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Author of The Covered Smile to Speak, April 15

Sonja Lauren is the author of The Covered Smile, a true story of childhood abuse, neglect, forgiveness and triumph. Ms. Lauren will be speaking,  Wednesday, April 15, noon-1:00 p.m., Lecture Hall 3.102B, next to Starbuck’s, lunch will be provided..  During her childhood, Ms. Lauren suffered from dental neglect.  At the age of twelve, dentists wrote “situation-hopeless” on her dental records and proceeded to extract all of her teeth leaving her to begin wearing dentures at the age of thirteen. Ms. Lauren’s objectives are to describe the seriousness of dental neglect from a patient’s point of view, raise professional awareness of the importance of treating all patients equally, understand the effects of dental neglect on self-esteem and share the importance of the dental professional in the office, community, and in society.  The Covered Smile is available for check-out at the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library, call number WA 320 L378c 2003.  Ms. Lauren’s presentation is sponsored by the San Antonio Public Health and Diversity Pre-Doctoral Education Program HRSA D85HP20041.

Briscoe Library Hours–Battle of Flowers Holiday

Texas commemorates San Jacinto Day on April 21. In San Antonio, this holiday will be celebrated on April 23 with the Battle of Flowers Parade, part of the city’s 10-day Fiesta® celebrations. Friday is a University Holiday, but the Briscoe Library will be open normal hours: 7 am – 10 pm, with extended hours until 12 midnight for HSC ID holders. Research assistance will not be available. Library users can study, use the computers, and check out library materials. If you have questions, please call 210-567-2440.

BrowZine User Survey

BrowZine User Survey

BrowZine User Survey


Congratulations Monica Salazar

Monica SalazarCongratulations to library staff member, Monica Salazar!  Monica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Pan American in May 2014 and passed the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse in January. In addition to working as a library clerical assistant, Monica has been an avid user of the Ramirez Library, taking advantage of its many resources while working towards her nursing degree.  Monica plans to incorporate her past experience as an EMT into her career by pursuing a position as a critical care nurse in the Rio Grande Valley with the expectation of obtaining her Master’s degree in the near future.

Did you know? Interlibrary Loan

Medical library collections provide users with knowledge to inform patient care, research, class assignments, personal health decisions, and general enlightenment. With limited budgets and the rising cost of subscriptions, it is not feasible for libraries to own every book or journal subscription their constituents might need. The Interlibrary Loan Service is a collaboration with other libraries to provide journal articles and books that the UT Health Science Center Library does not own, and to fulfill requests from other libraries for items that are in the HSC collection.

In FY 2014, the UT Health Science Library processed the following:

  • 1,587 items borrowed from other libraries
  • 6,885 items delivered to other libraries or to individuals through Loansome Doc
  •    722 items delivered to area health professionals

To request a book or journal article through Interlibrary Loan, the requester must first create and then log in to an account in the ILLiad system.

Log in to Illiad button

When searching online in PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, Web of Science, or other databases, clicking on the HSCLink will retrieve the article. If the library does not subscribe to the journal, an option to “Get through Interlibrary Loan” will appear.

The process has been streamlined so that the turnaround time for delivery of articles is now a  couple of days rather than weeks. UT Health Science Center (HSC) students, faculty and staff can request delivery of journal articles directly to their email. Book chapters are scanned and also emailed to requesters. Print book copies are still delivered the old-fashioned way, by mail or courier. Best of all, the service is free to HSC requesters–except for rush orders. This service is also available for a fee to licensed, practicing area health professionals.

For more information, contact AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu or call 210-567-2450.

Jonquil Feldman

Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services


Dr. Damon Tweedy to Speak Today at Noon

Cover of Book: Black Man in a White CoatDr. Damon Tweedy will present the Frank Bryant, Jr, MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics today April 19, 2016 at 12 noon in the Holly Auditorium at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, followed by a reception and book-signing at 1:00 pm. The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Briscoe Library have chosen his book, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, as the basis for a Community Discussions in Social Justice Project.

Community Discussions in Social Justice 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.


Find an online journal

The way to locate full-text articles depends on how much detail you have about the item. Start by clicking the E-journals tab on the Library homepage.

Ejournals Tab

  • If you have an e-journal citation, from the Library homepage, click “E-journal” to get started. Type the journal title in the box or use the MEDLINE abbreviation.
  • If we have an online version of the journal, the title will be listed with the years of electronic coverage.
Serial Solutions results page


  • In the event that we do not have electronic coverage, click “Try the Library Catalog” button to see if we have it in print in the Library.
  • Journal title results are shown with links to the years of coverage.  Choose the link to Journal button that matches the year of your citation.

Getting to Full-Text from Library Databases

From inside most Library Databases, when working on an article search for a topic, you will see buttons that say HSCLink.  These buttons connect you to the Library’s e-journal system.

HSCLink page

Things to remember

If you need help finding library materials, contact Askalibrarian, call (210) 567-2450, or come by the library.

To login from off campus, use your domain username/password. Give the library a call if you encounter any problems or errors with the log in process.


Holiday Hours for Briscoe, Ramirez and Laredo Libraries

The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries will follow Winter Break hours starting on Friday, December 19. While the libraries will be closed from December 20-29, access to databases, E-Books, and E-Journal articles will continue to be available. To get to the full text of online books and journals, click on the Off Campus Login button on the library home page.

Holiday Hours

Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library

Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library

Laredo Regional Campus Library


On behalf of the librarians and staff of the UTHSC Libraries, we wish you safe and joyful holidays, and a very happy new year.