News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Early Library closure -September 19th – no extended hours

On Friday, September 19th, the Briscoe Library will close early at 9:00 pm due to an electrical power outage on the Long Campus.  Please note that this will cancel the extended hours scheduled for that evening.  The Library will re-open on Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 am for UTHSC ID cardholders and at 9:00 am for non-UTHSC ID cardholders.  We apologize for the inconvenience. This power outage is necessary to perform maintenance on the high voltage substation serving the entire Long campus and is expected to last until 4:00 am on Saturday morning, September 20th.

Color Copying and Printing Price Change

In response to the recent Student Satisfaction Survey and a review of current local market rates for color copying, the library will be changing the price for color copying and printing to 50 cents per page . The previous price was 75 cents per page. The price for black and white copying and printing will remain 10 cents per page.  The change in price for color copying/printing will take effect September 1.

Need Help Working on Class Assignments?

Flying-BooksDuring this time in the semester, students begin working on class assignments that require finding books and journal articles on specific topics and writing a report or paper. The assignments are well-timed to test students’ research skills early on in their program. Library staff are on call to provide drop-in assistance with your research needs on Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.  We are always happy to work with students one-on-one or in a group.

Students can get help with the following:

  • Developing good search strategies for finding journal articles in databases. Depending on the topic, MEDLINE (through PubMed or Ovid) and CINAHL are the two best databases for student research assignments but Scopus and Web of Science are also excellent resources. Librarians are available to provide in-person instruction on using the databases to find and evaluate research articles.
  • Getting started with using a bibliographic manager. The two most popular programs for managing bibliographies are RefWorks and EndNote. RefWorks is a web-based program available at no charge through the library’s database links. EndNote can be purchased at the University Computer Store. We offer classes as well as one-on-one instruction on these programs.
  • Finding your way around the library’s website. The home page has links to databases, books, journals, resources for students, and library services. Remember that when you find a citation in a database, the  HSCLink button will link either to the online article or to information on how to get the article if the library does not have access.

We have compiled some suggestions to assist with using library resources.


  • Spend a little time exploring the website. Check out the Resources for… Students page and become familiar with how to find books, journal articles, and more.
  • Learn about our hours and the various study spaces in the library. Library hours are posted on the website. We are now on an extended schedule, allowing for more study time during the semester. Group Study room reservations are encouraged and there are plenty of individual study rooms and other configurations to suit your needs.
  • Become a registered borrower. Registration is necessary in order to borrow books, journals and other library materials. Go to Using the Libraries –> Forms to fill out a Library Borrower Form.
  • Get an Interlibrary Loan account. You can get articles and books that the library does not own by requesting them through Interlibrary Loan. The service is free to Health Science Center ID holders, except for rush orders.
  • Look for Tipsheets and Tutorials. We have developed a collection of tipsheets and user guides to help you use our databases and other resources.
  • Request a TexShare card from the Circulation Desk.  With this card, you may borrow items that may be available at local libraries.

We are here to help you achieve success in your educational programs. Don’t hesitate to email, call, or send us an instant message. Use the “Get Help” button on our website for our contact information. Most importantly, give yourself plenty of time to complete the the assignment before the deadline!

Jonquil Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

One Community/One Book Selection for Fall 2014

“In Redeployment, his searing debut collection of short stories, Phil Klay … gives the civilian reader a visceral feeling for what it is like to be a soldier in a  combat zone, and what it is like to return home, still reeling from the dislocations of war.”                                                                             The Madness of War Told in the First Person      

Book cover of RedeploymentThe Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, The Libraries and STRONG STAR are pleased to announce that Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, has accepted an invitation to speak at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Holly Auditorium as part of a One Community/One Book project.

After graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in English and Creative Writing, Phil Klay was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province as a Public Affairs Officer during the surge in 2007 and 2008. Upon discharge in 2009, he attended the City University of New York- Hunter College where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. He also sharpened his writing skills at the New York University Veterans’ Writing Workshop. His works have been published in Newsweek, the New York Times, and the New York Daily News.

In Redeployment, Phil Klay presents twelve gritty and compelling short stories on the experience of war in Iraq and the challenges faced by those returning home. Each story is told from a different perspective, including those of a young artillery man, a member of Mortuary Affairs, a military chaplain, and a Foreign Service Officer.

The Briscoe Library will offer workshops in October to support book discussion group leaders and to encourage conversation. Book discussions will then be held throughout October, leading up to Phil Klay’s visit to campus on October 30, 2014.

For more information, please visit the One Community/One Book 2014 website or contact Lisa Finnie, Assistant Records and Archives Librarian 210-567-2406.
One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


What’s new in STAT!Ref


The libraries now have access to eleven new titles in the STAT!Ref E-bo0k Collection.

