October is National Medical Librarians Month

October 1, 2014

OctoberMedicalLibrariansMonthThis month the Medical Library Association is honoring the expert assistance that medical librarians provide to faculty, students, health care providers and the general public.  How do your Norris medical librarians help you? Let me count the ways:

  1. Provide resources for teaching and learning
  2. Develop curricula and provide instruction
  3. Act as expert consultants on searching the knowledge-based literature
  4. Provide information support for research proposal development
  5. Find and integrate the best evidence for clinical decision-making
  6. Improve patient care and outcomes by locating studies that result in changes in patient care
  7. Support innovation, research and quality improvement in affiliated hospitals by assisting with integration of evidence-based resources into electronic medical record systems
  8. Manage electronic resources, selecting the best databases and negotiating licensing agreements

Stop by the Norris reference desk October 1-3 for a treat to celebrate and start the month sweetly.

NML to Host Dallas Buyers Club Screening

September 29, 2014

NMLFilmologyNorris Library is pleased to announce Filmology: NML Medical Movie Nights, a new library initiative to provide an environment for multidisciplinary discussion of health care topics. USC faculty, students and staff are invited to a free showing of Dallas Buyers Club on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Hastings Auditorium, Hoffman Medical Research Center building, Health Sciences Campus. Free pizza, cookies and bottled water will be provided.

Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Pam Tarlow, USC Preceptor and community pharmacist.

Be sure to reserve a spot, as seating for this event is limited. Please see the Filmology guide for further information and links to other resources.

ClinicalKey Launches Platform Upgrade

September 24, 2014

ClinicalKeyClinicalKey, the large collection of medical resources, upgraded its platform upgrade September 23rd.

Among the new enhancements are:

  • A cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go
  • 1,400+ new Topic Pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments and more
  • A new browse feature with a searchable, filterable list of sources that highlights new books and journals
  • A new search history feature enabling you to view and refresh recent queries

Users should register and log into ClinicalKey to take advantage of the database’s personalization features.  A detailed user guide  is available for further information.

Get that 4.0: Use technology to communicate, research & present Noontime Tech Lunch 9/23

September 19, 2014

pizzaYou got a brand-new laptop, Droid tablet, or iPad to bring to graduate school at USC this year, so you can conduct research, create presentations, and communicate with your classmates and faculty. But now that you’ve got that shiny new toy, what free or inexpensive software should you get, and what websites should you bookmark? Come to “Get that 4.0: Use technology to communicate, research & present” on Tuesday, September 23rd, noon-1 PM, Norris Medical Library West Conference Room, to learn about technology you can start using today for academic work. We can’t guarantee that you’ll get a 4.0 this semester, but we can guarantee that you’ll learn about new software and get a pizza lunch on Tuesday, September 23rd.

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EndNote Online Workshop 9/25/14

September 19, 2014

endnoteEndNote Web, the reference management tool, is available free to USC students, faculty, affiliates and staff.  Come to the EndNote Web workshop to learn to create your free online account, save references from common databases, import references, organize and share references and use the Cite-While-You-Write tool to manage your bibliography in Microsoft Word.   The workshop will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – Noon in Norris Medical Library’s 2nd floor Computer Classroom.

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Tutorial on Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed

September 16, 2014

NLM Technical Bulletin


If you’ve ever tried to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed, you know how difficult it can be. The National Library of Medicine has created a tutorial offering “…tips on effectively and efficiently searching PubMed for drugs and chemicals. Nine brief modules with video demonstrations include guidance on substance-related Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), using the MeSH Database, effective searching with pharmacological action terms, converting special characters in systematic names, and using tags in searching.” This tutorial and many other tutorials, webinars and classes are accessible by clicking the PubMed Tutorials link on the PubMed homepage, as shown below.*

NLM Technical Bulletin-Pubmed Screenshot



*New Tutorial: Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed. NLM Tech Bull. 2014 Jul-Aug;(399):b7 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja14/brief/ja14_pm_tutorial_drugs.html. Retrieved September 3, 2014.

Norris Library to Hold EndNote Desktop Workshop on 9/18

September 10, 2014

EndNote-Workshop-Poster-SMALLThe desktop version of EndNote, the reference management tool, must be purchased for installation on individual computers.  See demos of some of EndNote’s basic features such as importing references, locating and inserting PDF documents and formating and inserting references from Microsoft Word.  The workshop will be held Thursday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. – Noon in the Computer Classroom.

Note:  Space is limited.  Please use the online registration form to reserve a seat.


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