Monday, April 30, 2012

Nature Reviews Drug Discovery Offers Poster and Video Animation

Nature Reviews Drug Discovery offers a complimentary poster and accompanying video animation on Cancer Immunotherapies. “The poster and video describe various immunotherapeutic strategies, including non-antigen-specific approaches such as nonspecific immune stimulation and immune checkpoint blockade, and antigen-specific approaches such as adoptive cell transfer and vaccination approaches.”

Access the poster and video at:

Friday, April 27, 2012

NIF Webinar on Mind Research Network and BrainMap

The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) will hold a webinar to discuss Mind Research Network and BrainMap projects on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:00 A. M. PDT.

The following is a description of the webinar:

Drs. Angie Laird and Jessica Turner will discuss a cooperative project between the Mind Research Network and BrainMap projects to consistently gather and annotate fMRI data. Both projects represent cognitive processes using the CogPO ontology, a community standard for representing cognitive paradigms. CogPO is used because while the experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience literature may refer to certain behavioral paradigms by name (eg. the Stroop paradigm or the Sternberg paradigm) or by function (a working memory task, a visual attention task), these paradigms can vary tremendously in the stimuli that are presented to the subject, the response expected from the subject, and the instructions given to the subject. Disentangling the various paradigms into their components may help to disentangle the complex data from fMRI experiments.

Background on BrainMap:

The BrainMap Project is developed at the Research Imaging Institute of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. BrainMap was conceived in 1988 and originally developed as a web-based interface. After more than 20 years of development, BrainMap has evolved into a much broader project whose software and data have been utilized in numerous publications. BrainMap provides not only data for meta-analyses and data mining, but also distributes software and concepts for quantitative integration of neuroimaging data. The BrainMap Project is developed at the Research Imaging Institute of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. BrainMap was conceived in 1988 and originally developed as a web-based interface. After more than 20 years of development, BrainMap has evolved into a much broader project whose software and data have been utilized in numerous publications. BrainMap provides not only data for meta-analyses and data mining, but also distributes software and concepts for quantitative integration of neuroimaging data.

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 • 11:00-12:00 PDT
Topic: Mind Research Network and BrainMap projects
Presenters: Drs. Angie Laird & Jessica Turner


The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) hosts a semi-regular Tuesday Webinar series on topics focused on collaborating with NIF, getting involved in building the NIF vocabulary, using NIF portal resources, as well as other appropriate NIF topics.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

PubMed Improvements - Results and Citation Manager Software

You can streamline sending data to a citation manager by using a new feature in PubMed. The PubMed Send to menu has been updated to include a "Citation Manager" selection in the drop down menu. Once you display your results in PubMed, go to the Send to menu and select Citation Manager, then click on the Create File button to download a text file (with a nbib extension) in the tagged MEDLINE format.

Questions about this new Pubmed feature?

Contact the Reference Department via e-mail, chat or phone at: Ask a Librarian
or follow the link

Need to learn more about PubMed? join us for a free PubMed - Basic class on May 9 from 10:00 A. M. - 11:00 A. M. Follow this link to register:

TMC E-Waste Recycling

The TMC Sustainability Council is hosting two-waste drives this month in an effort to recycle responsibly and keep toxic waste out of landfills.

Do you have old laptops, monitors (LCD, CRT, LED or Plasma), desktops, servers, keyboards, routers, projectors, cameras and other electronic items that you no longer use? don't know what to do with them?

Bring them for recycling on Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 A. M. - 1:00 P. M. to the TMC South Extension Lot  on 1522 S. Braeswood Blvd. at William C. Harvin Blvd.

Another drive will be held on Monday, April 30 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. at the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science on 1515 Hermann Drive.

Go to:  for a complete list of acceptable items.

Note: A hard drive shredder will be on site to shred loose/un-installed hard drives!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Upcoming Library Classes and Workshops

Are you looking for research and professional literature (journals, books, pamphlets, etc.) in the nursing and allied health fields?

Join us for a free class on the CINAHL database on Thursday, April 26 from 3:00 P. M. - 4:00 P. M. in the library classroom.

The class will introduce participants to basic and advanced techniques for searching the database and will also explore using limits to refine search topics.

