Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Features you can use with BioMedLib:
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Friday, February 24, 2012

CDC Introduces Mobile iPad Application

Get fast and easy access to health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) using your iPad. The CDC iPad application has been designed as a way for users to access health information at their fingertips. The application features access to important health news, popular journal information, timely updates, and access to social media outlets. Updates coinciding with important health concerns and events throughout the year provide increased awareness and information about these health topics. The iPad application gives an increasingly mobile public 24/7 access to important health information that people can use to protect their lives and loved ones.

The CDC mobile iPad Application is available for free download in the App Store:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)  recently launched a new web page titled Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages

This page includes links to various mobile tools and apps that have been selected based upon utility in a disaster or emergency context and which adhere to the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Selection Guidelines for non-NLM resources.  The page is organized into three sections based on the type of information provided by the app or website.

The web page includes information on:

Visit the Disaster Information Management Research Center for a complete list of disaster medicine  tools, disaster resources and hazardous events.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Library Hours on President's Day - Monday, February 20, 2012

The TMC Library will be open on Monday, February 20  from      
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in observance of President’s Day.

Reference services will not be available.
Regular hours resume on Tuesday, February 21.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Library Will Close at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 16, 2012

The TMC Library will close at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 16, 2012 for the Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library fundraising event.

Phone, chat and e-mail reference services will be available from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on that day.

Contact the Reference Department by phone 713.799.7161, e-mail: or via chat at:

Regular hours resume on Friday, February 17.

This Thursday: An Evening With Icons Event

Join us this Thursday, February 16,  from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. for the Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library annual fundraiser, An Evening With Icons: Honoring Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. James “Red” Duke.

The Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library are privileged and honored to celebrate the global contributions of Dr. Cooley and Dr. Duke.

Proceeds will benefit the Texas Medical Center Library print and electronic collections.  An Evening With Icons is chaired by Herbert L. Fred, MD, MACP.

To purchase tickets for the event visit:

or contact Alisa Hemphill at: 713.799.7105 or via e-mail:

For more information about the event, contact or call 713.799.7141
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Friday, February 10, 2012

New Library Journal Subscriptions

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network are two new journal subscriptions acquired by the library.

The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is the leading international journal in tropical medicine. Content includes original scientific articles and cutting-edge science covering new research, with an emphasis on laboratory science and the application of technology in the fields of tropical medicine, parasitology, immunology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, basic and molecular biology, virology and international medicine. Full text archives are available back to the first issue published in 1921.

The Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network provides the latest information about best clinical practices, oncology outcomes, and new research initiatives. JNCCN features updates on the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™, review articles elaborating on guideline recommendations, and health services and clinical research papers. JNCCN's goal is to improve the quality of cancer care by addressing oncology practice for all disease stages and presentations. Content covers the entire spectrum of oncologic health care, from prevention and screening to treatment and supportive care. Full text is available from the first issue published in 2003.

To access these journals, visit the library website at: click under Find Library Materials and select Journals.

Questions? Contact the Reference Department by phone 713.799.7161, e-mail: or via chat at:

STAT!Ref Going Mobile

You can now access STAT!Ref using your mobile device. To activate this feature, go to STAT!Ref click the “Preferences” link located on top of the Stat!Ref page, and log into your account. Once in your individual account, click "Temporary Log-in Account," and follow directions. Please note that, although more devices are being added, an app for your device may not be available just yet.

Also please note that at present, mobile access must be renewed every 90 days. Once your mobile account is established, you will not need to log in with TMC Library to use mobile STAT!Ref.

Contact the Reference Department by phone 713.799.7161, e-mail: or via chat at: if you have any questions.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Library Classes and Workshops

Wed, February 15, 2012
10:00AM - 12:00PM

RefWorks is a web-based citation management program that allows you to organize references in one convenient location, and also format your paper and bibliography. RefWorks contains several hundred citation output styles such as APA and AMA, in addition to individual journal submission formats. This class will teach you to set up an account, import citations, build your bibliography and format your paper. *It is highly recommended that participants in this class have experience searching PubMed or other databases, and using Microsoft Word.

Taught by: Allen Lopez, Education Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713.799.7170

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Nursing Research Resources
Wed, February 22, 2012
1:00PM - 3:00PM

A look at resources offered by the library that focus on Nursing and Allied Health. Topics include: finding full-text articles, finding evidence-based care sheets, and point-of-care tools for clinical settings. Primary resources covered include: CINAHL, Nursing and Allied Health Source, and Nursing Reference Center.

Taught by: Allen Lopez, Education Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713.799.7170

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New and Improved Wi-Fi Access at the Library

The TMC Library has redesigned and installed an improved Wi-Fi network. This network will provide better coverage and faster connectivity.
Next time you access the library’s Wi-Fi, change the wireless network ID to The TMC Library. Communications in the new network are encrypted so when connecting for the first time you will be asked to enter a password. See Library staff for password information.
The previous Wi-Fi network HAMTMCL will be phased out in a few months.
Questions? Contact the Reference Department by phone 713.799.7161,
e-mail: or via chat at:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Spring Lecture Series on E-Science

Need to learn more about E-Science?  The Scholarly Communications Group is sponsoring a series of free lectures at the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Building, Room 202, located at 6500 Main Street and University Boulevard (just a few minutes’ walk from the TMC).

The E-Science series will focus on the following topics:

Data Management Policies and Issues with Life Science Data on February 21, from 12:00 - 1:00  by Michelle Malizia, Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.  

Overview of Data Management Planning Tools on March 7, 12:00-1:00 by Michelle Reilly, Head of Digital Services, University of Houston (* this lecture will be held at Rice University’s Duncan Hall, Room 1070).

Compliance:  E-Science Mandates and Policies on April 4, 12:00-1:00 by Sarah White, Director of the Office of Sponsored Research, Rice University.

Data Governance: Understanding the Issues and Rights Associated with your Digital Data April 25, 12:00-1:00 by Geneva Henry, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship, Rice University

Lectures will be casual brown bag sessions with plenty of time for Q&A.  Bring your lunch, drinks and cookies will be provided.

Sponsored by: the Rice/TMC/UH Scholarly Communications Group

Library Classes and Workshops

ProSearch: What You Can Do And How To Do It
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This course will introduce you to The TMC Library's new ProSearch search tool. We will explore its features and how you can effectively use it in your research.

Taught by: Sandra Yates, Instructional Technologies Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713.799.7176

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PubMed - Basic
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This class teaches how to use PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's search service, which provides access to the 21 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases. How to search subject headings, keywords, authors, use limitations and more will be covered.

Taught by: Adela Justice, Consumer Health Librarian - Reference
Phone: 713.799.7183

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