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Attend a Library Class

The Libraries offer a variety of education opportunities on a regular schedule and by special request.  Other class topics can be developed upon request.

Library classes are open to all and most are hands-on. Complete class descriptions of regularly scheduled classes are listed below.  Any of our classes can be tailored for your department or class and can be scheduled at any of our locations by request.  To schedule a class, or for more information about classes offered by the Library, contact us for more information.

See also the Library Events & Classes calendar for the current class offerings.

Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session

  • This introductory one hour class covers the creation of a rolled poster, presentation skills and best practices for poster sessions at professional conferences and meetings. This class is designed to enhance poster creation and presentation skills.
No events

Introduction to EndNote

  • This hands-on workshop introduces faculty, staff, and students the basics of using the EndNote X6/X7 software to manage references and produce bibliographies.
  • Topics include importing references from databases, organizing and managing an EndNote library, and producing a bibliography in various formats.
  • Note: EndNote software is not available for use in the library, except during scheduled classes. Users must purchase EndNote for their own computers. The HSC Computer Store and EndNote.com have EndNote available for purchase.  The Computer Store has the best discounted price for UT Health Science Center affiliated students, faculty and staff.
  • EndNote X7 was released May 20, 2013.  Class will discuss X6 and X7 for while users decide to upgrade.

Introduction to PubMed

  • PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s web-based MEDLINE interface. In this hands-on class, learn how to improve your search results, use MeSH, limits, find full-text, and use Boolean operators.
No events

Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information

  • This hands-on workshop will help you search CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. Learn the basic searching skills that will utilize the CINAHL subject headings and limiters to find the information that you need. Attendees will learn how to link to full text and how to save and retrieve search strategies and results.
No events

Introduction to RefWorks

  • This hands-on workshop introduces faculty, staff, or students the basics of using RefWorks to manage references and produce bibliographies. Learn how to import references from databases such as PubMed or CINAHL, organize and manage a RefWorks database, and produce a bibliography. RefWorks is a web-based product that is available to all UT Health Science Center affiliates.

Library Basics

  • This is a basic orientation to the Library, designed for Administrative Assistants and other staff who need a refresher on library use. The class includes a tour of the Library, an overview of services, and hands-on instruction in locating items, both electronically and in-print.
  • Library Basics is offered once a semester but special sessions can be scheduled by request.
No events

Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches

  • This class will introduce standard and advanced search features in Google Scholar.  Learn how to set Google Scholar preferences to include full-text links from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries, export citations from Google Scholar to RefWorks or EndNote and set up and integrate the Library’s LibX Toolbar with Google Scholar on your own computer.
  • Google Scholar is scheduled by request.
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Library Orientation

  • Library Orientations are only offered by request. These sessions generally include an overview of services and an introduction to the Library Catalog, as well as appropriate databases, such as MEDLINE or CINAHL. Orientation sessions are usually 50 minutes or less and can be tailored for your group.
  • To schedule an orientation, contact your nearest library location.

Attend a Records Management Class


Email Management Webinar

Two part webinar developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that discusses laws and rules regarding email as records, how to determine when an email is a record and how to identify which emails you should keep.  Shows one way to organize your inbox and productivity tips to make email use more efficient.  Click here to view webinars.

Planning an Imaging Project Webinar

Two part webinar developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that discusses imaging projects for records – how to decide when to image records, the steps involved, equipment needed, etc.  Click here to view webinars.

Face-to-Face Classes

Records Management Module A: Records Retention & Inventory

    Required for all Records Management Representatives. This class covers state laws regarding records management for state agencies, reasons we need to manage our records, how to interpret the Records Retention Schedule (RRS), how to use the online RRS to find the required retention period for records, how to fill out a Disposition Log, and how to do an inventory of department records.

Records Management Module C: Managing Permanent Records and Electronic Records

Covers the pros and cons of the various options for storing permanent records including paper, microfilm, and document imaging.  Also explains state laws for electronic records and issues such as security and choosing the right format.  Previous attendance at Records Management Module A is not required.

Current schedule for face-to-face classes:

No events

Find a Place to Study

Briscoe, Ramirez, and Laredo libraries have rooms for group and individual study. Availability and reservation policies vary by location.

Classroom and meeting rooms are also available by reservation.

Reserve a Room

Briscoe Library

Group study rooms (but not individual rooms) are available for online reservation by UT Health Science Center faculty, staff, residents, and students. 4th and 5th floor Individual Study Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.

Tables and study carrels are available on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the library.  They are on a first come, first served basis.  We suggest always using a cable-lock with laptops and not leaving valuables unattended.

View group and individual study rooms at Briscoe

View meeting and classrooms at Briscoe

Policies and guidelines

Ramirez Medical Library

The Ramirez Medical Library in Harlingen has four group study rooms. Study rooms A & B are available to anyone. Study rooms C & D are available to RAHC students, faculty and staff.  Data cables inside the study rooms may be used with personal laptops. Reservations can be made at the information desk. Contact Ramirez Library staff for more information about reservations and availability.

