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November 2018
UAB Libraries will be closed November 22 - November 24
for Thanksgiving.

Please check our hours page for more details.

Lister Hill Library One Card

November hours
Sunday                           12 pm - 10 pm

Monday - Thursday          7 am - 11 pm
Friday                                 7 am - 7 pm
Saturday                       9:30 am - 6 pm

November 19 - November 21:  7 am - 5 pm
November 22 - November 24 CLOSED

Sterne Library

November hours   
Sunday                             OPEN at 1 pm
Monday - Thursday         OPEN 24 hours  
Friday                              CLOSE at 7 pm
Saturday                               9 am - 5 pm

November 17 - November 18 CLOSED
November 19 - November 21:  7:30 am - 5 pm
November 22 - November 24  CLOSED


See our website for details on the new Lister Hill Library and Mervyn H. Sterne Library ONE Card access policies.



UAB Libraries Rapid ILL

The UAB Libraries are excited to announce that we are now participating in the Rapid ILL (Interlibrary Loan) program. Rapid ILL allows patron ILL requests for journal articles and book chapters to be filled much faster than in the past. More than 300 major college and university libraries throughout the world participate in the RapidILL program. Most articles and book chapters from these libraries can be delivered to you electronically within 24 hours of placing the request. The Rapid ILL system is transparent to patrons, and there is nothing new to learn or do. Simply place your ILL requests as usual!


Afternoon Tea at LHL Every Wednesday Until November 14th

The fall semester is here and that means Afternoon Tea at Lister Hill Library is back in full swing! Every spring and fall semester, the UAB librarians host an Afternoon Tea on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 2 pm for students. This year's first tea started on September 5th and they will continue until November 14th. The location is always on the 1st floor of LHL by the HUB desk. This is a free event. During the month of November, the librarians will be promoting the Faculty 1000 (F1000) and Browzine databases. Come see us, meet your librarians, and learn something new!


PubMed via LHL Guide

UAB Libraries Research Guides provide targeted assistance with over 150 library resources and databases. The PubMed via LHL Guide is among the more comprehensive of the Guides, reflecting the importance of PubMed as a primary biomedical literature resource for clinicians and researchers.

The Guide’s homepage describes PubMed and provides some basic search features. More specific information can be found by navigating through the tabs at the top of the page, including:

  • Effective Searches – Ranging from Basic to Advanced, learn how to use filters and MeSH controlled vocabulary subject terms to create effective searches.
  • Evidence Based Practice – Learn how to find high quality studies for evidence-based patient care using PubMed.
  • Manage Results – Learn how to export results to bibliographic management programs.
  • Full Text – Learn how to link to full text articles from PubMed citations.
  • My NCBI – The basics of using this important tool for researchers. (The page links out to Making the Most of My NCBI Guide.)
  • Cool Tools – Pretty cool!
  • Hedges – Utilize preconstructed advanced PubMed search strategies to retrieve specific types of citations, from randomized controlled trials and other study types to particular age groups and certain hard-to-target subjects.

In addition to all this in-depth guidance to PubMed, there is also a handy link on the side of the Guide to “Chat with a Librarian” just in case you need on-the-spot expert help from one of the librarians on staff!


Display at Lister Hill Library at University Hospital
Commemorates Tinsley Harrison's 20th Edition

The 20th edition of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine has just been published by McGraw-Hill and is currently available through UAB Libraries. In honor of the textbook’s founding editor, Tinsley R. Harrison, MD, the UAB Archives and the Lister Hill Library at University Hospital have mounted an informational display to highlight Dr. Harrison’s connection to the UAB medical school and his work as editor of the original Principles of Internal Medicine. Harrison served as editor-in-chief through the first five editions. The 6th edition of 1970 was the first to appear as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, having been officially renamed in honor of the book’s founding editor following his retirement.

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine remains one of the “definitive clinical references” for any physician or physician-in-training and remains one of the best-selling internal medical texts in the world. In 2012 JAMA stated that the textbook was “arguably the most recognized book in all of medicine.”

The Harrison informational display is located in Room P235 in the West Pavilion of University Hospital. UAB faculty, staff, and students are welcome in the hospital library during business hours, normally 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (with slight variations depending on staff availability). To verify hours and for additional information on the hospital library, please contact the library staff at (205) 934-2275, or email Tracy Powell at For more information on Dr. Harrison, his archival papers, or the UAB Archives, please contact the archive staff at (205) 934-1896 or at

Printer's page-proof

A printer’s page-proof of the 2nd edition of Principles of Internal Medicine with corrections by editor-in-chief, Tinsley R. Harrison, MD. Harrison completed his work on the 2nd edition while on the faculty of the UAB medical school. This page-proof is part of the Tinsley R. Harrison Papers (Manuscript Collection 3) which are housed in the UAB Libraries as part of the UAB Archives.

Witchcraft Display at Sterne Library

Now on display at Mervyn H. Sterne Library, Witchcraft, Women & the Healing Arts in the Early Modern Period brings together imagery and reprints from the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, as well as books from Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences and Sterne Library. Various topics covered include accusations of witchcraft against midwives and other folk heBartisch's Ophthalmodovleiaalers, supernatural themes of alchemy and astrology found in academic medicine of the time, as well as the possibility that ergot poisoning contributed to the mass hysteria surrounding the Salem witch trials. Contemporary conceptions of witchcraft, its practices and traditions, are also addressed.

Through the ages, the practices that came to be associated with witchcraft provided a connection to both the natural and the supernatural forces of the universe. However, beginning in the 13th century, witches became identified as those possessed by or in allegiance with the Devil or demons. Between the late 1400s and the mid-1700s, circulating guidebooks on how to properly identify witches, as well as growing social discord, often targeted individuals who practiced the healing arts during the well-known witch hunts and trials.
This scanned illustration of an eye disease believed by author Georg Bartisch to have been caused by witchcraft comes from his book, Ophthalmodouleia, published in 1583 by Matthes Stöckel, in the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library.

To see original materials from the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library portrayed in the display case, contact us.  

UAB Basketball Game, November 24, 1978

UAB began NCAA-level basketball play on November 24, 1978, with an inaugural game against the University of Nebraska before a crowd of over 14,800 in the arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. Coach Gene Bartow's Blazers lost 64-55. Five days later, Coach Fran Merrell and the Women's Basketball team competed in their first game at the BJCC; the Blazers lost to the University of North Alabama 82-77.
UAB Basketball Game, 11/24/1978
This month we celebrate the 40th anniversary of an intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Today, UAB provides eleven sports teams for female students and seven for male students. There are also three spirit and two band programs that support the athletic program and entertain event attendees. Go Blazers!
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For more about UAB Archives, please visit the UAB Archives webpage.

Rhetoric and the Global Turn in Higher Education

Rhetoric and the Global Turn in Higher Education

by Christopher Minnix, Associate Professor,
UAB Department of English


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