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allows you to use a limited number of services at University Libraries in the UK. Complete the online form from http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access.
JF Allen Library
The JF Allen Library is the University's main science library. Most textbooks for the sciences are held here although for research in some subjects or to consult older works you may have to use the Main Library.
It is located on the first floor of the Physics building on North Haugh. During the day it is open to all students.
For more information please see the JF Allen page on the Library website.
Please note that there isn't usually any other way of getting hold of an article. You can try Googling it, but you will nearly always find that it will at some point ask for a password. Often you will see 'The University of St Andrews' at the top of a page or an ATHENS login link but this DOES NOT mean that you will have access, the only way to check is to consult the catalogues of the University or NHS as described in steps 1 or 2 above.
Key Databases for Medicine
NHS Knowledge Network Databases (requires an NHS Athens account.)
"Ovid MEDLINE® covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 5,400 journals published world-wide."
Contains largely the same articles as PubMed but the search interface is more sophisticated. (Requires NHS Athens login.)
"3,500 international journals in the following fields: drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine, and biomedical engineering/instrumentation." (Requires NHS Athens login.)
"The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration." (No login required in the UK.)
A multidisciplinary citation database with coverage of over 10,000 high-impact journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Useful for finding out the most important papers in a particular field. (Requires University login off campus - choose UK Federation from the drop down menu and then St Andrews.)
produced by the US Department of Education. Provides access to education-related articles, conferences, meetings, government documents, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, books and monographs. 1966 to date
If you are on campus (ie in University) and if you want to use any Ebsco resources, please login in here - select the ATHENS login and then login with your NHS Athens password BEFORE you start doing your search. IGNORE the resulting page that comes up and return to this page! This will help prevent a conflict between the University and Ebsco accounts. It is not necessary to do this if you accessing material from home.
About this guide
The information in this guide is aimed at undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine who should all be members of the NHS Knowledge Network. Students from other schools do not have access to this resource but will be able to access the University resources mentioned on this page.
The School of Medicine uses Harvard or Vancouver referencing styles. You can find information about both these styles using the links below: