Chronicling an Epidemic: new archival material on the first Ebola epidemic

The ongoing outbreak of Ebola in Guinea and surrounding regions has brought this terrifying disease back into the world’s media spotlight. This epidemic shares some of the features of the first devastating outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) in 1976. Then, international medical authorities such as…

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How do I search Medline before 1946?

I was recently asked this question by a student who was rather surprised by my answer. I took the student up to the Library’s Wellcome Gallery where we looked at print copies of Index Medicus, going back to volume one, printed in 1879.

Index Medicus was published every month…

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Winner of Photo Competition

We are pleased to announced that the winner of the Photo Competion is Andrew Bastawrous with his photo entitled: Cataract diagnosis in rural Kenya using a smartphone.

There were 76 entries this year and the judging panel was very impressed by the quality and range of images. We would like…

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Top 5 downloaded papers from LSHTM Research Online – March 2014

Last month we had just under 10, 000 downloads of full text papers from LSHTM Research Online with China, Germany and the USA the top three countries downloading. Below are the top five downloaded papers from March:

  Pathai, S; (2013) Does HIV accelerate the aging process? An assessment of clinical…

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SIGMA Research collection catalogue is now available

The archives of SIGMA Research have now been catalogued and the collection can be viewed online on the LSHTM archives catalogue. This is the fourth collection to be catalogued as part of the Wellcome Trust funded project to catalogue and preserve the School’s HIV/AIDS archive collections. The collection…

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25% discount on APC in BMJ Journals

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VGN Fall Into Health Autumn Sale
All staff and students who publish in a BMJ journal and wish to make their article immediately ‘Open Access’ now qualify for a 25% discount on the fee. This discount will be applied after…

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Library Services for Distance Learning Students

After Distance Learning students and staff partied it on down in the library at the annual DL reception hosted by LSHTM alumni earlier this month, I thought it the opportune moment to outline the library services we offer distance learning students.
The basics (i.e. the numbers and whatnot)


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The Bar Code


“Mr Bojangles was NOT a tap dancer, he was soft shoe. It is not the same!”

And with this remark, Mr Soft Shoe walked away with a bonus point for his team.

It was pub quiz night at the LSHTM Bar circa 1999 and Andre, Jonathan and Mark were trying…

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Wellcome Trust & Open Access monographs and book chapters

Image caption: Monograph of the West Indian Beetles of the Family Strphylinidae by bionicteaching. License: some rights reserved_CC_BY_SA

Monographs and book chapters are a key part of academic publishing. This has been reflected in recent developments by bodies such as Wellcome Trust, JISC, HEFCE to tackle the issues surrounding making…

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Gems of the Collection: Women in Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Gems of the Collection celebrates International Women’s Day with a display of items from the Library & Archives celebrating women in public health and tropical medicine.

12 March 2014
South Courtyard (next to the Manson LT)

Library and archives staff will be available to show…

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