Thursday, March 29, 2012

Compliance: E-Science Mandates and Policies

Do you want to know the rules and regulations regarding data collected under federally funded research?

Want to learn more about the policies affecting what you can and cannot do with your data? who is responsible, and what role your institution plays?

Join us for a lecture on E-Science Mandates and Policies by Sarah White, Director of the Office of Sponsored Research at Rice University on April 4, 2012 from 12:00 - 1:00 at the BRC Library:  5100 Main, Room 202.

Lectures will be casual brown bag sessions starting at noon in the BRC Library with plenty of time for Q&A.  Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the drinks and cookies. 

Please RSVP at:

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

All EBSCO Databases Are Currently Down

All of the EBSCO databases have been completely unavailable since early afternoon today, and there has been no indication of when access can be restored. You will probably encounter a white screen when clicking on EBSCO database and journal links.  The outage is affecting all EBSCO customers around the world, and all EBSCO products. Some of the major affected databases are: Academic Search Complete; DynaMed; Nursing Reference Center; and CINAHL.  For a more complete list, go to the Databases list and type "EBSCO" in the search box. If we receive news, we will post it here; otherwise, try your access every so often- undoubtedly the publisher is working around the clock to bring its databases back online.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Cochrane Library Service Interruption Saturday

The TMC Library has just learned that Cochrane Library will be down for hardware maintenance on Saturday March 24th, between approximately 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. CDT. The pubisher apologizes for the inconvenience to our users.

Service Interruption Saturday - E-Journals, E-Books, and FindIt! Access

Our provider of the A-Z journal and e-book lists and the link resolver (FindIt!) advises us today that they must do emergency maintenance that will interrupt your access for approximately one hour, beginning at about 7:00 p.m. CDT tomorrow, Saturday, March 24th.  We thank you for your patience while these vital services are down.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Library Classes and Workshops

PubMed - Basic
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
6:30p.m. - 7:30 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: Emmanuel Onwuachi, Night Manager - Circulation
Phone: 713.799.7150
Register Here

Library Classes and Workshops

Friday, March 23, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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
Register Here

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ScienceDirect, Scopus Down Time

Elsevier has notified customers that service disruptions may occur during an upgrade planned for Saturday, March 17th, between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. CDT. This work may intermittently affect users' access to ScienceDirect journals, the Scopus database, and the SciVerse Hub interface. The publishers apologize for any inconvenience that may be experienced by our users as a result of this update.

Friday, March 9, 2012

TMC Library's New eScience website

“Check out The Texas Medical Center Library’s (TMC Library) new eScience website.

“Understanding E-Science:  A Symposium for Medical Librarians”, hosted by The TMC Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, successfully introduced the concept of eScience to librarians and library students from various institutions across the five-state region.

What began as the symposium registration site evolved into The TMC Library’s eScience information portal.  Included are links to our speakers’ presentations, as well as on-going projects, educational events and other resources that explain the potential roles for librarians in this new research methodology.”

The eScience website has two access points.  One is via a slide on the Library's home page, and the other is through a link called “eScience Resources”  in the drop down box under “Using the Library”.  Questions?  Please contact

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Journal of Clinical Oncology Back Files

The TMC Library has purchased the Journal of Clinical Oncology Legacy Collection Archive.  This archive provides  full-text content of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) from 1983 to 1998.  This journal is now available in electronic format from 1983 to the  present.

“The Journal of Clinical Oncology serves its readers as the single most credible, authoritative resource for disseminating significant clinical oncology research. In print and in electronic format, JCO strives to publish the highest quality articles dedicated to clinical research. Original Reports remain the focus of JCO, but this scientific communication is enhanced by appropriately selected Editorials, Commentaries, Reviews, and other work that relate to the care of patients with cancer.”

To access JCO, go to the Library website at,  click on "Find Library Materials", select "Journals" and enter Journal of Clinical Oncology.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reference and Outreach Department via chat, e-mail, phone or in person at:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Library Mobile Applications

Do you need to do research on a specific disease while seeing patients at the hospital? Are you doing rounds and need detailed drug information right away?  Do you need access to your RefWorks bibliography right away? Do you know you can access some of the Library’s databases on your iPhone, iPad, Blackberry or Android mobile device?

The TMC Library has created a web page of instructions for websites and applications of freely available resources and library’s database subscriptions. The library subscriptions will allow access to full-text resources.
To access the mobile web page go to:
The following databases are available to download under websites:
·        Access Medicine
·        EBSCOhost includes CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycInfo
·        MD Consult
·        PubMed
·        RefWorks
Applications are available for:
·        DynaMed (via Skyscape) please contact the Circulation Desk 713.799.7146 to get a serial number (required for registration)
·        Science Direct
·        SCOPUS
·        STAT!Ref
·        Epocrates
·        Medscape
·        Skyscape
Once you access the mobile website, click on View under Setup Details and Launch Site.
For questions regarding mobile access, contact the Reference and Outreach Department via chat,
e-mail or phone at:

Methods Navigator - New Database Subscription

Methods Navigator provides a time-saving structure for life scientists that facilitates search, retrieval and application of correct laboratory methods. Drawing on content from Methods in Enzymology, Methods in Cellular Biology, and more than 40,000 articles from 15 primary and methods journals (all published by Elsevier,) Methods Navigator also includes 120 of the most commonly-used protocols. The database combines multiple taxonomies into a single ontology to search across these resources (organized into 60,000 topics) for the methods and protocols you need.

Individual (free) registration allows you to bookmark materials for quick retrieval from a personal storage area called MyMethods. Protocols can also be downloaded to a computer and opened with Word; users are free to edit them and upload the changed documents into MyMethods, from which point they can also be shared with other Methods Navigator users.

Accessing "Help" opens a pop-up window with Help contents and a link on the top menu to a short 3-part video tutorial. Scopus users will notice many familiar search and filtering features in Methods Navigator.

To access Methods Navigatorgo to the Library website, click on Find Library Materials and select Databases. You need to activate JavaScript and use a browser updated within the past year.

For questions regarding Methods Navigator, contact the Reference and Outreach Department via chat, e-mail or phone at:

Free Access to PowerPoint Slides From Articles in New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine is currently offering a free six-months trial to individual users wanting to access PowerPoint slides that accompany an article. 

NEJM does not currently offer this PowerPoint download feature as part of a library’s institutional subscription, so you may wish to take advantage of this free trial.  

Questions concerning NEJM access? please contact Joanne Romano, Licensing and Serials Librarian, at

To access the slides of an article,  register by  clicking on the orange box as shown  below: 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

New Open Journal in E-Science

The inaugural issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB) was published by the University of Massachusetts Medical School in January 2012.  This open access, peer-reviewed journal explores the many roles of librarians in supporting e-Science and includes articles related to education, outreach, collaborations and current practices on data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.
JESLIB will include special features such as book reviews and information on new technologies on subjects of interest to eScience librarians.
This project has been partially funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3508 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
To access this journal, go to The TMC Library ejournal portal by clicking on “Find Library Materials” from the main library website and then type the journal name into the search box.

March E-Science Lecture

Overview of Data Management Planning Tools on March 7, 2012  from 12:00-1:00, by Michelle Reilly, Head of Digital Services at the University of Houston.

This lecture will be held at Rice University’s Duncan Hall, Room 1070

The lecture will be a casual brown bag session 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

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