Thursday, July 26, 2012

What is Haz-Map?

Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed to inform both professionals and consumers about the health effects of exposure to workplace chemicals and biological hazards. This database is produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program. links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms.

Haz-Map provides links to information on hazardous agents, occupational diseases and their symptoms, high risk jobs, and the dangers of working in certain types of industries. Haz-Map shows what diseases are linked to which chemical agents, such as formaldehyde or biological hazards, like grain dust. It currently covers about 6,000  chemical and biological agents and 235 occupational diseases.

The information included in Haz-Map comes from textbooks; journal articles; Documentation of the Threshold Limit Values, a publication by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists  (ACGIH);  and the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) part of  NLM's system of toxicology and environmental health databases called TOXNET.

Haz-Map has been redesigned so that it works for both web and all kinds of mobile devices. It now adapts adapts to web browsers on desktops, laptops, tablets and to smart phones, iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

To access Haz-Map visit the following link:

Monday, July 23, 2012

PubMed Class

Do you need to find out the latest features available in PubMed or just need a refresher?
Join us for a free PubMed Basic class on Tuesday, July 24 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the library classroom.

This class will focus on how to use PubMed, which provides 21 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE with links to participating on-line journals.

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

Register Here

Thursday, July 19, 2012

How Can We Help You? Attend a Library Orientation

Are you a new faculty member, student, or employee in the Texas Medical Center? Do you need to do some research or have a paper due but you are not sure where to start? 

Join us for a TMC Library Orientation to find out how the library can help you. Library Orientations will be offered on the following dates in the Library classroom:

Monday, July 23
1:00 pm 2:00 pm

Wednesday, August 8
2:00 pm -3:00 pm

Friday, August 24
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Thursday, September 6
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mobile Access to TMC Library Electronic Journals

Did you know you can access the full text content of some electronic journals with your mobile device? The Library’s institutional subscriptions that offer mobile access are available by logging in to the Library’s proxy server using your remote access user name and password. 

Using your mobile device, go to the Library’s proxy server:
Once logged in, users may access full text for any journal offering mobile access, in accordance with publisher policy.  Please note: 

·        iPads and other tablets may access only the regular journal website, depending on the publisher.

·        When accessing a regular journal site on a mobile device, users may be automatically redirected to the mobile site, depending on the publisher.

·    Journal sites offering mobile access are listed at:

Mobile access is provided for various devices as indicated on the list; the list will be updated monthly.

Questions? contact the Reference & Outreach Department

via e-mail:, phone: 713.799.7161 or

Via SMS: TXT your question to 713.636.5295 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Library Classes and Workshops July 12 - July 18, 2012

PubMed - Basic
Thursday, July 12
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

Wednesday, July 18
1:00PM - 3:00PM

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

TMC Library Temporarily Suspends Chat

The TMC Library chat services are temporarily suspended for the rest of the week while we test a new chat provider. Meebo the regular chat provider is no longer available. You can still reach the Library's Reference services via the following:

Phone: 713.799.7161

Via SMS: TXT your questions to 713.636.5295

Libraries have been relying on Meebo, an open source web-based instant messaging service to provide virtual reference services. Earlier this month Google announced that it has acquired Meebo and the service will be shutting down on July 11, 2012.

Many libraries are testing several systems as an alternative tool to keep providing virtual reference services. Take a look at the article on Meebo Alternatives by Emily Hurst at the following link:

Monday, July 2, 2012

Free Newsletter from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Do you want to learn more about the biomedical research and science education programs supported by Howard Hughes Medical Institute? Subscribe to receive the quarterly HHMI BULLETIN by mail or online.

Visit: Subscriptions are free. Your subscription will begin with the next quarterly issue. 

Mobile Access to NLM Drug Information Portal

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices at:

This mobile optimized web site covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams. Each record also features information links to 19 other resources including NLM PubMed, NLM LactMed, and Drugs@FDA. The mobile version of a resource is used when available.

Smart Phones accessing the main Drug Portal site will be taken the mobile site.

The Drug Information Portal is a free Web resource from NLM that provides informative, user friendly entry-way to current drug information for over 32,000 drugs. It gives users a gateway to selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. Government agencies. Current information regarding consumer health, clinical trials, AIDS–related drug information, MeSH pharmacological actions, PubMed biomedical literature, and physical properties and structure is easily retrieved by searching on a drug name. A varied selection of focused topics in medicine and drug–related information is also available from displayed subject headings.

Visit: to access Drug Information Portal or for mobile access to this portal.

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