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Wednesday, 17 December 2008

NIHR Funding announced for 'Researching research use and research impact'

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Posted by: Claire

Researching research use and research impact

The NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) Programme is providing up
to £3m for research into partnerships between universities and NHS
organisations.

One of the aims of the research call is to fund projects that will produce
timely and accessible results that can inform the ongoing development of the
NIHR Collaborations for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs). A further
aim is to make a substantial contribution to the developing international
literature on research use and research impact. Research teams are
encouraged to submit proposals that build on their own knowledge of this field
and develop it further in creative ways.

Full details of the call (ref CLA258) and contact details for queries can be
found at http://www.sdo.nihr.ac.uk/currentcalls.html

There will be an informal briefing meeting for potential applicants on
Wednesday 28 January in London.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday 26 February 2009.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at the library @ ScHARR
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Posted by Andy

Friday, 12 December 2008

NEW Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships


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Post by Anna

Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships

For more information about the funding service available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.cantrell@sheffield.ac.uk

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

New! 'Online Learning' course on literature searching from East Midlands RDS!

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Post by Anna

East Midlands RDS is pleased to announce its first-ever online learning course on 'Scoping the Literature for your Research Bid'.

It is an online-only course which will run for one week from Monday 23rd February to Friday 27th February 2009. The course is the equivalent of one half-day course.

Please Note: this course is for NHS staff in the Trent Region only.

To book, please visit our website at http://booking.trentrdsu.org.uk/courses.php
or for more info email Claire Beecroft at c.beecroft@shef.ac.uk

Monday, 8 December 2008

ADIOS HASTA MANANA


'Where has the time gone' it seems like a few weeks, certainly not 10 years. Information Resources has grown successfully over these 10 years. I would say that working at the University has been certainly the 'Best Job' in all my career, and the skills I brought here have enabled to develop both the team and myself. As for the team 'brilliant' we have had such fun, sadness, laughter, and been together through all lifes troubles and joys and supported each other through difficult times. We have organised several conferences and managed, many training/teaching courses both internally and externally. I have supported Andrew Booth through his role of 'International Player' which has enabled him to move on to a new wider role, where his skills can be used and valued.
Over the years the University and especially ScHARR has changed dramatically it has become sharper, more focussed, more people-oriented, and moved away from the old 'class' type of education system, and I am proud to have played a part in this.
My new role is working fully supporting Wendy Baird, Trent RDSU Director, the work is varied and I can use the skills I have learnt in Information Resources to help develop the 'New Short Course Unit' and update Trent Webpages and prepare for the next Annual Report.
Scharr-Lock has moved on at last, and it was time that I did too. My best wishes for continued success to Andrew and the 'Team' we go our seperate ways with good grace, and happy memories. Wishing everyone a "Good New Year"

All my best wishes Tricia
Tricia Qanem PA to Wendy Baird Administrator Trent RDSU Trent RDSU 1st Floor ScHARR Regent Court 30 Regent Street Sheffield S1 4DA 0114 2220703

Thursday, 4 December 2008

DECEMBER TAKE FIVE

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Post by Anna

The December edition of Take Five is out now

Take Five is packed full of current awareness, training courses, research funding opportunities and new websites.

To join the Take Five distribution list please contact me, Anna Cantrell on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.cantrell@sheffield.ac.uk

Friday, 28 November 2008

NEW Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes


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Post by Anna
NEW Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

For more information about the funding service available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.cantrell@sheffield.ac.uk

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Head Over Heels: Literal Video Version

Posted by Andy

I bet we all wished we worked in a library like this one ;-). I don't know about you, but seeing a good, slightly blurred video from back in the 80s makes me feel quite happy....happy and old.

Friday, 14 November 2008

NEW: Research Funding Update Studentships and Fellowships


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Photo by Anna

For more information about the funding service available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.cantrell@sheffield.ac.uk

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

November Take Five


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Post by Anna

The November edition of Take Five is out now

Take Five is packed full of current awareness, training courses, research funding opportunities and new websites.

