Information Resources

AAMC Tumblr site highlights the value of federally funded medical research

Research Means Hope on TumblrThe Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently announced a new social media resource, Research Means Hope, that highlights federally funded medical research advances being made by scientists and physicians at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. The site, which runs on Tumblr blogging software, also includes stories of patients who have benefited from advances in medical research.

Research Means Hope is intended to serve as a resource for legislators and staff, the media, patients, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the medical research discoveries happening as a result of the nation’s sustained federal investment in medical research. Scientists and physicians at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals conduct about half of all external research funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Searchable by state, disease category, institution, and funding source, Research Means Hope currently includes more than 280 posts highlighting medical innovations.  More content, including videos, photos, and text, is added by AAMC-member institutions on a daily basis.

Over time, the AAMC hopes it will serve as a central repository for news about medical research advances by medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Research Means Hope also maintains a presence on Facebook.

Adapted from an item on the website of  the AAMC Newsroom

Altmetrics: New measurements for scholarly output homepage

Traditional scholarly output has been measured over time by counting research publications.  Publications are also tracked by counting citations to them.  Finally, citation relationships are measured through journal impact factor.  While this explanation is simplified, scholarly output measurements are often used in tenure, grant, and employment applications and to indicate how a specific researcher has contributed to scholarship over time.  Traditional metrics are lagging indicators and non-traditional publications are often not represented.

With the explosion of social networks, online communities, and web-native publishing, new methods to measure scholarship are being developed.  The Altmetrics movement is envisioned to monitor and capture how an individual article is disseminated through the worldwide scholarly community.  By capturing links and bookmarks, from tools such as Mendeley or Twitter, and including more than just articles (data-sets, code, designs, etc.), the measurements can be more inclusive.  Altmetrics aims to measure more than just the articles; the measurement would include the conversation around an article, the views, the comments, tweets, and links.

This new movement further demonstrates that an evolvement of the paper-native era into a web-native era is occurring and that current measurement standards need to be examined.

Try it out:

For more information:

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services
Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan

Anatomy resources available through the library’s website

Netter Presenter

Netter Presenter is one of the anatomy resources The Libraries make available for students, faculty, and staff.

The Libraries offer a wide range of online anatomy resources for use across campus and off campus:

Anatomy TV contains detailed 3D interactive modules.

Clinical Human Embryology explores the development of human systems from conception to birth.

NetAnatomy includes radiographic, cross-sectional, and gross anatomy. This resource is often used for USMLE preparation.

Netter Presenter contains images from the Netter: Atlas of Human Anatomy 5th Edition in a presentation and study format.

This is only a sample of the library’s online anatomy resources. Check out the full list of resources on the library’s databases web page limited by anatomy as subject:

For questions or assistance with any library resource, contact librarians at or call 567-2450.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Changes to Micromedex drug database- Please update the url

Effective February 27, 2013, Micromedex will change URLs.  Anyone that has Micromedex bookmarked on their computer will have to update the URL to  This new URL is available now.  Beginning in February, a web page will redirect those accessing the old address to the new address until June 2013.

Please contact the library at or (210)567-2450 with any questions.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

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Ebola: Current and Reliable Resources

There is a lot of information available about the Ebola virus. UT Health Science Center librarians have compiled a list of useful and reliable resources about the disease itself and responses to it. Please start by reading the letter from UTHSCSA President Henrich linked here.

ebola Information about the disease

  1. Association of American Medical Colleges
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  3. Disaster Information Management Research Center
  4. MedLine Plus
  5. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
  6. National Institutes of Health
  7. United States Agency for International Development
Local Response

  1. Texas Department of State Health Services
  2. San Antonio Office of Emergency Management
  3. UTHSCSA – email questions directly to
  4. University of Texas System
Research Universities

  1. Association of American Universities
  2. Duke Global Health Institute
  3. Harvard School of Public Health
  4. Johns Hopkins University
  5. Stanford University
Professional Associations

  1. American Dental Association
  2. American Medical Association
  3. American Nurses Association
Guidelines for International Travel and Emergency Preparedness

  1. CDC Travel Notices
  2. Public Health Emergency
  3. US Department of State
  4. UTHSCSA Travel Guidelines

EndNote X7 now available for PC and Mac

The newest version of EndNote X7 is now available for PCs and Macs.  EndNote is a popular reference management tool that helps writers maintain a library of citations, manage PDFs, and create bibliographies for manuscripts.

