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Guides and Handouts for UTSPH Library Resources: General Library Handouts

UTHealth School of Public Health Learning Commons

The SPH Library & Graduate Communication Center is now open!

On Monday, March 5, 2018, faculty, staff, and students in Houston gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new SPH Library & Graduate Communication Center. By adopting a learning commons model, UTHealth School of Public Health is adapting to the ever-changing field of higher education and addressing the skills gap in the field of public health by producing a trained workforce. The SPH Library & Graduate Communication Center provides a full-service learning, research, and project space by combining the functions of a library, a writing center, and a student lounge in a single community space.  This multifaceted, flexible space strives to empower students to direct their own learning by offering them a place where they can meet, talk, study, and use shared equipment and resources. 

The SPH Library & Graduate Communication Center is located on the first floor of the RAS Building.  The Study Space (E109) and Student Lounge (E139) are open Monday through Thursday from 7:00am to 7:00pm; Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5p.m.  The Learning Resource Center (E137) is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00pm; Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Library and Writing Support Staff can be reached via phone at 713-500-9121, text at 713-965-6968, or online at Ask a Librarian or Writing Consultant.


Getting Started and other Helpful Information

The UTHealth School of Public Health invites the students, faculty, and staff of UTHealth to share in the resources available through the UTHealth School of Public Health Library, in particular, and the Texas Health Science Libraries Consortium, in general. Here are the most commonly used forms and guides when conducting research at SPH.


Apps and Tips for your Phone

BrowZine Mobile 

FREE (iOS, Android) via Texas Medical Center Library subscription. Use BrowZine to create a mobile bookshelf of your favorite journals. Download the mobile app. Once installed, you can use your TMC Library access to subscribed and open access publications, and create your own bookshelf of favorite journals.

Authentication for access to Library Resources

For UTHealth SPH Library resources: You will see the Shibboleth authentication login box. Use your University credentials (i.e. your Canvas username/password) to login.

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For TMC Library resources: In order to access most of the TMC Library's electronic resources, you will need to sign-in us OpenAthens. It's a user authentication and e-resources access system that acts as your gateway to electronic resources licensed by the TMC Library. Your to access full text is validated on the resource side by using your institutional login. For instructions:        . 

The steps to sign in to OpenAthens are:

  • Select a resource available through the TMC Library.
  • With most databases, you will be prompted to select an institution. If you are not sure, view the Registration page of this guide.
  • If you see screen a with "Sign in with your OpenAthens account" on the left & "Find Your Organization" on the right, search for "Texas Medical Center Library" under Find Your Organization. You will then be prompted to select your institution.
  • Enter your institutional credentials to gain access to the resource.

Tip: Clear all your browser history and use two different browsers for each library,otherwise you may not be able to access SPH Library resources  especially SPH owned ebooks  via the  TMC Library institutional login.  

Reserve a Group Study Room Here

Group Study Room Reservation Policies:

  • Study Rooms are reserved for current SPH Students only.
  • Reservations are for a maximum time of 2 hours, once per day, 3 times per week. No renewals are allowed. Study rooms are reserved for up to 6 people.
  • Do not remove or add furniture or equipment from Study Rooms. See the Library Circulation desk if you need additional chairs.
  • The library reserves the right to reassign or cancel reservations to assure the maximum and most appropriate utilization of its space.
  • Only use Dry-Erase makers on the board. You may check these out at the SPH Library Circulation Desk.  Please return after use.
  • A room may be reassigned after 15 minutes if an individual or group who has a room reserved does not keep their reservation.  TO CANCEL, PLEASE CALL THE SPH LIBRARY at 713-500-9121
  • The Library is not responsible for items left in the study rooms.
  • Study rooms must be left in good condition for the next group using the area.
  • Eating/drinking of food /drink is prohibited.
  • Study rooms must be vacated when the library closes.
  • Study room participants will abide by all Library policies and the University of Texas Code of Conduct. Privileges may be refused or canceled for failure to follow rules and regulations.

Click here and provide your UTSPH Badge #, date and time of reservation request or email the

Library Classes

Introduction to Systematic Reviews

Overview of what is needing before beginning a systematic review, the different review types, and an overview of the process.

Date:   Monday, September 17, 2018

Time:   10:00am - 11:00am

Location:  TMC Library-Street Level Classroom

Click to Register Here

All Clear: Emergency Assistance for Frustrated Searcher

This class will help individuals who are frustrated with their literature search but do not know where to start. Individuals will learn how to prepare, plan and execute an effective search.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

Location: TMC Library-Street Level Classroom

Click to Register Here

EndNote for Beginners

Are you ready to get started using EndNote? This class will cover how to create, import, and manage citations, and how to use EndNote with Microsoft Word to insert citations into manuscripts.

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: TMC Library-Street Level Classroom

Click to Register Here

Searching in OVID Medline: An Alternative to PubMed

Learn the ins and outs of searching in the OVID Medline database.

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018

Time:1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: TMC Library-Street Level Classroom

Click to Register Here


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