Library Collection

Annual collection review for 2011

Many libraries around the country expect budget shortfalls in 2011 due to the current economic times and increases in the cost of journals, databases and books.  Some publishers and vendors understand that libraries are facing budget shortfalls  and are keeping their price increases at a minimum or are maintaining the same price for the next subscription year.  Overall, the UT Health Science Center libraries predict an annual cost increase of approximately 5% for electronic journals and databases (in prior years an 8-10% increase was typical) and 3-4% for books in the next year.  Although these cost predictions represent averages, some publication costs will increase well beyond the average.

Each year, librarians review the library’s subscriptions to electronic journals and databases to determine if there are titles that can be canceled.  This annual review allows the library to free some funds for new subscriptions and to manage its materials budget within the  annual inflation rate for subscriptions.  A list of possible titles for non-renewal in 2011 resulted from this annual review of journal subscriptions and other electronic resources.  This list can be found at this url:

Multiple criteria were used to generate this list: lower use than expected, high cost, duplicate content with another resource, or some combination of these.  Cancellation of some of the library’s resources will be essential to ensure that our subscription costs remain within our budget. 

The library’s main sources for funding information resources are the state-legislated Books, Serials, and Binding budget and the Student Resource Fee, paid by students as they register each semester or academic year.  Although these combined sources will provide funding for most of the library’s collection of electronic and print resources, it will not be possible to continue all resources within the amount of funding available for fiscal year 2011.  In addition, the non-renewal list may need to be expanded depending on whether the library will receive LERR funding for fiscal year 2011.

We invite your comments and suggestions about  this review process.  Please send them to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

Rajia Tobia

Executive Director of Libraries

Beginning in January: Three methods to log in to library resources from off campus

One of the library’s most important services is the collection of electronic journals, books and databases we license and make available for the campus community.  These resources can be used both from campus computers and from computers anywhere, any time, once the user has been “authenticated” as being affiliated with the Health Science Center.  In January, we are introducing a new way to log in and be authenticated when you are accessing library materials from off-campus.

Beginning January 17, 2010, you will see a new button on the login page when you are accessing e-journals, books or databases from off-campus.  This button will allow you to log in with your UTHSCSA domain account — the same username and password that you use to log into your computer on campus, or log into Blackboard, the inside.uthscsa portal, or the Knowledge Center.

If you are affiliated with the Health Science Center and registered with the library but do not have a UTHSCSA domain account, you will still be able to log in as you always have, using your badge number and the PIN you have configured in the library.  If you use the VPN client to access network resources from off campus, while you are logged into VPN you will be able to use the library’s electronic resources without further log in.

We are hoping the addition of domain account log in will make access to the library’s electronic resources smoother and easier than ever for our students, faculty and staff.  In addition, we are working on making our login pages easier to use on mobile devices, so you can stay current and informed wherever you are.

Luke Rosenberger, Director
Library Technology & Historical Collections

Changes affect Stat!Ref and NetLibrary users

Changes to Stat!Ref

Stat!Ref provides quick access to a number of full-text electronic medical reference books in the areas of diagnosis and treatment in specialties such as psychiatry, geriatrics, and surgery.  Titles include Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, and Quick Reference Guide to Pediatric Care, just to name a few.  Two significant changes are scheduled for August 1, 2011.

A new version of Stat!Ref Online will be released.  The interface offers more robust technology with more functionality such as:

  • Updated search functions
  • Enhanced access to tools needed to make research easier
  • Ability to quickly download tables, figures and images for presentations and lectures
  • Redesigned layout to locate resources and find information easier
  • Enhanced ease of access to bibliographic citations including Refworks and EndNote

Also beginning August 1, titles published by McGraw-Hill will no longer be available through Stat!Ref.  Most of these titles are still available through AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery, or in print format.  Several new titles that are comparable to the McGraw-Hill books will be added to the Stat!Ref collection.

