Information Resources

Library resources: What’s new, and what’s been improved

Stat!Ref Mobile IconRegistered library users now have full text access to dozens of medical reference books through Stat!Ref Mobil.





AccessMedicine MobileIn fact, it’s a good idea to check the library first if you are looking for mobile ebooks.  Find out why.







PubMed-National Library of MedicinePubMed has a new and simplified citation export feature.





The newest version of EndNote is scheduled to be released this month.




New library search features: Drop down search box


Librarians have  been hard at work trying to find new ways to improve your experience with the UT Health Science Center Libraries website. Starting in January the library rolled out a new website with an improved search interface on the homepage. From a search box on the homepage, it is now possible to search PubMed, Google Scholar, E-Journals, E-Books, Print Materials, and Databases.

Not settling with a search of these features on just the library homepage, the library’s Web Team has enhanced searching capabilities by creating a dropdown in the top right corner of the library’s website. This search feature is now on every library web page, and allows a search of the library’s website, PubMed, Google Scholar, E-Journals, E-Books, Print Materials, and the University site.

The library Web Team is always looking for students, faculty, and staff to participate in usability testing for the libraries website. If you have not participated before, and would like to sign up, please contact Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian,


Library Search box screenshot

NIH Public Access Policy changes go into effect July 1

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the full text of peer-reviewed published articles resulting from NIH-funded research are made available to the public. The policy requires that “all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.”

The Principle Investigator (PI) of the NIH award is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance for all applicable articles that are generated from the research project, including those not authored by the PI.  Articles are exempt if the research is not funded by the NIH or if they are not peer-reviewed (for example, literature reviews, letters, editorials, book chapters or conference proceedings).

Recent changes to the policy include a requirement that the full text of all applicable cited articles in the bibliography, if co-authored by any of the manuscript collaborators, must also be available in PMC. Most significantly, the NIH will delay funding or renewal of non-competing continuation awards with a start date of July 1, 2013, if the applicants’ publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the policy. For more information about the changes and for useful campus links, go to the library’s page on the NIH Public Access Policy.

Jonquil Feldman

Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

PMCID – PMID Converter Available


PMC recently released an update to the PMCID – PMID -Manuscript ID – DOI Converter tool.  The updated tool allows you to search by one unique identifier and find additional identifiers that may apply to the article.

Search options include:

  • PMID (from PubMed)
  • PMCID (from PMC)
  • Manuscript ID (from a manuscript submission system, e.g., NIHMS, Europe PMC, PMC Canada)
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier – assigned by the publisher)

When a number is entered the Converter will look for the related identifiers.  If you search for an article ID to identify a PMCID, if the article is not found in PMC the message will display: “Identifier not found in PMC.”  Remember that not every article will have every identifier.  According to the NIH, PMCIDs are posted in PubMed promptly after processing by PMC which happens around the time of publication.

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

Read up on open access publishing

open_access-logoRecently, a few interesting articles have appeared debating the future of scientific publishing and the impact of open access publishing.  Both Nature and New England Journal of Medicine have devoted issues to open access and the future of scholarly publishing, airing viewpoints on both sides of the debate regarding how open scientific publishing should be.  A selection of those articles are noted here.

In Nature, March 28, 2013:

Disciplinary action:  How scientists share and reuse information is driven by technology but shaped by discipline, Nature, DOI:10.1038/495409b

Open access: The true cost of science publishing, Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 426–429; DOI:10.1038/495426a

Licence restrictions: A fool’s errand, John Wilbanks, Nature, 28 March 2013; 495: 440-441; DOI:10.1038/495440a

In New England Journal of Medicine, February 28, 2013

For the Sake of Inquiry and Knowledge — The Inevitability of Open Access, Ann J. Wolpert, M.L.S., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:785-787; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1211410

Open but Not Free — Publishing in the 21st Century, Martin Frank, Ph.D., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:787-789; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1211259

Creative Commons and the Openness of Open Access, Michael W. Carroll, J.D., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:789-791; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1300040

The Downside of Open-Access Publishing, Charlotte Haug, M.D., Ph.D., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:791-793; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1214750


Red Cross releases mobile hurricane and first aid apps

Two new apps from the American Red Cross provide access to hurricane tracking and first aid information.

The American Red Cross has developed a hurricane app and a First Aid app.  With the hurricane app it possible to monitor local conditions based on NOAA alerts, to locate Red Cross shelters, to develop a checklist for preparation, find help, and let others know you are okay, even if there is a power outage.

To download the hurricane app via a link, call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677).    You can also download the hurricane app from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

The First Aid app provides access to information needed to handle the most common first aid emergencies. Videos, animations and interactive quizzes are included along with safety tips. Content is pre-loaded so Internet access is not necessary.




Regulation of Research on Human Subjects: American Association of University Professors issues a new report

A report issued in early September by the American Association of University Professors explores the tensions between preservation of academic freedom and the protection of human participants in research through the establishment of institutional review boards (IRBs). The report, Regulation of Research on Human Subjects: Academic Freedom and the Institutional Review Board, is available online at



Rosetta Stone Spanish available at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

laredoexteriorlargeTwo new items have been added to the collection during the month of April at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Rosetta Stone Spanish Latin America has been installed for use on one of the library loaner laptops.  The laptop can be checked out for in-library use for up to 3 hours.

The library also acquired the 2011 updated version of Evidence Based Public Health by R.C. Brownson.

Both of these items were added to the collection in response to a request by a faculty member.

For collection requests, questions or suggestions for the Laredo Regional Campus Library please contact Peg Seger,, or call 210-567-6398.


The PubReader View: A New Way to Read Articles in PMC

The National Library of Medicine recently announced the development of  PubReader, an easier way to use your Web browser to read articles in PubMed Central (PMC) on your desktop, laptop, or tablet computer.

Scientific papers most often appear on the Web as a single long page that you read by scrolling through vertically. Without multiple columns and separate pages, however, it can be difficult to navigate inside a document. If you scroll back to look at an image or a figure, you may easily lose your place and have to hunt around for the spot where you stopped reading.

PubReader breaks an article into multiple columns and pages, similar to a printed paper, to improve readability and navigation. It allows you to adapt a page to whatever fits on your screen — with multiple columns on a desktop monitor or a single column page on a small tablet.  When you adjust the font size or change the size of the browser window, page boundaries and columns are adjusted automatically.

The new view is available for any article that is available in full-text HTML form in PMC. It is not available for older content that is available only in PDF form or as scanned images of the original print pages.

pr-toc-linkYou can get to the new view directly from an article citation in a search result list or an issue table of contents:



PubReader View can also be accessed from the Formats links in the top right corner of an article page in PMC:




More information about PubReader can be found on the PMC website:



Full PubReader screen showing first page of an article with the journal banner.