Posts tagged: health

All about NHS Athens

26 May 2016

A few things you need to understand about Athens before you start…

  1. Athens, Open Athens, MyAthens? Different organisations use different terminology to describe the same thing.
  2. Athens isn’t a database; it’s an authentication method – a single sign-on providing access to a range of resources (from a host of different suppliers).
  3. Lots of organizations use Athens authentication. You can have several different Athens passwords, each of which will provide access to a different collection of material.
  4. You don’t need an Athens account to access University of Salford resources – just your standard username and password.



And ten things you should know about NHS Athens…

  1. The NHS Athens scheme provides access to online material purchased by the NHS.  It is available to all NHS members of staff and any students on NHS-commissioned programmes.
  2. Eligible University of Salford students are sent their NHS Athens details by email at the start of their course. (If you haven’t received an email, please contact your Subject Librarian.)
  3. The NHS Athens account supplied by the University provides access to the NHS Core Content Collection.
  4. Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) enables you to search the Core Content Collection’s eight databases – AMED, BNI, Cinahl, EMBASE, Health Business Elite, HMIC, Medline and PsycInfo – either individually or as a combined search.
  5. You may apply for further NHS Athens accounts while on clinical placement. These are temporary accounts, but offer access to additional material bought by the NHS Trust.
  6. Using NHS Athens is a great way to familiarise yourself with NHS platforms and information source prior to starting in professional practice.
  7. It increases the availability of resources, including several titles which the University does not subscribe to, such as EMBASE and British National Formulary.
  8. Remember, the resources provided by NHS Athens are in addition to those purchased for you by the University. The Library should be your first port of call when researching for your assignments – its resources have been chosen by your tutors to support your studies.
  9. The easiest way to see what is on offer is to sign into your NHS Athens account via My Athens.
  10. If you have lost or forgotten your NHS Athens username and password, then click here.

How to find Journal Articles: Health & Social Care

22 February 2016

If you’re looking for a little extra help finding library resources or want to develop your research skills further, we are running two different workshops this semester.








Introduction to Finding Journal Articles

For students new to searching, this session is a quick and easy introduction to finding journal articles using Solar. Maybe you’re new to university or returning after a long time away, perhaps you’ve got an assignment coming up or just need a bit of a refresher – this session will help you to use the library catalogue to find journal articles. We’ll also show you to how to plan your search and save your results in Solar using My Library.

Advanced Search

For students with more experience of searching, this session will help you find and identify resources using subject specific databases. If you’re comfortable using Solar and want to expand and develop your research skills, then it may be time to start using databases such as:

  • Cinahl
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Cochrane
  • Science Direct

We’ll also help you to identify key words and synonyms, plan your search strategy and evaluate the information that you find.


Students from any health or social care subjects are very welcome. In previous sessions we’ve had a mixture of students from Nursing, Midwifery, Social policy, Health Sciences & Counselling.

Which one?

If you’re not sure, we recommend that you do the introduction session first and if you’re happy with that, move on to the advanced session.


There are sessions scheduled for the rest of this week: All take place in Allerton Building, Room C811 and are for 1 hour.

Tuesday 23rd Feb: Advanced Search

Thursday 25th Feb: Introduction

Friday 26th Feb: Advanced Search

There will be more sessions running throughout March so please keep an eye out for details.


How do I book?

Book a place via Advantage using your username & password. Click Events, then Skills for Learning: Library to view availability.


You can also access Advantage from the Jobs & Opportunities link on the student home page.

Find Your Perfect Study Zone

15 October 2015

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Bored with the place you usually choose to go and study? Want to escape shared houses/halls/families/other distractions? Or maybe you just have some time between classes and need somewhere to read a book.

The Clifford Whitworth library has a number of study spaces and zoned areas to suit your needs. You can choose to work in total silence, or use some of the collaborative working space to do group-work and brainstorm ideas. There are also group rooms you can book so you can work with your course colleagues on joint programmes or just study together.

The ground floor of Clifford Whitworth is a social work zone, the 1st floor is for quiet study and the 2nd floor is for individual study. Find the place that you suits your study needs, plug sockets are available throughout the Library in case you need to power up your laptop.

The Allerton Learning Space is another great place to use for studying either in groups or just to grab some quiet time between lectures or before you head home. There are lots of facilities available: laptops to loan, free lockers to store those big bags for the day, PC rooms to log-on and quickly check your e-mail or do some research an access to help and support from Library and Student Life staff.

The Adelphi Library also has a mix of study space for you to find your best study area.


There are also group rooms you can book so that you can work on group projects together. Each room has a computer and a screen so you can share your work to rrom_bookinga group. You can book these online for 2 hours at a time, make your books online at:

Why not pop by and see what’s on offer?
















Community Care Inform

24 July 2014


The University can now offer access to Community Care Inform, a resource for social workers and other professionals working with children, young people and their families.

For more information about the resource, see here :

You can go directly to the resource here

Or you can search on SOLAR

Access is available both on and off campus – you will always need to login with your network username and password :


  1. Click on Sign In in the top-right corner
  2. Choose Sign in via Shibboleth
  3. Select University of Salford from the list, then log in with your network username and password






Clinical Knowledge Summaries : get the basics of medical topics

10 July 2014

If you are researching a medical or health subject you might need to know some background on the condition or issue you are investigating before you can do any in-depth literature searching.

NICE produce Clinical Knowledge Summaries which give you a good overview of key clinical topics. You can access these directly at or via the Evidence Search website.


clinical knowledge summaries





Choose from an A-Z list of clinical topics such as common medical conditions, or use the Clinical Speciality option to browse through specialist areas such as cancer or child’s health.






When your chosen topic displays you can read a summary and see detailed information on diagnosis and treatment, along with supporting evidence and references.








Clinical Knowledge Summaries are quick to access and easy to read and you can be confident that they come from a trustworthy and reliable source.