Thursday, October 31, 2013

Life After MD Consult

Now that access to MD Consult has ended, we hope the Resource Guide for MD Consult Users, recently added to our growing collection of Research Guides, will help users orient to the locations, whether new or familiar, where most of those same texts and journals are currently available.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library Membership Drive

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library is looking for more friends.  We invite you to become a member of the Friends and be entered into a drawing for prizes.  Current members who upgrade their membership will also be entered.  Join or upgrade your membership by Thursday, October 24th to be eligible.  A random drawing will be held by the Friends Board of Directors.  Winners will be notified by November 14th.

Friends’ members receive a one-year subscription to the National Institutes of Health publication, MedlinePlus, and an invitation to the annual Thank You For Being A Friend party.  In addition, Friends’ members receive advance notice about special exhibits, lectures, classes, and fundraising events.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library.  Your membership will help the Friends to continue to support the Library with funding for staff development, purchase of e-books, and for the Library’s redesign project.

For more information, please contact Sarah Keith, Friends of the TMC Library Coordinator, at

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Open Access Journal Collections On the Rise

Researchers, faculty and students who wish to publish in open access (OA) journals should read a recent post in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics for valuable information on the growth of OA journal collections.  This article highlights collections such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), PubMed Central, HighWire Press and many others.  DOAJ—celebrating 10 years of support for scholarly publishing--has a new feature that allows researchers to browse their journals, according to publication charges.  Below is a summary of stats:

Directory of Open Access Journals
9,944 journals. Growth this quarter: 185 journals (2 per day)
121 countries. Growth this quarter: 1 country.
5,597 journals searchable at article level. Growth this quarter: 660 journals (7 per day).
1,517,338 articles searchable at article level. Growth this quarter: 386,957 articles (over 4,000 per day). 34% growth this quarter.  Below is a summary on the number of DOAJ journals with and without article processing charges:

No Article Processing Charge (6555 journals)
With Article Processing Charge (2649 journals)
Conditional Article Processing Charge (495 journals)
No information re Article Processing Charge (199 journals)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Accessing the journal, Neurology (Ovid)

After receiving several inquiries about whether the Library's subscription to the journal Neurology (from Ovid), is expired, it's come to our attention that patrons who search via PubMed are clicking on the publisher icon, rather than the FIND IT! TMC Library icon  This is most likely occurring because the publisher icon is positioned at the top.   

When accessing any journal from a PubMed abstract, please always be sure to click on the FIND IT! TMC Library icon, as shown in the example here:

If you have any questions regarding access to this or any other journal, please contact Joanne Romano, Serials and eResearch Librarian at

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Health Affairs --full text access now available

The Texas Medical Center Library now has a current subscription to Health Affairs, a niche journal highly-requested by faculty at both Baylor College of Medicine and UT Health.  

Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research, exploring health policy issues of current concern in domestic and international spheres. Its mission is to serve as a high-level, nonpartisan forum to promote analysis and discussion on improving health and health care, and to address such issues as cost, quality, and access.”  

The Library’s subscription includes full text access from 1981 to the present and is available via our ejournal portal or the PubMed link on our library’s website. 

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