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

Register Here

Texas Medical Center Bike to Work Day 2012 Celebration

Texas Medical Center employees and students will gather on Thursday, May 10, 2012  for a Bike to Work Day 2012 celebration from 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P. M. at the John P. McGovern Commons Waterside Court.

Representatives from local law enforcement agencies, the City of Houston, and bike shops will be onsite to answer questions and provide safety tips and best practices for bicyclists.

Complete a survey for the chance to win great bike prizes!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Data Governance: Understanding the Issues and Rights Associated with Your Digital Data

Are you aware of how ownership of digital research data can impact how you use these data?

How other people use data you have collected? how the data rights are determined in collaborative research?

Copyright rules governing data vary from one country to another, making data ownership in international collaborations particularly difficult to understand.

Join us for a lecture on Understanding the Issues and Right with your Digital Data by Geneva Henry, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship at Rice University on April 25, 2012 from 12:99 - 1:00 at the BRC Library, 5100 Main, Room 202.

The lecture will be a casual brown bag session starting at noon in the BRC Library with plenty of time for Questions & Answers.  Bring your lunch and we will provide drinks and cookies.

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

Upcoming Library Classes and Workshops

Do you have a big project and need to store your references in  RefWorks?

Are you a new RefWorks user and want to learn more about the software features?

Join us for a free RefWorks class on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Library classroom. RefWorks a web-based citation management program 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 and Outreach
Phone: 713.799.7170
Register Here

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cell Reports - A New Open Access Journal

Please check out the new open-access journal from Cell Press, called Cell Reports.  Below is an overview from the publisher, Elsevier:

Cell Reports  will place particular emphasis on shorter, single-point stories, called Reports. This journal is a high-profile, open-access place to publish intriguing, cutting-edge material that describes one or two key findings.  These Reports are not meant for preliminary findings that are not well supported by the data, but they should represent a significant advance in the field that will drive further research and perhaps even raise more questions than they answer.

CellReports includes a section for Resources, which describe significant technical advances and/or major informational data sets.
Open access means that readers will have immediate and unrestricted access to all papers published in Cell Reports. Authors will retain full copyright for their articles and can choose to publish their work in Cell Reports under Creative Commons licenses.

To access Cell Reports, follow the link:

Want to subscribe to the RSS Feeds for this journal? go to:

Improvements to PubMed - Adding Favorite Citations to MyNCBI Collections

Have you searched PubMed lately? Have you noticed that PubMed added some enhancements to the database?

The PubMed Abstracts now includes a "Save Items" portlet that provides users with an easy way to add items to MyNCBI Collections when you click on the "Favorite" button.  The "Save Items" portlet also includes a drop-down menu that allows you to display a list of all collections in your account when you are signed into MyNCBI. You can add "Favorite" citations to an existing collection or create a new one; if you don't choose a particular collection a Favorites collection will be created by the system.

For detailed instructions on using and creating Collections with the "Favorite" button, check the NLM Technical Bulletin at:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

1000 Genomes Project Data Available on Amazon Cloud

The world's largest set of data on human genetic variation is publicly available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. These data was produced by the international 1000 Genomes Project and was announced a few weeks ago by the National Institutes of Health and AWS jointly.

"The explosion of biomedical data has already significantly advanced our understanding of health and disease. Now we want to find new and better ways to make the most of these data to speed discovery, innovation and improvements in the nation’s health and economy," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Collins is among agency leaders speaking in support of the initiative at the launch event.

Basic instructions and introductory information about using 1000 genomes project are available in PowerPoint and PDF format at:

Visit the 1000 Genomes home page:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

AccessMedicine-- Scheduled Maintenance-- This Week

AccessMedicine has scheduled a server maintenance during approximately two hours on the night of April 12th and 13th.  Down time will begin at about 11:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Although they did not say so, it is possible that AccessSurgery may be affected for this same brief period.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Attend a Free Class at the Library

Do you search PubMed but are not familiar with all the database features?

Join us for a free PubMed class on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. PubMed  provides access to 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, using limits and other database features will be covered. 

Taught by: Emmanuel Onwuachi, Night Manager - Circulation
Phone: 713.799.7150
Register Here

New England Journal of Medicine and Nature iPad Applications

Want to use your iPad to access e-journals?