STAT!Ref is a collection of full text, authoritative healthcare resources in a variety of specialties such as emergency/critical care, pediatrics, psychiatry, infectious disease, nursing, evidence-based medicine and more.

Bennett & Brachman’s hospital infections, 6th ed. (2014) [electronic resource] / editor, William R. Jarvis.

Cardiac nursing, 6th ed. (2010) [electronic resource] / [edited by] Susan L. Woods … [et al.].

Escourolle & Poirier’s manual of basic neuropathology, 5th ed. (2014) [electronic resource] / Françoise Gray, Charles Duyckaerts, Umberto De Girolami

ICD-10-CM [electronic resource] : clinical modification (2014) / Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Center for Health Statistics.

ICD-10-PCS [electronic resource] : procedure coding system (2014) / Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Center for Health Statistics.

Kozier & Erb’s fundamentals of nursing [electronic resource] : concepts, process, and practice, 9th ed. (2012) / Audrey Berman … [et al.].

Reichel’s care of the elderly [electronic resource] : clinical aspects of aging, 6th ed. (2009) / edited by Christine Arenson … [et al.].

TNM classification of malignant tumours [electronic resource], 7th ed. (2010) / edited by L.H. Sobin, M.K. Gospodarowicz, and Ch. Wittekind.

The trauma manual [electronic resource] : trauma and acute care surgery, 4th ed. (2013) / editors, Andrew B. Peitzman and Mark M. Ravitch.

Understanding ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding [electronic resource] : a worktext (2011) / Mary Jo Bowie, Regina M. Schaffer.

Wintrobe’s clinical hematology [electronic resource], 13th ed. (2014) / editors, John P. Greer, Daniel A. Arber, Bertil Glader, Alan F. List, Robert T. Means Jr…[et al.]

*Please note the following two titles are no longer available through STAT!Ref:

Oxford Textbook of Surgery

Principles & Practice of Neuropathology

Find STAT!Ref e-books through the library’s Database Page and in the library catalog.

Web of Science Access

Access to Web of Science has been restored effective immediately.  Web of Science is an interdisciplinary database of references to literature in the sciences including citation tracking.  Web of Science includes citations dating back to 1900 to the present time.  Click here or search our Database page to access this resource.

Library Outreach Services Provide National Library of Medicine Exhibit


Outreach services from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries provided an exhibit promoting resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the 2nd Annual Duval County Literacy Festival held on August 19th in the Civic Center in San Diego, TX. The festival is attended by area children, parents, grandparents, and representatives from community agencies. It is sponsored by the Duval County Public Library, the Duval County Judges’ Office, and the South Texas Literacy Coalition. The Texas Literacy Coalition, created by U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, brings together community leaders in South Texas to promote literacy.

Pictured here is Patrick Lemelle, Library Outreach Services Assistant, giving an iPad demonstration on MedlinePlus, the NLM consumer health information site.  The UT Health Science Center Libraries provide outreach services to a 33-county area of South Texas.

Historical Treasure Hunt

Picture of treasure treast with jewels The History of Medicine Society, a special interest group of the Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, is sponsoring a scavenger hunt for faculty, staff, students, or anyone else interested in the history of medicine.   Anyone may compete.

When & Where

The scavenger hunt will occur Thursday, August 21 beginning at 8:00 am through Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 pm in the Briscoe Library building.  At any time during that period, participants can pick up a search form at the Circulation Desk near the front entrance on the 3rd floor or in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor and look for the various treasures located throughout the building and even on the web.   Hints are provided to make the hunt faster and more successful.


All forms must be returned to Nixon Library staff or the Circulation Desk by 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 10.

What Will You Find?

Discover early Texas surgeons, wicked looking antique medical instruments, interesting books from the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, a doctor from Texas who photographed many interesting “critters” through his camera and microscope, university history, and more.


Participants must answer 8 of the 10 questions on the form to be eligible for a prize.  The winning entry will be drawn from all those qualifying at the 6:00 pm meeting of the History of Medicine Society on Wednesday, September 10.  Charleen Moore, Ph.D., will be discussing Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library at the meeting with volumes from the library on display.

First prize is a free dinner pass to the annual Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library dinner on Thursday, November 6, at 6:30 pm at the Old San Francisco Steak House.  The food is great, and this year’s speaker will discuss Fighting the Third Army: Combating the Ailments and Injuries of the American Civil War.

Five additional $5.00 gift cards for Starbucks or Subway will be drawn from student entries.

