Information Resources

10 things to love about The Libraries’ online services

National Library Week is April 10-16, and to help celebrate we’re highlighting the best services just for you, through our website.

#1. Access thousands of ebooks and articles from anywhere, for free

Off campus? Out of town? You can still access tons of materials through the library’s website.  Before starting your research visit the library’s website and sign in with your UTHSCSA domain username and password, or with your badge number and library PIN. From there you’ll be able to access materials just as you would from on campus.

#2. Study using video and interactive reference materials

The library’s online collection goes way beyond just ebooks and articles.  If video or interactive learning is more your style, we’ve got you covered.  Check out the amazing 3D interactive imagery of Anatomy.TV, or the helpful video libraries from AccessSurgery or Bates Physical Exams, among others.

#3. Research and clinical reference directly from your smartphone

If you’ve got a smartphone, your library is in your pocket.  On the library’s mobile website,, we offer links to reference databases that are optimized for use on mobile devices.  You can look up articles directly on your phone using mobile versions of PubMed or CINAHL, or refer to full-text mobile ebooks like Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine or Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment using AccessMedicine and Stat!Ref.

#4. Convenient learning on your schedule

The library offers a variety of classes on everything from PubMed to poster creation but if you can’t make it to one of the scheduled sessions don’t worry, we’ve got you covered: we offer recorded versions of some of our classes along with video tutorials and step by step guides. If it’s more individualized instruction you’re looking for, you can set up a one-on-one consultation with a librarian that fits your busy schedule.

#5. Have the PMID? Link directly to the full text!

Direct linking to full text can be a pain but there’s an easier and faster way to share articles. Using the UTHSC Link Tool you can plug in any PMID, or a number of other identifiers, and instantly create a shorter, readable link to full-text articles that won’t break and can be shared through any means.

#6. Upgrade your research with new online tools

Need to know if we have a book before you buy it from Amazon? Having trouble keeping all of your documents, web pages, and pdf’s organized effectively? Want a faster way to get a citation from a journal article, chapter of a book, or web page? The library’s Research Tools can help you with all of these, and more.

#7. Easy on-the-fly printing to library printers from anywhere

Have you ever needed to print out a journal article or a research paper, but thought you could only do it from the library’s computers? You don’t have to use a library computer to print to the libraries printers — you can send a print job right from your own computer. Just follow a few simple instructions to install our printers on your Mac or Windows computer.

#8. Order books and articles from thousands of other libraries

Is there an item you need that we don’t own? The library will order articles and borrow books from other libraries for you, most often completely free of charge. Our Interlibrary Loan service is free for all university students, faculty, and staff.

#9. Get your questions answered by phone, email or instant messaging

Have a question? Don’t get hung up on just one type of help; we offer reference service by phone, email, and instant messaging so you can contact us at the desk or on the run.

#10. We’re listening to you!
This National Library Week, tell us what else you like (or would like to see) on our site. We’re always looking for feedback and ideas to improve our online services.  Let us know!

Briscoe Library Web Team
Kelley Minars, Eric Willman, Luke Rosenberger

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

eBook and eJournal users: The Libraries have a new link resolver

Beginning with the new UT Health Science Center Libraries website redesign in late December, Find at UTHSCSA will become HSCLink.  When searching for articles, whether in PubMed, Ovid, CINAHL, Google Scholar, or another database instead of the familiar blue Find at UTHSCSA button, library users will find HSCLink.

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Find at UTHSCSA and HSCLink are both link resolvers, software that allows library users to go from a database entry directly to the article of choice in one or two clicks.  The UT Health Science Center Libraries are in the process of changing to a new link resolver.  Collection Resources librarians, along with our Web Services librarian, are working to make this transition as seamless as possible.

Pages on the library’s website that will be affected by this change are the e-journal page (currently and the e-book page (currently  The look and feel of the new link resolver pages will be slightly different but the functionality will be essentially the same.  Each of the new pages will have a new Web address so any bookmarks you stored for these pages will require updating.

Collection Resources librarians are testing the link resolver from various sources to ensure proper linking.  Although we are attempting to keep problems to a minimum, as with any change of this magnitude we expect a small number of problems to surface.  If you experience any issues with the new link resolver, whether the problem is incorrect linking, an error message, or something completely different, please let us know so we can investigate and fix the problem.  Contact us at or use the “report a problem” link at the bottom of each link resolver page.

Librarians are excited about the new link resolver and expect it will continue to be a useful tool for library users.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

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


Featured resource: Journal of Visualized Experiments

JOVE-Journal of Visualized ExperimentsYou requested it and we listened.  Due to the large number of requests for a subscription to Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), the library started a subscription for 2012.  The subscription allows current access for JoVE General.  Additional sections require a separate subscription but they are freely available through PubMed Central if the video is older than 24 months. Librarians will monitor use of JoVE during 2012 to determine if this new format journal is used frequently and we welcome your comments about JoVE.  JoVE can be accessed through the library’s E-Journal page or through a catalog search; access is available on and off-campus.

JoVE features videos of experimental techniques.  Some examples from recent video articles include: Intracellular refolding assay, pull-down of calmodulin-binding proteins, quantifying mixing using magnetic resonance imaging, and analysis of cell cycle position in mammalian cells. JoVE also provides the opportunity for video viewers to comment on the experimental technique through blog entries.

From the JoVE website: “With participation of scientists from leading research institutions, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) was established as a new, open access tool in life science publication and communication. We utilize a video-based approach to scientific publishing to fully capture all dimensions of life science research. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of fundamental experimental techniques, therefore contributing to the solution of two of the most challenging problems faced by today’s life science research community: (1) low transparency and reproducibility of biological experiments and (2) time-consuming learning of experimental techniques.”

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources