May 2013 Vol. 14, No. 4
Whenever I go to the public library, I go straight to the
magazines section. As an old English major, I used to read lots of books, but
nowadays I read more magazines. I have myriad interests like cooking, military
history, interior design, just to name a few.
exclusive to THI
THI is a research library, so we don't carry Cooking Light or National Geographic, but we do subscribe to many prestigious
cardiovascular journals. Whatever piques your interest in cardiovascular research—surgery,
transplantation, electrophysiology, or echocardiography, for example—we
probably subscribe to the leading journals in those areas of specialization.
We have print
subscriptions to about 40 journals, including the American Heart Journal, the Annals
of Thoracic Surgery, Circulation,
the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic
Surgery, the Journal of Vascular
Surgery, and Transplantation. We
also subscribe to major medical journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and the Journal of
the American Medical Association (JAMA). We have online access to most, and to more
than 7,000 other electronic publications
available through The
A few journals are exclusive
to us and not available from The TMC Library: Canadian Journal of Cardiology, The Heart Surgery Forum, The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery,
Operative Techniques in Thoracic &
Cardiovascular Surgery, Seminars in
Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Annual,
and Vascular. Three journals are also electronic. [Click on the image to link directly.]
You'll see the latest issues of most of our
journals displayed in front of the Circulation Desk. No Vanity Fair or Sports
Illustrated, but I bet you'll find something interesting. And, of course, we can help you find the
latest published research. Just ask any staff
member for assistance in locating a journal article, either in print or
electronically. — Gregg
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journals on the go
Are you struggling to figure out how to check the latest
articles from your favorite cardiology journals without downloading umpteen
separate apps to your mobile device? Try a free medical journal reader app.
I have tested 3 journal readers on my iPad, and all of them let
you browse the most recent articles in a set of journals or by topic. All 3
also interface with the TMC Library subscriptions so that you can click through
to the full text of items you want to read.
Set up a free login with the one you choose, then set up a
personal list of favorite journals to check.
My favorite is DocPhin, which I view through the DocPhin website on my iPad. It gives the best
browsing interface for quickly scrolling through and scanning the tables of
contents for multiple journals. You can pick which journals to scan, or go with
one of their topic collections. It even makes it easy to set up a search for
your favorite topic. There is also a link to check the Twitter feeds for relevant
professional societies. When I registered, I picked cardiology and a starter
list of journals and societies was ready to go. Choose "Texas Medical Center"
as your institution and you will get the TMC Library authentication screen when
you choose to read a pdf. Save articles to read offline by using the "Open In…"
option and choosing your favorite pdf reading app (I use iBooks and GoodReader,
but there are many additional options). DocPhin also has apps available for
Android or iPhone. (Their mobile-friendly website works on the iPad, so the
added bonus is that you don't need to download yet another app.)
[If you prefer a more magazine-like display of
articles, you will like Docwise (iPad only) or Read by QXMD (iPhone and iPad). I
haven't figured out how to save the pdfs for offline viewing, which is one
reason I prefer DocPhin to these two otherwise great journal browsers.]
Docwise has three main content sources: journals,
news feeds, and a topic search. Its strength is the attractive interface that
makes it easy to navigate and customize. To set up cardiology as your area of
interest, pick Internal Medicine as your specialty and then Cardiovascular
Disease as your subspecialty. Choose Houston Academy of Medicine from the Institution
list to view full text.
QXMD also displays the articles as tiles, but it gives you access to a larger
number of journals by using PubMed data. Its other strength is that it
creates a customized list of featured articles based on what you show interest
in reading. It also has some cool features for taking notes directly on the
full text articles. Set up access to full text by choosing Texas Medical Center
For a comparison of Read QZMD and Docwise, see the review in Modern Medicine.
Try one today! I
would love to hear back from you about your preferences and your approach to
customization. — Sonya
loan for all
TMC Library cardholders
The TMC Library recently announced that "The
TMC Library will provide photocopy and inter-library loan services free
of charge to all eligible TMC cardholders."
This means that anyone with a St. Luke's or Texas Heart
Institute affiliation is eligible to request articles at no cost. All you need
is a TMC Library card. Fill out this form and take it to the TMC Library
(THI personnel need to stop by the THI Library & LRC to get a signature
first!). Then, sign up for your Inter-Library Loan (ILL) account here: http://illiadw.library.tmc.edu/
Here at the THI L&LRC, we are available to help
you track down articles, whether you want to use the TMC service or not. Come on by or give us a call.
Owning a pet can be good for your heart!
Although it is no big surprise to current pet owners, the
American Heart Association recently published a statement
that having a pet can reduce the risk of heart disease. And that owning a dog
was especially beneficial to cardiovascular health.
I already knew that pets made people, in general, happier;
but I didn't realize all the health benefits that come along with the dog! Here
are just a few:
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Reduced stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Fewer allergies
- Decreased blood sugar levels in diabetics
Wow! I knew that my dog, Cosmo, was a good boy, but I didn't
know just how good he was for me and my overall health!
pet ownership is the key. Adopting a
dog and not taking proper care of it or continuing other unhealthy habits, like smoking, don't do the
human or the animal any good. So, go home and give Fluffy or Fido a big hug to
thank them for all they do to help you live a longer, happier
life. — Rachel, Volunteer at the L&LRC
P.S. For more on the prevention of heart disease, the THI
Heart Information Center website, or check out our display of featured books for May on
Library & Learning Resource Center
Sonya Fogg, Manager ♦ Rebecca Ajtai, Coordinator of Library Services
Gregg Doty, Library Assistant ♦ Dr. Patrick J. Hogan, Director
L&LRC Hours ♦ Mon. through Fri. ♦ 8:00 am - 5 pm
www.texasheart.org/library ♦ 832-355-9560
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