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Pilot Service: Book a PC @ Health Library

If you’ve ever felt the frustration of needing to use a computer, but every single one is occupied in the library, you’ll be interested in a new pilot service being trialled.

Responding to user demand for guaranteed computer availability, we are piloting a PC Booking system on about 40 Cardiff University computers at the Health Library. 

You can book a guaranteed slot on one of these PCs – for up to 2 hours and extend the time for another 60 minutes, if no-one has reserved that computer.  You can book from the webpage at when you’re on a university computer or connected to a university wifi network on your phone/laptop.

Make sure you enter the address exactly as or you’ll see this screen

The PCs you can book have a large plastic number on them, so you know which PC you’ve been assigned.

You can pick the floor of the Health Library you want to book the PC on, and then you’ll receive an email letting you know which computer has been reserved for you.

If you run into any problems, please speak to the staff at the Enquiry Desk in the Health Library – or phone/email them on 029 2068 8137 /

The pilot will be running for three months, so your feedback on this system will be key to helping decide whether this is rolled out.

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

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

Database trials

We currently have trials to the following databases running until 30th June.


United Nations iLibrary – – “the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations”.



OECD iLibrary – the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books,  papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. OECD iLibrary also contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF).

Please let us know your feedback on using these resources to


Year long trial to ‘DynaMed Plus’ resource at Cardiff University

We have arranged a year long trial to DynaMed Plus which is a clinical information tool designed to reduce time to answer queries.

You will find an easy search box where you can type in a query. You will receive results in images, calculations and topics. The topics will give an overview of the area with a summary of evidence and guidelines which you can also link out to in full text.

We hope you find this useful. Let us know any feedback you have on this resource and how you use it by emailing We will analyse useage over the year and use the feedback and statistics to make a decision on a subscription.



Trial – MITCognet

We currently have a trial to MITCognet –

This includes 650 ebooks, core reference works including:

The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (Wilson, Keil)
The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks, 2nd edition (Arbib)
The Visual Neuroscience, Volumes 1 and 2 (Chalupa, Werner)
Handbook of Functional Neuroimaging of Cognition, 2nd edition (Cabeza, Kingstone)
Principles and Practice of Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision, 2nd edition (Heckenlively, Arden)
Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd edition (Nelson, Luciana)
The Cognitive Neurosciences, 4th edition (Gazzaniga)
The Handbook of Multisensory Processes (Calvert, Spence, Stein)
Status Epilepticus: Mechanisms and Management (Wasterlain, Treiman)
The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders (Kent)
The New Handbook of Multisensory Processing (Stein)

and 6 journals:

Artificial Life
Computational Linguistics
Evolutionary Computation
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Linguistic Inquiry
Neural Computation
Platform Functionality

The trial is for 60 days and we would really appreciate any comments or feedback to

Trial – PsycBooks & PsycTests

We currently have a trials to 2 resources from the same supplier as PsycInfo – PsycBooks & PsycTests

PsycBooks contains full text in PDF of scholarly book titles published by the American Psychological Association (APA).  In 2006, the database offering includes about 900 titles, including 100 out-of-print books from 1950-2002, approximately 300 archival resources in psychology, and the exclusive electronic release of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology with over 1,500 authored entries.  PsycBOOKS is updated with new releases of APA books and books originally produced by other publishers on a monthly basis.

PsycTests is an electronic database providing descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations on the development and assessment of tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching. The database serves as a repository for the full text (when available) of psychological tests and measures as well as a source of structured information about tests of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. Updated monthly, PsycTESTS® includes unpublished tests, tests developed by psychologists for which no source document has been located, and information about published tests available from commercial publishers.

We would love to get feedback from you as to how useful this resource would be for the University to subscribe to, please send any feedback to

The trial runs until 28th November 2015.


Trial – Oxford Clinical Psychology

We currently have a trial to Oxford Clinical Psychology:

Oxford Clinical Psychology provides full-text access to over 250 titles in Oxford’s global clinical psychology publishing program in an integrated online service. Covering a broad range of specialty areas, disorders, and treatment modalities, Oxford Clinical Psychology enables users to search and browse high-quality research and practice information contributed by a superlative group of experienced authors and editors. Content is extensively vetted, and regular updates adding new content and classic backlist titles will soon yield a library of over 300 titles. This comprehensive library of both new and classic titles includes professional reference books, seminal scholarly and research works, and Therapist Guides and Workbooks in the renowned Treatments ThatWork series.

We would love to get feedback from you as to how useful this resource would be for the University to subscribe to, please send any feedback to

The trial runs until 20th November 2015.


Future Medicine Journals – Trial

We have a trial for 3 months (ending Dec 2015) to all of the Future Medicine Journals:

We would welcome any feedback on these journals, the library already subscribes to Regenrative Medicine.