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 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.

Monthly Workshops Return to Norris Medical Library

August 12, 2014


You told us you wanted more classes and we listened. Beginning in September 2014, the Norris Library will conduct monthly workshops on a variety of topics, including searching PubMed, selecting and using EndNote and other citation management software and using PowerPoint for presentations. Our first workshops of the fall semester will be:

  • September 4th, 9 am: PubMed: Maximize your Potential, Minimize your Frustration
  • September 9th, 10 am: Citation Management Software: Which One is “Write” for You?
  • September 18th, 11 am: EndNote Desktop
  • September 25th, 11 am: EndNote Online

Each workshop is offered several times throughout the year and at different times of the day to accommodate all Trojans.

Each one-hour workshop is open to USC students, staff, and faculty. Workshops are conducted in the library’s computer classroom and include hands-on activities. View the full descriptions and sign up on the workshops page. Space is limited, so sign up to reserve your slot today!

Fotonovellas for Education

July 21, 2014

medpage todayMelvin Baron, PharmD, associate professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy at USC’s School of Pharmacy and Gregory Molina, program administrator at the School, are using the fotonovella format in Spanish and English to educate a low-literate audience in Southern California. To date, topics in the comic-book style novellas include diabetes, asthma and healthful eating. Learn more about how graphics are being used in medicine in the “medpageToday” article.

Lexicomp links to UpToDate

July 7, 2014

Lexicomp-online-uptodateNorris Medical Library subscribes to both Lexicomp Online, the drug reference database and UpToDate, the evidence-based clinical decision support resource. Now, users can quickly and easily access the content from within both solutions. Linking between pharmacology content in Lexicomp to related disease-state content in UpToDate enables clinicians to instantly connect to the relevant point-of-care information they need to inform their decisions and enhance patient care.

Advantages of bidirectional access from Lexicomp to UpToDate include:

  • Efficiency – Clinicians can easily access UpToDate from Lexicomp, or Lexicomp from UpToDate, without having to exit their workflow or open a new browser window; thus, they find the answers they need in less time.
  • Greater depth – The combined Lexicomp and UpToDate resources provide an extensive knowledge base for clinicians seeking information to support diagnosis and treatment plans.
  • Consistency – Lexicomp and UpToDate content is not just linked – its content is concordant and provides consistency and standardized care between physicians, pharmacists, and nurses.

What's in a Name?

June 23, 2014

QuestionMarksEponyms are terms named after a real or imaginary person and occasionally, after a place., a comprehensive dictionary of medical eponyms, contains lists of people by country, alphabetically by name and eponym, as well as an alphabetical list of women. Learn more about some of the diseases, physical exam signs, procedures and anatomic parts named after the familiar and not-so-familiar greats of medicine.


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