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.

The Sage Premier 2017 journals collection has arrived!

As a member of The University of Texas System Digital Library (UTSDL) consortia, the UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center now has online access to the 2017 Sage Premier Collection of online scholarly journals.

Sage Premier provides online access to more than 900 peer-reviewed, full-text journals, including high-impact research titles published on behalf of nearly 300 scholarly and professional societies. The collection offers broad interdisciplinary coverage of a wide range of subject areas, including business, humanities, social science, science, technology, and medicine.

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.

New version of InCites JCR Impact Factors now available on Web of Science

5499_226x169_incitesUT Southwestern Medical Center researchers and research support staff can now access the 2015 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) with 2014 Journal Impact Factors through the InCites JCR Impact Factors.

In addition, when searching in Web of Science, the full record pages for articles include direct links to the JCR entry for the journal in which the article is published (if the journal is covered by JCR).

New features in this release include:

  • 272 Journals – including European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Evaluation, and Frontiers in Neuroscience – received their first Journal Impact Factor.
  • A list of the new titles in the JCR and a list of all journals are now available.
  • 39 titles have been suppressed: no metrics are published for these titles, due to anomalous citation patters in the 2014 citation data.
  • General information about title suppression, as well as the list of suppressed titles for 2014, is available in the Help section of the JCR.
  • Filter by Open Access status
  • See Open Access status on the Journal Profile page.

These new metrics are available:

  • Journal Impact Factor Percentile transforms the rank in category by Journal Impact Factor into a percentile, allowing more meaningful cross-category comparison. Available in the Rank table on the Journal Profile Pages.
  • Normalized Eigenfactor® is the Eigenfactor Score, which has been normalized by rescaling the total number of journals in the JCR each year so that the average journal has a score of 1. Journals can then be compared and influence measured by their score relative to 1. Available in both the Journal Rankings grid and on Journal Profile Pages.
  • Percentage of Articles in Citable Items gives information on what proportion of a journal’s citable items are Articles vs. Reviews. Available in both the Journal Rankings grid and on Journal Profile Pages

A 5-minute Web of Science training presentation of all new 2015 JCR features is available via YouTube.

The Journal Impact Factor

The Journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from a journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year. For example, a 2014 Journal Impact Factor of 1.906 means that, on average, an article published in the journal in 2012 or 2013 received 1.906 citations in 2014.

This Web of Science Training Quick Tour video is highly recommended to get an idea of how to use JCR on the InCites platform. If you have questions about the JCR or the Journal Impact Factor, please contact your library and Ask Us for assistance.

Stop reading, start watching! New JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) resources arrive

image5The Library is providing access to two new JoVE Science Education video databases. These databases are comprised of a series of educational video demonstrations, which are designed to teach and reinforce laboratory fundamentals.  Post docs, students, and other researchers will benefit from each collections’ fifteen educational videos that provide overviews of techniques and instruments.  With a combination of “motion graphics, dynamic imagery and footage from functioning laboratories,” each video is comprehensive yet consumable, averaging 7-12 minutes in length.

Two pre-packaged JoVE database collections, Basic Biology and Advanced Biology , are now available:

Additionally, the Library also provides access to four JoVE video journals that focus on biological and medical research.  Video demonstrations of biological experiments (video protocols) offer students, faculty, and researchers methods to learn new experimental techniques, providing an alternative to traditional labor and time intensive training practices.  There are also no limits to repeated video journal views!  JoVE provides the first and only peer reviewed, PubMed/Medline indexed video journals with more than 2,600 video protocols published at various worldwide research institutions.   The Library currently funds four dedicated JoVE journal sections:

Selected portions of other sections may be available on a complimentary or limited open access basis. Additionally, all JoVE video journal content is freely available after a two-year embargo period through PubMed.

Try Embase! New database facilitates UTSW biomedical research

EmbaseMayEmbase (Excerpta Medica Database) is a biomedical and pharmacological database produced by Elsevier B.V., containing more than 30 million bibliographic records from biomedical articles in peer-reviewed journals. The database is especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceuticals, and it is available through the Library’s subscription to Ovid, which is a single interface to multiple biomedical databases and full-text resources including MEDLINE and PsycINFO.

Each Embase record contains the full bibliographic citation, indexing terms, and codes, and 80% of all citations include author-written abstracts. The Embase journal collection is international with peer-reviewed journals from more than 90 countries.

Coverage focuses on the following core topics (with significant overlap between topics) representing over 70% of Embase content:

  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • General clinical medicine
  • Genetics, biochemistry & molecular biology
  • Neurology & behavioral medicine
  • Microbiology & infectious disease
  • Cardiology & hematology
  • Psychiatry & mental health
  • Oncology
  • Healthcare policy & management
  • Allergy & immunology
  • Pediatrics
  • Endocrinology & metabolism
  • Obstetrics & gynecology
  • Biomedical engineering & medical devices
  • Anesthesiology & intensive care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Nephrology & urology
  • Dermatology
  • Geriatrics & gerontology

If you have questions about Embase or need further assistance, please contact Mary Ann Huslig, Research Program Coordinator, by email at or by phone at 214-648-1644.

Library Catalog provides alternate access to journal subscriptions

4/6/2016 UPDATE:  We believe that the issues with the Ejournals AtoZ list have been resolved, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Are you wondering why your favorite journals might not be showing up in Ejournals A to Z or via a full text link resolver in PubMed?

Unfortunately, many of our prominent ejournal collections were temporarily hidden from public view. We are in the process of re-establishing those connections and hope to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

In the meantime, our Library Catalog has all our ejournal listings, including access links with available subscription dates. Please check there first if you find that an established title is temporarily unavailable in Ejournals A to Z or a full text link does not work as expected.


Library acquires digital JAMA back issues from 1883-1997


The Library is pleased to announce that we recently purchased online access to every issue of JAMA and all of the JAMA specialty journals published from 1883-1997.  Access to these journals is now available through Ejournals A to Z and the catalog. Publications in the collection include:

  • JAMA
  • Archives of Dermatology
  • Archives of Family Medicine
  • Archives of General Psychiatry
  • Archives of Internal Medicine
  • Archives of Neurology
  • Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry
  • Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
  • Archives of Ophthalmology Archives of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Archives of Surgery

Complete list of JAMA backfiles

Please note that articles published before 1998 are available in PDF format only.

New BMJ Case Reports subscription provides report submission opportunities for publication

BMJ Case Reports

By popular request, UT Southwestern now has an new Institutional Fellowship to BMJ Case Reports, and all individual fees are waived for all campus affiliates. Other benefits of the Fellowship, which supports the publication goals of students, postdocs, faculty and staff, include:

  • Unlimited case report submissions—averages 70% acceptance rate
  • Access to all published reports—more than 7,000 cases
  • Permission to reuse material for personal use and educational purposes
  • Interactive capabilities—rate and comment on other cases
  • Updates when new content is published
  • Links to related content across BMJ products
  • Promotion of your case through Medline/PubMed indexing

BMJ Case Reports delivers a focused, peer-reviewed, valuable collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers, and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions. This is the largest single collection of case reports online with more than 11,000 articles from over 70 countries.

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

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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