Changes to NetLibrary e-books

The UT Health Science Center Libraries has access to a number of NetLibrary e-books as the result of purchases by the UT System and TexShare over the past several years.  EBSCO purchased NetLibrary, and as a result these e-books are currently being transferred to the EBSCO platform.  Here is some information regarding the transition that may be helpful to e-book users accessing materials through the library catalog:

  • Personal NetLibrary accounts that were created will cease to function after the transition is made.  Users are encouraged to create new EBSCO accounts.
  • Only one person will be able to browse an e-book at a time.  The e-books may be searched, viewed, and browsed online but they may not be checked out.  When a user’s session ends, any e-books they were viewing will become available to others.
  • Due to licensing agreements, e-books we have access to will not be downloadable to a computer or portable reader.
  • Links from the catalog and e-books page should seamlessly redirect from NetLibrary to EBSCO.  Please contact the library at if you experience any linking problems.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

John Hunter: “the father of scientific surgery”: Resources from the collection of the P.I. Nixon Library

Scottish anatomist and surgeon John Hunter is described as “the father of scientific surgery.”

Illustration of jaws and teeth from The natural history of the human teeth: explaining their structure, use, formation, growth, and diseases, by John Hunter, 1778.

The youngest of ten children, Hunter grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Glasgow and received only a basic education.  After spending several years as a cabinetmaker, he joined his brother William, a prominent anatomist and obstetrician, in London.  There, while preparing specimens for William’s anatomy lectures, John had dealings with the notorious ‘resurrection men’ who supplied medical schools with cadavers.  John’s dissection skills were so impressive that he was taken on as William’s assistant, and in 1753, after studying medicine, he became a master anatomist.

During the Seven Years’ War John Hunter served as staff surgeon in the British Army, gathering experiences he would later compile into his famous treatise on gunshot wounds.  Back in London, he returned to surgical practice and to his extensive collection of specimens, one of which was the skeleton of Charles Byrne, the legendary Irish pituitary giant.  Hunter’s reputation grew, and he eventually became a Fellow of the Royal Society and surgeon-extraordinaire to George III.

John Hunter was one of science’s most brilliant innovators.  He published breakthrough studies on venereal disease (inadvertently contracting syphilis in the course of his experiments). He also developed important new surgical techniques – among them, methods for repairing the Achilles tendon and for arterial ligature in cases of aneurysm.

The Natural History of Human Teeth, one of Hunter’s most important works, revolutionized the practice of dentistry and provided medical research with a new, scientific nomenclature for the teeth.  Hunter based his book on detailed observations of the anatomy of the jaw and mouth.  He described the tooth’s construction – bone, pulp and enamel – and examined the processes of tooth development in fetuses and children.  Hunter’s many valuable contributions to the advancement of medicine make him one of the greatest names in science.

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns all three of the Hunter classics mentioned in this article:

The Natural History of the Human Teeth

Treatise on the Venereal Disease

Treatise on the Blood, Inflammation, and Gun-Shot Wounds

Visitors can stop by the Special Collections Reading Room– Briscoe Room 5.078— to view these medical historical treasures.  Information about reading room hours can be found here.

Pennie Borchers
Special Collections Librarian

John Weed will serve on library storage facility task force

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources in the Briscoe Library, has been selected to serve on a newly-created Joint Library Storage Facility Policy and Procedure Task Force.  The task force is charged with developing operating guidelines for a planned one million-volume library storage facility, which will be built on the Texas A&M Riverside campus in College Station.

The storage facility is a project of University of Texas System and Texas A&M University.

UT System and Texas A&M libraries will be able to store books and journals in this facility using the Resource in Common principle: If one library deposits a book or journal volume in the storage facility, other libraries will be able to discard the book or journal if they hold it in their collection, yet still claim ownership of the book or volume.

Libraries add Springer ebook collections in biomedical and life sciences, mathematics and statistics

The UT Health Science Center Libraries now have access to two new Springer e-book collections as part of a purchase by the University of Texas System Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program (ALCEP) funds, which are allocated by the UT System Board of Regents for one-time collection purchases. 