To join the Take Five distribution list please contact me, Anna Cantrell on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.cantrell@sheffield.ac.uk

Latest Current Awareness Bulletins


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Posted by Andy

The latest current awareness bulletins (for staff only) can be found through our intranet by clicking here
Clicking here will take you to the NICE Research Methodology Bulletin
King's Fund Current Awareness Bulletin, NICE Health Economics Bulletin, TAKE Five Newsletter, NICE Information Services Bulletin, and our Research Funding Update. Have fun!

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Recommended Website of the Month


Posted by Andy

As Keith Barrett AKA Rob Brydon would say; "This is just a bit of fun", this month's interesting website probably won't add anything life-changing to your working day, but will lighten it for a few moments at least. The Catalog Card Generator hosted on blyberg.net allows you to fill in the kind of information for a library user before the advent of the pc, although I'm sure there's still a few libraries out there doing this. You can save the results as a bmp or png file. Mine is above, why not have a go yourself and if you're pleased with the results email them to me at a.tattersall@shef.ac.uk and I'll post them on our blog.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Information Resources Join HEDS

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Posted by Andy


As part of a University-wide reorganisation, Information Resources (that's us) have merged into our fellow ScHARR section of HEDS (Health Economics and Decision Science). You'll still find us doing the same work and in the usual places, as well as a few new ones over the next few months. It's very exciting times for us as we take the good ship IR and head off to a few fresh waters with a whole new bunch of wonderful people. Rumours that there was a transfer fee involved have not yet been clarified, although I'm still hoping for a sponsorship deal with CILIP.



For those of you unaware of who Information Resources and HEDS are, here's the lowdown.


Information Resources

Since 1994, Information Resources has established itself as a key national player in providing information support to health technology assessment and health services research. This has been complemented by our regional role in delivering information skills training to NHS staff and health librarians through the RDSU Information Service @ ScHARR Library.


HEDS

The purpose of HEDS is to promote excellence in national and international health care resource allocation decisions, through applied and theoretical research funded by the public and private sector; and supporting the effective implementation of the results of such research through education, training and management interventions.With a broad portfolio of specialities, HEDS makes major contributions in many areas, including the valuation of health, the analysis of health policy, welfare and equity, technology appraisal, trial-based economic evaluation, and econometrics.

Friday, 31 October 2008

"Show me the Research Funding"



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Post by Anna Cantrell
Need to find funding opportunities fast?
Then try "Show me the Research Funding"

The Trent RDSU Funding Service has developed "Show me the Research Funding" a google custom search to help you find funding opportunities quickly.

For more information about "Show me the Research Funding" or the funding service please contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.cantrell@sheffield.ac.uk

NEW: Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes


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Post by Anna Cantrell


For more information about the funding service available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.cantrell@sheffield.ac.uk

Monday, 27 October 2008

No Cookies in the Library



Posted by Andy

No cookies in the library - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

Welcome Tony!


Posted by Andy
Photo by Andy

We have a new member of staff in Information Resources and he's a man! Having worked in a mainly female section of ScHARR for over seven years, it's nice to have a fellow 'bloke' join the team. In fact, as Andrew Booth reduces ties with Information Resources to become ScHARR's new Director of Information, you heard it here first folks; it would mean poor little me being the only chap in the library, but Tony has arrived in time to save me from Sex in the City Overload. Please note that the last line is a test to see if my fellow colleagues read these posts; if so I'll be in big trouble no doubt :-(


Anyway, if this does happen to be my last post ever before I mysteriously vanish under a pile of books -I'd like to say it's been fun. Enough of the waffle, I'll let Tony tell you about himself, welcome to the team!


BA hons (University of Essex) Dip Lib (College of Librarianship Wales)

Tony is funded by the Trent RDS to oversee the library’s document supply service. Tony graduated with a degree in Literature and then completed a post-graduate diploma in Librarianship. He first worked at ScHARR Information Resources in a freelance capacity from 2005-7. Prior to that he worked for many years in various non-governmental organisations including for 5 years at Amnesty’s International Secretariat as an Information Officer, and also qualified as a Garden designer.

