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Re-opening August 17

Announcement, News

The Health Sciences Library plans to re-open with limited hours and capacity on Monday, August 17.

Our hours will be the following:

  • Monday – Friday — 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday — Closed
  • Sunday — 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thank you for

  • wearing a mask
  • practicing social distancing
  • practicing proper hand hygiene
  • not bringing food or drink into the library

Closed until further notice

  • group study rooms
  • conference room
  • quiet study room
  • reading room

Much of the furniture in the open study areas, along with half of our computers, have been removed to encourage social distancing.

Optometry students, please enter the Compulink room through the door across from Cougar Grounds.

Most services, such as consultations and instruction sessions, will continue to be provided remotely.

Please check this space,, our social media @uhoustonhslib, or contact for updates on our hours and policies.


Accessing Full Text via PubMed


Access to the literature is important for your learning and research. UH Libraries subscribes to a large number of journals in the health sciences. Many people use PubMed as their portal to access biomedical literature. Watch the video below for a quick tutorial on how to access full text articles through PubMed. Step-by-step instructions with screenshots are included below the video.

First, visit the link below.

Always make sure you are accessing PubMed through UH’s unique URL, rather than just visiting


Enter your search terms. Once you find an article of interest, click on the title. You will see a “UH Find This Item” button on the right side of the page, under “FULL TEXT LINKS.”


For journals to which we subscribe, clicking that button should take you to the full text of the article.

Depending on the publisher and whether you are on or off campus, you may be prompted to log in with your CougarNet account.

Look for a link to the PDF of the article and download it.


Alternatively, you can change the display of your results so that you don’t have to click on each individual title to get to the “UH Find This Item” button.

At the top right of the results page, click on “Display options” and then “Abstract.”


This will change the results page to show you the abstract of each article, with the “UH Find This Item” button appearing at the bottom of each abstract.


Again, click on the button to access the full text of the article.

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have questions.

HSL Update


Beginning Monday, May 18, the Health Sciences Library will be closed, but staff will be on site from 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.

For assistance, contact Rachel Helbing via email at or phone at 713-743-5462.

Those who have received permission to return to campus may request physical materials and/or printing.

Physical materials (books, models, etc.):

    • Send requests to Once a pick-up time has been arranged, materials will be checked out and placed on top of the book drop in the hallway outside the library.
    • Materials can be returned in the book drop.


    • Send files to be printed as attachments to Once a pick-up time has been arranged, prints will be placed on top of the book drop in the hallway outside the library.

All remaining library services will continue to be provided remotely, both on and off campus.

    • Reference/access questions
    • Research consultations
    • Instruction
    • Literature search assistance

Thank you, and stay healthy!

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.

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