A new look at Einstein’s brain

Last week the journal Brain published an article that examines 14 previously unpublished pictures of Albert Einstein’s brain from his autopsy in 1955.  The article The cerebral cortex of Albert Einstein: a description and preliminary analysis of unpublished photographs is available online.

Additional images of Einstein’s brain are available in the Einstein Brain Atlas iPad app created by the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago.

Find a Research Tool

The tools listed below have been developed to make it easier for you to find information at UTHSC Libraries. Each tool listed below has been developed by UTHSC, or has been identified by library staff as helpful in the integration of your research.

If there are tools that have helped you with your reserch you would like to suggest we add to the Toolbox page, please email

Catalog and Proxy Tools

LibX: Firefox and Google Chrome Add-on

What is it?

LibX is a web browser add-on that provides you with direct access to UTHSC Library resources, all from a toolbar.

How can it help with my research?

This tool allows you to search the library catalogs, right-click search menus, off-campus access to UTHSC, and embedded cues. For more information on LibX, and tutorials visit LibX.


LibX works with both Firefox and Google Chrome. Below are the downloads for both browsers:

Please note the instructions for installing any extension that is outside of the Chrome marketplae.

Catalog Bookmarklet

What is it?

The catalog bookmarklet allows you to search the UTHSC Library catalog if the page you are on has either the ISBN or ISSN number on it. Just drag the bookmark link below into your bookmarks bar to begin using the bookmarklet.

How can it help with my research?

The bookmarklet allows you to search the libraries catalog, if the page you are viewing has the ISBN or ISSN number located on it.



Proxy Bookmarklet

What is it?

The Proxy bookmarklet reloads the page that you are on with the proxy service loaded, giving access to our journals even off campus.

How can it help with my research?

The Proxy bookmarklet allows you to integrate the library resources into your research workflow, but does not require you to visit the library’s website to login from off campus first.


Proxy Bookmarklet


What is it?

UTHSC Link is a link generator that creates a shorter, readable link that can be emailed, bookmarked, or included on a Blackboard course page.

How can it help my research?

UTHSC Link allows you to share links with others quickly and effeciently. All that is required to use UTHSC Link is a DOIPMIDPMCID, or CINAHL Accession Number.

More information on UTHSC Link





Citation Tools

BibMe Logo


What is it?

BibMe is a free fully automatated bibliography maker that will help build work cited pages that can be imported into your research documents at any point of the research cycle.

How can it help my research?

BibMe allows you to enter information either by searching for specific books, articles, etc., or manually entering information into the BibMe web application. BibMe allows you download your citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats

For more infomration or to use BibMe visit



Information Organization


What is it?

Delicious is a social bookmarking service, that allows you to save all of your bookmarks online, share them with others, and see what other people are bookmarking. Delicious keeps all of your bookmarks in one location, so you don’t have to worry about what machine your on, you can still get to them. Users are given the option to save their bookmarks through Delicious web interface, or through web browser extensions.

How can it help with my research?

Delicious allows you to organize your bookmarks with tags. The tags are placed within specific pages of your account. You can share links with your peers that will send them to a list of bookmarks, rather than emailing them to everyone one at a time. Also, if you are looking at working collaboratively with others, you can create custom tags, specific to the research; then as everyone tags research with these tags you will develop a list of research bookmarks that can be accessed by anyone anywhere.

Download and more information

Delicious does not require anything to be downloaded to work from their webpage, but they have developed plugins that help streamline the bookmarking process. If you would like to download the plugins for your respective browser:

Evernote Logo


What is it?

Evernote is a capture and organization tool that allows you to collect, sort, tag and annotate notes in various forms of media. You can organize text notes, clip a web page, snap a photo, grab a screen shot, etc. and store the information in Evernote.

How can it help with my research?

Evernote allows you to keep information on various forms of media and make annotations on the source. This allows you to not misplace your notes, and gives you a place to store them.

Download and more information

Evernote works on Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone/iPhone Touch, iPad, Android, Palm Pre/Pixi, and Windows Mobile. To download visit Evernote.

Additionally Evernote has extensions for various browsers so you can organize all of your bookmarks and keep them all in one place no matter what computer you are on. To download the Evernote extension visit Evernote Firefox.

For more information, and video demonstrations of Evernote, visit Evernote.

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What is it?

