Information Resources

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

Quick Guide: Setting up the library proxy on your smartphone

If you would like to be able to find and access full-text articles from your device you will need to enter a specific URL into the applications settings. The location to enter the information depends on the application itself, but it can typically be found in the settings section of the applications. Our EZProxy URL prefix is

but to use it with these mobile applications you need to add %@ to the end of that:  See below for the screenshots of PubMed On Tap.

1. Open the application and select settings

2. Select the Library Proxy tab

3. Place the following URL in the box, and turn on the EZProxy:

Other applications that use the same URL structure to access full-text articles via EZProxy include Papers for Mac OSX, and Papers for iPhone and iPad.

If you have any comments or questions about setting up your device for article access, contact

Eric Willman
Systems Librarian

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.


SciFinder goes web-only June 30

SciFinder is a research discovery tool.  It provides access to the CAS databases produced by the Chemical Abstracts Services.  CAS databases contain literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more.  SciFinder also provides access to patent information, conference proceedings, and the CAS Registry of Chemical Substances.

The client version of SciFinder will be discontinued on June 30, 2011.  After this date, all U.S. institutions will only have access to the web version of SciFinder.  Instructions to register for a username and password for the web version were posted on our database page in late 2010.  If you have not already, please register for the web access to SciFinder to ensure uninterrupted access.

Contact the library at if you have any questions or concerns.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

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.

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 ( 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:  A Scopus Quick Reference Guide can be found here.

For questions about Scopus or any other library database, contact