Prices change for Interlibrary Loan on July 1

Beginning July 1, 2017, all affiliated clients will be charged for all Interlibrary Loan requests. This change, which was recommended by the Library Advisory Committee and supported by the Dean’s Office, will mark the first time that the UT Southwestern Library has ever charged students, residents, and fellows for regularly delivered materials.

The pricing model will look like this:

Delivery Speed Cost per Item
Cost per Item
**(Not Affiliated)
(2-10 Days)
$5.00 $13.00
(By the end of next business day)
Not available for book requests
$15.00 $60.00

Please note: We will continue to provide materials – both books and articles listed in our catalog at the Joint Library Facility (JLF) – at no cost for a regular delivery.

This change is being made for two main reasons:

  • Decline in state revenue funding
  • UTSW clients making requests for items to which we already have access

In 2016, approximately one in every three InterLibrary Loan requests were for documents that UTSW clients can currently access.  To remind clients to first look to see if the Library has access to their articles before placing the request, we have recently added links to Ejournals A to Z and related tutorials and PubMed on the ILLiad login page.

Once this policy takes effect, Library staff will cancel article requests that can be obtained through Ejournals A to Z to help save our clients money.

New year brings new skills!

aceIs learning a new skill on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Do you want to get organized, reduce stress, or manage time differently in 2017? The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center can help with that!

More than 22,000 training books and modules housed in the Academy of Career Enhancement’s Books 24×7 collection are available through the Library catalog and includes a variety of topics including project management, time management, work-life balance, stress reduction, and organizational effectiveness. By using the Library catalog to access the entire Books 24×7 collection, you may dive further into a particular topic via the sidebar. Once you locate an item of interest, simply click on the online access link and use your campus log-in to continue. You can quickly jump to particular chapters, take notes, create bookmarks, and more.

This collection – part of the Academy of Career Enhancement (ACE) – is provided to the UT Southwestern community through an enterprise license of online resources for the continuing development and engagement of the UT Southwestern workforce. The multi-year contract is funded by several campus departments, including the Office of Human Resources.

Color, share, and celebrate Picture Book Month in November!


An 1835 illustration featured in the National Library of Medicine’s #ColorOurCollections Coloring Book.

Art Therapy, Adult Coloring Books and Your Mental Health

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is a mental health profession in which the process of making and creating artwork is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.”

The Health Benefits of Adult Coloring Books

Despite the fact that coloring and art therapy aren’t quite the same thing, coloring does offer a slew of mental benefits. Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus, or bring [about] more mindfulness. Groundbreaking research in 2005 proved anxiety levels dropped when subjects colored mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside. Simply doodling, though, had no effect in reducing the other subjects’ stress levels.

Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren’t comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art. Now get coloring!

The South and North Campus Branch Libraries will have coloring stations with crayons and pages of science and medical related material for you to enjoy this month.

Download these free science and medical-related coloring books featured at the Library coloring tables this month:

Follow the Library’s Facebook or Twitter page for a daily page to color from these collections.

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.

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.

Five new ebook collections now available


The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center is now providing access for our users to five new ebook collections:

You can also search the Library Catalog for title, author, publication date, or subject.  A direct link on the catalog page will take users directly to publisher eBooks platforms.

Important tip about ebook platforms : Ebook platforms are as varied as the evening sunset: some are awesome, while others are average; some offer mobile accessibility, while others don’t; and some permit downloading and printing of chapters in PDF, while others only allow online viewing as a web page. No two platforms are alike; however, most provide the option to create a personal account for ease of use and to facilitate searching.

"Download limits": what you need to know about licensing agreements

Note: Survey is no longer active.

The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center provides access to many electronic resources (e.g., databases, electronic journals, etc.), and the use of these resources is governed by license agreements with vendors or publishers. Systematic or excessive downloading from an electronic resource is explicitly prohibited and may result in loss of our institutional access.

EZproxy has built-in restrictions to prevent the systematic harvesting of content by robots or other spoof mechanisms. The download limit is 100 megabytes (MB) within a 15-minute period of time. This limit could possibly be hit during normal downloading of content, so it does not necessarily suggest any illicit action on the user’s part.  When the download limit is exceeded, the user’s account is suspended for two hours, and the following message displays:

Our Library resource vendors have stipulations for the amount of content that can be downloaded by a user within a certain time period. Unfortunately, you have exceeded your download limit of 100 MB within a 15 minute time frame. Your suspension will expire in 2 hours. If you frequently receive this message, please contact the Library at Liberesources@utsouthwestern.eduWe apologize for any inconvenience.

An investigation is currently underway to assure that we prevent abuse of Library resources while minimizing any disruption of authorized usage. If you have experienced this download limit message, please fill out this brief Survey Monkey questionnaire about your experience  so we can better troubleshoot the current process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by email at

Update your bookmark! A new enhanced Ejournals A to Z to replace existing interface this week

ejazlaunchChanges are coming to your Digital Library! The popular Ejournals and Ebooks A to Z interface you use to connect to the Library’s current journal holdings is being replaced with a new version on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. The enhanced Ejournals A to Z will feature quick auto-populating for journal titles and a smoother interface experience.

All Ebooks are now searchable through the Library Catalog. This provides enhanced searching capabilities, more collection options like the Books 24×7 series, quick linking, and individual record information about usage (i.e. single seat, multi-seat, chapter download restrictions placed by publisher/vendor, etc.).

During the Ejournals A to Z transition period, previous bookmarks for Ejournals and Ebooks A to Z may not work anymore. In addition, full-text linking in resources like PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, and Scopus may be temporarily unavailable. Please report any issues with access or linking promptly through this online form to ensure quick response and resolution with EBSCO, the vendor responsible for this interface transition.

Status updates will be available from the Library’s home page for any issues that may arise during this transition.

Change your browser bookmarks! Full Text Finder replaces Ejournals A to Z in Fall 2015

Changes are coming to your Digital Library! The popular Ejournals and Ebooks A to Z interface you use to connect to the Library’s current journal holdings is being replaced with a new EBSCO platform called Full Text Finder. Beginning Fall 2015, the Digital Library will be transitioning into this new EBSCO platform. Here are a list of things that may be impacted by this transition in the next month:

  • Your Ejournals and Ebooks A to Z browser bookmark may not work anymore.
  • Full text links in resources like PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, and Scopus may be temporarily suspended.

We will provide more information about this resource with added features as it becomes available. You may need to go directly to the journal’s website when on-campus to access items.

Thousands of training and development books now available through Library Catalog

Books24x7Finding campus training and development resources just got easier! With a click and a campus log-in, you can now access thousands of current training books and modules currently housed in the Academy of Career Enhancement‘s Books 24×7 collection through the Library Catalog.

The Library and Learning Center’s Digital Collections unit has just completed a successful collaborative project with the Office of Human Resources adding more than 21,000 ebook titles and resources. You can continue to utilize ACE’s Professional Development tracking components.