News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Do you have writing projects planned for 2011? Resources for writers can be found in the library catalog and online

The UT Health Science Center Libraries provide access to a large collection of resources for writers.  Some of the topics covered include information on how to organize a research article, book chapter or book; guidelines for including tables, figures and graphs; legal and ethical issues in publishing; and how to promote your work.  Recent additions to the collection include:

Dawkins, R. (2008). The Oxford book of modern science writing.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. (e-book)

Lesmeister, M.B. (2007) . Writing basics for the healthcare professional.  Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc. (WZ345 L637w 2007)

Matthews, J.R. (2008).  Successful scientific writing: A step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. New York: Cambridge University Press. (WZ 345 M439s 2008)

Saver, C. (2011).  Anatomy of writing for publication for nurses.  Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.  (WWZ 345 A535 2011)

Von Fraunhofer, J.A. (2010).  Research writing in dentistry.  Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. (WU 20.5 V946r 2010)

Additional resources for writers can be found in Starting Points: Library Resources for Writing, on the UT Health Science Center Libraries Web site.

Susan Hunnicutt
Special Projects Librarian

AHEC honors Ramirez librarian for her role in the development of the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network

Greysi Reyna, Assistant Library Director for the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, (shown here left front) was honored on December 9 at an event celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program at the UT Health Science Center.  Greysi has a 15-year affiliation with the AHEC program, beginning in 1995 with her appointment as circuit librarian for the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

One of Greysi’s responsibilities as a Circuit Librarian was to introduce clinicians at hospitals across South Texas to online resources.  Her work also contributed to a grant, in 1996, from the National Library of Medicine that paid for Internet access at thirteen health care facilities across the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Jorge Martinez graduates from Texas A&M San Antonio

Congratulations to Jorge Martinez,  Information Technology Specialist, who received  a Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)  from Texas A&M University San Antonio on Sunday, December 19, 2010.

Jorge, who offices in the Briscoe Library, also provides technology support for the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, the Laredo Regional Campus Library, the library at Texas Research Park and University Health Service Downtown Library.

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

Library classes for January

All library classes are free and open to all. Advance registration is appreciated but not required. If you would like to request a class or schedule a consultation at any HSC campus, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email

If you would like to request a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact us!

To register for a class or to read class descriptions, visit the online class schedule.

When you register for a library class, your registration confirmation email includes a file that you can save as an appointment into your electronic calendar.

Briscoe Library – Long Campus, San Antonio

Introduction to PubMed: January 11, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011

  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: January 11, 10:30 a.m.—12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Why Twitter? – Technology Brownbag: January 12, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • Records Management Module A: Records Retention and Inventory: January 12, 9:00 a.m.—12: p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: January 18, 1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Records Management Quick Review: January 19, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: January 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011

Texas Research Park, San Antonio

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: January 26, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., IBT Building 3.002

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

The Libraries wish you a Happy New Year!

The Briscoe Library

The Laredo Regional Campus Library


The Ramirez Library

News from the Libraries – December 2010

December 2010

In the news this month:

Biomedical Publishing 101: Briscoe Library to host academic publishing webinar

Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools

Coming Soon: PubMed Author ID

Subscription changes for Faculty of 1000 and The Scientist

ERes course reserve system retires this month

Library holiday hours

Gifts for Children: Donate at the Briscoe Library

December and January library classes

Thinking about purchasing an e-book reader? Check here first.

Project Haiti and Ethiopia Outreach Silent Auction and photo exhibit

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Biomedical Publishing 101: Briscoe Library will host webinar on developments in academic publishing

If you are involved in any part of the academic publishing cycle, please consider joining us for this event:

December 7, 2010

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074)

This 90-minute webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online.  The complexities of publishing in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored, including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.

Presenters include John Tagler of Association of American Publishers, Inc.  The session will be moderated by Jean Shipman, director of both the University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
  • The Publishing Process
  • Publication Ethics
  • Production & Delivery
  • Practical Considerations
  • The Road Ahead

Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication.  All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters.

The Biomedical Publishing 101 is a project of the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors, and is sponsored and hosted by NN/LM MCR, NN/LM SCR, NN/LM PSR and library directors in the Four Corners region of the U.S.

Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room

Bring your lunch and learn about 30 tools and tips to make your holidays merrier.