For more information on the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at (210) 567-2406 or

Coming in November: The 44th Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Photograph of Michael FlanneryThursday, November 6, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Old San Francisco Steak House, 10223 Sahara Street off San Pedro

“Fighting the Third Army: Combating the Ailments and Injuries of the American Civil War”

Michael A. Flannery will be the guest speaker at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  There is probably no aspect of American history more thoroughly examined than the Civil War (1861-1865).  Literally tens of thousands of books and articles have treated various aspects of the Union and Confederate armies.  But there was a “third army” during that conflict, one that both sides had to contend with: the traumas and illnesses incident to battlefield injuries and camp diseases.  Flannery’s lecture will address the composition of that “army,” its power in directing the course of the conflict, and those who sought to combat, and at the same time, learn from it. Behind this story of “Life and Limb” lies the struggle and suffering unleashed by this third army. It was a harsh and unforgiving teacher. As Virginia surgeon Benjamin W. Allen (1824-1886) recalled,  “No one could imagine fully the labor required, unless they had gone through with it – the constant, unremitting drudgery, the ‘wear and tear’ of both mental and physical energies, both by day and by night; the tainted atmosphere in spite of ventilation and disinfectants; the want of proper medicines, the lack of necessaries and comforts for the sick and wounded – the moans of the dying – all, were calculated to break down the strongest surgeons, and arouse the sympathies of the most callous.” In confronting that formidable foe, Union and Confederate became one.

Drawing of a Civil War soldier with cannoneFlannery is the Associate Director for Historical Collections, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, and a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also holds adjunct appointments with the departments of history and sociology. The author of seven books, his John Uri Lloyd: The Great American Eclectic (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998) received the Kremers Award in 2001 from the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy for outstanding scholarship by an American. He has written on a wide range of historical topics in science and medicine, including the history of medical ethics. His most recent book Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent Evolution explores Wallace as an early intelligent design theorist.  He also is the author of Pharmaceutical Education in the Queen City: 150 Years of Service, 1850-2000 and Civil War Pharmacy: A History of Drugs, Drug Supply and Provision, and Therapeutics for the Union and Confederacy.

All who are interested in the history of medicine are invited to an intriguing presentation and an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

To Register

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite students in all of the schools to attend the dinner and become members of the Friends’ group.  The cost to students for the dinner and annual membership is $30.  Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships which cover the cost of registration and membership for one year.

For all others, the cost of the dinner is $55.

Advance registration is required.  Please RSVP, including requests for student sponsorship assistance, by October 30, 2014.  Send the completed registration form below to Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Special Collections, at

Dinner reservation form

For more information on the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at (210) 567-2406 or

Featured New Books for September 2014

Ashcraft’s Pediatric Surgery [electronic resource], 6th ed. / [edited by] George W. Holcomb III, J. Patrick Murphy and Daniel J. Ostlie. London ; New York : Saunders/Elsevier, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Ashcraft's Pediatric Surgery, 6th ed.

Atlas of clinical sleep medicine [electronic resource], 2nd ed. / [edited by] Meir H. Kryger, MD, Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH, Richard B. Berry, MD. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Atlas of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 2nd ed.

Atlas of pain injection techniques [electronic resource], 2nd ed./ Therese O’Connor and Steven E. Abram. Oxford : Churchill Livingstone, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques, 2nd ed.

Chapman & Nakielny’s aids to radiological differential diagnosis [electronic resource], 6th ed. / edited by Stephen G. Davies. Edinburgh : Saunders/Elsevier, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Chapman & Nakielny's Radiological Diff Diag. 6th ed.

Essentials of dental radiography for dental assistants and hygienists, 9th ed. / Evelyn M. Thomson, Orlen N. Johnson. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson, c2012.
WN 230 D367e 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Essentials of Dental Radiology for Dental Assistants and Hygienists, 9th ed.

First aid for the USMLE step 2 CS, 5th ed. / Tao Le … [et al.]. New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, c2014.
WB 18.2 L433 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS, 5th ed.

Illustrated anatomy of the head and neck, 4th ed. / Margaret J. Fehrenbach, Susan W. Herring. St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2012.
WE 18.2 F296i 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

 Illustrated Anatomy of the Head and Neck, 4th ed.

Pain genetics [electronic resource] : basic to translational science / edited by Inna Belfer, Luda Diatchenko. Ames, Iowa : Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Pain Genetics

Understanding clinical papers [electronic resource], 3rd ed. / David Bowers, Allan House, David Owens, Bridgette Bewick. Chichester, West Sussex, UK : Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Understanding Clinical Papers, 3rd ed.

Yen & Jaffe’s reproductive endocrinology [electronic resource] : physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical management, 7th ed. / [edited by] Jerome F. Strauss III, Robert Barbieri. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Yen & Jaffe's Reproductive Endocrinology


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