Glossary of Terms

Here are some words and terms that you may come across relating to the Library and Knowledge Services. Please contact clinical.librarian@ulh.nhs.uk if there are any other terms that you think should be added to the list.

Alert

This is usually an email that contains information on a selected topic. See Current Awareness.

Articles of Interest

This is when we send an email to you with a journal article that could be useful. You can then request to get a copy of the article.

Article Supply

This is what we call the process of finding and sending a journal article to you.

BMJ Best Practice

This is a resource where you will find summaries on conditions and healthcare topics. It can be found here.

Boolean Logic

This is a way of adding words together to search in a database.

Bulletin

This is a document that is sent at regular intervals and contains the latest information on a particular topic. See the list of Bulletins that are produced here.

Catalogue

This is where you can see all of the books (print and online) that are available to you. You can also reserve and renew books. Find the catalogue here.

ClinicalKey

This is a resource that contains content from Elsevier including eBooks, journals and multimedia items (e.g. pictures and videos). It can be found here.

Copyright

This is where the creator of a piece of work can protect against others copying or reproducing their work. It is a legal requirement that we have to consider when getting articles and books for you.

Critical Appraisal

This is the process of looking at scientific research to decide whether it is relevant and trustworthy.

Current Awareness

This is a way to stay up to date with the latest news (articles, guidelines etc) in your area of interest.

Database

A database is a collection of information stored in a computer system. You can use a healthcare database (e.g. Medline, CINAHL) when you are searching for information.

eBook

This is an electronic (or online) version of a print book. A list of eBooks that you can access can be found here.

EBSCO

EBSCO provides information resources and tools to libraries.

General Library Books

This is our collection of fiction and non-fiction books that can be borrowed by patients and staff.

Health Literacy

Health literacy is the ability of people to find, understand and apply healthcare information to help them make decisions about their health.

Heritage

This is the name of the system we use to record your information and the information about the books that we have.

Inter Library Loan

This is where we go to other libraries to obtain books or articles that you request.

Knowledge, Learning and Resources Hub

This is the name of the physical library space at Lincoln Hospital.

KnowledgeShare

This is a system we use to set up email alerts on your topics of interest.

Library Management System

This is a system for libraries to track books and record information about users. Our current system is Heritage.

Literature Search

This is when library staff search the available resources and databases on your behalf to provide evidence to support your work.

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

This is a resource that has evidence resources in one place including journals, books and databases. It can be found here.

OpenAthens

This is your access to online journals, eBooks and resources. You can self-register here: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/

OVID

OVID is a medical research platform.

Print Collection

This is a term for all of the resources that we have in print form e.g. journals, books, interactive games.

ProQuest

ProQuest provides access to databases covering a variety of subjects.

Staff Library

This is the name of the physical library spaces at Pilgrim and Grantham Hospitals.

Staff Library Books

This is our collection of books to support staff and students in their work and study. The books cover a range of clinical and non-clinical topics.

Table of Contents (TOC) Alert

This is an email that is sent when a new issue of a journal is published. It contains a list of the articles in that issue.