After moving to Sheffield he combined self-employed work and part-time teaching with a post as a weekend librarian at Sheffield Hallam University and then for 10 years for Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Futures as Resources and Information worker for Sheffield Youth Service. Tony works 2.5 days a week.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Recommended Website of the month



Posted by Andy

Not so much a website as such, but more a search engine. I saw the MSE360 search engine at the MMIT Conference on 'Now That's What I Call Library 2.0'. The premise of the tool is to collate combining images, wikis, blogs and traditional search results on one page. Basically meaning, you don't have to tab through different types of information the same way you would with Google.

I tried out a test search on our own beloved ScHARR Library and found the results to be fairly mixed, although less ambitious searches could prove to be more fruitful. The first six images related to us and six out of the top ten basic search results were related to ScHARR Library. The wiki and blog posts were not too far off the mark as well. Give it a go, if it's not for you, then you could always go back to good old Google.

Monday, 20 October 2008

FOLIO Course on Promotion and Marketing

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Posted by Anthea

ScHARR Information Resources are pleased to announce that the National Library for Health has comissioned a re-run of the FOLIO e-learning course on "Promoting and Marketing Library and Information Services". 50 places are available for information professionals who serve staff working in the UK NHS. If you would like to register or find out more about the course, please see the FOLIO Wiki at: http://cpdfolio.pbwiki.com/.

PhD opportunities at ScHARR for NHS Staff


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ScHARR offers a number of PG courses from our existing programme in the school through the YH and East Midlands SHA Learning Beyond Registration contract with the Faculty.

From April 09 the SHA will fund, across the faculty, a total of 6 PhD students from the NHS. This will include the new route PhD in ScHARR linked to Public Health.

For further information on all the courses for NHS practitioners see the below webpage- this will be updated shortly to include the new route PhD.

http://www.shef.ac.uk/hsccpd/by_subject/scharr_programmes.html

Patient Related Outcomes Newsletter

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We are delighted to inform you that the Fall issue of the PRO newsletter has been published. We hope that issue 40 provides some new insights, answers and information in the field of Patient Related Outcomes.

If you wish to consult the online version, you may do so now by following this link:

www.pro-newsletter.com

Posted by Sonia

Friday, 17 October 2008

NEW Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships


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Post by Anna Cantrell

Research Funding Update 17th October 2008


For more information about the funding service available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

New Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

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Post by Anna


Take a look at the New Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact ScHARR library on 0114 2225420 or by email scharrlibrary@sheffield.ac.uk

October Take Five


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Post by Anna

The October Edition of Take Five is out now.

Take Five is packed full of current awareness, training courses, research funding opportunities and new websites.

Take Five is the Trent RDSU's monthly update. To join the Take Five distribution list please contact me, Anna Cantrell on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk

Monday, 13 October 2008

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Steve Goodacre


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Posted by Andy


‘Academic Emergency Medicine: A Contradiction In Terms?’

Date and Time: 17.15 on 17 November 2008

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2 in the Medical School at the University of Sheffield

This is the inaugural lecture to be given by Professor Steve Goodacre, Professor of Emergency Medicine at ScHARR.

The specialty of emergency medicine developed as a pragmatic response to the increasing numbers of patients arriving unpredictably at hospital with potentially time-critical complaints. As such, it has often appeared to value practice over theory, action over observation, and intuition over analysis. Furthermore, time pressures and an unpredictable workload have made the emergency department a challenging environment for research. These factors could lead us to conclude that academic emergency medicine is an unlikely marriage of disciplines.In this lecture, Steve Goodacre will explore the rationale for academic emergency medicine and the implications for undertaking emergency medical research. He will argue that research, far from being alien to emergency medicine, needs to be integral to practice and needs to involve emergency care professionals, their patients and the general public.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception at approximately 18.00.

Admission to the lecture is free, but we do need to know if you will be attending the lecture and the reception.
It would be appreciated if you would use the form below to let Pat Holmes know by 24 October, if you would like to attend.

Name: …………………………………………………………………………………

Department: ……………………………………………………………………………

Contact details:Email: ...………………………………………………………………………………..


