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Focus On: New PubMed

PubMed recently introduced a new search interface. It's pretty similar to the old interface, so should be fairly simple to pick up.



If you'd like more information and tutorials on the new interface then take a look at the PubMed Online Training Page.

Below are a few tips you might find useful.

How does PubMed do a keyword search?

Even if you use PubMed a lot you may not realise how it is searching, as it automatically adds keyword variations and maps your keywords to Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

If you want to see exactly what search PubMed has conducted, based on the words you typed in, then you can now do this under the Advanced Search option.

 Conduct your search:


This will take you directly to the results page:


From the results page click on the ADVANCED option just under the search box. Once on the Advanced page scroll down to your search history and click on the Details Arrow:


Now you can see exactly what PubMed searched on when inputting 'diabetes type 2 and exer…
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UKRI Open Access Policy consultation

UKRI is seeking views on its proposed open access policy and related considerations via a consultation, which opened on 13 February 2020 and closes at noon on 29 May 2020.

Core elements of the proposed new policy
See our previous blog post on the proposals for a new open access policy for books, and some of the key points to take into consideration include:

In-scope research articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN need to be immediately open access from 1 January 2022 (either by gold OA or zero-embargo green OA), with a CC BY licenceMonographs, book chapters, and edited collections, will have to be open access from 1 January 2024 unless a contract has been signed before that dateUKRI is considering sanctions for non-complianceUKRI affirms its commitment to Plan SThe current REF 2021 policy is not changed
How to submit feedback
UKRI is seeking evidence-based views and feedback on its proposed OA policy and the University Library Research Services team, in conjunction with the Uni…

Upcoming Training And Library Research Support

Upcoming Training
We're still offering training via webinars aimed at staff and PGRs. Here's the training sessions we have available for the rest of May and start of June:


Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews in the Life SciencesFigshare for Research Data SharingChoosing where to publishRefWorksAdvanced EndNote (for those already using EndNote)EndNote (for those new to EndNote)Literature Search RefresherIf there are training sessions you would like us to provide over the summer then let us know via librarians@le.ac.uk Library Research Support
Accessing Resources The David Wilson Library is still closed until further notice.
Our e-resources continue as normal. For an overview of the online collections and resources we have, please see the My Subject pages and Journals A to Z.
For now, please continue to place document supply requests, book orders or digitisation requests. We will try to provide digital copies wherever we can. See request items for my research for how to do this Enq…

COVID-19 and research outputs and Open Access (OA)

The library research services team along with all our library colleagues are slowly adjusting to working remotely, during these unprecedented times. A significant amount of our activity and workload is around the open research agenda, and in particular open access (OA) to research publications and data.

We are aware that during the last few weeks there are many COVID-19 and Coronavirus research-related outputs being made freely available to access (not necessarily to text or data mine)  and our academic medical librarian Keith has made a very useful curated list of resources available here and the University Library has a list of  publishers and content providers who have provided temporary free access to a wide range of their material in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. .

A few resources and initiatives worth having a look at and searching (in addition to the key databases your normally use if your institution has a subscription) and if you are looking for COVID-19-related research…

CSSAH feedback meeting on UKRI Open Access consultation

The University’s Open Research Group is currently preparing institutional feedback on the proposed changes to the UKRI open access policy. As part of this work, we are inviting all CSSAH academic staff and PhD students to an online feedback meeting. We want to gather feedback from as many people as possible in order to properly inform the University’s response to the consultation. Particularly important are the proposedchanges around open access and monographs.Richard Thomas (Dean of Research)

Library services for PhD students and researchers: COVID-19 update June 2020

** Updated June 2020 **
Since the the David Wilson Library building closed in late March, we have been providing as many of the Library's services as we can. This includes those services and tools for PhD students, ECRs and our research community. Here is a summary of current arrangements whilst we are delivering our services virtually and working remotely. 
Accessing Resources There is no access to print books and journals, DVDs, or Special Collections. Please note that the SCONUL Access scheme has been suspended across all libraries. Public libraries are now closed too.
Our e-resources continue as normal. Our online collections and resources can found in the My Subject pages and Journals A to Z. Many publishers have made resources free to access during the lockdown. We provide an overview of these resources here.  
Any due dates are now postponed until after 2nd August. There will be…

Using Reference Management Software at Home

The two software options provided and supported by the University are EndNote and RefWorks.
EndNote If you have a University laptop then you can continue to use EndNote desktop as normal. It is available to download via the Software Centre.IT Services have now made the EndNote Desktop Software available for home use. Please see the instructions on the home use page.If you had been using EndNote Desktop on-campus and set-up your library to sync with EndNote Online then you can access your references and PDFs via EndNote Online. You can also download the Cite As You Write Word toolbar from within EndNote Online.You can use EndNote Online as a standalone online reference management tool.