Information Resources

From the Library Toolbox: use LibX for a streamlined research process

Do you want a tool that streamlines the research process?

Do you need a tool that will tell if that book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Borders is available in the library?

Do you want to be able to search the Library Catalog, Pubmed, E-Journals, or Google Scholar without going to the library website?

When you find an e-journal article that requires a subscription, do you wish there was a way you could just reload the page using The Libraries’ subscription?

Would you like to know instantly if the article you found on Google Scholar is available through the library?

LibX, a new research tool from your Libraries, does all this and more. LibX works with Firefox and Internet Explorer, and allows you to integrate your workflow and The Libraries’ resources wherever you are. LibX provides you with a toolbar for searching a variety of The Libraries’ resources, integrates itself with any Web page that provides you with an ISBN, and reloads pages via our proxy service so you can quickly access subscription e-journal articles off-campus.  Use LibX to search for your information any way you like!

If you have not downloaded LibX you can download from the LibraryTools page. For more information on how to use LibX you can view our LibX guide.

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology & Special Collections

Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian

Eric Willman, Systems Librarian

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Health Research Funding: Online databases facilitate communication about research funding opportunities

Each year, numerous research proposals for promising new treatments make their way through a peer-review process but do not receive funding, although they have the potential to make significant contribution to scientific discovery. The National Health Council (NHC), with input from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has developed a web database designed to bring researchers together with patient advocacy organizations and other funding sources. It’s called HealthResearchFunding.Org.

How it works:  Researchers whose proposals have been peer reviewed by either the NIH or by an NHC member patient advocacy organization will be invited to register with HealthReseachFunding.Org and add an abstract. They will have the ability to also search for NHC member organizations that fund research. NHC member organizations will be able to search for research proposals, search for individual researchers, and search and view other funding organizations. They will also be able to upload requests for proposals, including posting ideas for collaboration with other funding sources.

The site will eventually expand to include corporations and private investors.

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).


Journal cancellation list: Please take time to review possible titles

In the May issue of the newsletter, we posted a list of possible journal and database cancellations for 2012.  If you have not reviewed the list and sent comments, please take the time to do so.  Comments can be sent to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

Librarians contribute to new reference book

Jayson Felty, Rajia Tobia, Katie Prentice and Jonquil Feldman all contributed to The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.

Four San Antonio health sciences librarians contributed to a new reference book – The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.  Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries at the UT Health Science Center, is one of three associate editors.  Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services; Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services; and Jayson Felty, Information Services Librarian at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute; all contributed to the General Reference section of the book which includes bibliographic, indexing, abstracting, terminology, statistical, directory, biographical, and grant resources.

The MLA Guide describes 2,011 authoritative books, journals, databases, and Internet resources in the health sciences literature including the clinical specialties, subspecialties, basic sciences, and emerging disciplines.  The book is not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, rather the 108 contributors were limited to selecting a maximum of the ten best books, journals and other resources in their discipline.

The recently released book was edited by Laurie Thompson, Assistant Vice President for Library Services at the UT Southwestern Library.  Mori Lou Higa, Manager, Collection Development at UT Southwestern, and Esther Carrigan, Associate Dean and Director of the Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library, were also associate editors.

Librarians participate in hazMmat training exercise in Harlingen

Firefighters in Harlingen demonstrate steps in containment of a chlorine leak at a recent hazardous materials training exercise.

Harlingen firefighters recently simulated containment of a chlorine leak as part of a hazardous materials training exercise.

In September Greysi Reyna and Kathy Carter, librarians at the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the H-RAHC, attended a hazardous materials training exercise conducted by the Harlingen Fire Department. Harlingen firefighters simulated containment of a chlorine leak as part of the exercise.

RAHC librarians participated to learn more about how WISER, a database produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is used by HazMat specialists to respond to hazardous material emergencies.

A key feature of WISER is support for identification of unknown substances. Emergency responders use WISER to identify and validate unknown substances based on the following:

  • signs/symptoms of victims of exposure
  • physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors
  • hazard values from NFPA 704 placards
  • the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab, a flammable substance, etc.
  • transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car

Information gathered during the exercise will be used by librarians to plan future classes on the use of WISER and other NLM databases for the Harlingen Fire Department.

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

Library mobile databases: everywhere you are

Do you need to do a quick literature search, but don’t have a computer with you?

Do you want to be able to look up information, but can’t find the right app in the app store?

Do you want to provide information to your patients quickly and through their smartphone?

Did you know that the library has access to mobile databases that are optimized for your smartphone or mobile device?

The Libraries’ mobile databases are located at on your smart phone, or at if you would like to browse the mobile databases from your computer.

Users who are not using campus wireless will be asked to login; this will allow full-text article searching straight from your phone.

Mobile databases currently offered include: MedlinePlus Mobile, PubMed for Handhelds, Academic Search Complete, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, ERIC, MEDLINE, Mobile AccessMedicine, and Stat!Ref.

MedlinePlus Mobile provides materials available to and designed for all patients and caregivers, while Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, ERIC, Mobile AccessMedicine, and Stat!Ref provide full-text articles and reference material to Health Science Center faculty, staff and students using their library or university login.

Luke Rosenberger
Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

Kelley Minars
Web Services Librarian

Eric Willman
Systems Librarian