Information Resources

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

Website redesign: Refworks 2.0

Just a reminder that in July, RefWorks 2.0 will become the default interface for UT Health Science Center RefWorks users. The classic version will still be available, and all references stored in current accounts will be accessible through the new interface, so current users will not lose any information.

RefWorks users who are comfortable with the current “classic” version should have little trouble adapting to the new clean version, which makes use of icons, tabs, and a “Quick List” for easy navigation.  Tasks such as editing references by browsing your computer and adding attachments like links to PDF articles or a JPG are even easier than before.  New features such as citation information have been added as well.

If you have questions about the new RefWorks interface, contact the library Information Desk at 7-2450 or via email to askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

Website showcases emerging mobile technologies for health care professionals

iMedicalApps is an online resource developed by a team of physicians and medical students to provide current reviews of emerging mobile medical technology and applications.  The creators of iMedicalApps have been interviewed multiple times by American Medical News, and the Web site has been identified by Cochrane as an evidence based and trusted Web 2.0 site.  It has also been featured in the Annals of Emergency Medicine and the Journal of Surgical Oncology.  Among recent posts that may be of interest:

Susan Hunnicutt
Special Projects Librarian

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