Zotero is a free Firefox extension that allows you to collect, organize, manage, share, and cite your researh sources.

How can it help with my research?

All of the information you import lives on Zotero, so you can install, and use it on multiple machines. Also, you can share your information with other individuals and groups that you may be researching with. In addition, Zotero gives you the option of discovering others researches that share the same interests, and sources that they are citing.


Zotero only works with Firefox, and you must register with Zotero to get all of the functionality. For more information, demonstration videos, and to download the Zotero extension visit Zotero.

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

JOVE-Journal of Visualized ExperimentsFounded in October 2006, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is the first of its kind: a peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed online journal dedicated to video publication of life sciences research.  For the first time, this method allows researchers to not just read about research protocols, but actually submit and view videos of those protocols online.  The journal aims to use the video medium to advance two important goals: (1) improving transparency and reproducibility of experiments and (2) improving the efficiency of knowledge transfer regarding experimental techniques.

As of January 2012, JoVE has published 59 issues and over 1500 video articles; most video articles are between 10 and 15 minutes in length.  The JoVE Editorial Board consists of 28 scientists from across academia and government. If you find the JoVE video format useful, you may want to consider publishing your own research in JoVE.  The journal offers publication options for both author-produced videos as well as an option for JoVE to film and produce the video; San Antonio is included in their coverage area for video production services.  To learn more about publishing in JoVE, read their “Publishing Basics for Authors”.

The Health Science Center Libraries subscribe to JoVE General; other sections of JoVE require a separate subscription, but those videos are freely available through PubMed Central if the video is greater than 24 months old.  You can also get a good sense of the kind of research covered in JoVE by looking at their “This Month in JoVE” series of “video tables of contents.”

Librarians will monitor use of JoVE during 2012 to determine if this new format journal is used frequently and we welcome your comments about JoVE.  JoVE can be accessed through the library’s E-Journal page or through a catalog search; access is available both on and off-campus.

Learn about Poster Presentations

Use these resources to plan and develop a poster presentation for class, conferences and meetings.

A regularly offered library class on Creating and Presenting Effective Poster Sessions is a great option when you are thinking about improving your poster making skills.   This class can be requested for courses or departments.  Contact Briscoe Library Information at or 210-567-2450 to request a special presentation.

Campus Poster Printing

Poster Presentation Resources

Poster Examples

Look at a wide variety of posters to decide what you like and don’t like!


Learn More – Slides on Poster Presentations

Learning the basics of Digital Technology

ProfHacker has a really interesting article about learning the basics of digital technology. Broken into three main guidelines:

  • Set Boundaries
  • Force yourself to fiddle
  • It’s ok to quit a particular experiment

The last one is extremely important to remember. It is important to try out these new technologies, see if they fit your workflow, and find out how they can help keep you current in your area.

For more information on the original post, visit here


Mendeley and Columbia Citation Style Language Editor

For those that use the Mendeley tool for managing bibliographic references, the company has joined Columbia University to develop a Citation Style Language (CSL) editor.

This tool can be used even if you do not currently use Mendeley, but use many of the other reference managers. For more information on editor, please visit here.

NLM’s Open-i searches biomed through images

Open-i is a unique search service from the National Library of Medicine. Open-i indexes images in collections such as PubMed Central and returns them in search. Results can be limited by type of image, specialty, date, and other filters. It also offers two ways to view your results, in a citation list or an image grid.

Open-i also allows you to drag an image from your desktop into the search box, initiating an auto search based on it. Internet Explorer does not support this feature, so Chrome, Firefox, or Safari must be used.

Visit Open-i today to try out this new way to search.

Updated Citation Export Feature in PubMed

The multi-step process of exporting references from PubMed into EndNote and RefWorks has been updated.  Previously, PubMed searchers had to use the Send to- File- Medline format and then save a file that would then be imported into EndNote, RefWorks, and other citation management programs.

PubMed Send to Citation Manager

In the spring, PubMed added the Send to – Citation Manager option to simplify the process.  Now, using the Send to Citation Manager option, for one or more articles, a file with a ‘nbib’ extension is automatically created.  EndNote users can identify that file as an EndNote usable file with their computer and which permits a double click to begin the import.  RefWorks users should log into RefWorks and manually import the file.

If you need assistance with EndNote, RefWorks or PubMed, please contact us!  We also have a collection of tipsheets and tutorials online for times when a librarian is unavailable.