Rare Book Room Open House: October Spotlight—History of the Nobel Prizes

The Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center invites you to attend our next open house event entitled “October Spotlight—History of the Nobel Prizes”. This event, which is open to the UT Southwestern community*, will be held in the Library’s Rare Book Room (E3.314D) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on two different days to accommodate a wider variety of visitors:

  • Tuesday, October 25
  • Friday, October 28

Featured material from the Library’s special collections and archives will be on display, including photographs, documents, books, and other items highlighting discoveries in science and medicine with connections to the Nobel Prizes since they were founded.

For more information, email archives@utsouthwestern.edu.

*The South Campus (main) Library requires a UT Southwestern ID badge for entry.

STAT!Ref’s BoardVitals provides USMLE 1/2/3 customized exam preparation

usmleboardvitalsNeed to practice for your board exams? Consider using BoardVitals, an effective and powerful board review tool that includes high-quality review questions. The UT Southwestern Library provides access to this resource through our recent subscription to STAT!Ref, which is available through TexShare’s TexSelect Program.

With BoardVitals, users may prepare for a variety of board examinations, including the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS), and Step 3 and the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). The resource allows for decreased study time, with everything organized under one platform and the best questions to study listed up front.

Users will need to register for a new account by going to BoardVitals.com and using the @utsouthwestern.edu email address as their username. Once the account is set up, users may create customized practice tests using many options including number or questions, subjects and more.

Also included are detailed, up-to-date explanations with each answer, with references and links to applicable sources. BoardVitals contains the very best questions brought together from the leading medical publishers, research institutions, and practicing clinicians.

If you have any questions or need more information, please send an email or call 214-648-2001.

What do archivists do? Find out October 5th with #AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter!

cathy-miller-75Post written by Digital Archivist, Cathy Miller, MAS, CA

What comes to mind when you hear the word “archives”? If your first thoughts were “dust, old stuff, attics, or basements”, then this is an exciting opportunity to introduce to you what archives are and what archivists do. Contrary to movie depictions, being an archivist is not about stealing the Declaration of Independence and going on a treasure hunt. Make no mistake: treasures can be found in an archive; however, the roadmap to said treasures is not written in invisible ink on the back of an important historical document!

The first question that may come to your mind is, “what is an archive?” Archives are records created by a person, family, or organization (either public or private) that document the conduct of their affairs and are preserved for both the enduring value of the information they contain and the evidence they provide of the functions and responsibilities of their creator. In laymen’s terms, archives are those records which have been deemed to be of historically valuable importance and are duly preserved.

So, now that we know archives maintain historically valuable records, the question is, “what about UT Southwestern’s archives?” The UT Southwestern archives collect, preserve, and make accessible historical materials documenting UT Southwestern and its predecessor institutions, the university hospitals, careers of notable campus individuals, and Parkland Memorial Hospital. Highlights from our archives include Dr. Alfred G. Gilman’s collection and the Parkland Hospital Collection.

The question remains: “what do I do as the digital archivist here on campus?” Well, it’s my job to appraise, select, describe, preserve, and provide access to historically valuable records about UT Southwestern. And as you may note from my job title, archives aren’t just for old paper records. Archivists have been working on the issues inherent in acquiring, preserving, and providing access to born-digital records for at least 30 years.

Curious to learn more about the UT Southwestern archives and about the work that archivists do? Get your questions ready for #AskAnArchivist day on October 5! I’ll be available at UT Southwestern Library’s Twitter handle (@utswlibrary) to answer your questions. Have you been wondering how to manage your digital files? Worried about digital obsolescence? Curious about digital preservation? Questioning how to preserve your grandmother’s scrapbook? Puzzling over creating appropriate file naming conventions? These are all topics I am excited to talk about with you, and I would love to hear questions from you!

Learn to speak, read, and write in 80 languages with Pronunciator

Check out UT Southwestern Health Science Digital Library’s new language-learning database. Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn to speak, read, and write any of 80 languages. This database offers the ability to learn any language from any other language. That’s 4,000 possible course combinations!

Some languages, such as Spanish, offer an additional healthcare course. Pronunciator also has ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for 50 non-English languages.

Programs are focused on quickly building conversational skills and include learning levels from children’s and beginner through advanced. Includes live tutors, feature films, music with lyrics, pronunciation analysis, quizzes, and more!

Want to learn on the go? Register for a free account to save and track your learning progress on mobile devices. Free apps are available for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices.

Access to Pronunciator is made possible through a consortial partnership with TexShare, which is a consortium of Texas libraries that collaborates to share print and electronic materials and purchase online resources.

Library’s web server to be replaced, back-up site available

websiteconstructThe Library’s Digital Services and Technology Planning unit will be transferring our website to a new web server starting Friday, September 9, 2016. During this time, we will have our back-up site available.

Please notify LibWebmaster@utsouthwestern.edu if you experience any issues with access to Library resources during this time.

AMA Manual of Style Online now available

AMAStyleiconA newly-purchased resource, AMA Manual of Style Online, is now available for campus-wide unlimited use. This web-based resource, maintained by Oxford University Press (OUP), hosts the full digital version of the popular manual, AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition, 2007, published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Additional online features include style quizzes, conversion calculators, blog and Twitter feeds, and everything needed to produce well-organized and clear manuscripts.

