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Friday, 29 February 2008

The latest Current Awareness Bulletins


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Posted by Andy

From now on you'll be able to track the latest current awareness bulletins we recieve at ScHARR Library by clicking on the link below.

For copyright and licensing reasons these files are on available to ScHARR staff and students through our Intranet. No password is required.

These current awareness files are in text and word format and can be saved to your own pc and can be accessed from the link below.
Link
(This may best work in Internet Explorer)

New Version of Cochrane Handbook now available


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Posted by Andy

A new extensively revised version of the Cochrane Handbook on methodology for systematic reviews is now available at:



Of particular interest is Part 3 on Special topics which includes:


Chapter 13: Including non-randomized studies


Chapter 14: Adverse effects


Chapter 15: Incorporating economics evidence


Chapter 16: Special topics in statistics


Chapter 17: Patient-reported outcomes


Chapter 18: Reviews of individual patient data


Chapter 19: Prospective meta-analysis


Chapter 20: Qualitative research and Cochrane reviews


Chapter 21: Reviews in health promotion and public health


Chapter 22: Overviews of reviews

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

The Library Arcade



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Posted by Andy

It's been a month since we had some fun and games on the blog, so thought it would be good to give the old grey matter a stretch with another library game hosted on the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries page.
This time you play as a student who must help his peers identify a number of research materials. Use your mouse to pick up their requests and then use the catalog to search for useful resources - easy I hear you say?

The Library Arcade features games designed to help students develop research skills through entertaining and easy-to-repeat activities.

Friday, 22 February 2008

NEW Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

If you need more than just loose change see the Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

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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.

Posted by Anna

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Cochrane Library now available for your Ipod!



...or any other MP3 player for that matter! Cochrane have now made selected reviews available as MP3 Podcasts. So if you like multi-tasking, why not listen to 'cranberries for urinary tract infection' during your weekend jog? It makes a change from Girls Aloud, and some of the audio commentators have quite soothing voices. You can also subscribe to the service to get automatic updates. Check it out at: http://cochrane.org/podcasts/

Posted by: Claire Beecroft

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

TAKE FIVE FEBRUARY


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It 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
Posted by Anna

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

NEW Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships

Do you need money to fund your research?
Are you looking for funding for a Fellowship or Studentship? Then have a look through the new edition of the
Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships
word version
Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships html version
Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships pdf version


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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.

Posted by Anna

New Report - Health effects of climate change in the UK 2008

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Posted by Andy

The Department of Health (DH) has published 'Health effects of climate change in the UK 2008: an update of the Department of Health report 2001/2002'. This is a DH-commissioned report written by a group of independent scientists, which updates their earlier report on the health effects of climate change, published in 2001/2002.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Programme - Commissioned research

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The Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research are pleased to announce the launch of the commissioned research programme for the newly established Methodology Research Programme (MRP). Proposals are invited for two specific briefs: i) research into bayesian methods to inform health technology assessment decision-making; and ii) valuing the patient experience.

Further information on eligibility, how to apply and the detailed briefs in full can be found at

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/ApplyingforaGrant/CallsForProposals/
MethodologyResearchProgramme/index.htm



Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future

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Posted by Andy

Findings from a briefing study commissioned by the British Library and JISC to identify how the specialist researchers of the future, currently in their school or pre-school years, are
likely to access and interact with digital resources in five to ten years’ time.

The purpose of this study is to help library and information services anticipate and react to any new or emerging behaviours in the most effective way.

In this report, they define the `Google generation’ as those born after 1993 and explore the world of a cohort of young people with little or no recollection of life before the web. For a PDF of the briefing paper please click the link below.

LINK

Monday, 4 February 2008

The state of social care in England


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Posted by Andy

The Commission for Social Care Inspection has published its third annual report to Parliament on the state of social care in England. The report explores the experiences of people not deemed eligible for state-supported social care. It shows that many younger disabled people and frail older people are being ‘signposted’ to voluntary services. Many are forced to rely on help from family and informal arrangementswhich can break down at short notice. People unable to rely on families or friends and unable to pay for care services themselves are left to cope with everyday life, while some become virtually trapped in their own home.


Health Survey for England 2006

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Posted by Andy

The Information Centre has published 'Health Survey for England 2006:CVD and risk factors adults, obesity and risk factors children'.

For adults, the 2006 report focused on cardiovascular disease and risk factors, which covered behavioural risks such as physical activity,smoking, alcohol consumption, fruit and vegetable consumption and fatintake as well as health status risk factors including general health, blood pressure, diabetes and anthropometric measurements.

The report on children covers physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption,smoking, alcohol consumption, and anthropometric measurements.

Friday, 1 February 2008

Information Skills Clinics

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Posted by Andy

Are you a ScHARR Masters student who needs to refresh your literature searching skills? Then why not come along to one of our in-house sessions where experienced information officers can give you advice on your specific research question.

The next round of clinics will be held in ScHARR library, 1st floor, Regent Court on the following dates:

Tuesday 5th February 2pm - 4pm

Thursday 6th March 10am - 12pm

Wednesday 16th April 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Tuesday 13th May 2pm - 4pm

Wednesday 4th June 1pm - 3pm

To book a place please contact Tricia Qanem on 0114 2225420 or email: p.j.qanem@sheffield.ac.uk

Hope to see you soon.