Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Basics of Evidence-based Practice

Are you new to the concept of Evidence-based Practice (EBP)? Do you need to write a report on EBP but are not sure where to start?

Attend the Basics of Evidence-based Practice class on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the library classroom.

This class covers the basics of EBP: it offers an overview of the practice’s five steps, discusses how to develop a searchable question and locate research literature, and other EBP resources from The TMC Library.

Taught by: Maianh Phi, Reference/Instruction Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713.799.7109

Register Here

Monday, February 25, 2013

PubMed - Basic Evening Class

Attend a basic PubMed class tomorrow evening Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. This class teaches the basics of searching PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's database, which provides access to the 22 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases. 

How to search PubMed using subject headings, keywords, authors, limits and more will be covered in this class.

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

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Emerging Zoonotic Viral Infections: Do They Find Us or Do We Find Them?

The TMC Library and the UTHealth McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics will host the lecture: Emerging Zoonotic Viral Infections: Do They Find Us or Do We Find Them? On Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the auditorium of the University of Texas Medical School, MSBM 3.001, located at 6431 Fannin, Houston, TX 77030.

The lecture will be presented by C. J.Peters, MD, Director for Biodefense at the UTMB Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and the John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Tropical and Emerging Virology.

Dr. Peters will discuss the origins of microbial threats. Are they truly “new” or do they arise from mutation or Translocation? Can we predict them? What strategies can we use to control them?

Dr. C. J. Peters is an expert in pathogenesis and epidemiology of viral hemorrhagic fevers and other emerging viral infections. He is currently working on Rift Valley fever vaccines, as well as the pathogenesis and innate resistance to SARS. Prior to joining UTMB, Dr. Peters was chief of the Special Pathogens Branch of the CDC, and directed research at the federal Biosafety Level 4 laboratories. Dr. Peters has traveled widely in South America and Africa investigating viral outbreaks. He played a key role in tracking down the hantavirus that caused mysterious deaths in New Mexico in the early 1990s.

For a complete schedule of the Medical Ethics Lecture Series, visit the Medical Ethics Series website:

Lunch will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

Attendees will be eligible to win a drawing for a Kindle E-Book reader by completing a short interactive quiz on National Library of Medicine databases such as PubMed.

This project has been funded in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.
Additional sponsorship is being provided by UTHealth and by Elsevier, New England Journal of Medicine, Science and Ovid, some of the leading providers of science and health information resources available at the TMC Library.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

“And there’s the humor of it” on Display at the TMC Library

“And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors is a traveling exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library. The exhibit is on display at the TMC Library from February 13 - March 23, 2013.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors –blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm. These four humors were understood to define peoples’ physical and mental health, and determined their personality, as well.

The traveling exhibition consists of 6 panels that examine the intersection of medical theory and literature of the four humors. These four bodily humors—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm—were understood by Shakespeare, and generations before him, to define people’s physical and mental health, and to determine individual’s personality, as well. See this exhibition to learn more about the language of the four humors and their influence in Shakespeare’s plays.

Visit the exhibit website  for more information:

Display Your Research Poster at The TMC Library

Did you present a poster at a conference, meeting, or workshop?

Would you like to share your research with your colleagues and everyone in the Texas Medical Center?

Bring your poster to the TMC Library. We are inviting everyone in the TMC community to bring their posters to the library for sharing; we would also be glad to schedule you to make a brief, informal presentation on your research topic at your convenience.

If you are interested, please bring your poster to the Circulation Desk. Posters will be displayed on the first floor of the library, where all library visitors can learn about the types of research being done in the TMC.

Contact Beatriz Varman at 713.799.7169 or

Friday, February 15, 2013

Need a Flash Drive? Stop by the Circulation Desk

Do you need to save your data but forgot to bring a USB drive to the library? 

Not sure where you can get one immediately??

The TMC Library can help. 

Stop by the Circulation Desk and purchase a USB 4GB Rotate Flash Drive for $ 10.00. Flash drives are available in blue and red colors and bear the TMC Library logo.

ProSearch News

On Monday, February 18th, users may experience brief interruptions in ProSearch availability while the provider performs some maintenance. We are unable to provide a specific time for this, and we thank you for your patience.

We would like to draw your attention to two new features in ProSearch:

First, there is now an option to choose Full Text Only before or during a search. Tick the box right under the search box. A .pdf or html icon appears under each results list item. If clicking this icon does not bring you to full text, please try the FindIt! button instead. We have seen a few cases where the icon leads to a "404 not found" message, although full text is available.

The other new feature is a "Visual" display tab for exploring Topics. A mouse-over of subtopics in the circle graph, which appear tiny, will display their text in the center while ProSearch adjusts to display only those results in your list. The results can still be sorted by rank, date, title or author, or limited by collection. Some of our users may prefer this graphical view to the list view of topic categories-- try it out!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alternatives to PowerPoint Class

Alternatives to PowerPoint
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Tired of using the same PowerPoint templates for presentations and projects? Learn about new and innovative alternatives that will capture your audience's attention! Second part of the Tuesday Tech Lunch series held in our Street-level Conference Room.

Taught by: Naomi Gonzales, Instructional Technologies Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713.799.7153

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Brown bag lunches are encouraged -- water and a small snack will be provided

Attendees are also encouraged to bring laptops, Netbooks, or other mobile devices. Outlets for charging your device are available but space is limited! 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Presidents' Day Library Holiday Hours

The TMC Library will be open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Monday, February 18, 2013 in observance of Presidents' Day. 


Reference services will not be available on that day.

RefWorks Class Wednesday, February 13

Wednesday, February 13
1:00PM - 3:00PM

What is RefWorks? 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, February 6, 2013

Even Harvard says it can't afford journal publishers' prices

Many libraries, including The Texas Medical Center Library, struggle to afford publisher price increases for journal subscriptions year after year.   With journal prices rising anywhere between 5% and 50% annually (some greater than 50%), the paid subscription model is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain.   The following story, from a April 2012 issue of The Guardian, describes Harvard University's response to this on-going challenge:


Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices.


University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls. 

"Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals and to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls."

Read the complete story here, via generous permission from The Guardian.

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