or work please email us – and we can let Blackwells know so they can have the book here for you.