EndNote website

The library’s Getting Started with EndNote X7 guide is now available on the library website for quick reference. The guide includes information on setting up an EndNote library,  annotating PDF files within EndNote, and inserting references into a paper.  New material in the X7 guide includes creating stand-alone bibliographies and editing an existing EndNote style.

To learn more about EndNote, take a Library Class, request help from library staff, and/or view online tutorials from EndNote.  Two Endnote classes will be offered this semester: October 22 at 12:00 noon and December 6 at 1:00 pm.

EndNote is only available in the Briscoe Library LIB 2.011 during classes.  To purchase the software at a discount, contact TechZone (formerly Computer Store) for information.

Katie Prentice, MSIS, AHIP
Head of Education and Information Services


HSCLink: The best way to access PubMed article links

PubMed LogoIn order to take full advantage of links to articles in PubMed, it is necessary to access PubMed from the library’s website at

A link to PubMed can be found in the Databases pull-down section of the The Libraries home page, or in the Library Search, Databases section of the page.   Although it can be tempting to access PubMed by going directly to its address,, this will bypass the open url linking that librarians have set up for PubMed.


Library home page

PubMed should be accessed from the library website in order to link to current subscriptions.


HSClinkWhen accessing PubMed from The Libraries’ website, you will see the blue HSCLink button:

The HSCLink button will either open an article for which the library subscribes for the Health Science Center, or will provide information about how to obtain an article if the library does not have access.  This may include populating an interlibrary loan form to obtain the article from another library.

For more information about using links in PubMed, contact or call Information Services at 567-2450.

Information Standards Quarterly releases issue on altmetrics

NISOThe National Information Standards Organization (NISO) recently announced publication of a special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on altmetrics.  Guest Content Editor for the Summer 2013 issue of ISQ is Martin Fenner, Technical Lead, Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS). The articles he has assembled look at emerging best practices and challenges around the use of altmetrics.

The first article, Consuming Article-Level Metrics: Observations and Lessons, discusses the issues encountered when using scripting interfaces to obtain data from the largest article-level metrics providers: Altmetric, ImpactStory, Plum Analytics and PLOS.  Scott Chamberlain of Simon Fraser University looks at commonalities and differences in consistency, provenance, and context, and cautions about combining data across providers.

Institutional Altmetrics and Academic Libraries, an article by Robin Chin Roemer (University of Washington Libraries) and Rachel Borchardt (American University) looks at how altmetrics has begun to address the needs of institutions, and the roles librarians can play in enhancing and promoting their usefulness.

Three additional articles provide case studies for the way altmetrics are being used today.

ISQ is available in open access in electronic format on the NISO website. Both the entire Summer 2013 Altmetrics issue and the individual articles may be freely downloaded.

Print copies are available by subscription and as print on demand. For more information and to access the free electronic version, visit:

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library,  published an article on altmetrics in the June issue of News from the Libraries.

Adapted from a piece by Cynthia Hodgson, ISQ Managing Editor

IOM releases report on the CTSA Program at NIH

iom_logoThe Institute of Medicine has released a report, The CTSA Program at NIH:  Opportunities for Advancing Clinical and Translational Research, evaluating the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program.  The IOM committee finds that “the CTSA program is contributing significantly to advancing clinical and translational research.” The committee recommends “a number of revisions that could make the program more efficient and effective and could ensure future successes.” If enacted, “these changes would help establish the CTSA Program as the national leader for advancing innovative and transformative clinical and translational research.”

The recommendations include updating the program’s leadership structure, mission and goals.

A brief of the full report can be found on the website of the Institute of Medicine.

The pre-publication report, can be accessed through the library’s catalog.

The CTSA program is administered by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).


Library expands access to dental journals

quintessenceFaculty, staff, and students now have the ability to access the following Quintessence journals, on and off-campus:

  • International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
  • International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
  • International Journal of Prosthodontics
  • Journal of Orofacial Pain
  • Journal of Adhesive Dentistry
  • Quintessence International

If you have any questions regarding access, please contact Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian at