RefWorks Training Classes in November

Training for RefWorks will be conducted by Jason High on November 12th. Three classes will be held that day:

• 9:30-11:30 RefWorks Fundamentals
• 1:00-3:00 RefWorks Fundamentals (Repeat of 9:30 class)

• 3:15-4:45 RefWorks Advanced

To RSVP, please email Lee Andrew Hilyer at Space is limited, so registration is required.

For more information on RefWorks and other citation management tools, visit

Posted on October 2nd, 2009 by Lee Andrew Hilyer and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on RefWorks Training Classes in November

Call for entries for the Sparky Awards

Sparky AWards Call for Entries

Sparky AWards Call for Entries

Create a video.   Win an iPod Touch.  Be famous.

UH Libraries is hosting the 2009 Sparky Awards, a competition for students to illustrate in a short video presentation in what they see as the value of sharing information. Winners will receive an iPod Touch and much more! Entry Deadline is November 7, 2009. Check out the site to learn more!

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RefWorks Now Available!

RefWorks, a web-based citation management tool is now available! RefWorks helps you keep track of citations as you conduct research and assists you in creating bibliographies according to all the popular styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)

Easy access to RefWorks is provided through our list of Databases. From the Library’s home page, click “Research Tools,” then “Databases.” Scroll down to the alphabetical list, choose “R” for RefWorks, then click the RefWorks link in the list. It only takes a minute to create an account and then you’re all set!

For questions or assistance, please contact Lee Andrew Hilyer,, 713-743-9721.

Posted on September 30th, 2009 by Lee Andrew Hilyer and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on RefWorks Now Available!

Encore service to restored evening of Aug. 28

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Encore needs to go through some unscheduled maintenance. If you are unfamiliar with Encore, it’s a discovery platform and better way to search the catalog.  It will be unavailable this afternoon, but you can still search for books, journals, and other materials through the traditional catalog.

Posted on August 28th, 2009 by and filed under Planned Down Time | Comments Off on Encore service to restored evening of Aug. 28

UH Libraries on Facebook

The M.D. Anderson Library, the main library on the University of Houstons Campus

M.D. Anderson Library at night

Did you know that the UH Libraries is on Facebook?  Follow the news of the UH Libraries and interact with other fans and librarians.  Ask questions, share pictures, learn about events, and have fun.

Posted on August 27th, 2009 by Admin and filed under Announcements, Building Announcments | Comments Off on UH Libraries on Facebook

Federated Serarch Tool – Temporarily Unavailable

On Tuesday, August 25th from 6:30-7pm, the federated search tools will be down due to scheduled web server maintenance.  You will not be able to use any of the federated search tools on the UH Libraries’ website.  This includes doing a search on the homepage for articles.  You can still go into individual databases to look for articles.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Vacek, Web Services Coordinator,  Thanks.

Posted on August 24th, 2009 by Admin and filed under Planned Down Time | Comments Off on Federated Serarch Tool – Temporarily Unavailable

CougarOne Card Activation site

Students need their:
– PeopleSoft ID
– Birthdate
– 60XXX number off the back of their NEW card.

Posted on August 24th, 2009 by Lee Andrew Hilyer and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on CougarOne Card Activation site

Do you love your librarian?

ilovemylibrarian_cmyk_logosHave you worked closely with any of the librarians here within the UH Libraries?  Have they helped you or gone out of their way for you?  If you want to say thanks to that special person, now if your opportunity!

Nominate your favorite librarian for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation Of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at

Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times in December. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.

For more info about this contest, please see this press announcement on the American Library Association website.

Posted on August 21st, 2009 by Admin and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Do you love your librarian?

Assistant Professors Speaker Series

The University Community and Public are invited to bring their brown bag lunch and meet two of the University’s rising stars at noon on July 9, 2009 in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion:

Jason Porter, College of Optometry,
“Adaptive Optics”

Clinicians and vision scientists have known for centuries that human vision is degraded by the eye’s poor optical quality. Even when wearing conventional glasses or contact lenses, our eyes still suffer from subtle optical imperfections that not only limit our ability to see fine detail in the outside world, but also limit the ability of clinicians and vision scientists to look inside normal and diseased eyes with fine detail. We use adaptive optics, the same technology used by ground-based telescopes to take clear images of outer space through Earth’s turbulent atmosphere, to correct for the eye’s optical imperfections and acquire images with unprecedented resolution. Adaptive optics imaging now allows for the routine examination of single cells in living eyes, providing a non-invasive, microscopic view of the living retina that could previously only be obtained in excised tissue. The ability to see cellular structures in the living eye provides the opportunity to better understand normal retinal structure and function while potentially enhancing our ability to earlier detect and diagnose retinal diseases and track the progression and efficiency of disease treatments. We will highlight some of the scientific discoveries that adaptive optics has made possible, and will also discuss the development of an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope in our lab at the College of Optometry.


Kirill Larin, Cullen College of Engineering
“Noninvasive Optical Imaging and Diagnostics of Tissues and Cells”

Development of novel methods for functional imaging, monitoring and quantification of different biological processes in tissues, small organs, and cells has gained tremendous interest in view of the varied applications of Biomedical Optics. This talk will overview recent developments in functional imaging of different tissues and cells with several low-coherence interferometry (LCI) methods developed at the University of Houston, including noninvasive monitoring of drug diffusion and optical clearing, detection and assessment of microbubbles in tissues and blood, early diagnostics of arteriosclerosis, imaging of early embryonic cardiovascular system development, and depth-resolved fingerprint recognition. Additionally, recent progress in development of minimally-invasive glucose biosensor, based on unique micro-retroreflector technology, will be discussed.

Cookies and beverages compliments of the University Libraries. This free event is co-sponsored by the Faculty Senate. For more details, please review the attached sheet or call the Faculty Senate Office at 713-743-9181.

Posted on June 24th, 2009 by Catherine Essinger and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on Assistant Professors Speaker Series

Summer Book Club is back: July 30

The UH Libraries & UH Women’s Resource Center joint Summer Book Club is back!

Join us on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at Noon in the Women’s Resource Center (in the UC Satellite) for Summer Book Club.

We’ll be discussing Ayelet Waldman’s new memoir, Bad Mother.

Questions? Contact Veronica Arellano (varellano [at] or Beverly McPhail (bmcphail [at]

Posted on June 1st, 2009 by Veronica Arellano and filed under Special Event or Display | Comments Off on Summer Book Club is back: July 30