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.

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 and using the 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.

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 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.

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

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.