Otolaryngology is ‘that branch of medicine concerned with medical and surgical treatment of the head and neck, including the ears, nose and throat.’ A medical speciality, it is also known as Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) or Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) medicine.
The printed collections in UCL Library Services are described
below. There is also information about:
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The principle collection for ORL is at the UCL Ear Institute Library, housed at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH).
Relevant printed materials can also be found throughout all of the biomedical collections at UCL Library Services.
The library catalogue (eUCLid) details books held by UCL Library Services. Help on using the online catalogue can be found from the UCL Library Services Printed Guides page or by asking a member of library staff. eUCLid contains holdings information for all UCL libraries; resources located at the UCL Ear Institute Library are marked LARYNGOLOGY and it is possible to filter eUCLid records to retrieve just those.
The UCL Ear Institute Library uses the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification scheme for arranging books on he shelves; a typical classmark looks like this:
LARYNGOLOGY WV 100 DHI
This is the classmark for ‘Ear, nose and throat and head and neck surgery’ by Dhillon and East, where:
- LARYNGOLOGY is the book collection.
- WV 100 is the classification (all books at WV 100 are ENT textbooks).
- DHI is the first three letters of the author’s surname.
ENT books will always be found at the classmark WV under the NLM classification, which is used by most British medical libraries. Books dealing with the head and neck as part of the muscloskeletal system will be shelved at WE 700 – 708.
The following is a simple guide to subject locations at the UCL Ear Institute Library:
WE 700 – Skull base
WE 705 – Facial plastic surgery
WI 250 – Dysphagia
WN 180 – Radiology
WV 100 – ENT textbooks
WV 168 – ENT surgery
WV 200 – Otology
WV 300 – Rhinology
WV 500 – Laryngology / Voice
ENT periodicals are shelved at the UCL Ear Institute Library. All journals (except Advances in Otolaryngology, Otorhinolaryngologic Clinics and Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics) are reference only.
Audiology journals are shelved in the RNID Library, on the floor above the UCL Ear Institute Library at the RNTNEH. Speech therapy and phonetics journals can be found at the UCL Language & Speech Sciences Library at Chandler House, and at the RNID Library.
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Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL: you will usually need your UCL Information Systems username and password in order to gain access to them. You may also need to set an Athens cookie to access certain resources.
There are thousands of full-text journals available online to UCL members.
The NHS Specialist Collection for ENT and Audiology has a comprehensive list of links to free online journals – a collection of specialist audiology and general titles. The Specialist Collection also has a list of links to the current contents pages of the main ORL journals.
A bibliographic database is an index to published literature.A detailed guide to bibliographic databases for biomedicine can be found here. Most biomedical bibliographic databases consist of records for articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. These records will usually include the citation and the abstract of an article.
ORL journals are indexed in several databases. Relevant databases available to UCL staff and students include:
- MEDLINE – is the largest database for clinical medicine.
- EMBASE – another large database focusing on clinical medicine.
- CINAHL – a smaller database with a focus on nursing, but also covering medicine and allied health.
- AMED – a smaller database focused on alternative and complementary medicine.
- BIOSIS Previews – the major database for literature in life sciences and biological research.
- Web of Knowledge – a service that includes the ISI Citation indexes, three databases with a broader mulitdisciplinary coverage of Arts and Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences. It also includes a conference proceedings database and the Citations Report database – home of journal impact factors.
- Cochrane Library - home of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the Cochrance Central Register of Controlled Trials, important resources for evidence about the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.
For a complete list of databases available at UCL, see www.ucl.ac.uk/library/database. All the above databases can be accessed from this page. You can either browse resources alphabetically, or display a list by subject.
Information about access to electronic resources for NHS staff from trusts associated with UCL can be found here
For advice on accessing and using databases and e-journals, or to book an information skills training session, please contact the libraries.
For a complete list of biomedical e-books available at UCL, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ebooks/ebooks_list.shtml.
Copies of UCL examination papers are available electronically on the intranet. Archives of printed copies of UCL Ear Institute exam papers are also held at the UCL Ear Institute Library.
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The NHS Specialist Collection for ENT and Audiology is a part of NHS Evidence. The content of the Specialist Collection includes:
- Clinical Guidelines e.g. NICE guidance on electrosurgery for Tonsillectomy and auditory brain stem implants
- Systematic reviews e.g. Cochrane Review of dissection versus diathermy for tonsillectomy
- News items – latest news from the world of ENT and Audiology research
- Events Calendar – month by month guide to the latest conferences and courses, plus links to other online learning resources.
- Patient information – from reliable sources such as ENT.UK and NHS Direct Online
- Professional organisation weblinks – a collection of links to all relevant organisations
- Links to free online journals – a collection of specialist and general titles
- Links to the current contents pages of the main ENT journals.
The NHS is currently implementing the 18 Week Patient Pathway. 18 Week commissioning pathways developed for ENT can be found here.
Our good friends at the Specialist Collection also handily provide a comprehensive set of links to ENT organisations.
Please see the Audiology and Deaf Studies subject guides for details of resources for hearing and deafness.
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If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject
librarian for Otorhinolaryngology:
Telephone: 020 7915 1445
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