I should like to attend Professor Goodacre’s inaugural lecture*I shall/shall not stay for the reception.* Delete as appropriate.


Please return to: Pat Holmes Email: s.p.holmes@sheffield.ac.uk

Address: ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

Posted by Andy

This smart little video on been on the Web for some time now, but I thought it would be good to post it on our blog for anyone who haven't stumbled yet. Some of you may agree with what it sets out to show, whilst others think; "well it's not that simple". Web 2.0 is a very ambiguous term in my opinion, one person's view is different to that of another. This is down to the reality that we all have different uses for and interactions with the Internet, we're all explorers and no one has managed to conquer Mount Everest just yet, not even Google. Just to say, if you want to hear about Web 2.0 from an unusual source, go here to listen to England's National Treasure, Stephen Fry talk about the subject; is there nothing this guy doesn't know about? Answers on a postcard to the usual address please.

Monday, 6 October 2008

The Latest Current Awareness Bulletins

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A short but sweet post, the October editions of the NICE current awareness bulletins on health economics, research methodology and information science can be accessed by ScHARR Staff from our intranet by clicking here.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Autumn HSR Seminar Programme

Click on the picture for the full list of forthcoming seminars or you can visit the seminar homepage
Posted by Andy

All the seminars will be held on Tuesday lunchtimes, in the Lecture Rooms 1&2 on the First Floor of ScHARR at Regent Court (Regent Street entrance) at 12.30pm. Coffee will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own sandwiches.
Seminars organised by Lorraine Ellis, ScHARR ( For further information please contact Joanne Turner on 0114 222 0751 or e-mail j.e.turner@sheffield.ac.uk



Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Forthcoming Trent RDSU Short Courses

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Posted by Andy

TRENT RDSU
LEICESTER, NOTTINGHAM & SHEFFIELD
www.trentrdsu.org.uk
Short Course Programme
October – December 2008


A range of courses for those interested in health
or social care research.

These courses are FREE of charge to researchers employed within the NHS, social care and voluntary organisations.

A charge of £35 per half day and £60 per full day may be applied to anyone else (including university staff).

All courses can be booked online via our website by contacting the http://www.trentrdsu.org.uk/.
or by contacting the Short Course Administrators for the appropriate unit. More details are available on the website or on request.
Half day courses are held in the morning, 9.30 – 12.30/13.00, unless otherwise indicated.
Please note that some courses require previous experience/knowledge to attend. Please see the full course outline.

Cancellation Policy
Please note that each Unit reserves the right to cancel courses if there are an insufficient number of participants. In such an event we will try to give notice of at least two weeks.
Charges will apply to anyone that makes a booking and does not attend the course without providing at least 48 hours notice.

Additional Courses
If the courses in this prospectus do not fulfil your training requirements, we may be able to
provide tailor-made training in research design and methodology, subject to available resources.
Please contact your local administrator for more information.
Details of other services offered by the RDSU are available on our website.
http://www.trentrdsu.org.uk/

LEICESTER
Claire Burchnall, Short Course
Administrator, Trent Research and
Development Support Unit
Tel: 0116 252 3276 or
0116 252 5448;
Fax: 0116 252 3272
Email:
cb269@leicester.ac.uk

NOTTINGHAM
Karen Taylor, Short Course
Administrator, Trent Research and
Development Support Unit
Tel: 0115 846 6907;
Fax: 0115 823 0501
Email:
karen.taylor@nottingham.ac.uk

SHEFFIELD
Tricia Qanem, Short Course
Administrator, Trent Research and
Development Support Unit
Tel: 0114 222 0703;
Fax: 0114 2724095
Email:
p.j.qanem@sheffield.ac.uk
Selected courses for early October

Basic Statistics - Data Management and Introduction to SPSS
07/10/08
Understand and handle different types of quantitative data in SPSS
Create a clean dataset in SPSS
Create simple graphics such as histograms in SPSS
Use frequency tables and simple descriptive statistics to check data in SPSS
Leicester

