Library Guide for Health Students
The library is housed within Fountains and can be accessed
directly from the first floor of the De Grey building. There is a
range of 'physical' resources available, including books, journals,
DVDs and multimedia packs.
Finding your way around
Check out the virtual tour to get
used to the layout of the learning centre.
Resources are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal
Classification system. You will find most Health books and journals
in the number range 610-619, but it is better to locate them
accurately using the library catalogue. Find out more about
locating health resources here.
Other useful collections
You will find items from the York
Hospital Health Library and Information Service on the
catalogue (location NHS). This is a separate library collection,
with its own system, regulations and opening hours, but York St
John students are entitled to borrow from it, using their normal
student card. It is on the first floor of Fountains.
The library provides access to many electronic resources for
health. Some of these mirror the print resources, others are only
Health & Social Care subject pages
The library website contains an area devoted to Health & Social Care. Here you will find
information tailored to your subject, including: links to databases
of journal articles and evidence; links to key, reliable
websites; advice on searching for grey literature; lists of
the key health journals at York St John.
Search for and locate items in Fountains, search for eBooks and
manage your library account (e.g. check which books are due and
Use the eJournal
Finder to determine whether York St John has access to a
particular journal title electronically. It is a database
containing all of the title information and links to all of the
electronic journals to which we subscribe, as well as those which
are freely available (for print holdings of journals remember to
use the Library catalogue).
If you need to search for journal articles or conference papers
on a specific topic within health, the best resources to use are
bibliographic databases. The library website contains a list of health specific ones in the subject area
and also a full
listing of all available, covering all subjects. You will also
find help documents to guide you through the process of searching
on these pages.
As students on an evidence-based course, you will be expected to
search for systematic reviews, clinical trials and research studies
on the efficacy of treatments and interventions for certain
conditions. Your subject area contains a list of databases which will enable you to
search for such information.
Using other libraries
The University is a member of the Sconul
Access scheme. This allows staff and students from York St.
John to access other university libraries, as long as the library
in question is also a member of the scheme. You will find more
information about this scheme on the library website.
Help and advice
Advice on how to use any of the library
resources, including those provided via the library
website, is available throughout your course and via a number of
Your subject librarian
Every degree programme has a dedicated subject librarian,
available for one-to-one support and advice, via email or
face-to-face. For Health & Social Care your librarian is
Victoria Watt email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An enquiry service is operated from Question Point on the Ground
Floor of Fountains for advice on services, finding
information, queries and using databases. Roving staff are also on
hand throughout Fountains to offer assistance.
Contact Question Point in person, via email to email@example.com or
on the telephone (01904 876700).
Information skills sessions
You will receive workshops from your subject librarian on
searching for health information as part of your degree programme,
tailored to the assignments you are set.