News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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 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


Library classes for August and September


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 integrate 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

  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: August 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: August 21, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: August 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches: August 28, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: September 5, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: September 6, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Poster Session: September 12, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 4.074
  • Getting Started with Ovid Medline: September 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011


Library resources: What’s new, and what’s been improved

Stat!Ref Mobile IconRegistered library users now have full text access to dozens of medical reference books through Stat!Ref Mobil.





AccessMedicine MobileIn fact, it’s a good idea to check the library first if you are looking for mobile ebooks.  Find out why.







PubMed-National Library of MedicinePubMed has a new and simplified citation export feature.





The newest version of EndNote is scheduled to be released this month.




MS2s study principles of evidence based medicine

Class-Principles of Evidence-based Medicine

In July, second year medical students participated in a class on the principles of evidence based medicine and how to build a literature search.  The class, which was taught by librarians Angela Myatt, M.Sc., Katie Prentice, MSIS, AHIP, Chris Gaspard, MSLS and Dana Whitmire, MSLS, used hands-on instruction and interactive questions to illustrate advanced PubMed features.  Students also learned how to determine if a diagnosis article is appropriate to their needs. Koko Aung, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, was also an instructor on Day 2.


MS3s learn to identify best resources for clinical care

MS3s-Clinical Foundations

MS3s received instruction in information management, document storage and password protection.

For the second year running, librarians from the Briscoe Library were instructors in the School of Medicine’s Clinical Foundations course. Clinical Foundations provides the basic clinical tools to rising third year medical students about to embark on their clerkship rotations.  Eric Willman, Angela Myatt and Chatchawin Assanasen, M.D., a Hematologist/Oncologist with the department of Pediatrics, were responsible for the knowledge management section of the eight day long program. Objectives of the class included accessing and identifying the best information resources for patient care and knowing how to find answers to clinical questions.

The class of over 200 students was divided into eight groups, with students working in pairs. Each 2 hour session was a fast paced blend of didactic instruction and group assignments. Throughout the session students were posed clinical questions. Answers required the groups to pool their critical thinking skills and to utilize their newly acquired information. Students were encouraged to use their handheld devices to access several clinical resources. They were also received instruction on information management, document storage and password protection.


42nd Annual Dinner and Presentation of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Save the date

Richard Luduena, PhDThe Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Inbreeding and Incest in Royal Families will be the topic of the 42nd Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Airport Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough


Richard Ludueña, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will deliver the address at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, November 7, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.  The dinner will be held at the Doubletree Airport Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough.  Dr. Ludueña will discuss incest and inbreeding in the Spanish, Egyptian and Inca royal families, describing their behaviors and exploring reasons why inbreeding and/or incest, despite the taboo, persisted in these families.

Watch for more information in future newsletters.

Student attendance at the Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is $30, and includes membership in the Friends organization.  Sponsorships are available for students who would like to attend but who need financial assistance. 

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

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite all those interested in the history of medicine to an intriguing presentation and an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

Advance registration is required.  Please RSVP, including requests for scholarship assistance, by November 2, 2012 to Susan Hunnicutt:



New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Book-Human Embryonic Stem Cells Handbook

Human embryonic stem cells handbook / edited by Kursad Turksen.
New York : Humana Press, c2012.
QU 328 H918 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Book-Panorama of PsychologyPanorama of psychology / Vilen Vardanyan.
Central Milton Keynes, [U.K.] : AuthorHouse UK, c2011.
BF 81 V291p 2011. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Book-Join the ClubJoin the club : how peer pressure can transform the world / Tina Rosenberg.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2012.
HM 831 R813j 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian


Barn swallows call Briscoe loading dock home

Barn Swallows babies: Briscoe Library Loading Dock, July 2012Barn swallows have taken up residence in the Briscoe Library loading dock, and recently, we observed that we have barn swallow babies.  And this is not the first time!

A couple of years ago the  loading dock became home to a pair of North American Barn Swallows. They chose a spot high over the rear entry door to the library. They built an open nest plastered onto a wall and a sprinkler head with construction materials that included bits of mud mixed with grass.  The nest was heavily lined with feathers.



Barn Swallows: Briscoe Loading DockDuring their first year, it is believed the barn swallows had three clutches of eggs.  In time, library staff witnessed the newly hatched birds being fed by their parents and growing into adulthood. They were seen flying around and darting in and out of the dock area catching and feeding insects to their young.

Our current family of barn swallow chicks was first observed in late June. Every morning we arrive to their long and twittering song. In some books on swallows, it’s said that the female selects the healthiest male by listening to his song.

Robert Zuniga, Senior Clerk

News from The Libraries — July 2012

Student and Synthesizer

An exhibit opening in July provides a glimpse into Applied Neuroanatomy, a student-led elective for MS-1s that was offered in the Spring of 2012. Find the story in this issue.

Welcome new residents!

Library classes for July and August

Applied Neuroanatomy: Exhibit showcases MS-1 elective course offering

Briscoe Library participates in the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit

Librarians in the news

Making way for improvements at the Briscoe Library

On the Origin of Species: A treasure of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Drug Information Portal now available for mobile devices

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Looking for a summer read? Explore the Leisure Reading Collection at the Briscoe Library

America’s libraries: Did you know?

See all past issues of News from the Libraries



Welcome new residents!

The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ staff welcomes new residents to our campuses.  As current affiliated members of the Health Science Center community,  residents have access to e-journals, e-books, and databases as well as access to materials located at  San Antonio, Harlingen and Laredo branches.

Screenshot of new off campus log in systemOnline access to e-journals, e-books, and databases begins from the moment you have an active UTHSCSA Domain Account.  After clicking on library website links, click the “Current Faculty, Staff, & Students” choice to login.  This same login/password used for UT Health Science Center computers, Blackboard, and Inside.UTHSCSA is used for online access to library materials and for requesting interlibrary loans (ILL).

The first time you visit the library to check out a book, library staff will ask you to complete a brief form to set up your in-library account.

Regular classes, including EndNote, RefWorks, PubMed, and Ovid Medline, are offered at the Libraries and are open to everyone.  In the event our regular classes conflict with your schedule, call or email to request a consultation with a librarian.  With advance notice, we can accommodate most requests for personal assistance.  You are also welcome to request special classes for groups or departments.  View the Library Events Calendar for upcoming classes:

In addition to classes and consultations, librarians are available at the Briscoe Library Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm for your immediate information needs.  While the Briscoe Library does not have a traditional reference desk, reference and information services are available in-person, via email –, telephone – 210-567-2450, and instant message

Good links to bookmark:

Again, welcome!  If you have questions about our services or resources, let us know.

Katie Prentice

Head of Education and Information Services