Thursday, December 22, 2011

RefWorks Changes Coming Soon

Next time you access RefWorks, the interface may look a little different. RefWorks "Classic" will be replaced by RefWorks 2.0 on December 31, 2011. If you haven't used RefWorks for a while or if you haven't had the  opportunity to investigate the new interface, you may check the following  demo video:

Some of the changes with the new interface are:
  • A Group Code will no longer be needed for access, once you have set up your RefWorks account. 
To access RefWorks via RefMobile you will be able to use your personal login and to use all components of RefWorks, whether you happen to be on or off campus.  In order to implement the change, RefWorks advises customers that a very few personal logins may need to be changed.  This only applies to you if you have used the same login for multiple accounts. If you need assistance with login problems e-mail RefWorks support at:

We would like to remind you that through the generosity of the provider, ProQuest, the one database you can continue to use when you leave the Texas Medical Center is RefWorks. If you have already been a user of RefWorks through The TMC Library’s subscription, you have lifetime complementary access.

Questions? contact the Reference and Outreach Department via chat, e-mail, phone or in person at:

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wiley Online Library down for maintenance on Saturday, December 17

The Wiley Online Library site will be down for scheduled maintenance on Saturday, December 17 from 4am to 7am Central Standard Time.  Thank you for your patience while the publisher works to improve site functionality.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Library at

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Library Holiday Hours

The TMC Library will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, 2011 and January, 1, 2012.

The Library will observe the following holiday hours:

December 18                        
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM*
December 19 – 22                 
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
December 23, 26                  
8:00 PM – 5:00 PM*
December 27 - 29
8:00 PM – 5:00 PM
December 30
8:00 PM – 5:00 PM*
January 2, 2012
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM*

 *No Reference assistance except at Circulation Desk. 
Regular hours resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The TMC Library wishes you Happy Holidays.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A-Z Access to TMC’s Electronic Book Collections

The TMC Library is implementing e-book access via the familiar A-Z list you use for finding electronic journals.  If you want to know what electronic booksthe Library has on a particular topic, or need to find a certain textbook in electronic format, there is now an easier way to answer your question.

To search for electronic books available at the TMC library, go to the A-Z List of Online Journals & E-Books, available at:

If you have ever searched for e-journals at The TMC Library, you are already familiar with the A-Z list: now it also includes electronic books.  When you first access the search box for the A-Z List of Online Journals & Books, all item types are selected by default: Books, Journals and Other. Select only Books to limit your title search.  You can also browse by subject or publisher.

Please note that the e-books from two collections are currently being added and entries for them will be completed during the next few weeks: Gale Virtual Reference Library and NetLibrary, now called Ebooks@EBSCO.  The rest of the collections are already listed.

If you need assistance in finding an e-book, contact the Reference and Outreach Department at:

Public Library Access Comes to The Texas Medical Center Library

Steve Radack, Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner, Jack Morman, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner, Deborah Halsted, Senior Associate Director, Operations, The TMC Library, L. Maximilian Buja, Executive Director, The TMC Library, Rhoda Goldberg, Director, Harris County Public Library, El Franco Lee, Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner, R. Jack Cagle, Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner
Have you ever had trouble finding the time to make it to the public library to pick up the latest bestseller, an audio book for your commute, or a picture book for bedtime sharing?  Starting January 3, 2012, Harris County Public Library (HCPL) materials will be available for convenient pickup at The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library location.  Simply select the materials you want in the HCPL catalog at, place a request using your library card, and the items will be delivered to The TMC Library.  Once your items arrive, you will receive a notification by e-mail or phone and have one week to pick them up.  If you would just like to browse, the library will have a small collection of books for adults, children and teens available on site.

If you don’t currently have a HCPL library card, you can apply for one online at: or at The TMC Library.  Library cards are free to residents of the state of Texas with proof of mailing address and three-month visitor cards are available for non-Texas residents. To checkout eBooks and eAudios from the Digital Media Catalog for use on your iPad, iPod, Kindle or Nook, you will first need to get your card from The TMC Library, and then enjoy convenient access, anytime, anywhere.  Harris County Public Library has 26 library locations throughout the area and a collection of over 2 million items, including books, CDs, DVDs, databases, eBooks and eAudios for all ages, so there is something to appeal to everyone.  It’s not always easy navigating the area around the Medical Center, so HCPL and The TMC Library hope to reduce your daily stress with this new program.

Please contact the TMC Library Circulation department at: 713.799.7146 with any questions.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Journal of Family Strengths: New TMC Library Publication

The TMC Library announces the publication of the Journal of Family Strengths (JFS) available at:

JFS continues the Family Preservation Journal which was first published in 1995.  This current volume marks the Journal’s evolution from a traditional print to a fully online open-access format. JFS is a peer-reviewed online journal produced by the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute in partnership with the Center for Family Strengths at the University of Houston-Downtown and the Texas Medical Center Library. JFS is devoted to presenting theoretical, policy, practice, and evaluation articles on the strengths perspective in family-centered practice to improve services that promote and sustain family systems.

The current issue includes research on:

 ·       The enhancement of reunification outcomes for families in the child welfare system though the Parent Partner program

·       The impact of environmental factors on sexually abused adolescents’ reactions to abuse

·       The benefits of waivers of some funds under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act

·       The effects of kinship care on the child welfare system

·       The need for male-focused community resources for fathers

·       Child discipline and punishment methods

Are you interested in creating a new online journal? The Library provides software, training, publishing, and the editorial help you need. The software and service are FREE to members of the Texas Medical Center Library.

Contact Kate Krause at: or 713.799.7126.

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