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News From the Libraries – July 2014

The July issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

Goldens Vista

Welcome to the UT Health Science Center Libraries

Golden Vistas: Art Exhibit

MRSA the Movie: It’s not a spider bite!

What’s New in ClinicalKey?

SciVal Funding Now Available

Louis Lapicque Papers

Leisure Reading Ebooks

Featured New Books


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Welcome to the UT Health Science Center Libraries

Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, residents, 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 P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor , Briscoe Library
  • The Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library (unstaffed) at the Texas Research Park.
  • The Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen
  • The Regional Campus Library in Laredo.

The Library Home Page can be found at You can also follow us on Facebook andTwitter.

Hours and Access

Clock by nicola.albertiniThe Briscoe Library is open to students, residents, faculty and staff until 2:00 a.m. on weeknights and until midnight on weekends during the regular school year, from September to May.  ID cards are required for entry during some hours of operation.  Summer and holiday hours vary. The 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is available for 24 hour study by UT Health Science Center ID card access. Branch libraries can be accessed with an ID card on an extended schedule when those libraries are not staffed.  Full details on library hours and contact information are provided here.


The library has 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 programs, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources on mobile devices. See the Get Help page for details.


Clinical Foundations Class 2013Librarians teach classes on library research, critical appraisal, finding evidence based practice literature, databases, bibliographic management tools (EndNote/RefWorks), poster presentations, and technology topics, and more. Regular classes are announced on the website and in News from the Libraries. Librarians also offer one on one instruction and classes for courses, special groups and departments upon request. Contact us about scheduling a class!


You must be registered as a library borrower to check out library items. Registration forms are available online.  Clinical or Adjunct Faculty must renew their registration annually by September 1.

Off Campus Access

Off Campus Access to library databases and online books and journals requires logging in with a UTHSCSA domain account or, for Clinical or Adjunct Faculty, with a Library ID and PIN that are set up during registration.

Library Computers

UT Health Science Center affiliated computer users at all libraries must log on using their UTHSCSA domain account.  Guest computers are provided for use by patients, families and others doing research. Please read the library’s Computer Use Policy for more details.

Study Spaces

We strive to make the library a welcoming place to study.  The library’s study areas include open seating, individual study rooms, which are first come first served, and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more users. Study rooms are restricted to use by UT Health Science Center affiliates. Wireless access is available throughout the Briscoe Library and branch libraries. Whiteboards, electrical outlets and internet cables are available in locations throughout the libraries.  Food and covered drinks are permitted in the libraries. More information can be found on the library’s web page on Library Policies.

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

Jonquil Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

Golden Vistas: Art Exhibit on Display in the Briscoe Library

B.Painting.Hortensia.Jimena The “Golden Vistas” exhibit which opened on June 23 in the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library features artworks, poetry, and prose selections on loan from the the Bihl Haus GO! Arts Program, a National Council on Aging award-winning arts education program. The program brings the arts directly to seniors, known as “Goldens,” at senior centers or living in affordable housing communities. The award recognizes GO! Arts in the “Expressive and Creative Arts” category as an innovative, creative and replicable program. Classes are taught by local professional artist-teachers.  The program is offered to low-income seniors, primarily Hispanic women, among the most underserved populations in the country.

The GO! Arts Program was the subject of a study1 co-authored by Dr. Adelita G. Cantu, UTHSCSA School of Nursing, and Dr. K. Jill Fleuriet, UTSA Department of Anthropology. The research findings documented overwhelmingly positive impacts, including reduction of isolation effects and mental health challenges, from the GO! Arts Program. “Structural aspects of the class, free instruction and materials, flexible participation, leadership, and teacher pedagogies facilitated…positive psychosocial changes in participants’ lives.  Participants perceiveBihlHausGOArtsGoldenInActiond significant improvements in mental and psychosocial health through increased social engagement, self-awareness, empowerment, and a sense of calm and relaxation.”  The study concluded that federal policy for senior residential complexes and nursing homes should explicitly include ongoing creative arts classes.

Visitors to the exhibit will have an opportunity to meet some of the artists at a reception in the Howe Conference Room at the Briscoe Library on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 in the afternoon. For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman at or call 210-567-2430.


1. Greer, N., Fleuriet, K. J., & Cantu, A. G. (2012). Acrylic Rx: A program evaluation of a professionally taught painting class among older Americans. Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, 4(3), 262-273.

MRSA the Movie: It’s not a spider bite!