Laredo Regional Campus Library

One group study room is available to UT Health Science Center students, faculty, residents, and staff.  Data cables inside the study room may be used with personal laptops. The staff workroom is also available for study space; however, library staff members have priority use over this space and should still be able to access the library’s storage room. Contact Laredo Library staff for information about availability.

Find a Research Tool

The tools listed below have been developed to make it easier for you to find information at UTHSC Libraries. Each tool listed below has been developed by UTHSC, or has been identified by library staff as helpful in the integration of your research.

If there are tools that have helped you with your reserch you would like to suggest we add to the Toolbox page, please email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Catalog and Proxy Tools

LibX: Firefox and Google Chrome Add-on

What is it?

LibX is a web browser add-on that provides you with direct access to UTHSC Library resources, all from a toolbar.

How can it help with my research?

This tool allows you to search the library catalogs, right-click search menus, off-campus access to UTHSC, and embedded cues. For more information on LibX, and tutorials visit LibX.


LibX works with both Firefox and Google Chrome. Below are the downloads for both browsers:

Please note the instructions for installing any extension that is outside of the Chrome marketplae.

Catalog Bookmarklet

What is it?

The catalog bookmarklet allows you to search the UTHSC Library catalog if the page you are on has either the ISBN or ISSN number on it. Just drag the bookmark link below into your bookmarks bar to begin using the bookmarklet.

How can it help with my research?

The bookmarklet allows you to search the libraries catalog, if the page you are viewing has the ISBN or ISSN number located on it.



Proxy Bookmarklet

What is it?

The Proxy bookmarklet reloads the page that you are on with the proxy service loaded, giving access to our journals even off campus.

How can it help with my research?

The Proxy bookmarklet allows you to integrate the library resources into your research workflow, but does not require you to visit the library’s website to login from off campus first.


Proxy Bookmarklet


What is it?

UTHSC Link is a link generator that creates a shorter, readable link that can be emailed, bookmarked, or included on a Blackboard course page.

How can it help my research?

UTHSC Link allows you to share links with others quickly and effeciently. All that is required to use UTHSC Link is a DOIPMIDPMCID, or CINAHL Accession Number.

More information on UTHSC Link





Citation Tools

BibMe Logo


What is it?

BibMe is a free fully automatated bibliography maker that will help build work cited pages that can be imported into your research documents at any point of the research cycle.

How can it help my research?

BibMe allows you to enter information either by searching for specific books, articles, etc., or manually entering information into the BibMe web application. BibMe allows you download your citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats

For more infomration or to use BibMe visit



Information Organization


What is it?

Delicious is a social bookmarking service, that allows you to save all of your bookmarks online, share them with others, and see what other people are bookmarking. Delicious keeps all of your bookmarks in one location, so you don’t have to worry about what machine your on, you can still get to them. Users are given the option to save their bookmarks through Delicious web interface, or through web browser extensions.

How can it help with my research?

Delicious allows you to organize your bookmarks with tags. The tags are placed within specific pages of your account. You can share links with your peers that will send them to a list of bookmarks, rather than emailing them to everyone one at a time. Also, if you are looking at working collaboratively with others, you can create custom tags, specific to the research; then as everyone tags research with these tags you will develop a list of research bookmarks that can be accessed by anyone anywhere.

Download and more information

Delicious does not require anything to be downloaded to work from their webpage, but they have developed plugins that help streamline the bookmarking process. If you would like to download the plugins for your respective browser:

Evernote Logo


What is it?

Evernote is a capture and organization tool that allows you to collect, sort, tag and annotate notes in various forms of media. You can organize text notes, clip a web page, snap a photo, grab a screen shot, etc. and store the information in Evernote.

How can it help with my research?

Evernote allows you to keep information on various forms of media and make annotations on the source. This allows you to not misplace your notes, and gives you a place to store them.

Download and more information

Evernote works on Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone/iPhone Touch, iPad, Android, Palm Pre/Pixi, and Windows Mobile. To download visit Evernote.

Additionally Evernote has extensions for various browsers so you can organize all of your bookmarks and keep them all in one place no matter what computer you are on. To download the Evernote extension visit Evernote Firefox.

For more information, and video demonstrations of Evernote, visit Evernote.

Zotero Logo


What is it?

Zotero is a free Firefox extension that allows you to collect, organize, manage, share, and cite your researh sources.

How can it help with my research?

All of the information you import lives on Zotero, so you can install, and use it on multiple machines. Also, you can share your information with other individuals and groups that you may be researching with. In addition, Zotero gives you the option of discovering others researches that share the same interests, and sources that they are citing.


Zotero only works with Firefox, and you must register with Zotero to get all of the functionality. For more information, demonstration videos, and to download the Zotero extension visit Zotero.

Find a Specific Article or Book

When you need to find a specific article or book, having some citation/reference details are helpful.  When you have details for a specific item, you can usually quickly determine if it is available at the library.

Reading Citations

Most citations or references share a few basic details: Author, Title, Date.  Articles will usually have additional details including both article title and journal title as well as volume and issue.  Some article citations may also list a PMID or DOI.  PMID and DOI are unique numbers assigned to specific articles to make them easier to find.  Here are three sample citations that show these features.