Basic Statistics - Describing and Exploring Data in SPSS
14/10/08
Correctly identify different types of quantitative data, and choose appropriate techniques to describe them
Understand and use basic descriptive statistics, such as mean, median, standard deviation and inter-quartile range
Be able to present data in tables using SPSS
Be aware of the range of graphs available in SPSS, and of the key steps to good practice in data presentation
Leicester

Systematic Review (am)and Meta-analysis (pm)
15/10/08
Understand what a systematic review is
Learn the key elements of a systematic review
How to conduct a systematic review
Distinguish between a Systematic Review & Meta-analysis
Describe & perform the main steps in a simple meta-analysis
Distinguish fixed & random effects models
Identify when a meta-analysis is inappropriate
Describe how publication bias may be detected
Summarise the advantages/disadvantages of a meta-analysis
Nottingham

Demystifying Health Economics
07/10/08
To demonstrate the importance of economics in NHS decision making
To make participants aware of the aims and key methods of cost effectiveness analysis
To introduce the concept of th eQALY
To discuss the use of economic analysis in decision making

Research Ethics and Governance
15/10/08
Have an understanding of Ethical approval - the philosophy behind ethical approval, what is a REC and how does it operate, key principles in making a good application.
Have an understanding of NHS R&D Approval - why is it necessary, what does it cover and how to navigate the approval process successfully.
Leicester
Information for Social Care
01/10/08
Develop a searchable research question using PICO/CLIP frameworks
List the key study designs used for social care research and the terminology used in these studies
Identify the key electronic information sources for social care literature
Search these in an efficient and accurate manner
Evaluate web-based social care resources for accuracy and validity
Search for social care systematic reviews using the Campbell Collaboration's database C2-RIPE
Nottingham

Critically Appraising Research
07/10/08
Understand the principles of critical appraisal
Know about resources to help you
Be able to critically appraise a piece of research
Leicester

Literature Searching for Qualitative Research
07/10/08
Identify the key electronic information sources for qualitative literature
List the key study designs used for qualitative research and the terminology used in these studies
Search for qualitative research using these terms by developing simple ‘filters’
Search for secondary qualitative research using the Campbell Collaboration’s database C2-RIPE
Nottingham

Literature Searching for Systematic Reviews
07/10/08
Understand the key study designs for a systematic review
Explore the full range of databases and know how to select which ones to search
Develop a strategy for searching the literature
Identify key terms to find high quality studies such as randomised controlled trials
Understand the key information about your literature search that should be included in your publications
Nottingham

Introduction to Qualitative Research and Philosophy of Research
14/10/08
Explore the anatomy of research and recognise different parts of the research process
Recognise different approaches to research
Understand when to use a quantitative approach to reseasrch, and what this involves
Understand when to use a qualitative approach to research, and what this involves
Nottingham


Take Your Dog to Work Day


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Posted by Andy


For the third year in a row ScHARR Library opened its doors to our resident hairy librarian, Thatcher Tattersall, all in the name of charity and the national Take Your Dog to Work Day. For those of you already lost, Thatcher is a labrador-Retriever belonging to ScHARR Library blogger Andy Tattersall. The good deed was in aid of The Blue Cross which is a registered UK animal welfare charity.
Their aims are to:
ensure the welfare of animals by providing practical care
highlight the benefits of companionship between animals and people
promote a sense of respect and responsibility towards animals in the community

As part of the day staff from ScHARR were treated to a selection of wonderful cakes baked by fellow information officers Claire Beecroft and Diana Papaioannou and HEDs Administrator
Clare Watson as well as the odd lick and sniff from Thatcher. I would go a little further into the details of these cakes which consisted of chocolate cake, marble cake, banana cake and marble cake, but it would be unfair to leave you drooling at your keyboard.

There was a guess the dog sweepstake and along with the cake sales we managed to raise a total of £92.50 - which was pretty much on par with last year's figure. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the day either through baking or cash contributions and of course thanks to Thatcher for making it into work once again this year and for not peeing in the library, we have enough with the staff and students doing that.



