Monday, 27 February 2012

Free trial to SCOPUS now on!

The Library has arranged for a 1-month free trial of the SCOPUS database, running from 27 February.

SCOPUS is the number one rated database on our 'most wanted' list. However, the cost is rather high (approx £10,000 per annum, plus VAT). Therefore we would like your feedback on whether you think it provides sufficient added value when used in conjunction with the other databases we provide.

Go to
If you are accessing SCOPUS from outside School, click the Login option at the top right of the screen, choose the 'Athens/Other Institution login' option, then choose the 'UK Access Management Federation' option. Finally choose 'London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine' from the list of institutions and enter your username and password in the login box (DL students should enter their UoL Portal username and password at this point).

What does SCOPUS contain?
SCOPUS contains bibliographic information for thousands of journals in the life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences and social sciences including all of the data indexed in MEDLINE.

The Analytics section provides the SCOPUS alternative to the journal impact factor.

SCOPUS also provides direct PDF links to the journals we subscribe to via the ScienceDirect platform.

Please leave your feedback in the comments, or email me directly

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Paintings Online Project

Five of LSHTM’s oil paintings have joined nearly 2000 others from the London Borough of Camden on the Your Paintings website at:

Tess Barnes’ portrait of Baroness Lynda Chalker, Graham Cole’s painting of the Keppel Street building, Hubert Andrew Freeth’s portrait of Robert Leiper, Harry Herman Salomon's portrait of Sir Patrick Manson and Margaret Lindsay Williams' portrait of Sir George Newman are now visible on the website alongside paintings by Canaletto, Hogarth, Benjamin West and many others.

The Your Paintings project is intended to create a complete online catalogue of every oil painting in the national collection, and members of the public are invited to tag the works already available on the website to make them more discoverable.

Paintings from the LSHTM collection can be viewed

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

February Resource of the Month: World Development Indicators

Our February “Resource of the month” is the World Bank’s World Development Indicators, a compilation of data from officially-recognised sources that presents researchers with up-to-date and accurate information on global health and development. Including statistics produced by more than 150 nations, the WDI has published new material every year since 1960. Much of this data comes from the official statistics of its member countries (1).

WDI statistics can be browsed by country, topic and indicator, and the information in the World Bank database comes accompanied by notes that help to contextualise the numbers in terms of development (2).

Access to the WDI is provided through the UK-based Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), a national service that came into operation in 2003. Access to ESDS can be found in the library’s electronic resources section (data, statistics and bibliometrics).
For further information on WDI and ESDS, please visit:

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Collection of the month - Michael Stewart Rees Hutt (1922-2000)
In the wake of World Cancer Day last weekend, we have been considering scientists represented in the LSHTM archives who contributed towards the understanding and prevention of cancers. Michael Stewart Rees Hutt, whose papers make up one of our smallest collections, is one of these.
Hutt was an English pathologist who spent nearly a decade of his career in Uganda during the 1960s, as Professor of Pathology at Makerere University College, Kampala.  As well as helping to shape and strengthen the medical infrastructure in Uganda, including establishing a successful cancer register there, Hutt used this time to travel around the mission and government hospitals of Uganda and eastern Zaire with Dennis Burkitt,  gathering cancer incidence data.  In addition to demonstrating the non-uniformity of cancers like Burkitt's lymphoma, oesophageal and liver cancer, their research brought to light the prevalence of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) on the Uganda/Zaire border, where it accounted for 10 per cent of all tumours among adults. KS was initially one of the most common AIDS symptoms, making this discovery crucial when the epidemic of HIV and Aids became apparent in later decades.
Hutt’s return to the UK in 1970 did not signal the end of his interest in Africa. As Professor of Geographical Pathology at St Thomas’, he developed a system of diagnostic pathology for resource-poor countries and he continued to support medicine in Africa long after his retirement in 1983. 
The archives hold diaries and papers relating to Hutt’s work, including accounts of his safari to the Western Province in 1962 and his Uganda trip in 1967.
If you would like to view or find out more about the Hutt’s papers, please visit our webpage at or contact us at

Library Laptops

Nvivo, SPSS and Stata are all now available on the Library latptops. Students can loan out the laptops for up to 4 hours for use in the Library.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

MSc Projects now online

The MSc summer projects from 2010-11 are now available to access through the Library catalogue. You can also browse projects by course from the Library web pages.