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.

FREE Dallas Buyers Club movie screening

September 12, 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.

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.

NIH Public Access Policy Webpage

September 3, 2014

NIHlogoThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts funded by NIH to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. The Public Access Policy webpage http://publicaccess.nih.gov/provides step-by-step instructions for complying with the policy. Instructions for preparing a manuscript, what to do after it has been accepted for publication and reporting to NIH are included. Links to a training video as well as to specific instructions for authors’ own publications are also included. Norris librarians have also created a NIH Public Access Policy subject guide and informative videos to guide you through the process.


Labor Day Library Closure

August 25, 2014

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the library will be closed Monday September 1, 2014.

PubMed Workshop Sept 4! Maximize Your Potential and Minimize Your Frustrations!

August 25, 2014

pubmed3Do you ever feel like searching PubMed is a mystifying ordeal? That perhaps you’re not seeing every citation you think you should? If your PubMed experience is leaving you frustrated, it is time to show that database who is in charge (hint: it is you). This workshop will be held in the Norris Medical Library’s 2nd Floor Computer Classroom on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Learn more about:

  • Searching PubMed with added efficiency
  • Strategies for keeping current
  • Using MyNCBI to organize searches/results
  • New features added in 2014

Don’t forget to bring your own questions, concerns, or complaints! Our librarians will help you take charge of PubMed!

Registration is required. Register by filling out the Workshop Registration Form.


Reserve Group Study Rooms on the Go!

August 15, 2014


Study room reservations are now entirely self-service using Norris Library’s electronic reservation system. Now you can tell at a glance which rooms are reserved and those that are still available. Access to the reservation calendar is available from your desktop computer or from your mobile device using the reservation module included in Norris Library’s new mobile app. To download the app on your mobile device, search “usc health sciences libraries” at the Android Market or the Apple App Store.  Just point your web browser to http://uschsl.boopsie.com/m to make a reservation using other mobile devices (Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, etc).

Be sure to check the group room information page to learn about the library’s policies for their use.


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