Sheffield Trent RDSU/RDS Short Courses 2008


Posted by Andy

More courses than you can shake a stick at and with something for everyone, we're pleased to show you the latest courses facilitated by ScHARR Library and the Sheffield Trent RDSU for the remainder of 2008.

Please note all courses are half day courses and will be held in the Eric Wilkes Seminar Room, 1st Floor ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street Sheffield S1 4DA

All courses can be booked online via our website by contacting the http://www.trentrdsu.org.uk/.
or by contacting the Short Course Administrator Tricia Qanem

Searching for Research in Cyberspace
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who need to search the internet and web-based databases such as the Cochrane Library for research studies and other information resources to support research.The course covers searching the internet and web-based databases for high-quality information resources and research studies. Google Scholar, the Cochrane Library and the National Library for Health are examined, as are the principles of evaluating web-based information resources.
18 NOV 2008 9:30-12:30



Literature Searching for your Research Project
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who have little or no experience of literature searching, or who have not searched the literature for some time. The course introduces the main medical and social care databases and demonstrates the importance of formulating a focused search question. The key search techniques, including subject headings, are taught via hand-on exercises.
21 OCT 2008 9:30-12:30



Further Literature Searching for your Research Project
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who have some experience of literature searching and would like to develop new searching techniques as well as honing their existing skills. The course covers advanced use of subject headings and subheadings and introduces the concept of methodological filters. It offers generous time for 'hands-on' practical work supervised by the trainer, allowing students to 'learn by doing'.
2 DEC 2008 9:30-12:30


Critically Appraising Research
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who need to search the literature for high quality primary research studies to form the basis of a systematic review or a similar review of the literature. The course looks at searching the key medical, health and social care databases for high quality studies. It covers tips and techniques for identifying relevant studies while avoiding retrieving unmanageable quantities of literature.
11 NOV 2008 9:30-12:30



Literature Searching for Qualitative Research
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who need to learn the techniques to search for qualitative research in the major health and social care databases such as Medline and CareDATA. The course looks at the key study designs and terminology in the qualitative literature and demonstrates how to search qualitative literature in the major databases by using techniques such as methodological filters.
14 OCT 2008 9:30-12:30

NEW: Research Funding Update


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Post by Anna
Take a look at the New Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships

For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact ScHARR library on 0114 2225420 or by email scharrlibrary@sheffield.ac.uk




Monday, 15 September 2008

The Insulting Librarian






Posted by Andy



Here's a little light entertainment for you all out there in Internet Land (just north of Aldershot) Luckily our information professionals are a million miles from this happy chappie, anyway when you've watched this video I WANT YOU TO GET OUT OF MY SIGHT!

CWiPP seminar programme for Autumn 2008


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Posted by Andy

Below is the CWiPP seminar programme for Autumn 2008. We have some great speakers on a diverse range of topics and it should be a great seminar series. For further information contact Donna Rowen d.rowen@sheffield.ac.uk


CWiPP, the Centre for Well-being in Public Policy considers how people´s health and well-being can be defined, measured and improved in ways that help policy-makers determine the best use of scarce resources, and to investigate the determinants of well-being insofar as these are relevant to policy formulation. For further details on CWiPP see https://webmail.shef.ac.uk/horde/util/go.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.shef.ac.uk%2Fcwipp%2F&Horde=6bb968c5a5d80bc882dac26acc793215


Thursday 25th September 1300-1430

Professor Stephen Wood Institute for Work Psychology, University of Sheffield

High Involvement Management, Work Enrichment, Well-being and Productivity: An Analysis using WERS2004

Richard Roberts Building, seminar room RRB-A87


Wednesday 8th October
1230-1400


Professor Danny Dorling Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

Ignorance, Want, Idleness, Disease and Squalor: some suggestions for mapping the modern equivalents of these old evils

Portobello Centre, seminar room PC-SRB57B


Date to be confirmed: either 28th or 29th October

Dr Caroline Oates and Dr Jo Padmore Management School, University of Sheffield

Researching a new typology of green consumers

TBA



Thursday 6th November
1230-1400


Dr Paula Lorgelly
Public Health and Health policy,
University of Glasgow

TBA

Regent Court, lecture rooms 1 & 2


For further information please contact Donna Rowen D.Rowen@sheffield.ac.uk or Aki Tsuchiya A.Tsuchiya@sheffield.ac.uk