Journal Citation:
Rose, L. (2011). Interprofessional collaboration in the ICU: how to define? Nursing in Critical Care, 16(1), 5-10.

Journal Citation with PMID or DOI:
Speroff, T., Ely, E. W., Greevy, R., Weinger, M. B., Talbot, T. R., Wall, R. J., et al. (2011). Quality improvement
projects targeting health care-associated infections: comparing virtual collaborative and toolkit
approaches. Journal of Hospital Medicine: an Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, 6(5),
271-8. doi:10.1002/jhm.873

Book Citation:
Marino, P. L., & Sutin, K. M. (2007). The ICU book (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Finding the Specific Book

  1. Search the Library Catalog.  Use the Title Search for books when you know the book title. (See step by step directions)
  2. If the Library Catalog does not find the book, you can also search our E-Book collection.  Some additional non-health sciences titles are findable in the E-Book collection.
  3. When the Libraries do not have the book you want in any format, order it online using Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad. (See directions for Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad)

Finding an Article with a PMID or DOI

  1. Visit the Library Link page: http://link.uthscsa.edu/
  2. Copy and paste the PMID or DOI into the search box.
  3. Library Link will then create a direct link to the article if it is available online.
  4. When the Libraries do not have an electronic subscription to the journal, check the Library Catalog for a paper copy then request a copy online using Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad.

Finding the Specific Article (without PMID or DOI)

One quick way to find an article, when you already have the citation details, is to use the PubMed Single Citation Matcher.  There are a variety of other ways to find specific articles, including the E-Journal system, the Library Catalog, and the Single Citation Matcher.  The steps for using the Single Citation Matcher are below.

  1. Using the citation details enter several into the Single Citation Matcher site.  Often fewer details are better than more here.
  2. If PubMed matches the citation to the abstract successfully, click the HSC Link button near the top right corner of the screen to check for library full text access.  (See step by step directions for full text)
  3. When the Libraries do not have the journal you want, order a copy of the article online using Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad. (See directions for Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad)

Remember, you can Get Help from the on-call librarian during normal business hours as well as Saturday afternoons.  Contact us for help!

Find an online journal

The way to locate full-text articles depends on how much detail you have about the item. Start by clicking the E-journals tab on the Library homepage.

Ejournals Tab

  • If you have an e-journal citation, from the Library homepage, click “E-journal” to get started. Type the journal title in the box or use the MEDLINE abbreviation.
  • If we have an online version of the journal, the title will be listed with the years of electronic coverage.
Serial Solutions results page


  • In the event that we do not have electronic coverage, click “Try the Library Catalog” button to see if we have it in print in the Library.
  • Journal title results are shown with links to the years of coverage.  Choose the link to Journal button that matches the year of your citation.

Getting to Full-Text from Library Databases

From inside most Library Databases, when working on an article search for a topic, you will see buttons that say HSCLink.  These buttons connect you to the Library’s e-journal system.

HSCLink page

Things to remember

If you need help finding library materials, contact Askalibrarian, call (210) 567-2450, or come by the library.

To login from off campus, use your domain username/password. Give the library a call if you encounter any problems or errors with the log in process.


Find Help – Guides

Refreshed and redesigned with the user in mind, our guides offer a fully responsive experience on your desktop and mobile device. Select a guide by topic from the options below, or browse all guides.

We hope you found what you need using the available guides. You can always contact us to suggest an enhancement or an entirely new guide.

Find Resources for Evidence Based Practice

A variety of resources are available to meet the needs of evidence based practice.

Databases & Resources

For a complete list of EBM/EBP resources, visit the Databases by Subject.

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

Find Resources for Writing

When you need to write research papers, articles and dissertations, be sure to carefully collect the reference details for the articles and books you will use while writing.

Check with your school or department to see if individual writing tutors are available.  Librarians are not able to review or edit papers but students are welcome to ask specific questions related to the research and writing process.

Selected Style Guides at the Libraries

A variety of additional style guides can be found using the Library Catalog – keyword or title search.

Tools to Use – Help with Citation Styles

  • RefWorks – online tool to help collect, organize and cite research sources, free to UT Health Science Center affiliates, sign up for a personal account at RefWorks
  • EndNote – installed software, available to UT Health Science Center affiliates for individual or department purchases ($79) at the Campus Computer Store
  • Mendeley – free web-based reference manager software and academic social network
  • Zotero – free web browser based reference tool to help you collect, organize, and cite your research sources

Comprehensive Writing Websites

Personal Statements and the Job Search

Scientific and Medical Writing

  • A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers. Z 253 T929m 2007
  • From research to manuscript: a guide to scientific writing. e-book
  • Medical writing: a guide for clinicians, educators, and researchers. WZ 345 T245c 2011
  • Science research writing for non-native speakers of English. PE 1475 G549s 2011
  • Writing the NIH grant proposal: a step-by-step guide. W 20.5 G355w 2006

APA Style Tips & Tricks

Find Study & Exam Tools

The Libraries have a variety of materials available to assist with study and exam preparation.

Study Anatomy


Study NBDE