A CTSA (Clinical Translational Science Award) Community Engagement Project Award received by the UT Health Science Center Libraries from the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has resulted in a 12-minute educational video to improve awareness of the skin staph infection CA-MRSA. The primary goal of this project was to promote the role of librarians as partners with CTSA-funded researchers in production of community focused educational materials.  Partnering with librarians on the project were researchers from the Pharmacotherapy Education & Research Center and the South Central Area Health Education Center.
Watch the movie and see if you can spot the UT Health Science Center staff that play prominent roles in MRSA the Movie: It’s not a spider bite!

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National lnstitutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library


What’s New in ClinicalKey?

clinicalkey imageis the library’s newest database which contains a wealth of medical and surgical information. Content is comprehensive, consistent, and convenient; includes over 1,000 e-books, over 500 e-journals (including the famous “Clinics” titles), and thousands of videos and images. Also included is point-of-care content from First Consult.

Access ClinicalKey through the library’s new database page or the library catalog.

Here’s what’s new:

DeLee & Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine4th ed. (2015)

This two-volume text covers the athletic lifespan and explores the physiopathology, diagnosis, and treatment of sports-related injuries and disorders. This reference is clinically focused and complete with thorough descriptions, full color illustrations, and supplementary video clips. Appropriate for surgeons, residents, fellows, therapists, or athletic trainers.

DeLee & Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 4th ed.

Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th ed. (2015)

A historically popular medical text that provides optimal  coverage of the basic sciences and clinical medicine. Content includes information about molecular biology, disease classifications, new drugs and drug therapies, and more. Full color illustrations, comprehensive descriptions, and supplementary video clips are also included.  Appropriate for 1st thru 4th year medical students, professional pathologists, international students, practicing physiologists, residents, and pathophysiologists.

Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease 9th ed.

Grainger & Allison’s Diagnostic Radiology, 6th ed. (2015)

Recognized as the standard for general reference in diagnostic radiology, this text provides a concise yet comprehensive description of various organ systems and imaging methods. Provides excellent preparation for certification exams and the most up to date  imaging techniques for practicing radiologists.

Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology 6th ed.

Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination, 8th ed. (2015)

Formerly Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination, this new edition continues under a new title and is packed with new features. Staying true to its roots, Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination maintains its patient-centered approach and emphasis on differential diagnosis. This new edition includes an increased focus on evidence-based practice along with special features such as integrated lifespan content, clinical pearls, physical variations, and functional assessments.

Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination, 8th ed. 2015


The Clinics Journals 2014

A comprehensive collection of clinical reviews with coverage in multiple fields and specialties.





SciVal Funding database now available to UT Health Science Center researchers

Researchers looking for funding opportunities now have one more resource available to them. SciVal Funding covers grants available from over 5,000 funding bodies from all over the world. Researchers can search by sponsor name or subject area. Sponsor information includes subject areas funded, names of awardee institutions, and the types of grants or contracts available. To assist in finding relevant funding opportunities, the database includes historical funding data, award trends, potential collaborators and competitors.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are able to provide access to this database through a collaboration with UT System. Click on Databases on the libraries’ home page and enter “SciVal Funding” in the search box. Another related database available to UT Health Science Center researchers, thanks to funding from the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS), is SciVal Experts, an innovative research tool that documents collaborations between researchers. Access to these databases is restricted and Health Science Center users must sign in when searching from off campus.

Librarians are available to provide instruction or demonstrations on these databases. Contact or call 210-567-2450 for more information.


The Louis Lapicque Papers in the P.I. Nixon Library


Photograph of Louis Lapicque

Louis Lapicque, 1866-1952

The Archives of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library houses a collection of professional papers, research notebooks, and personal manuscripts of renowned, early 20th-century French physiologist Louis Lapicque.

Born August 1, 1866, Louis Lapicque was a pioneer in the field of neural excitability. One of his main contributions was to propose the integrate-and-fire model of the neuron in an article published in 1907. This model is still one of the most popular models in computational and mathematical neuroscience. The Lapicque concepts of excitability and nerve transmission form a part of the basic framework of modern neurophysiology.

Louis Lapicque completed his doctorate at the Paris Medical School. He married Marcelle de Heredia, one of his notable students, on May 14, 1902. Marcelle completed her doctoral studies under Lapicque in 1903, concentrating on the nerve impulse. Lapicque and his wife worked closely together for nearly fifty years in the Sorbonne Laboratoire de Physiologie, publishing over 80 articles. They devoted their life work to the study of what they termed the chronaxie of the nerve – the nerve response over time under various physiological conditions. Together they brought physiology in France to world recognition.

