Library Updates

2015 Possible Journal Cancellations

Similar to other departments across campus and other libraries across the nation, the UTHSC Libraries must reduce some of our expenditures in order to stay within budget.  Below is our tentative journal cancellation list for 2015.  The titles on this list have low usage (less than 100 uses during the year), no usage, or we could not obtain usage statistics from the publisher.

Librarians do not make cancellations lightly and one factor is comments from faculty, staff, and students. If you would like to request any of these resources be kept, send your comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at

Briscoe Library Removing Print Journals

In September, approximately 97,000 print journal volumes will be removed from the Briscoe Library 4th floor. This project is part of an overall effort to transition to a print-free environment, as almost all of the library’s current journals are now available online and searchable through the library’s catalog or through BrowZine. Older journal articles that are not online can be ordered at no charge through the Document Delivery service. Delivery time is estimated at under 48 hours.

Removing these journals opens up the 4th floor as the library evolves from a storage space for print materials into a place for study, instruction, and collaboration. The volumes that are being removed are already part of the collection in the Joint Library Facility, a storage unit located in Bryan, TX that is a collaboration between the University of Texas System and Texas A&M University. The library has contracted with a commercial company to remove and transport the volumes to a recycling plant.

For questions about this project, contact Jonquil Feldman, Associate Library Director,


Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club



The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger for more details at (210) 567-6398 or

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.


BrowZine: A Modern Way of Accessing Scholarly Journals


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The old way of finding health information is becoming obsolete, and with information distribution changing, the library is changing. Briscoe Library has made the decision to remove print journals, transferring many to a joint library facility, and has adopted BrowZine.

BrowZine is a service for libraries that allows you to browse, read, and monitor scholarly journals on the web or on a mobile device. It combines the discovery you loved with print journals with the convenience of technology.

With BrowZine you can:

  • Easily browse thousands of scholarly journals
  • Create a personalized bookshelf of your favorite titles
  • Be alerted when new articles are available in your favorite journals
  • Save articles for offline reading

Find out how to access and use BrowZine here and look out for the Reading Lists feature coming later this year.

Changes Coming for RefWorks!

On September 1st, the new version of RefWorks will be available for users. For those who wish to continue to use the older version, it will be available through 2017.

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography. RefWorks is free to UT Health Science Center at San Antonio affiliates. You can login to your RefWorks account from any computer with access to the internet.

The new RefWorks is intended to simplify the user experience. Learn more about the new RefWorks! For current users, learn how to transition to the new RefWorks!

If you have any questions contact us at 210-567-2450, or

Evidence-based acquisitions project means more e-books for UT Health Science Center Libraries

The UT Health Science Center Libraries have acquired a set of electronic books as part of an Evidence-Based Acquisitions project with several University of Texas System libraries. The project is funded by the University of Texas System Board of Regents and will include e-books from Elsevier/ScienceDirect that have a 2013 publication date. New titles will continue to be added through December 31, 2013. Subject areas include biomedical sciences & medicine, immunology, microbiology, psychology, nursing, dentistry and many more.ebooks

The evidence-based (also known as patron-driven or demand driven) acquisition model allows libraries to acquire more e-books at a reduced cost, while keeping specific user needs in mind. Exploring this collection is encouraged since acquiring content is dependent on user participation. The evidence-based acquisitions e-books can be accessed through the library catalog and can also be browsed by selecting the “Elsevier eBooks on ScienceDirect” link on the library’s e-book page.

Explore Human Anatomy in 3D with BodyViz


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BodyViz, an interactive 3D visualization software, renders MRI and CT data to allow easy manipulation and exploration of human anatomy.  Working with the Digital Anatomy Lab, the Briscoe Library is expanding access to BodyViz for campus-wide use.  A mobile setup is currently available and a dedicated instance of BodyViz will soon be available in the library.  Contact John Weed or Jeremy Mercier with questions or if you would like a demo.

Featured New Books for July 2015

Body shaping [electronic resource] : skin, fat, cellulite / edited by Jeffery S. Orringer, Jeffrey S. Dover, Murad Alam. Edinburgh : Elsevier, 2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Body shaping: skin, fat, cellulite

Cancer cell signaling [electronic resource] : targeting signaling pathways toward
therapeutic approaches to cancer by Ayyanathan, Kasirajan [editor.].
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Cancer cell signaling

Duke’s anesthesia secrets, 5th ed. [electronic resource] / [edited by] James C. Duke, Brian M. Keech.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Duke's anesthesia, 5th ed.

Easy EMG [electronic resource] : a guide to performing nerve conduction studies and electromyography, 2nd ed. / authors, Jay M. Weiss, Lyn D. Weiss, Julie K. Silver ; illustrator, Dennis J. Dowling. London : Elsevier, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Easy EMG, 2nd ed.

Kanski’s clinical ophthalmology [electronic resource] : a systematic approach, 8th ed. / Brad Bowling. Philadelphia, Pa. : Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology, 8th ed.

Nelson textbook of pediatrics, 20th ed. [electronic resource] / Rober M. Kliegman, MD
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier, 2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Nelson textbook of pediatrics, 20th ed.

Principles and practice of laser dentistry, 2nd ed. [electronic resource] / Robert A. Convissar. St. Louis, Missouri : Mosby, c2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Principles and practice of laser dentistry, 2nd ed.

Textbook of family medicine, 9th ed. [electronic resource] / [edited by] Robert E. Rakel, David P. Rakel. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Textbook of family medicine, 9th ed.

Thompson & Thompson genetics in medicine, 8th ed. [electronic resource] / Robert L. Nussbaum, Roderick R. McInnes, Huntington F. Willard. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Thompson & Thompson genetics in medicine, 8th ed.



Purchase suggestions? Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.

Featured New Books for November 2015

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.


Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Metadata & Collection Management Librarian.