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Pharmacy: Help & training

A guide to finding information in pharmacy. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

On this page you will find training materials and sources of support for your studies. In addition to using these resources you may wish to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for one-to-one help. They are here to help you find and use information. They can...

  • show you how to use information resources effectively
  • show you how to save time by making the most of all Library services
  • give you individual help with research - your librarian can offer in depth help in finding information

Your Pharmacy librarian

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Jackie Skinner
Contact:
Please contact me if you have a query or need advice on literature searching, accessing resources, referencing or using EndNote/Mendeley.

Email me, or make an appointment using the 'book now' button above. At the moment all appointments will take place online via MS Teams.

In term-time I also hold a weekly online drop-in on Tuesdays 13:00-14:00. See the drop-in box on this page.
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Books on doing your research project

Welcome!

Watch this short video for an introduction to the Library and our services for Pharmacy. You will need to login using your University email address and password to view the video.

Getting started with EndNote Online

There are two versions of EndNote - EndNote Online and Desktop EndNote. For MPharm and CIPPET courses I recommend using EndNote Online as it automatically comes with the referencing styles you need ('Harvard for Reading', 'Vancouver for Reading' and Vancouver for Reading Footnote) and you will have fewer technical issues. If you are doing a PhD then Desktop EndNote will be a more appropriate tool.

Just follow the step-by-step guide below or watch the videos to learn how to register for an account, add references to EndNote Online, and use it with Word.

Using EndNote Online for a systematic review

Literature searching guidance

This series of three videos (available via the tabs in this box) cover:

  • What is a literature search: tips on getting started and techniques to use
  • Finding journal articles using Summon, PubMed and Web of Science
  • Using specialist pharmacy resources on MedicinesComplete, British Pharmacopoeia and The Cochrane Library

You will need to login using your University email address and password to view the videos.

We also have the following generic guides to literature searching and searching databases:

Doing a systematic review

An introduction to planning your systematic review.

You will need to login using your University email address and password to view the videos.

See also our detailed guide to doing a systematic review:

This video covers the first four steps in doing a systematic review, including creating a protocol and searching for literature.

This video covers the fifth and sixth steps in doing a systematic review. It focuses on using EndNote Online to manage references and sifting the literature.

The final in a series of four videos on systematic reviews which covers writing it up.

Other support for your studies

We have a range of videos designed to introduce you to the Library and show you how to use our resources.

Study advice

The Study Advice Team offer study guides, workshops, individual advice sessions, and much more to make your studying more effective and successful. See the Study Advice webpages for more information, or pop in to make an appointment at the Study Advice and Maths Support Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library.

Maths Support

The Maths Support service provides guides, workshops and individual support on maths, statistics, psychometric tests and much more. Pop in to see them at the Study Advice and Maths Support Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library.

Digital Technology Services

DTS provide advice with using computer software and hardware. For individual support pop in and ask at the IT Service Desk on the 1st Floor of the Library. For more information see their website.

If you need guidance on using Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Access or PowerPoint try these online tutorials:

International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) - Academic English Programme

If you are an international student, the Academic English Programme offers courses and 1-1 support. ISLI can also provide a list of private proof readers on request - email aep@reading.ac.uk.