Student Information for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Welcome to the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library! Our librarians and staff members are proud to provide information resources, instruction, services, and study space to support you during your time at UNTHSC. You’ll find some essential information here, with much more available elsewhere on our site.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For quick answers to common questions, see the FAQ page. Note the available categories in the sidebar.

Learning about Lewis Library

We provide both online and in-person opportunities to learn about the Library and how to use it. See Database Tutorials & Help for handouts, tutorials, and instructions. See Library Instruction for information about the free classes offered.

Research Guides

UNTHSC librarians maintain research guides on frequently researched topics. Others are provided for specific courses. The topical guides that are most relevant to your program are:

TCOM Required Books 2014-2015

The lists below show the overlap between the Lewis Library e-book collections and the 2014-2015 required TCOM Year 1 and Year 2 textbooks as of April 2014. New e-books may be added closer to the start of the fall 2014 semester, so please check back. 

Cool Tools

These tools for online learning and research can save you time and effort, as well as make the educational process more enjoyable. 

  • Exam Master Online
    Exam Master is designed to provide realistic and effective preparation for medical board exams.  It provides test and study modes, detailed explanations with every question, scoring feedback, and an easy-to-use interface.  It provides thousands of multiple choice questions, for both body/organ system and medical subject review. Free access is provided by Lewis Library, but you must register online before using it.
  • RefWorks
    RefWorks is an online reference management tool that supports research, writing, and collaboration. It helps you build a database of references, from which it can create a bibliography and format footnotes automatically.  Choose any of the major publication styles for your output.  If you are working with others, you can use the RefShare feature to share you references with them.  Lewis Library provides free access to RefWorks; registration is required.

Options for Help

You can request research help in person, by phone, or by e-mail. See Get Help for more information.

Online Access – Wired, Wireless, or Off-Campus

As a UNTHSC student, you have access to our online information resources anytime and anywhere. In the Library, we have wired network connections available on Levels 2 and 4, and wireless access throughout the building. If something is not working, see Problems with Online Access.

Printing, Copying, Scanning

Lewis Library provides self-service equipment for printing, copying, and scanning on each level of the Library and at several other locations on the campus. See Pharos Printing, Copying, and Scanning for details.

UNTHSC Scholarly Repository

The UNTHSC Scholarly Repository is the database where your thesis or dissertation will be deposited and housed in perpetuity by the University. See Graduation Instructions and Forms for information on filing your thesis or dissertation. 

The Scholarly Repository also showcases other intellectual works of UNTHSC faculty members and students. In addition to theses and dissertations, students may submit other significant works such as research posters and conference papers. There is no charge for this service, and authors receive monthly reports on usage.

Liaison Librarian

Your Liaison Librarian is Jack Boettcher. He is assigned to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine to respond to the teaching, learning, and research needs of students and faculty; to provide information about relevant library resources and services; and to gather feedback and suggestions. Contact him at:

LIB-222D – Lewis Library, Level 2, Reference Office

Student Library Advisory Council

This group of student volunteers serves as a formal communication channel between UNTHSC students and Lewis Library. The goal of the Council is to help the Library provide UNTHSC students with the best possible service. It provides:

  • an opportunity for students to seek answers to specific questions;
  • a forum for students to give input on Library services, space, and resources; and
  • a mechanism for the Library to communicate information, advocate for Library issues, and seek assistance from students with regard to ongoing issues or projects.

The SLAC consists of at least two students from each UNTHSC school and two representatives of Lewis Library. Members are appointed in September for a one-year term. The Lewis Library Director works with the heads of student government organizations to identify prospective members. To nominate yourself, contact the Library Director's office (817-735-2380, LIB-222).

Meetings are held twice per year over lunch. Additional meetings will be held on an as-needed basis. Other UNTHSC students and employees may be invited to attend.

Page last updated on April 21, 2014