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Our E-Books provider, Dawsonera, are today (31st October) introducing an important change to their platform.

Adobe Digital Editions iconThis change will result in BMA members now needing to use Adobe Digital Editions in order to access the PDFs of any of the titles that they download from our E-Books Collection.

Adobe Digital Editions is available as a free download from the Adobe website for laptop and desktop users:

It is also available as a free app in the App Store for Apple iOS devices, as well as the Google Play store for Android devices.

After installing the application on your device you will need to create an Adobe ID. Step-by-step instructions on how to do this will appear when you first launch the application.

Once you created your Adobe ID account, and logged into Adobe Digital Editions with it, you should then able to download and successfully open the PDFs of any of our E-Books.

If you have any questions about this new process for downloading the PDFs of our E-Books please contact us at: e-books@bma.org.uk

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Due to essential maintenance work on the BMA website, the Sign in function will be disabled from 4pm (BST) on Friday, 29th September 2017 until 9am (BST) on Monday, 2nd October 2017.

During this period it will not be possible to sign into the BMA website, meaning that access the Library’s E-Resources (E-Journals, E-Books, Medline) will not be available.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to you by this outage.

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Every year in May the Stroke Association campaigns to raise awareness of stroke and all those affected by it. By supporting #MakeMayPurple you can help #Changethestory of stroke survivors and help raise money for more research that will save lives.

We are also helping promote awareness amongst users with a series of displays in our reading room giving information from the history of stroke to the symptoms, effects, rehabilitation and prevention. However, if you can’t make it to the library it’s not a problem, we have a selection of printed books, audiovisuals and e-books on the subject that you can access from our online catalogue anytime anywhere.

Stroke can happen at any age and it’s more common than you think. So, let’s make May Purple for Stroke!




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If you are an FY1 or an FY2 doctor, and a member of the British Medical Association, there are a wealth of services available to you from the BMA Library.

First off, you can make use of our great Postal Loans Service completely free of charge. With this service you can borrow up to 15 hard copy books from us at a time, as well as 15 DVDs, with both the cost of posting them to you, and their return, covered by us. (Each book/DVD includes a free A5 size return address label that enables you to post it back to us free of charge.) For full details of how our postal loans service works please see: http://bma.org.uk/about-the-bma/bma-library/postal-loans

Secondly, there is our E-Journals Collection of over 300 titles, accessible 24/7 no matter where you are located in the UK. The collection includes several key titles, including The Lancet, JAMA, and Medical Teacher. To view the full list of all of the e-journals available, and get direct access to each, simply visit: http://bma.org.uk/ejournals

Third up, there is our E-Books Collection of more than 1,300 titles, which are also accessible 24/7 no matter where you are located in the UK. Every BMA member has access to all of these titles, but you will probably be mainly interested in accessing those on our List of E-Books for Junior Doctors.

For full details of all of the services that we offer please check out our home page: http://bma.org.uk/library

If you have any queries about any of our services please email: bma-library@bma.org.uk or phone us on 020 7383 6625 (during office hours; Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm).

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We have improved access to our E-Books Collection by now only requiring you to log in with your BMA website username and password. You no longer need to have a separate Dawsonera username and password.

Our E-Books collection can still be accessed via either our online catalogue or the pages on the BMA website that list selections of titles suitable for Medical Students, Junior Doctors and General Practitioners, as well as key titles in each medical specialty. Both of these routes now just require you to log in with your BMA website username and password.

If you are a BMA Member and don’t yet have a BMA website username and password please use the online form to create one. If you do already have an account, but can’t remember your log in details please use the account reset form.

If you already have a separate username and password for the Dawsonera website this will continue to work.

If you have any queries or comments about E-Books Collection please email: e-books@bma.org.uk

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The D​awsonera website (www.dawsonera.com), which hosts our E-Books Collection, will be unavailable for up to one hour between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Sunday 21 June whilst British Telecom undertake essential work to upgrade the internet connection for the site.

BMA Members should ensure that they have downloaded and opened any ebooks they need access to before this outage occurs. It will not be possible to read titles which have been downloaded but not opened before the outage period begins.

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We have added 25 new titles to our E-Books Collection this week which we hope you will find very useful. They are:

As with all of the other titles in our E-Books Collection, each of these can either be read online via your web browser or downloaded as a PDF file to be read offline for up to 3 days 24 hours (1 day).

After clicking on any of the above title links you will be presented with a log in screen. Just enter your Dawsonera username and password into the boxes labelled Direct Login. If you do not yet have a Dawsonera login please send us an email (e-books@bma.org.uk), quoting your BMA Membership number,  to request one.

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