Sunday, September 30, 2012

ProSearch: What You Can Do And How To Do It

This class 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.
 Thursday, October 04, 2012
 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Taught by: Sandra Yates, Instructional Technologies Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713.799.7176

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Audio Digest CME Test Questions

Audio Digest CME Test Questions are available online at their website.  Please enter the username "hamtmc" and the password "library" at the left hand login to access "My Programs".  From that page you may select the Program and Year of your choice.  This will open to a page with all the available tests for program/year.  Click on your preferred test topic and then click on "Continue to Overview".  This will take you to the "Download/view written summary" link.  This last link directs you to the written summary and 10 questions for pre and post testing.  

Test forms are available at the Circulation Desk.  Once you complete and sign your test, please mail it directly to Audio Digest at the address indicated on the form.  This service is free of charge.
Audio Digest mails out all earned CME certificates once per calendar year, but you may call them at the number on the test form and make an early certificate request.  There is no fee as long as requests do not exceed once per quarter.

The TMC Library subscribes to the following Audio Digest CD Programs:

•    Audio Digest-Emergency Medicine
•    Audio Digest-Family Practice
•    Audio Digest-General Surgery
•    Audio Digest-Internal Medicine
•    Audio Digest-Obstetrics & Gynecology
•    Audio Digest-Pediatrics
•    Audio Digest-Psychiatry

If you have any questions on Audio Digest CME certification, please contact the Circulation Desk at 713-799-7147.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

JAMA and Archives access restored

JAMA and Archives access is now restored by the publisher.  Please contact Joanne Romano at if you experience any further problems with full text access.  Thank you.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

JAMA and Archives access interruption

Full text articles on JAMA and Archives titles has been temporarily interrupted due to a system-wide outage.  JAMA technical support is working on this problem and hopes to have it resolved shortly.  Thank you for your patience.

Monday, September 24, 2012

PubMed - Basic Class on Thursday, September 25

It is not too late to register to attend a PubMed - Basic class on Thursday, September 25.

This class teaches how to use PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's search service, which provides access to 22 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

Monday, September 17, 2012

Attend a RefWorks Class on Wednesday, September 19

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 a RefWorks 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.

When:    Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Time:     2:00PM - 4:00PM
Where:  TMC Library classroom
Taught by: Allen Lopez, Education Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713.799.7170

Friday, September 14, 2012

Collectible Editions Sale

The John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center fall sale of collectible editions and other books started September 4, 2012.

There are several early editions of Sir William Osler’s classic, The Principles and Practice of Medicine, as well as his shorter monographs such as On Chorea and Choreiform Affections and collections such as Aequanimitas.

In connection with the Medical Ethics Series: Vaccines, Epidemics and Ethics, books dealing with vaccines, infectious diseases and immunology will be featured at the sale.

The sale will end in November, 2012 with books being added until then. The books are available in the main lobby area of The TMC Library, 1133 John Freeman Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030 during regular Library hours.

Cochrane Library Launches New Search Functionality

The Cochrane Library has introduced a new search functionality for its database. The new search features have been developed in consultation with members of the Cochrane Collaboration, users will expect to see major changes to the layout of search pages and will be able to use a new range of search features such as:
  • Auto-suggest features within basic and MeSH search functions
  • Updated display of search results and filtering options
  • Ability to view search terms and results on the same page
  • Ability to insert lines and add one search to one another
  • Improved MeSH look-up feature
  • Hover-over Tool Tips giving a brief explanation of the functions
All previously saved searches will be transferred onto the new search platform, with no action required on the part of customers.

Click here for further information, including a tour of the new search interface.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

TMC Library Receives Prestigious Award

The TMC Library is one of fourteen recipients of the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

The TMC Library is dedicated to providing the finest collections and services in support of the research, education and patient care programs of the Texas Medical Center.

The vision of The TMC Library is to be recognized as a world-class leader in the delivery and development of biomedical information.

The TMC Library allows all staff to work flexible hours or work from home, if it does not affect productivity. “I think that our flexible work schedules have enabled the Library to retain valuable staff, lowering costs of recruitment and training.” states L. Maximilian Buja, MD, Executive Director.

The Alfred P. Sloan awards are part of When Work Works, a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility. It is an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute (FWI) first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management and FWI formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership to grow When Work Works and help businesses become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.

About When Work Works

When Work Works is a leading national initiative to help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of rigorous research and employer best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation, and administers the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility annually, which recognize exemplary employers for using flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

Congratulations to all TMC Library employees.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Stamping Out Disease Exhibit

In connection with the Medical Ethics Series: Vaccines, Epidemics and Ethics, the exhibit, Stamping out Disease is now on display at The Texas Medical Center Library.
Infectious diseases kill 13 million people worldwide every year. Therefore, controlling disease is a global medical priority. The panels in the exhibit present a unique display of postage stamps and photographs that offers a visual record of the worldwide fight against infectious diseases and the effort to eradicate those diseases through widespread vaccination.

In addition to the Stamping Out Disease exhibit, The TMC Library has on display, information and artifacts about infectious diseases: neglected tropical diseases, smallpox and polio.

Stamping Out Disease is on loan from the Texas Medical Association, History of Medicine Committee.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Library Orientation

The last Library Orientation of the semester will be held tomorrow Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for an overview of the Library resources and get an introduction of the library's physical space.

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

Register Here

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