Wednesday, April 25, 2018

OpenAthens address change

The OpenAthens address has changed. Please make a note!

It is now   (formerly )

Wondering what this means? If you are a TSRHC staff member and would like to be able to reach most of our electronic resources away from the main campus, contact the Medical Library to have an account set up.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Fair Use Week 2018!

It’s Fair Use Week 2018! Fair Use balances the rights of a copyright holder with the rights of the public to enjoy and make use of copyrighted materials to promote science, research and the arts – and the rights of libraries to provide information. The National Library of Medicine offers an excellent overview.

Section 107 of the US Copyright Act provides the details of fair use, but the University of Virginia Library nicely summed it up in only seven words: ‘Use fairly. Not too much. Have reasons.’ ”

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

DeBakey and the Education of American Surgeons

"Michael DeBakey came to Houston in 1948 as the new chairman of the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine." This brief but interesting overview by Dr. Justin Barr in NLM's Circulating Now describes "the state of American surgery in the 1940s and 1950s. In the early 20th century, most surgeons trained by a combination of apprenticeship and post-graduate courses.  This model worked well enough when operations were rare and relatively simple" but as medicine grew more complex, changes were needed. DeBakey began to push residency programs and board certification to improve the training level of Houston surgeons.

Contributor Dr. Barr was a Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine at the National Library of Medicine in 2017.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

UTSW Orthopaedics Portal - eBooks and eJournals!

An Orthopaedics Portal to electronic books, journals and websites has been created for you by the medical librarian who is the UTSW Library’s liaison to their Orthopaedics Department, Helen Mayo. If you are on staff there and have active login credentials, you can reach those books and journals. 

They have eBooks we do not have, such as Green’s Skeletal Trauma in Children (5th ed, 2015) and a couple of very new spine surgery books (Spine Surgery, 3rd ed., 2018, and Benzel’s Spine Surgery, 4th ed., 2017).

In sports medicine they have a nice list of journal titles plus three sports medicine books (Drez and Drez, 4th ed., 2015; Nuclear Medicine and Radiologic Imaging in Sports Injuries, 2015; and Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine, 2nd ed., 2013).  Take a look at the Total Joints section for even more knee books.  

Look at the Portals tab for more lists of resources, including an excellent section on evidence-based medicine. She’s done a great job!

You can find a link to the portal on your OpenAthens home page, bottom of the center panel. If you go to the UTSW Library home page you will also see a Portals tab near the top.  

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Understand Your Lab Tests with NLM’s MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine now offers clear, understandable information about your lab tests, such as why it was ordered and what the results mean. Currently 50 topics are included in English and Spanish, with 75 more to be added soon.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

New eBooks Available - Lots of Sports Medicine and Nursing

The Library has added a number of eBooks recently! Many relate to nursing and several are on sports medicine topics. All can also be found by title by looking in the library catalog. If you are off campus you will need to sign in using OpenAthens to reach the content. There are limits on how many can use any one title at a time, so if you cannot access it, try later or try another title!
Is there a book that would be useful to you – in print or online? Send your suggestions!

Sports Medicine Titles

Nursing Titles
Evidence-Based Nursing, 4th ed., 2018
Pain Management Nursing, American Nurses Association, 2nd ed., 2016

Living with Spina Bifida 1997, 2004 ed.

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Look in the library’s online catalog by title to find the books. If you have questions, contact the librarian.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The CRISPR bacteria connection

Heard the word "CRISPR" mentioned in genetics-related stories recently? Do you know how it was developed? This new article from Genetics Home Reference explains the bacteria connection!

"CRISPR-Cas9 was adapted from a naturally occurring genome editing system in bacteria. The bacteria capture snippets of DNA from invading viruses and use them to create DNA segments known as CRISPR arrays. The CRISPR arrays allow the bacteria to "remember" the viruses (or closely related ones). If the viruses attack again, the bacteria produce RNA segments from the CRISPR arrays to target the viruses' DNA. The bacteria then use Cas9 or a similar enzyme to cut the DNA apart, which disables the virus."

Genetics Home Reference from the National Library of Medicine is useful resource to learn about how genes and health are connected.

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