Hunter is a search tool customised to search our collections, so you can use it to find articles, books and more... Use these FAQS to find out more. 

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What is Hunter?

Hunter allows you to search across all of SGUL's information resources including books, journal articles, dissertations, and SORA, our institutional repository. Signing in to Hunter additionally allows you to manage your Library account, view real-time availability of resources, and more.

Search Hunter directly from the search box on the Library’s homepage, or select the Hunter link from the menu on the left to sign in and access more options.

How do I sign in to Hunter?

Select Sign in at the top right corner of the Hunter screen.

How do I sign in to Hunter

  • SGUL staff and students can sign in using a SGUL username and password
  • NHS staff should contact the Library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for login details

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Signing in to Hunter allows you to:

  • View full availability information for books and print journals
  • Manage your account: view and update loans and holds, review any fines
  • Place holds
  • Place interlibrary loan requests
  • Save items and searches to your e-shelf

In addition, SGUL staff and students who sign in to Hunter before trying to access e-resources from offsite will find that many journals give access to full-text articles without requiring any further login.

Can NHS Staff use Hunter?

Yes!

Finding and accessing resources
Library membership will enable most NHS staff to borrow books found in Hunter. 

Most of the online resources found in Hunter can be accessed by NHS staff using the SGUL computers in the computer rooms next to the Library; the Library Helpdesk (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm) can provide login details. Offsite access to our electronic resources is limited for NHS staff. See How do I access e-resources offsite?


Managing your Library account
NHS staff can also manage their Library account using Hunter. See How do I sign in to Hunter?

What can I search for in Hunter?

The default search is All Resources, which searches across books and e-books, e-journals and content in the SORA Repository. You can narrow your search by choosing different options from the dropdown menu:

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Articles and more
searches for electronic journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, etc.

Books and more
searches books, e-books, CDs, DVDs, dissertations and theses held by the Library

Journal Titles
searches for both print and electronic journal titles, e.g. BMJ, The Lancet

SORA Repository
searches the SORA Repository to find articles and papers by SGUL staff and students

Search tip! By default, Hunter searches only resources that are held at SGUL in print or electronically. In the Filter menu on the left of the Hunter screen, select Expand beyond SGUL Library collection to include records outside of our collection and for which we have no full-text availability.

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How do I find a book?

  • Select Books and more from the drop-down menu next to the Hunter search box.
  • In the Hunter search box enter two or three key words from the title you are searching for. Below is a search for ‘Essentials of Kumar & Clark’s Clinical Medicine’ by Kumar & Clark:

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  • Click on the magnifying glass to search.

Two records are returned for this book because we hold it in two formats: in print and as an e-book:

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E-books
A Full text available link appears on the record for an e-book.

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  • Select this link to access login options and view the e-book.

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Print books
A Check availability of print copies link appears on the record of books we hold in print.

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  • Select this link to find the book’s shelf location. If you are signed in to Hunter, you will also be able to see whether the book is currently available on the Library shelves.

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How do I find a journal?

  • Select the Journal Titles option from the drop down menu next to the Hunter search box.
  • In the Hunter search box enter the title of the journal you are looking for, e.g. New Scientist.
  • Click the magnifying glass to search.

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The Library has both electronic and print holdings for this title, so two records are displayed:

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E-journals
A Full text available link appears under the record for electronic, or e-journal, holdings.

  • Select Full text available to see which years are available electronically.

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  • Select the links to navigate to these holdings on the publishers’ and other websites.

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Print journals
A Check availability of print copies link appears under the record for print holdings.

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  • Select Check availability of print copies to view more detailed information about the Library’s print holdings for this title.

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Print journals later than 1975 are shelved in the rolling stacks in the small Silent Study Area.

Our small number of pre-1975 journals are kept in the Archive and can be brought up to the Library on request. Please ask at the Library Helpdesk.

How do I find a journal article?