Users can create personal profiles to save content and searches for future visits.

On My Own Time Exhibit highlights campus artistic talents

The 16th Annual On My Own Time Employee Art Show is now on display at the South Campus Library until September 20, 2016. A total of 62 art works by UT Southwestern faculty, staff, and students – both amateurs and professionals – are on display in the following categories:

  • Black and White PhotographyOMOT 2016 - JANE
  • Ceramics, Wood, and Glass
  • Color Photography
  • Corporate Collaboration
  • Enhanced Photography & Computer Art
  • Jewelry and Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles and Fiber
  • Works on Canvas
  • Works on Paper

The art show is sponsored annually by the Business Council for the Arts (BCA), and a panel of judges selected by the BCA will select a first place winner and one (or more) “honorable mention” winner within each category of art. A “Best of Show” will be selected by the judges from among the first place winners.

However, all UT Southwestern employees will have an opportunity to select a “People’s Choice” winner. Voting for “People’s Choice” will be held online from August 8 through August 19. To vote, go to http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/omot and click on the “People’s Choice Voting” button.

All first place, Best of Show, and People’s Choice winners will go to the region-wide show at NorthPark Center.

Getting started with HathiTrust

HathiTrustlogoUT Southwestern is now the newest participant in the partnership between HathiTrust and The University of Texas System. HathiTrust is a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries. In addition to millions of books, HathiTrust content includes many government publications, journal titles in a wide range of areas, theses and dissertations, conference materials, statistics, and more.

Members can create or edit public or private collections within HathiTrust. Collection permalinks make these useful additions to education or research. Members are also able to download a wide variety of items in “full view”, which allows a user to read content offline or take notes via printing or direct PDF annotation and markup.

Creating or editing collections and downloading complete items in “full view” requires a member login. To log into HathiTrust, select “University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center” from the list of partner institutions, and use your UT Southwestern username and password.

Be aware that items with “Limited (search only)” view are not available to UT Southwestern users through HathiTrust. They may be available through other library resources. Check the catalog for alternate availability and, if needed, order through Interlibrary Loan.

It is not required to log into HathiTrust to search or read “full view” content online; it is only required in order to create/edit a collection or download a complete “full view” item.

To locate items that are available as “full view” in HathiTrust:

  • Check the “full view only” box on the home page of HathiTrust before beginning a search.
  • In advanced catalog search, check the “full view only” box.
  • Within search results, there are two tabs; select the “Only full view tab as needed”.

HathiTrust provides many options for browsing and finding content quickly. A page view, thumbnail view, a page scrollbar, and a search box make it easy to go through content within an item. A mobile view is also available when using a mobile device—no app is required for HathiTrust.

Need help getting started with HathiTrust? Check the help area within HathiTrust, or contact the Library Archives with further questions.

Important reminder for UT Southwestern Residents & Fellows: change your UTSW password or perish

Secure-Your-Email-Account-from-Hackers-Snap5UT Southwestern passwords automatically expire once a year (usually around the anniversary of your start date), and reminders about the password expiration are sent to your UT Southwestern email address to prompt you to change it. However, some UT Southwestern affiliates (e.g., residents/clinical trainees who are located at Children’s Health or Parkland Health and Hospital System) do not actively use their UT Southwestern-issued email account and might not receive these notifications.

If a UT Southwestern email password is not changed annually, the account will automatically be flagged as “inactive”, and UT Southwestern Information Resources (IR) will cancel the account for security reasons, which also means access to your Library’s resources will be suspended. The process of restoring access to a cancelled account is lengthy and requires the intervention of your department staff. Access to Library resources will be available only after the request to reactivate the account has been made by your department and processed by Information Resources.

But, if you reset your password now, this hassle can be avoided! Detailed steps are provided below.


  • Using a UTSW workstation or VPN (i.e., Junos Pulse), go to the UTSW Self-Service Password Registration page.
  • Type in your UT Southwestern username and password. Then, input and confirm your new password.
  • If you have forgotten your password, leave it blank.
    • If you had previously set up recovery questions, you will be asked those questions in order to reset your password.
    • If you had never set up recovery questions, you will need to call the IR Help Desk at 214-648-7600 to reset your password.


To get started, please read the following statements:

  • I never use my UTSW email address account.
  • I haven’t changed my UTSW password since it was issued to me at orientation.

If either or both statements are “TRUE”, then your account has most likely been deactivated. Contact your UT Southwestern departmental administrator and ask them to initiate a new IAR form for your cancelled account. You will need to wait for IR approval before your account will be reactivated.

If either or both statements are “FALSE” and you have recently reset your password, or you continue to have problems, please email LibWebmaster@utsouthwestern.edu.

June 24 “Places and Spaces” Rare Book Room Open House Event announced

RBRJuneStop by the Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center’s Rare Book Room (E3.314D) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 24 for “Places and Spaces.” Books, architectural renderings, photographs, and other materials in the library’s special collections revealing places and spaces in medicine will be on display, and Library staff will be available to show relevant highlights in the digital collections. For more information, email archives@utsouthwestern.edu.