‘Top 3′ Training: Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare Sciences

The Library is running some ‘Top 3′ resources for Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare Sciences staff in the coming months. Details, including booking links, are below.

Belfast Trust sessions

23/05/2018 12.30 Medical Library (RVH) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/top-3-hsc-library-resources-for-medicine-dentistry-healthcare-sciences-tickets-45060348716

27/06/2018 12.30 Medical Library (RVH) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/top-3-hsc-library-resources-for-medicine-dentistry-healthcare-sciences-tickets-45060348716

10/08/2018 12.30 Medical Library (RVH) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/top-3-healthcare-library-resources-for-bhsct-medicine-dentistry-healthcare-sciences-tickets-46100023411

South Eastern Trust session

03/08/2018 12.30 QIIC, Ulster Hospital https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/top-3-healthcare-library-resources-for-sehsct-medicine-dentistry-healthcare-sciences-tickets-46107381419

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Fallis, the Specialist Librarian who will be running these sessions – his contact details can be viewed at: http://www.honni.qub.ac.uk/ServicesforHSCStaff/TrainingSupport/

One-to-one training on library resources is also available from Richard – contact him to arrange a tutorial (Skype training is available).

Add comment May 15th, 2018

May Day Holiday Closure

All libraries will be closed on Monday 7th May for the May Day holiday, reopening as normal on Tuesday 8th May.

Add comment May 4th, 2018

DTB now available online


The Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin which provides informed and unbiased information on medical conditions, medicines and other treatments is now available online through the Library.

To access the resource simply search for the title on the honni homepage search box or via the E-publications link.

Add comment May 4th, 2018

Mendeley and PubMed/Cochrane Library/Grey Literature training for Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare Sciences

Richard Fallis, Specialist Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare Sciences, is running Mendeley and PubMed/Cochrane/Grey Literature training sessions in May/June.

These sessions are primarily for Queen’s University Belfast students and staff. However, given the fact that the resources in question are freely available to non-Queen’s users, HSC staff are also welcome to book a place at these sessions. Details are below.

Please note: if you book a place, it is essential that you bring your HSC Library/HONNI number and password to the session. If you aren’t currently a member of the HSC Library, you can join ahead of the sessions by going to: http://www.honni.qub.ac.uk/sites/HONNI/MembershipForms/Registration/


Mendeley for Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences

Various dates



PubMed, Cochrane Library and Grey Literature for Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pubmed-cochrane-library-and-grey-literature-for-qub-medicine-dentistry-biomedical-sciences-tickets-45056436013

Friday, 22 June 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pubmed-cochrane-library-and-grey-literature-for-qub-medicine-dentistry-biomedical-sciences-tickets-45056487166

Add comment April 13th, 2018

Top 3 Resources Training for Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare Sciences

The Medical Library is running 2 training sessions in May and June, showcasing the top 3 HSC Library resources for medicine, dentistry and healthcare sciences staff:


- ClinicalKey

- Zetoc Alerts

The sessions are at lunchtime on 23rd May and 27th June, and free tea and coffee will be provided.

For more information, and to book a place, please go to:


Add comment April 11th, 2018

2017 Satisfaction Survey Results

Many thanks to all of our users who responded to the 2017 Satisfaction Survey. We value your feedback and comments. It is refreshing to hear what we are getting right and important to hear what we are not doing so well.  As with previous surveys, comments, as detailed below, about the service are overwhelming positive, with some staff members named as being particularly helpful and friendly.

  • As a new user, I was very impressed by standard of library services, and the staff were extremely helpful with any queries.
  • The library service at Queen’s is fantastic, I have also used the facilities at Jordanstown and those at Queens are far superior with a greater range of items, more professional learning environment and more knowledgeable staff with regards to queries and alternative options when items are not available.
  • Frequent user at Fern House library at Antrim hospital site and very pleased with all aspects of the service provided.
  • I’ve always found the Library staff extremely helpful and find it a pleasure to visit the library.
  • I have had nothing but a positive experience in the QUB library, in particular the medical library staff. Really helpful and willing to give their time.  Great service.
  • A fantastic service that is making my studies and research that little bit easier. Thank you


We would also like to take the opportunity to respond to the less positive comments, which can be grouped into the following themes:


Location and access to the Medical and HSC Library, including car parking

The Medical and HSC Library is located in the Mulhouse Building on the Royal Victoria Hospital site. It is accessible on foot, by car or by using the free shuttle bus running between the Belfast City Hospital site and the Royal Victoria Hospital site. Use of the car parks and the cost of car parking is controlled by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and is outside of the Library’s control.


Study Environment, Medical and HSC Library

Significant investment has been made in order to improve the study environment in the Medical and HSC Library. Additional plug points were installed in the Fry Room last summer, and we are currently looking at installing further plug points across the Medical Library.

Unfortunately, there are no soundproof cubicles in the Library; although group study rooms can be booked for skype calls if required. It should be noted that these rooms are not completely soundproof either.


Study Environment, HSC Library Craigavon

The staff in HSC Library Craigavon have reported the broken window catch in the additional study room but unfortunately, this cannot be repaired at present.

The blankets have been removed from the additional study room as sleeping is not permitted in the library rooms. However, it is difficult to monitor this out of library opening hours.


Print Resources, Medical and HSC Library

The Library endeavours to have required reading material in the most appropriate library.  Material in the areas of medicine, dentistry and nursing should be available in the Medical Library however, we do depend on the course tutors letting us know what the required texts are.  If material is not available, please contact your subject librarian with the details of the books you require.


Online Resources and Search Facility, Medical and HSC Library

The Library is currently reviewing the search facility. A new website and search facility is planned as part of our exciting rebrand, and both will be available soon.

There are a range of databases available on the HSC Library website, which enable you to search effectively for scientific papers.  These databases link directly to the full text of the articles if available through the HSC Library. 

Journals available on the QUB library website are a result of paid subscriptions with publishers, which state that online access to the journals is only for authorized users and these authorized users are only QUB staff and students.  In other words, only these users can access the online journals available through the QUB Library website.  It is not possible under the legal obligations of these licences to enable other groups to directly access these online resources.   The resources and journals through the HSC Library website are negotiated and paid for separately from QUB. 

Online tutorials are available on key aspects of using the HSC Library website.  These are available via the profession specific links on the Library homepage eg http://libguides.qub.ac.uk/c.php?g=485942&p=3877029 . Training sessions are also provided.

For further advice on the best search tools for you, how to use these search tools or information about the online resources, please contact your subject librarian who will be happy to help.


Opening Hours, Medical and HSC Library

The Medical and HSC Library carried out a survey in April 2017 asking for feedback from users about the opening hours. Changes were made to the hours because of feedback and comments received.

Opening hours in the HSC Libraries, e.g. HSC Library Antrim are subject to change due to daily circumstances and holiday periods. The HSC Library website recommends that users contact the HSC Library branch before visiting.

While the Medical and HSC Library cannot comment on the opening hours of other QUB Library branches, we are keen to receive feedback or comments, and will endeavour to pass these on to other relevant parties.

Add comment April 9th, 2018

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