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Health Sciences Library space closure

Announcement, News

The Health Sciences Library space is closed until further notice.

Please check this blog for updates.


Library services are still available!

We are working remotely to continue providing library services to our health sciences faculty, staff, and students.

Contact us for questions about electronic resources access, instruction requests, research consultations, literature search assistance, etc.

Ways to reach us:

  • Contact your liaison librarian directly.


Rachel Helbing                                                                                  


Health & Human Performance

Health Education





Stefanie Lapka


Communication Sciences & Disorders


Social Work


  • Contact our general email address. It will be monitored from 7 am – 6 pm Monday through Friday.


Try to stay healthy, everyone!

PubMed Update

Announcement, News, Special Event

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has been developing an updated version of PubMed which will replace the current interface sometime in early 2020.

New features will include enhanced search results and a responsive design for mobile devices.

The new site is currently available to preview and use at

Be sure to click on the green “Feedback” button in the lower right corner of the page to let NLM know what you think, or if you encounter any problems.

To help you get ready for this change, the Health Sciences Librarians will be hosting PubMed demonstration & help sessions in December (at the Health Sciences Library) and January (in the Faculty Café).

New PubMed demo drop-in sessions,
Held at the Health Sciences Library conference room:

Monday, December 2……….12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, December 3……….12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday, December 5……..3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10……..11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, December 12……12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Friday, December 13…………9:00 am – 11:00 am
Monday, December 16……..10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 18..12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New PubMed demo drop-in sessions,
Held at the Faculty Café:

Thursday, January 9…………8:30 am – 10:30 am
Friday, January 10……………8:30 am – 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 15……11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, January 23……….2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Not ready to make the switch? You can still access full-text articles through the current version of PubMed by using UH Libraries’ custom link,

Please stop by one of our upcoming sessions, or contact the Health Sciences Library with any questions.

Rachel Helbing,, 713-743-5462

Stefanie Lapka,, 713-743-8334

Phones are back up


You should now be able to call us on our main line and get through: 713-743-1910.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused by this outage.

Phones are down


The Health Sciences Library main desk phone lines are currently down. We are working with campus IT to solve this problem. In the meantime, please call Jessica (713-743-7870), Rachel (713-743-5462), or Stefanie (713-743-8334) directly for assistance.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

American Diabetes Month

Health Observance

November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes occurs when the body either does not produce insulin (Type 1), or does not produce or use insulin very well (Type 2). In both instances, the result is high blood sugar levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 15% of adults age 20 and over have diabetes. This is a disease that affects many members of the University of Houston community, whether directly or indirectly. It can be helpful to know where to find information that is geared toward multiple audiences on health topics like these.

To find trustworthy information about diabetes written for laypeople, visit This is a website produced by the National Library of Medicine which helps to take some of the guesswork out of searching for health information online.

Laptop next to notebook and pen on desktop.
Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay

Those of you who are researchers, clinicians, or health sciences students may want to delve into the journal literature. We have the complete run of the journal Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association available online. You can also try searching PubMed with the MeSH term Diabetes Mellitus to find studies from a wide range of journals.

Be sure to visit our blog each month for new health observance summaries.

A new PubMed is coming…

PubMed Labs, the test version of the new site.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) let us know some months ago that they’ve been working on a new version of PubMed ( I attended a webinar today to learn more about the new features, functionality, and look of the site, which is set to launch at the beginning of 2020.

The “labs” (or beta) version is already available to use. If interested, give the new site a try at UH’s custom link:

Be sure to click on the green “Feedback” button in the lower right corner of the page to let NLM know what you think, or if you encounter any problems that need to be fixed prior to launch.

Once the new site has officially switched over, we’ll be offering open classes on how to get the most out of your PubMed searches. Watch this space (and your email) for more information.

Group Study Room update


As of this morning, the glass study room walls in the Health Sciences Library are now frosted. The effect is mostly opaque (although the glass on the doors is still clear).

We hope this will help you stay focused as you work in the rooms.

HSL Conference Room

Announcement, New Service

We’ve implemented a new process for faculty and staff to reserve the conference room (2221-A) in the Health Sciences Library.

Going forward, please visit and use the calendar at the bottom of the page to schedule the room.


The Health Sciences Library Conference Room is equipped with a Polycom HDX 8000 conferencing system with Zoom integration. Can utilize both camera and room microphones for interactive Zoom meetings. CougarNet-login desktop computer, laptops available for checkout, cables and adapters to connect your own laptop. 82 inch monitor on the wall as well as a glass markerboard.

This room can be reserved by faculty and staff. The capacity is 14.


Located in Health 1/Health 2 inside the Health Sciences Library. The Health Sciences Library is room # 2222; the Conference Room # is 2221-A.

Accessing full text articles through PubMed at UH Libraries


Go to

You can tell you’re in the right place if the URL looks like this:

Enter your search as usual:

Click on the title of an article you’d like to read:

Click on the “UH Find This Item” button on the right side of the page:

A new tab will open.

This is the page that looks different. Look at the links under the “View Online – Full text availability” headings. Choose one that has appropriate date coverage for the article you’re trying to get. In this case, either one would work, so I just went with the first one on the list.

Look for the link to download the PDF.

Here’s another example. Click on a title from your PubMed results list:

Click on the “UH Find This Item” button on the right side of the page:

Look at the links under the “View Online – Full text availability” headings. Pay attention to the notes, if there are any. Choose one that has appropriate date coverage for the article you’re trying to get. In this case, I chose the second link, because the first link has a note saying it is “For UH Clear Lake users.”

Click on the “Download PDF” button to get the full text article.

We are still tweaking some of the settings on this new system. I will update with more information (especially on requesting interlibrary loans through PubMed) as it becomes available.

If you have questions, please contact Rachel Helbing at or 713-743-5462.

Optometry Escape Room


On Friday, March 1, the Health Sciences Library hosted an escape room activity for the 95 first-year Optometry students enrolled in Community Health. We designed this interactive game to give students an opportunity to implement the information literacy skills that we covered in a lecture earlier that week.

The skills covered included the following:

  • Locating the Optometry Resources guide
  • Identifying an empirical, peer-reviewed research article
  • Applying PICO to a database search
  • Using PubMed to obtain full-text articles
  • Finding journal impact factors

16 teams of 5-7 students competed against the clock and each other in order to solve a series of 8 tasks, presented in a mix of online and physical format clues.

Our winning team, iCare(tm) [pictured below], finished in 19 minutes 57 seconds. Everyone was able to complete the activity within the allotted time, plus or minus a few extra hints. 🙂

This foray into gamification was a success – everyone learned something and had fun. We are looking forward to facilitating similar activities in the future.

6 Optometry students

iCare(tm) finished first with a time of 19:57.

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