  • Select Articles and more from the drop-down menu next to the Hunter search box.
  • In the search box, enter a few key words from the title of the article you are looking for.
    Below is a search for an article titled ‘Sounding Off on Social Media: The Ethics of Patient Storytelling in the Modern Era’:

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  • Click on the magnifying glass to search.
  • Check that the search result matches yours, i.e. the title, author and year of publication are correct.

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To view the full text of the article:

  • Click on Full text available to view options.
  • Select the link to navigate to the article on the provider’s website. From here, you will be able to open the full text.

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How can I search for resources on a topic?

As well as searching for specific books, journals and articles, you can use Hunter to search more generally across our resources for information relating to a topic.

Remember! Hunter can provide useful results in response to a general topic search, but its search mechanisms are less targeted than those used by the databases and some relevant resources will be missed. When a more systematic search is required - particularly of our journal content - we always recommend using the databases. (See What can I find in Databases A-Z?)

To carry out a general topic search in Hunter:

  • Enter key words relating to your topic or search query in the search box.
  • You can use the * to include different word endings in your search, so in the example below searching prevent* will pick up: prevent, prevents, preventing, prevention, preventative etc.

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  • Click on the magnifying glass to search.

A general topic search will often generate a large number of results:

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You can narrow your results using the Filter my results options on the left of the screen:

  • Choose from filter options including resource type, subject and publication dates.
  • Select Apply filters to update your results.

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What is my e-Shelf?

What is my e Shelf

Your eShelf is a space where you can permanently save details of useful resources you find in Hunter so that you can access them again at any time. You can also save searches that you would like to run again in future.

You will need to sign in to Hunter to save items and access your eShelf.

Remember! If you have saved items or searches without signing in, Hunter will store them in a temporary ‘guest’ eShelf. Signing in at any time during your session will transfer them to your permanent eShelf. Remember to do this before closing your browser window, as temporary saved items will then be lost.

To save items to your eShelf:

  • Sign in to Hunter if you have not already done so. (See How do I sign into Hunter?)
  • When you find an article, book, e-book or other item you would like to save, click on the pin icon at the top right of its record.

The icon will change and the record will become yellow, confirming the item is now saved to your eShelf:

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To view saved items in your eShelf:

  • Make sure you are signed in to Hunter.
  • Select the pin icon at the top right of the screen to access your eShelf.

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Your eShelf will open to the Saved Records tab where your stored items are listed:

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Icons at the top right of each saved record offer further actions, including:

  • generating a reference for the item in a choice of reference styles
  • exporting the record to various reference management programmes, including RefWorks
  • emailing the item record
  • deleting the record from your eShelf

To save searches to your eShelf:

  • Sign in to Hunter if you have not already done so. (See How do I sign into Hunter?)
  • After running a search you would like to save, select the Save search option below the search box.

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A pop-up box notifies you that your search has been saved:

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If you choose to turn on notifications, you will be emailed when new resources fitting your search criteria are added to Hunter. You can cancel notifications later from your eShelf.

To view and run saved searches in your eShelf:

  • Make sure you are signed in to Hunter.
  • Select the pin icon at the top right of the screen to access your eShelf.
  • Open the Saved searches tab to list your searches.

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  • Clicking on the search title will run the search again in Hunter.
  • Toggling the bell icon allows you to turn notifications on or off for each search. 

How do I access e-resources offsite?

  • SGUL staff and students can use their SGUL username and password to access almost all online resources found in Hunter from anywhere with an internet connection. For more information see our helpsheet ‘Offsite access to SGUL electronic resources’ on our Help webpage.
  • For NHS staff, offsite access to SGUL e-resources is limited:
    - most e-books found in Hunter can be accessed from anywhere using an NHS OpenAthens login
    - subscribed e-journal content can only be accessed onsite at SGUL

    For information about OpenAthens and NHS access to resources see our helpsheet 'Library Services for NHS staff - PDF Booklet’ on our Help webpage.

What can I find in A-Z Online Journals?

