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Library e-resources: focusing on dentistry

28 Jun 2019

Corinne Hogan and Susan Isaac

We choose the Library’s e-resources to meet the needs of all our users, but this month we’d like to highlight areas that dental surgeons will find useful. There is a lot out there to help you and it’s all available 24/7 wherever you are. Are you interested in e-journals or e-books or maybe you need to find images for a presentation or animations for teaching? You can find all of these things via the library webpages. Let’s look at the options in more detail.

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Finding e-journals

Academic journal articles form key sources of information for subject research, so it’s good to know that the Library subscribes to 44 of the top 91 dental journals, ranked by impact factor. Impact factors are used to measure the importance of a journal by calculating the number of times selected articles are cited within the last year.

Your RCS login gives you full online access to current and past issues of the top three journals:

  • Periodontology
  • Journal of Dental Research
  • Oral Oncology

And many more.

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ClinicalKey is our most-used platform and gives access to useful articles, ebooks, videos, images and other resources. See our earlier post to learn more about using this site. In April, the two most viewed dental journal titles in ClinicalKey were the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. If you are looking for a specific journal, using the browse function is the best option.

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We expanded our Wiley journal coverage in 2018, subscribing to the full Medicine & Nursing collection which includes 36 dental journals. Once you’ve logged into the RCS website, they are all available via the Wiley Online Library. This gives you access to a wide range of relevant journals including the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, the Journal of Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery.

Search for journal titles in SurgiCat+ (the Library catalogue) or use the Journal Finder. For further information please see our login guide.

Finding e-books

E-books can be accessed from anywhere in the UK or overseas. Your starting point is to sign into the RCS website with your College login. You can find out more in an earlier post, and if you have any questions about this part of the process, please email us.

Our catalogue highlights the latest e-book arrivals, so you will always have the most up-to-date editions of core texts from our e-book provider, ClinicalKey. In March, the two most popular titles were Fonseca’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 3rd ed., and Phillips’ Science of Dental Materials, 12th ed.

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ClinicalKey: using images for academic presentations

The right image can greatly enhance any academic presentation, but the time and effort required to find that image can be overwhelming. ClinicalKey’s image collection is reliably simple, relevant and well-organised and, in addition, you can create your own image and video collection of saved content. Explore here to find out how to use images in academic presentations effectively.

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To access ClinicalKey:

  1. Go to the RCS England website and log in using your College login
  2. Go to and select ‘Login’ from the top right of the page
  3. On the ClinicalKey login page, click on ‘OpenAthens login’

Please see our help page for more information and illustrations.

Visual anatomy guides

Using 3D visuals and online content can help your continuing professional development. Virtual models and 3D animations can enhance your teaching and reinforce your training. The Library gives you access to two state of the art anatomy resources.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

The video atlas was created by Dr Robert Acland and provides an accessible source of anatomical information featuring simple language and beautifully-clear visuals. Five chapters cover the whole body with chapter four concentrating on the head and neck in detail. This chapter covers the oral cavity and its surroundings in detail, as well as sections on the both the blood vessels and nerves of the head and neck. The videos including detailed video clips of human dissections, moving structures from bone to surface anatomy, with narration, structure labelling and a PDF transcript. Learn more about this valuable resource in our earlier blog post.

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Visible Body: Human Anatomy Atlas 2018

Visible Body is a comprehensive 3D visualization and learning tool used to interact with and explore the systems of the human body. It includes over 5,000 interactive, medically accurate, male and female anatomical structures, covering systemic and regional anatomy. It allows you to rotate, zoom, dissect and add anatomical features to the models.

You can use this interactive 3D learning tool to explore dental anatomy, covering cusps, fossae and surfaces, plus cross-sections of five types of teeth. Once you select a structure, you can access encyclopaedic definitions, common pathologies, pronunciation guides and MRI images for more information. There are also interactive, animated models of the upper and lower arches for you to view.

Email us for a unique code to begin using the mobile app. Alternatively, you can use the desktop version, having logged in at our website using your usual College login.

Corinne Hogan, Senior Information Assistant

Susan Isaac, Information Services Manager

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