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Once you leave Oxford Brookes, you will no longer have access to Brookes online journals and databases. This webpage provides information on resources you can use once you have left the university and are out in the workplace.
If you are employed by the NHS or working to support NHS patients, our NHS Resources page provides information about additional resources available to you.
There are many ways you can find out about recent developments in health care and update your knowledge. Have a look at some of the following options to get you started.
You can always come into the Brookes libraries and use any journals we have in print. Other university libraries have similar access for visitors, check with the one near where you work/live.
Although you won't be able to access ejournals through Brookes, there are ways of getting access to content online.
If you don't subscribe to your favourite professional journal, you can still find out what articles are being published
You can still use a database to search for articles. Although some of the key health and social care databases are subscription only, many of the ones on our databases page that you may have been using throughout your course are freely available
online. (See the
Databases for Health and Social Care
page for more information about each database.)
Sign up for mailing lists or online groups to discuss issues with others working in your area. Some examples are
Read blogs written by people in the profession, or write your own.
Always remember - By joining any social networking group or discussion list, you will be communicating with lots of other professionals, some of whom may end up being your new employer and/or colleagues so think before you post a comment.
If you are looking for a one-off introduction or discussion on a topic delivered by an expert you might consider a webinar or a podcast. If you want to learn at greater depth and for a longer period of time, a distance learning course or MOOC may
be for you.
A Webinar (short for web-based seminar) is an interactive online presentation.
A Podcast is a pre-recorded audio and sometimes video programme that is posted on a website and is made available for download. (You could also try YouTube for videos.) You can listen to or watch them via the website, or download them. Some
examples are listed below.
You could consider undertaking an online/distance learning course to increase your knowledge.
Looking at lots of sources on individual websites can be very time consuming. There are ways of bringing things all together in one place.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Instead of regularly visiting sites to look at the latest news or updates, you can have them sent to you. Using RSS allows you to keep up to date in a less time-consuming way.
It's possible to create your own page which brings together all the things you look at
Most are very easy and intuitive to set up. Try using Symbaloo or Netvibes