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This link at the top of the Hunter screen will take you to the Online Journals A-Z, listing all the electronic journals that SGUL subscribes to on your behalf, as well as a range of high-quality, freely-available online journals.

You can find electronic journals by:

  • browsing the A-Z
  • searching by keywords in the journal title

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When the search results are displayed:

  • find the journal you want to visit and click on either the title or Full text available link.

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A pop-up window will open, displaying:

  • links to online holdings of the journal from one or more providers
  • the date range available from each provider. If there is no end date, this means we currently subscribe to the journal and the latest issue should be available 
  • specific advice on how to access the journal offsite (where relevant)

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What can I find in Databases A-Z?

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This link will take you to SGUL Library's Databases page where you can select a particular database, such as CINAHL, Medline, etc, to search.

What can I do in Request Interlibrary Loan?

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This link will take you to a form where you can request books or journal articles not held at SGUL Library. There may be a charge for this service. For more information, visit Interlibrary Loans.

To use this link you will need to sign in to Hunter if you have not already done so. (See How do I sign into Hunter?)

 

Instructional six second Vines and videos are available.

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Youtube videos list  (all videos are subtitled/includes captions)

We have removed links to some of our videos which are now out of date. Please bear with us while we update them.

 

Six second Vine videos

 

How to find the Printer/Photocopiers in the Library

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How to take out books on the self-service machines

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How to return a book

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How to find the Research Enquiries Desk

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Youtube Videos 

Below are videos on how to use Hunter to find articles, e-books and books.  These are taken from Library StART - St George's Assignment Resources Toolkit  where we have more information on how to get started with your assignments.

 

How to find a book on the shelf

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How to register for an OpenAthens account

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How to find NHS e-journals

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We provide a range of helpsheets guides and leaflets for your learning and teaching needs.

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See our Library Services Alert page for information on known disruptions to Library services.


 New to the Library? See our Library Essentials guide for all the need to know information.

Helpsheets, guides and leaflets are arranged under the following headings:

  1. Referencing and reference management
  2. Using Hunter to find resources eg books, journals or articles
  3. SGUL electronic journals, books & databases
  4. NHS Library services, electronic journals, books & databases
  5. Information for Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (FHSCE)
  6. Finding information, including statistics, on the Web
  7. Accessing information via your Mobile
  8. Social Media Guidelines

 

Aside from helpsheets we also have:

 


 

Referencing and reference management

How to reference

Harvard (FHSCE) student - PDF

Guide to using the Harvard system of referencing produced by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education for the academic year 2017-2018. 


Harvard: Cite Them Right onsite access
Harvard: Cite Them Right offsite access

Online guide for Harvard referencing style based on Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2016) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 10th edn. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cite Them Right - YouTube video

A brief introduction video to Cite Them Right online.

Vancouver - PDF

Guide to using the Vancouver system of referencing.

Reference management software

RefWorks 2.0 - PDF

Workbook for using RefWorks 2.0, a web-based application for storing and managing bibliographic references. Only available to SGUL staff and students.

For a more detailed guide see the RefWorks2.0 online help.

Refworks YouTube Channel

Official RefWorks YouTube Channel with video tutorials from general orientations to more advanced technical feature overviews and grouped into playlists.  Produced by ProQuest RefWorks.

Using RefGrab-it from RefWorks - video tutorial

Short online tutorial demonstrating how to use the RefGrab-It tool to quickly capture citation data from websites.  This tutorial was produced by LSU Health Sciences Center Library, New Orleans.

Reference Manager YouTube Channel

Offical Reference Manager YouTube Channel with video tutorials on how to use Cite While You Write and other features of the software.  Produced by Thomson Reuters.

EndNote YouTube Channel

Official EndNote YouTube Channel with video tutorials from general orientations to more advanced technical feature overviews and grouped into playlists.  Produced by Thomson Reuters.