New England Journal of Medicine and Nature now offer an application that allows users to browse journal abstracts via their iPad.

Please note that although the app download is free, access to full text on your mobile device is not. Access to full text on your mobile device requires a payment of a monthly fee to the publisher.

Note: Even though the Texas Medical Center Library has a subscription to these journals, access to full text content with an iPad is not available with your TMC login. Currently, the publishers of these journals do not allow The TMC Library to provide full text access as part of our subscription fees. 

Questions? Contact the Reference and Outreach Department at:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Featured Database: The Cell: An Image Library

This peer-reviewed repository of thousands of stunning microscopic images of cell types, processes and components is supported by an award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the National Institutes of Health. Most images are free to use according to the terms of Creative Commons author licenses, rather than restricted by publisher copyright.

Free registration gives the user the ability to save images in a folder. Broader features like multiple public and private folders, sharing and annotation are under development. Many videos are also posted.

Researchers are urged to contribute from their own work and experiments. For more information on the intent of the database and the many current as well as planned features, read more at Leica Science Lab.

Visit: to access The Cell Image Library or follow this exciting database in LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Searching Library Resources Using Google Scholar

Do you use Google Scholar to access library resources?

Sources of information in many diverse disciplines are retrievable with Google Scholar. A search can return citations to articles, theses, books, patents, abstracts and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and the Web itself. Scholar ranks your search results according to the full text of each document, its place of publication, its author, and the frequency/currency of its citation by others. 

Choose this link 
if you are registered with The TMC Library as an Academic (Educational) user, to access available full text by clicking the Find It @ TMC Library text.

Even with an individual, independent Google Scholar registration, one can set persistent preferences, among them the convenient option to display The TMC Library's holdings at title level (and those of other libraries). In either case, the Advanced Scholar Search page allows restriction of your search results to a particular date range, subject area, author or journal.

This link ( is the one to choose if you are not a registered TMC Library E-Resources user and if you are not a member of a TMC academic institution.

TMC Library Holiday hours

The TMC Library will be closed on Sunday, April 8 in observance of Easter.

Regular hours resume Monday, April 9.

Happy Easter!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Windows Through Time: Discovering The Past Through Photographs

Every photograph is like a moment in the past, frozen into an open window that reveals clues to the person with the mind of a detective. Most photos have no dates or identifying information, so dating photos and extracting helpful information requires a bit of skill and art. 

In this class, participants will learn to use fashion, automobiles, city landscapes and other clues to date pictures. Photos often have hidden stories that tell you more about the culture of the time. 

Participants will learn about and see different types of photos from antique daguerreotypes to 35 mm slides. The archivist will also talk about how best to preserve and keep photographs alive.

Join us for an interesting class on Windows Through Time: Discovering The Past Through Photographs on Wednesday, April 11 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m in the Library classroom.

Taught by: Phil Montgomery, Archivist - Historical Research
Phone: 713.799.7145

Register Here

Creating Your Own eBooks

Would you like to learn about the different eBook file formats for the Kindle, Nook, and other eBook readers? 

Are you aware of the freely available software programs that you can use to create your own eBooks?

Join us for an exciting class on Creating Your Own eBooks on Tuesday, April 10 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Library classroom.

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

National Public Health Week: April 2-8, 2012

A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement, is the theme of this year's National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public's health.

Cheryl Rowan, Public Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and who has recently received an award in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal, will be demonstrating free public health resources at the TMC Library on April 4 -5, 2012.

Among the resources that will be highlighted are:

Stop by the library for a free demonstration of these public health resources.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Downloading E-Journals from Science Direct in PDF Format

Having trouble saving a journal article in PDF format? Did you know that you can resolve this problem by resetting your Preferences in Adobe Reader?

Most of these problems have occurred with journals from Science Direct. As a reminder, saving PDFs from Science Direct journals has not been possible within Adobe Reader unless the Preferences under the Internet category were reset.

How to Reset Preferences in Adobe Reader:

Go to Edit in your PDF Reader, select Preferences, highlight Internet, and under the Internet category the items in the red box should remain unchecked:

Need help retrieving an article?

Contact the Reference and Outreach Department at:

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