HEDS seminar programme for Autumn 2008

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Posted by Andy

Thursday 9th October 12.30-2pm


Benjamin Craig
University of South Florida
and Jan J. V. Busschbach
Erasmus MC and Viersprong Institute for Studies on Personality Disorders

Removing Bias from United Kingdom Values of EQ-5D States

Lecture rooms 1 & 2, Regent Court


Thursday 20th November
12.30-2pm


Graham Mowatt
University of Aberdeen


Indirect and mixed treatment comparisons in NICE Interventional Procedures Reviews

Lecture rooms 1 & 2, Regent Court

Thursday 4th December
12.30-2pm


Richard Edlin
University of Leeds

TBA

Lecture rooms 1 & 2, Regent Court


Thursday 11th December
12.30-2pm

Raymond Pawson University of Leeds

Reducing plague by drowning witches: On the importance of understanding and evaluating the mechanisms that generate behavioural change in public health interventions

Room F41, Hicks Building

For further information please contact Donna Rowen D.Rowen@sheffield.ac.uk or John Brazier J.E.Brazier@sheffield.ac.uk

Monday, 8 September 2008

New: TAKE FIVE


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Post by Anna
The September edition of Take Five is out now.

Take Five is packed full of current awareness, training courses, research funding opportunities and new websites.

Take Five is the Trent RDSU’s monthly update. To join the Take Five distribution list please contact me, Anna Wilkinson on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk

Friday, 5 September 2008

NEW: Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

Posted by Anna

If you don't have a WALL-E to bring you money have a look at the
New Research Funding Update

For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me, Anna Wilkinson on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk.



Tuesday, 26 August 2008

NEW: Research Funding Update Fellowships and Studentships


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Post by Anna

For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me, Anna Wilkinson on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Latest Current Awareness Bulletins


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Posted by Andy
The August editions of the NICE current awareness bulletins on health economics, research methodology and information science can be accessed from our Intranet (ScHARR Staff only) .

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Recommended Website of the Month

Posted by Andy


Osalt.com is a great resource for those of you stapped for cash (or just plain tight) it is an open source alternative to all your favourite software tools.
In the Open vs. closed section you'll find open source alternatives to your favourite commercial products. You can browse through their software categories and compare pros and cons of both commercial products as well as open source software.
Osalt believe that by choosing an open source product, the user obtains a number of advantages compared to commercial products, with the main plus being that the software is free!
They also point out that not only is open source always available for free, but it is a transparent application, in that you are invited exclusively behind the scenes to view all source code and thereby to suggest improvements to the product. Furthermore, every product is covered by a large dedicated network, or community, who is more than willing to answer any questions, you may have. I'd love to go into what they offer, but the options are endless, but no doubt you'll have fun trying out a few new tools.
In a nutshell, the world is your oyster...mmmm nuts and oysters.

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Monday, 11 August 2008

Andrew's big down under - but nothing a diet won't solve!


Andrew Booth, erstwhile director of Information Resources, is currently blazing a trail for Qualitative Systematic Review Methods at the Joanna Briggs Institute in Adelaide.

Following a four-day Methodological summit, in a windowless room at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Andrew and colleagues from Australia, Norway, Belgium and London (via South Africa) presented the results of their travails at a two day Cochrane Oceania Qualitative Research Methods Group Workshop. Andrew delivered presentations on Literature Searching for Qualitative Research and Presenting Data followed by a half-day Workshop on Narrative Synthesis.

Following a tradition first instituted in Bergen in January this year Andrew and colleagues were drenched with pouring and unbelievably cold rain. Fortunately the skies cleared for a post -workshop trip to the Barossa Valley, famed wine-making region, where the Group visited five different Wineries. Although Andrew will be returning home with chutnies and other confectures, due to logistic difficulties transporting wine across a hemisphere, it is a good job that he will not be weighed by Customs as he managed to sample a good amount of the vinicultural produce. Hope his return proceeds without any more hiccups.

