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MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more from over 4,800 current biomedical journals. Citations are included from Index Medicus, the International Nursing Index and the Index to Dental Literature. Additionally includes table of contents information for 2,400 titles from the British Document Supply Centre.
This database is also available mobily.
MEDLINE is produced by the National Library of Medicine and indexes almost 5000 international biomedical journals from 1950 to the present. It includes all references from Index Medicus, the International Nursing Index, and the Index to Dental Literature and is considered the premiere biomedical database. Abstracts are included for many of the citations.
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MEDLINE is produced by the National Library of Medicine. It includes all references from Index Medicus, the International Nursing Index, and the Index to Dental Literature and is considered the premiere biomedical database. Abstracts are included for many of the citations.
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October is American Archives Month—How to make a Humidification Chamber
Humidification is the process of introducing moisture into paper by placing the document inside an enclosed area with a water source. This is often done for tightly rolled documents such as large maps, posters, or large pictures. Water vapor enters the fibers of the document, allowing them to relax. Often the document may then be opened safely, after which it can be pressed and dried to keep it flat.
A conservator is a professional whose primary occupation is the practice of conservation and who, through specialized education, knowledge, training and experience, formulates and implements all the activities of conservation in accordance with an ethical code such as the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
Humidification is relatively safe, but there is always some risk when documents are exposed to water.
Items that should only be treated by professional conservators are:
- Rare and valuable documents.
- Non-paper documents such as parchment and vellum.
- Documents that are heavily soiled.
- Documents that show previous mold growth
- Documents with water soluble inks or paints as they may smear or bleed into the paper.
For help finding a conservator, contact the American Institute for Conservation at 202-452-9545 or visit their website at www.conservation-us.org.
Moving on to the fun stuff! What supplies do I need to make a Humidification Chamber?
- Plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, they come in different sizes and shapes. Select one made of plastic with no ventilation holes. Remember to choose a container which works best for the documents you want to flatten. Examples below:
- 2-3 bath towels.
- Water pitcher.
- 4 freezer containers. You can find these at any grocery store, Walmart or Target for less than $4.00.
- Warm water.
- “Egg Crate” light panel. These are plastic grids with holes in them. The documents will rest on this panel so it should have a small grid, approximately ½”, to give even support. The panel should be at least 3/8” thick, to prevent the document from touching the water filled containers beneath it. Cut the panel to fit on the lip of the container. You may need to cut the panel to fit in the container. Use caution when cutting because the plastic is brittle, and bits may fly about as it is cut. Wear protective eye gear when cutting the panel. Another option is asking hardware store staff to trim it for you.
- Blotting paper—purchase online at suppliers such as universityproducts.com or Gaylord.com.
- Paper for signage. Use this wording for the Sign: Humidification in Process.
- Unfold or unroll the document before humidifying, if that can be done without damaging it.
- Remove staples and paper clips. Metal fasteners can rust in humid conditions.
- Step 1—Fold towels and place at the bottom of the container.
- Step 2- Place 4 freezer containers of equal size on top of the towels
- Step3- Pour warm water into the freezer containers.
- Step4-Place egg crate panel on the lip of the container. It should fit snuggly, raised a few inches above the freezer containers to avoid their contact with document.
- Step 5- Cover the container and wait patiently for 4-8 hours. Check the progress of the document every 15-20 minutes. If you have to open the container, do not leave the lid off for long, or the humid air will escape, and this will prolong the humidification process.
- Step 6- Remove document from container, it will unroll on its own.
- Step 7- Lay the document flat on blotting paper. Make sure blotting paper covers top and bottom of the document you are drying. Use a book to provide even pressure while the document is drying. Leave on blotter paper for a minimum of 12 hours.
- Final step-Remove document from blotter stack. You are finished with humidifying your document.
Video on how to make humidification chamber to come later. Stay tuned!
If you have questions about humidifying your documents, please call or email Anne Comeaux or Mellisa DeThorne at the telephone/email below.
If you have a story of the early days of the Health Science Center or medicine in San Antonio to share, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-567-2470.
Happy American Archives Month, All!
Mellisa DeThorne, Keeper of precious things
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Open Access Week, PhD Comics Explains It All
PhD Comics has released a creative explanation of open access and its importance to research and health care. It’s a great 8-minute video explanation of what Open Access Science Communication is all about. The narrators are Nick Shockey of SPARC and Jonathan Eisen of University of California Davis, and the brilliant animation is by Jorge Cham of PhD Comics.
OvidSP is a user-friendly interface to many of the Library’s biomedical databases. These databases include the following:
Ovid MEDLINE In-Process
EBM Reviews – ACP Journal Club
EBM Reviews – Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
EBM Reviews – Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
EBM Reviews – Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects
Health and Psychosocial Instruments
Journals@Ovid Full Text
EBM Reviews – Cochrane Methodology Register
EBM Reviews – Health Technology Assessment
EBM Reviews – NHS Economic Evaluation Database
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P. I. (Pat Ireland) Nixon Photographs & Biographical Materials
P. I. Nixon
Olive Gray Read Nixon
|Olive Read met Pat I. Nixon while they were both attending the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated in 1905, but they waited until he finished his M.D. degree at John Hopkins University School of Medicine and established his practice in San Antonio before marrying in 1912. They had four boys – Pat Ireland Nixon Jr., Robert Nixon, and the twins Benjamin Nixon and Thomas Nixon. Olive shared Nixon’s interest in history and was his partner in collecting historical materials.|
Fannie Andrews Nixon
|Frances Amanda Andrews was born in Randolph county, North Carolina, on Nov. 5, 1843. In 1866 she left North Carolina with her brother-in-law and sister and after a 3 months journal arrived in Texas, settling at Belmont. She taught school for a few years then in 1872 married Captain Robert Thomas Nixon, the owner of a 14,000 acre plantation 6 miles south of what is now Luling. Captain Nixon had 9 children from his previous marriage. Fannie added 7 children of her own. In 1895 they moved to Luling. When her husband died in 1897, she managed the estate for the next forty-two years.|
P. I. Nixon, Jr.
|Dr. Pat I. Nixon Jr. MD was born on May 28, 1913. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1935 and Duke Medical School in 1939. He joined the Army in 1949 and was stationed at West Point during World War II as a Hygiene Teacher and a member of the Medical Staff. He returned to San Antonio in 1946 and practiced medicine with his father. He married Ruby Baker while in the Army, and they had 4 children. Ruby died in 1982, and he married his second wife, Della. He loved old antique cars and driving and donatedmuch of his time to charity and doing work for the Boy Scouts. He died in October 2012 at the age of 99.|
Ben Oliver Nixon
|Ben Oliver Nixon was born in 1921, the oldest of the “Tennis Playing Twins.” He was a Captain and aircraft pilot in the Air Force and died while flying a plane in 1961. He was married to Grace Nixon and had four children.|
Print from a Windows laptop
Please note: When installing this software in the Library please use a wired network connection. Do not use a wireless connection.
Pharos Popups does not currently support 64-bit Windows Vista.
Currently only the Briscoe Library printers are available for download.
- Download the Pharos Popups installation file for the location that you wish to be able print to:
- If you get the “Do you want to run or save this file?” box, click Run.
- If you get the “The publisher could not be verified” warning, click Run.
- The installation window will open. Click Start. It will take several minutes for the installation to finish.
- When the installation finishes, click Finish.
Note: If you wish to install more than once location, simply install each location individually.