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Using Hunter

Using Hunter search tool - PDF

Also see Hunter FAQs

How to search across all of SGUL's information resources including books, journals and articles

How to renew or reserve items - Libguide

See our Library Essentials online guide for help on how to renew or reserve items

Understanding your reading list - Libguide

A guide to understanding references on your reading list and how to find them using SGUL resources.

 

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SGUL electronic journals, books & databases

Help with offsite access

Accessing SGUL electronic resources offsite - PDF

Step-by-step instructions on how to access e-journals, e-books and databases offsite with your SGUL login.

E-books and e-journals

SGUL e-journals and SFX FAQs

See our Journals and SFX FAQs to find out how to find, access and navigate e-journals.

SGUL e-books - PDF

An introduction to electronic books available at SGUL including how to find, access and use.

Finding research on a topic

Searching databases using Ovid - PDF

Ovid is a specialist search tool that allows you to search for journal articles on a topic in databases such as Medline and Embase.

Searching databases using EBSCOhost - PDF

EBSCOhost is a specialist search tool that allows you to search for journal articles on a topic in databases such as CINAHLPlus or Medline.

Cochrane Library - PDF

[Introduction to The Cochrane Library - video tutorial]

[Search and MeSH - video tutorial]

The Cochrane Library is a database of systematic reviews and other good quality evidence based healthcare information.

Pubmed Tutorial

PubMed is a free search tool for MEDLINE, provided by the US National Library of Medicine. It also includes special tools such as Clinical Queries, Journals Database and Single Citation Matcher.

Searching ASSIA using ProQuest (libguide)

YouTube tutorial

ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts) spans the literature of health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.

Searching BNI using ProQuest (libguide)

BNI (British Nursing Index) indexes mainly UK articles, with selected international journals, of interest to nurses, midwives and health visitors.

Finding citing articles, citations and journal metrics

Web of Science

A guide to the Web of Science platform. Find information here about Citation Reports and the h-index.

Cited Reference Searching

A guide to running a Cited reference search ie find journal articles that have cited a particular article.

Essential Science Indicators

How to use Essential Science Indicators, an analytical tool that helps you quickly identify highly-cited research in your field.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

How to use JCR to generate various citation metric reports including the Journal Impact Factor.

Current awareness

Keeping up to date - handbook [PDF]

Keeping up to date - slides [PDF]

Covers various tools available to help you stay up-to-date. Includes alerting services, bulletins, blogs, wikis and RSS feeds.

Zetoc - produced by Mimas

Zetoc training materials. Zetoc provides access to the British Library's table of contents of journal articles and conference proceedings. Allows you to search, set up alerts and RSS.

Accessing information via mobiles

Mobile Resources Blog

A guide to accessing information via your mobile phone and other moblie devices.

 

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NHS Library services, electronic journals, books & databases

Information about Library services

Library Services for NHS staff - PDF booklet

A brief NHS guide to library services and e-resources.

Guide to Nursing Resources for NHS staff - PDF booklet

A guide to key resources for nurses.

E-books, e-journals and databases

Finding NHS electronic journals - PDF

How to find and access a wide range of electronic journals using your NHS Athens login and the My Journals service.

Finding NHS E-books - PDF

How to find and access e-books using your NHS Athens login.

NHS HDAS video tutorials

A series of short video tutorials on how to use the new NICE Healthcare Advanced Database Search (HDAS) site.

10 Step Guide to NHS healthcare databases - PDF

Quick guide to searching NHS healthcare databases, including Medline, Embase, CINAHL, BNI, AMED, PsycInfo, HMIC and Health Business Elite.

Searching NHS Healthcare Databases - PDF

Detailed guide to searching the NHS healthcare databases, including Medline, Embase, CINAHL, BNI, AMED, PsycInfo, HMIC and Health Business Elite.

Cochrane Library - PDF

[Introduction to The Cochrane Library - video tutorial]

[Search and MeSH - video tutorial]

The Cochrane Library is a database of systematic reviews and other good quality evidence based healthcare information.