Louis Lapicque died in Paris on December 6, 1952. Marcelle de Heredia Lapicque took over the directorship of the Sorbonne Laboratoire de Physiologie until her death in 1962.

Held in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library’s Archives, the Louis Lapicque Papers contain original handwritten lab books, journals of travel, a ship log for Lapicque’s yacht, manuscripts for papers, journal reprints, bibliographies of the research work of Lapicque and Alexandre Marcel Monnier, obituaries and biographical articles written by Lapicque and Monnier, and correspondence with both Lapicque and Monnier. For a detailed description of this collection, see the Guide to the Louis Lapicque Papers.

For a more thorough biography of Louis Lapicque and further information on the collections in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, please see the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Library blog.

For more information about the Archives or to make an appointment to view archival materials, contact Mellisa DeThorne, Special Collections Assistant, at 210-567-2470 or

Leisure Reading EBooks – Great for Summertime Reading

Ebooks are gaining in popularity, even with those readers who claimed they would never crack the pages of an ebook. Commercial sources for ebooks such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble are available; however, residents of San Antonio and Bexar County are fortunate to have two sources for extensive free access to ebooks.  All that is needed to read an ebook is a tablet, smart phone, or computer and in some cases a downloaded ereader,  and a willingness to try something new.

San Antonio Public Library

The San Antonio Public Library has a number of options for obtaining digital downloads of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music. All that is needed is a San Antonio Public Library card and in some cases, a downloadable reader or media player. More information can be found at the San Antonio Public Library’s Digital Library page


BiblioTech is Bexar County’s new all digital library. Citizens of Bexar County and San Antonio are eligible to register for access to the BiblioTech’s large collection of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more. Information about the BiblioTech including instructions for registration can be found at


Featured New Books for July 2014

Adams and Victor’s principles of neurology, 10th ed. [electronic resource] / Allan H. Ropper, Martin A. Samuels, Joshua P. Klein. New York : McGraw-Hill Education Medical, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record  

Adam's and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 10th ed.

Current medical diagnosis & treatment 2014 [electronic resource] / edited by Maxine A. Papadakis, Stephen J. McPhee, associate editor Michael W. Rabow. New York : McGraw-Hill  Medical, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2014

Davis’s drug guide for nurses, 14th ed. [electronic resource] / April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski, Judith Hopfer Deglin. Philadelphia : F.A. Davis, c2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, 14th ed.

Developing global health programming : a guidebook for medical and professional schools, 2nd ed. [edited by] Jessica Evert, Paul Drain, Thomas Hall. San Francisco : Global Health Education Collaborations Press, 2014. WA 18 D489 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Developing Global Health Programming: a guidebook for medical and professional schools

Health sciences librarianship / edited by M. Sandra Wood. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Z 675.M4 H434 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Health Sciences Librarianship edited by M. Sandra Wood

Inheritance : how our genes change our lives– and our lives change our genes / Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, with Matthew D. LaPlante. New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
QZ 50 M687i 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Inheritance: how good genes change our lives

Pediatric neuroimaging, 5th ed. / A. James Barkovich, Charles Raybaud. Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WS 340 B256p 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Pediatric Neuroimaging, 5th ed. 2012

Physician salary & benefits report 2014 : hospital-based and group practice. Oakland , N.J. : Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service, c2014.
WX 16 P578 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Physician Salary & Benefits Report 2014

Seidel’s guide to physical examination, 8th ed. / Jane W. Ball, Joyce E. Dains, John A. Flynn, Barry S. Solomon, Rosalyn W. Stewart. St. Louis, Missouri : Elsevier/Mosby, c2015.
WB 205 M894 2015.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination, 8th ed. 2015

Where there is no doctor : a village health care handbook / by David Werner with Carol Thuman and Jane Maxwell ; with drawings by David Werner. New rev. ed., 13th printing Palo Alto, Calif., U.S.A. : Hesperian Foundation, c2013.WA 39 W492w 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Where there is No Doctor: a village health care handbook, 2013 reprint


Purchase suggestions? Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.

News From the Libraries – June 2014

The June issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

Mobile Print Available

New Database Page

Mobile Print Now Available

LearningExpress Library 3.0

Anthropometamorphosis or Tattoos: Older Than You Think

Library Staff News

New Leisure Books

Featured New Books

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