  • The first is a biomedical and life sciences collection that includes e-books published between 2005 and 2010. 
  • The second is a mathematics and statistics collection that includes e-books published between 2005 and 2009. 

There are more than 3,500 titles between the two collections, with content that includes major reference works, textbooks, monographs and book series.

Access to these collections will be available through the library’s new   e-book page, which is set to launch in early August.  Library staff will also be actively working to add these titles to the library catalog. 

Andrea N. Schorr

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

Library classes for June and July


Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app to find library classes online.

The Libraries offer classes, consultations and other training to assist with the effective use of databases and research tools.  All library classes are free and open to all.  Register today to reserve your spot!

Schedule a Special Class
To schedule a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email

Integrating Library Research Skills into Academic Course Content
Faculty are encouraged to consider integrating library research skills into course content.  Librarians are available to develop and teach classes that meet specific needs or are about a specific resource.  To learn more or to schedule a class, contact Katie Prentice at or call 210-567-6606.

To register for a class or to see complete class descriptions, visit the Attend a Library Class page.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Introduction to EndNote: June 8, 2012, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: June 12, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: June 13, 2012, 12:00 noon  – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: June 14, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: June 21, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 4.074
  • Introduction to PubMed: July 12, 2012, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: July 12, 2012, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Getting Started with Ovid Medline: July 18, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011


List of possible non-renewals for FY 2011


  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • Journal Watch
  • Medical Teacher
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • Psychological Reports
  • Teaching Professor

Journal Packages

BioMed Central

  • Critical Care
  • Breast Cancer Research
  • Genome Biology

Cambridge University Press

  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • British Journal of Nutrition
  • Epidemiology and Infection
  • International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Parasitology
  • Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
  • Psychological Medicine
  • Public Health Nutrition

View full list

Mary Ann Liebert

  • Alternative and Complementary Therapies
  • DNA and Cell Biology
  • Human Gene Therapy
  • Journal of Endourology and Part B, Videourology
  • Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
  • Thyroid
  • Viral Immunology

View full list (Excel)

Nature Materials

  • Nature Chemical Biology
  • Nature Materials
  • Nature Physics

Nature Review Journals

  • Nature Reviews Cardiology
  • Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology
  • Nature Reviews Urology
  • Nature Reviews Endocrinology
  • Nature Reviews Nephrology
  • Nature Reviews Neurology
  • Nature Reviews Rheumatology


  • Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
  • Current Protocols
  • ebrary
  • eMedicine
  • NetAnatomy
  • SciFinder
  • Scopus

MD Consult: Two easy ways to earn CME credit

The online resource MD Consult, which is available to Health Science Center affiliated users through the database list on the library’s website, offers two easy activities to earn CME credit:

  1. Free Internet Point of Care CME credit
  2.  Cyberounds®

The Point of Care CME option is provided by the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education.  It focuses on structured, online learning. Physicians may earn 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for each search conducted through MD Consult. Certificates are available immediately, and each user has access to a transcript of credits earned through MD Consult.

Cyberounds® are interactive grand rounds moderated by distinguished academics, exclusively for physicians, medical students, and other selected health professionals. Conferences are administered by the Cyberounds® committee at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. New presentations are uploaded regularly. Members then have the opportunity to pose questions and comments directly to the moderators or guest authors. Previous conferences are archived and available for review.  Free CME is granted for the first 5 conferences submitted through MD Consult.   If you are interested in additional credit for interactive grand rounds, you can create a separate, fee-based account through Cyberounds.

Searchable access to full text books, journals, medical images, and the popular “Clinics” series that are part of MD Consult is available to all Health Science Center affiliated personnel and students.  Some features, including the CME option do require setting up a personal account, but the set-up is easy, fast, and free.

To take advantage of the CME opportunities offered through MD Consult:

  1. Link to MD Consult through the library’s website.
  2. Click on Create Account in the upper right corner of the main MD Consult screen.
  3. Create your personal account (this must be done from a computer within the institutional IP range but the account can be used from any location after it is created).
  4. Click on the CME tab to read the instructions for earning CME.

Linda Levy, Assistant Library Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

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