Friday, 8 August 2008

NEW Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes



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For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me, Anna Wilkinson on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk.




Tuesday, 5 August 2008

August TAKE FIVE out now


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Posted by Anna

Come in from the rain and take a look at the new Take Five for August

Take Five is packed full of current awareness, training courses, research funding opportunities and new websites.

Take Five is the Trent RDSU’s monthly update. To join the Take Five distribution list please contact me, Anna Wilkinson on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk


Thursday, 31 July 2008

(the) health informaticist

Posted by Anthea

In the interest of sharing our discoveries of other blogs, allow me to introduce you to "(the) health informaticist". Formed by a group of people working in the field of health informatics, it covers topics such as knowledge management, web 2.0, and evidence based medicine. To give a flavour of the discussions, the most recent posts are about: The Department of Health Information Accreditation Scheme and Information Prescriptions project, Medpedia, and Cuil, a new search engine.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

NEW Research Funding Update: Studentships and Fellowships

When it gets too hot outside come in and take a look at the new Research Funding Update



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Posted by Anna

The Trent RDSU Information Service @ ScHARR sends out a fortnightly update on current regional and national research funding opportunities via email. If you would like to be added to the distribution list for this world-famous* publication, contact me, Anna Wilkinson on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk

For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Health Libraries Group Conference 2008


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Posted by Anthea

ScHARR Information Resources was well represented at the recent HLG conference held in Cardiff on 21-22 July.

Andrew Booth presented on "Reshaping support services for the X and Y generations" and chaired one of the parallel sessions.

Claire Beecroft had a poster session on "Developing the skills of library para-professionals using a blended learning approach: Precept-Lite!".

Anthea Sutton had two poster sessions, produced in collaboration with Diana Papaioannou & Anna Wilkinson respectively:

"Systematic review searching: an evaluation of methods"

and

"The FOLIOz Experience: tailoring FOLIO e-learning courses to an Australian audience"

For more details on the conference, including links to presentations and posters, please see the HLG Conference website.

Monday, 14 July 2008

NEW Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes



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Posted by Anna


The Trent RDSU Information Service @ ScHARR sends out a fortnightly update on current regional and national research funding opportunities via email. If you would like to be added to the distribution list for this world-famous* publication, contact me, Anna Wilkinson on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk

For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page.




Friday, 11 July 2008

HEDS Seminars

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Posted by Andy

The remaining HEDS seminars for this semester:


Joint HEDS and Economics seminar


Speaker: Nigel Rice, University of York

Title: Does health care spending improve health outcomes?

Evidence from English Programme Budgeting data

Date: Thursday 17th July Time: 12.30-1.30pm

Venue: Lecture rooms 1 and 2, Regent Court


Speaker: Ignacio Abasolo, Universidad de la Laguna, Tenerife

Title: To be confirmed

Date: Thursday 31st July Time: 12.30-1.30pm

Venue: Lecture rooms 1 and 2, Regent Court


Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Recommended Website of the Month

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Posted by Andy

I stumbled on this, useful if not fun meta search engine through the CILIP members blog landscape. Allplus is described as; "The Universal Meta Search and Discovery Engine". With it you can search the best search engines including Ask, Google, Live and Yahoo.

The results are a combination of traditional textual ranks, images, blogs, videos and a cluster graph - see the picture above for ScHARR Library. You can click on the topic in the tree or graph which in turn brings the pages in that cluster to the top of the results which in turn is a useful way of focussing your search. From a quick play about it may not be 100% perfect, but the cluster graph does have potential beyond being a fun gimmick.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Past and future of the NHS: King's Fund briefing



Posted by Andy

The King's Fund has published 'In the beginning: determinants of health'. This briefing looks at the early years of the NHS and the challenges it faced, from long waiting lists to shortages of staff. It also looks forward to what the next 60 years might hold for the NHS. It is based on a series of data briefings published in the Health Service Journal between January and July 2008. http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/briefings/in_the_beginning.html