Thursday, 31 October 2013

Recent publications by ScHARR staff

The following articles were published by ScHARR staff in September:

Hill-McManus D, Angus C, Meng Y, Holmes J, Brennan A, Sylvia Meier P.
Estimation of usual occasion-based individual drinking patterns using diary survey data. 
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Goodacre S, Campbell M, Carter A.
What do hospital mortality rates tell us about quality of care? 
Emerg Med J. 2013 Sep 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Thokala P, Baalbaki H, Brennan A, Pandor A, Stevens JW, Gomersall T, Wang J, Bakhai A, Al-Mohammad A, Cleland J, Cowie MR, Wong R.
Telemonitoring after discharge from hospital with heart failure: cost-effectiveness modelling of alternative service designs.
BMJ Open. 2013 Sep 18;3(9):e003250.

Booth AR, Norman P, Goyder E, Harris PR, Campbell MJ.
Pilot study of a brief intervention based on the theory of planned behaviour and self-identity to increase chlamydia testing among young people living in deprived areas.
Br J Health Psychol. 2013 Sep 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Hernández Alava M, Wailoo A, Wolfe F, Michaud K.
A Comparison of Direct and Indirect Methods for the Estimation of Health Utilities from Clinical Outcomes.
Med Decis Making. 2013 Sep 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Latimer N, Dixon S, Drahota AK, Severs M.
Cost--utility analysis of a shock-absorbing floor intervention to prevent injuries from falls in hospital wards for older people. 
Age Ageing. 2013 Sep;42(5):641-5. Epub 2013 Jul 9.

Tattersall A, Beecroft C, Freeman J.
Learn something new in 20 minutes: Bite Size sessions to support research and teaching. 
Health Info Libr J. 2013 Sep;30(3):253-8.

Palmer R, Enderby P, Paterson G.
Using computers to enable self-management of aphasia therapy exercises for word finding: the patient and carer perspective.
Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2013 Sep;48(5):508-21. Epub 2013 Jun 18.

Photo by taberandrew via Flickr CC

Please note: for a complete list of new publications over the last three months (July-September) please see the notice boards on the 1st and 2nd floors. 

If you have any queries about the above publications, please contact Kath Williams: / 0114 2220801

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

PubAdvanced – a new tool for searching PubMed with advanced features

PubAdvanced ( is a new search interface for searching PubMed with additional features you won’t find via the usual PubMed platform. In particular, PubAdvanced utilises a citation tool called CitImpact - the score of a given publication determined via various algorithms and taking into account:
  • Journal Impact Factor
  • 5-Year Journal Impact Factor
  • Eigenfactor score
  • Article Influence score

PubAdvanced is open access but does require that you register with the site in order to perform a search. The registration form is quick and simple enough and asks for a few details about your job and geographical location.

Amongst the various additional search features are the ability to sort publications from PubMed according to their CitImpact score.

A search for ((“school of health and related research”) or (scharr)) gave the exact same number of results in PubMed and PubAdvanced. I also got the same results when limiting the search by author.

At first glance PubAdvanced seems to be a useful tool and is certainly worth using if you are interested in analysing article and journal impact scores.

For more information about the people behind the tool go to:

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Internet Librarian International 2013 - MOOCs and Technophobe slides

Internet Librarian International 2013

Claire Beecroft speaking on Track A - Technologies - at Internet Librarian International 2013

This week Andy Tattersall and Claire Beecroft delivered a brace of sessions at the excellent Internet Librarian International held at London Olympia.
On Monday they delivered a workshop on their journey from being MOOC Students to facilitators and finally in Claire's case, tutor.
On Wednesday morning they delivered a session to a packed room with their top ten tips on how to get technophobes to use technology.
Once again Internet Librarian International 2013 proved to be a great conference, with many new and old friendly faces, interesting talks and chances to discover a wealth of useful resources and technologies out there.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Internet Librarian International 2013 Conference Presentation - It's all gone a bit Blair Witch

Andy Tattersall and Claire Beecroft return to the excellent Internet Librarian International conference on the 14th-16th October at London Olympia with their session titled - Leading the Horse to Water - 10 Ways to get Academics and Students to Drink from the Technology Waterhole.

As with last year they decided to create a short promo video with the idea of highlighting how easy you can make and host these creations. Obviously inspired by The Blair Witch Project, it's quite apt as we get ever closer to the season of the witch...whooo hooo ha!

'One of the greatest problems library and information professionals have is trying to get users to engage with technology. The benefits are not always obvious and the pitfalls many, but for those who are willing to try something new the rewards can be bountiful. We often hear colleagues say they don’t know which tool to use, why they should use it, that something better will come along, or that they just don’t have time. Many are just scared of technology, with even the brightest spark intimidated at mere the mention of screencasting. In this ever-busy world we need ways of engaging and educating users. Digital literacy, copyright, terms of use and how to use the technology are just a few of the issues facing librarians and information professionals.
This session will look at 10 different ways you can engage and encourage users to adopt a new technology or make better use of their smart (but often idle) mobile devices. From Twitter to Prezi, from Google+ to Mendeley and beyond, we will present 10 case studies of how we have implemented a new technology or idea and how well it has been received and adopted.
The possibilities are endless with many of these affordable technologies, but time and opportunities not always so in a world that is time-poor but technology-rich. In our session we will cover some of things that have aided our efforts to get people to the waterhole AND take a sip of that fresh, sweet and cool technology.'

Catch Andy and Claire on Wednesday 16th October and follow the conference on Twitter with the #ili2013 hashtag.

11.30 – 12.30
Moderator: , South Australia Health Library Service
Smart use of eresources in libraries
Uppsala University Library
Uppsala University Library
Leading the horse to water: 10 ways to get academics and students to drink from the technology waterhole
ScHARR University of Sheffield
ScHARR University of Sheffield
Smart solutions for customer measurement
University of Warwick Library
University of Warwick
In this ever-busy world libraries need to find new ways of engaging with and educating users and colleagues. These case studies explore how a library can increase its relevance to the wider organisation, through improving enquiry services, supporting skills development and by supporting the mobile user.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Latest Research Funding Update - Fellowships and Studentships (October 2013)

The latest Research Funding Update (Fellowships and Studentships) is available to download from the ScHARR Library web pages.