Information Resources

Two new databases support career development

For those in need of assistance with job searching or contemplating a change in career, The Libraries have made available Learning Express Library and Job and Career Accelerator, both compliments of the TexShare state-wide library resource sharing program.  Links to the databases can be found on our database list on the library’s webpage.  Both sites require registration to fully access the content.

Learning Express Library is an online platform that provides a comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources.  It provides over 800 practice tests and tutorials in some career fields, exercises, skill-building courses, and other information needed to assist in finding a job or starting a new career.  GED, SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and other test practice exams are also included.  Individuals can prepare for professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests in civil service, firefighting, EMS, and healthcare among others.

Job and Career Accelerator is an integrated online career advancement and job search platform.  It assists in searching for a job or career, helps to create a resume, and allows users to apply for one of many jobs listed on their site.  Individuals can create a resume using more than 120 model resumes, 750 action words, and nearly 25,000 keywords by job classification.  Job and Career Accelerator also provides resources in learning basic computer skills, as well as computer programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

Louie Barcenes, Senior Library Clerical Assistant

Job and Career Accelerator

 

Using Scopus to find UT Health Science Center affiliated publications

ScopusThe Libraries subscribe to the Scopus database, which indexes over 20,000 publications including journal articles, trade publications, book series, and patents.

Scopus has a useful feature that simplifies searching by institutional affiliation, a process which can be cumbersome in other databases. An institutional affiliation search in Scopus creates a ready- made bibliography of publications by UTHSCSA authors sorted by journal. Scopus uses a combination of algorithms and a comprehensive knowledge base to disambiguate institutional name variants, identifying and matching an organization with its research output.

To begin an institutional affiliation search, select Scopus from the Databases section of the library’s website (http://www.library.uthscsa.edu). From the Scopus search screen, select “Affiliation search,” then enter University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

A recent Scopus affiliation search identified over 28,000 documents affiliated with the Health Science Center. The top five journals with publications by HSC authors were Journal of Biological Chemistry, Federation Proceedings, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Infection and Immunity, and Cancer Research.

Tipsheets for Scopus and other databases can be found on the library’s tipsheet page:  http://library.uthscsa.edu/2011/11/tipsheets-user-guides/.  A Scopus Quick Reference Guide can be found here.

For questions about Scopus or any other library database, contact AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

UT Health Science Center Libraries will participate in October health literacy events

On October 5th, the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library will exhibit at the 8th Annual San Antonio Health Literacy Conference. The theme selected for this year’s conference, held at the Hilton San Antonio Airport, is Health Literacy in the Electronic Age: High Tech/High Touch. Exhibitors will focus on the promotion of health literacy through the use of technology such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

The Briscoe Library exhibit will feature hands-on demonstrations of online and mobile resources available through the National Library of Medicine. Over 200 conference attendees will include community service providers, dieticians, health educators, healthcare professionals, nurses/nursing students, patient navigators, pharmacologists/pharmacy students, physicians, promotoras, public health officials and others who are involved in health literacy throughout the state of Texas. Click here to see a video of last year’s conference.

On October 10th, the UT Health Science Center Ramirez Library in Harlingen will participate in a Health Literacy Symposium sponsored by the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and Valley Baptist Medical Center.

Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services
 

Web of Science – Resource review for cancellation

Librarians often need to make difficult decisions about resources to retain and those to cancel. There are rarely enough monetary resources available to accommodate rising costs of journals, books and databases. As we review renewal decisions for 2014, we are identifying those resources that may be duplicative.

Web of Science is a citation database that indexes scientific literature to 1900. The library currently subscribes to both Web of Science and Scopus. Although these databases are not identical they are similar in their scope; they both provide citation tracking and indexing of multidisciplinary resources, authors’ H-index, and journal ranking or impact factors. Scopus is currently the knowledge base for SciVal which provides research profiles for 400 Health Science Center researchers. Web of Science, Scopus, and SciVal are available for access through the library’s website, Databases section at http://www.library.uthscsa.edu.

Because it may not be financially feasible to continue both Web of Science and Scopus starting in 2014, we are considering cancellation of the current subscription to Web of Science. Please contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, weed@uthscsa.edu with your comments about this possible cancellation.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

Web of Science – Resource review for cancellation

Librarians often need to make difficult decisions about resources to retain and those to cancel. There are rarely enough monetary resources available to accommodate rising costs of journals, books and databases. As we review renewal decisions for 2014, we are identifying those resources that may be duplicative.

Web of Science is a citation database that indexes scientific literature to 1900. The library currently subscribes to both Web of Science and Scopus. Although these databases are not identical they are similar in their scope; they both provide citation tracking and indexing of multidisciplinary resources, authors’ H-index, and journal ranking or impact factors. Scopus is currently the knowledge base for SciVal which provides research profiles for 400 Health Science Center researchers. Web of Science, Scopus, and SciVal are available for access through the library’s website, Databases section at http://www.library.uthscsa.edu.

Because it may not be financially feasible to continue both Web of Science and Scopus starting in 2014, we are considering cancellation of the current subscription to Web of Science. Please contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, weed@uthscsa.edu with your comments about this possible cancellation.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

Welcome from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries

Briscoe Library

Briscoe Library

Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff.  Here is some information about the libraries, collections and services:

  • The Libraries consist of the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the Long Campus in San Antonio, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, the Regional Campus Library in Laredo, and an unstaffed library at the Texas Research Park outside San Antonio. The Library Home Page can be found at www.library.uthscsa.edu. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • The Briscoe Library is open until 2:00 a.m. on weeknights during the regular school year, from September to May. Summer and holiday hours vary. The 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is available for 24 hour study. Branch libraries can be accessed with a UT Health Science Center ID card on an extended schedule when those libraries are not staffed. Full details on library hours, policies and contact information are provided here.
  • We have an extensive print and online collection of health sciences books and journals.  Over 95% of our journals are available online. Electronic Course Reserves are accessed through the University’s Blackboard system.
  • Library services include circulation, reference and research assistance, instruction in use of databases and other resources, interlibrary loan, community outreach, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources for mobile devices. See the Get Help page for details.
  • Registration: You must be registered to check out library items. Students and Clinical or Adjunct Faculty must renew their library registration annually using the Borrower Registration or Renewal Form.
  • Off campus access to our online collections requires logging in with a UTHSCSA domain account or, for Clinical or Adjunct Faculty, a Library ID and PIN that are set up during registration.
  • UT Health Science Center computer users at all libraries must log on using their UTHSCSA domain account; we also provide guest computers for use by patients, families and others doing research. Please read our Computer Use Policy.
  • We strive to make the library a welcoming place to study.  We have a variety of study areas including open seating; individual study rooms, which are first come first served; and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more UT Health Science Center affiliates. Wireless access is available throughout the Briscoe Library and branch libraries. We provide electrical outlets and data lines wherever possible.  Food and covered drinks are permitted in the libraries. More information can be found on our web page on Library Policies.

We look forward to seeing you, and hope you will feel free to ask questions and provide feedback on our services, collections and space.

Jonquil Feldman

Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

feldman@uthscsa.edu