PubMed Tutorial

PubMed is a free search tool for MEDLINE, provided by the US National Library of Medicine. It also includes special tools such as Clinical Queries, Journals Database and Single Citation Matcher.

Accessing NHS OpenAthens journals in Google Scholar [PDF]

Quick Guide to accessing NHS OpenAthens journals in Google Scholar.

Accessing NHS OpenAthens journals in PubMed [PDF]

Quick Guide to accessing NHS OpenAthens journals in PubMed.

Current awareness

Keeping up to date - handbook [PDF]

Keeping up to date - slides [PDF]

Covers various tools available to help you stay up-to-date. Includes alerting services, bulletins, blogs, wikis and RSS feeds.

Zetoc produced by Mimas

Zetoc training materials. Zetoc provides access to the British Library's table of contents of journal articles and conference proceedings. Allows you to search, set up alerts and RSS.

Evidence based healthcare

DynaMed Plus tutorial - video tutorial

A flash video tutorial on how to use DynaMed Plus.

DynaMed Plus User Guide

The basics of searching and finding results on the DynaMed Plus interface. Provided by Ebsco.

Evidence Based Healthcare Resources - PDF

A guide outlining the what, why, how and where of evidence based healthcare, and introducing the resources available.

Patient information

Patient Information Leaflet - PDF

List of websites for finding information for patients.

Accessing information via mobiles

Mobile Resources blog

A guide to resources you can access on your mobile device.

 

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Information for Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Information about libraries

Information for FHSCE - PDF

A brief student guide to Library and Information Services. Includes useful web addresses and key contacts for both universities.

Guides to clinical placements - website

Information about libraries that students may be able to use while on placement.

How to reference

Harvard (FHSCE) student - PDF

 

Guide to using the Harvard system of referencing produced by the FHSCE for academic year 2017-2018.

Finding research on a topic

Searching databases using EBSCOhost - PDF

EBSCOhost is a specialist search tool that allows you to search for journal articles on a topic in databases such as CINAHLPlus or Medline.

 

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Finding Information on the Web

Where to find statistics - PDF

Lists various websites where statistics can be found.

Finding Quality Information on the Web

A guide to finding quality information on the Web. Introduces a number of different search engines, quality websites, tools, directories and gateways. Includes tips for searching with Google and covers how to evaluate a website.

 

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Accessing Information via your Mobile

Mobile Resources blog

A guide to resources you can access on your mobile device, with reviews of useful apps.

Setting up University e-mail on your mobile device - SGUL login required

Guides on synchronising University email, contacts and calendars on your mobile device.

WiFi set-up- SGUL login required

Guides to connecting to eduroam - the WiFI network on mobile devices.

Connecting to Eduroam via mobile devices - PDF

Instructions for connecting to the Eduroam wireless network via Android mobile devices or iPhones and iPods. (Please note that NHS staff do not have access to the Eduroam wireless network).

Introduction to QR codes - PDF

A quick quide to using QR (Quick Reference) codes to access information on mobile devices.

NHS Evidence Mobile - PDF

Information on accessing the NHS Evidence search engine on mobile devices.

Dynamed Plus App - PDF

Information on accessing Dynamed Plus on mobile devices.

BMJ Best Practice App - PDF

Information on accessing BMJ Best Practice on mobile devices.

PubMed Mobile - PDF

A quick introduction to PubMed for mobile devices. PubMed is a free online interface that allows you to search the Medline database.

EBSCO Host Mobile - PDF

Information flyer produced by EBSCOhost about their mobile site and apps.
SGUL has access to the CINAHL Plus, AMED, and Medline databases via EBSCOhost. SGUL/FHSCE staff and students can therefore access these databases via EBSCO Host Mobile.

 

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Social Media Guidelines

 Social Media Guidelines for Students - PDF

Advice and guidance on using social media for health care professional trainees

 Social Media Guidelines for Staff - SGUL login required

Guidance on using social media for St George's, University of London staff

 

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