Government Made Easy

June 28, 2013

USA.govDid you know that the U.S. government has created more than 100 apps and mobile sites offering official information and services available for free download?  Many are cross-platform, but not all can be used on every device.  Check out the apps and sites below for information you can use.

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Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

June 24, 2013

HarryPotterPotionsBookDreaming about a vacation this summer?  How about a trip to Harry Potter’s World?  The National Library of Medicine’s Harry Potter’s World:  Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine is a digital version of a traveling exhibition created to explore the link between Harry Potter and the history of science using materials from the National Library of Medicine.

The exhibition is divided into six sections and covers potions, monsters, herbology, magical creatures, fantastic beasts and immortality – each an integral part of the Harry Potter series and familiar to Harry Potter fans.  Using vintage illustrations, the exhibition takes the viewer back in time – no passport required.

Improve Your Google Search Skills!

June 17, 2013


True confession time…even more than UpToDate or PubMed, Google is your go-to source for information on the fly.  Following are some tips for faster, more focused search results using Google: Read the rest of this entry »

Norris Library Adds DSM-5

June 12, 2013

DSM-5 bookNorris Library has added the new edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5T) to  its collection in both print (WM 15 D536 2013) and electronic format.  Used by clinicians and researchers, it defines and classifies mental disorders in order to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings.   The print edition is part of the reference collection housed on the Plaza level of the library and the full-text, electronic version is part of PsychiatryOnline.

Libraries on YouTube

June 10, 2013

utubelogo…And you thought libraries only had books and journals!

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library has a YouTube channel. The NLM YouTube channel posts videos of database training, NLM exhibitions (such as an overview of the Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness), public service announcements, lectures and more.  Browse video titles or subscribe to the channel to be notified whenever new content is posted. The NLM site also features links to NIH YouTube channels and other federal health resources.

Norris Library also has its own YouTube Channel.  There are currently 6 titles created by Norris librarians and staff and more are being planned.  Topics range from information about the library (5 Things You Need to Know), how to do research (Find Resources by Topic and NML PubMed Tutorial) and even a piece about the USC football team’s visit to the Health Sciences campus.  Take a look and let us know what you think!