Upgrades Made to ScienceDirect

February 28, 2014

ScienceDirect logo

A new release of ScienceDirect was unveiled February 1, 2014.  Designed to provide the user with a simplified and streamlined experience, the new release has four key upgrades:

  • An easier and more effective user experience
  • Improved visibility of Open Access content
  • Making it easier to find relevant ScienceDirect content from search engines and other discovery services
  • Seamless export to Mendeley

For further details, please refer to the ScienceDirect press release.

Hands-On Advanced PowerPoint Training Offered

February 19, 2014


Have you ever wished your PowerPoint presentations looked more professional or struggled so long with the software only to have created a handful of slides by the end of the day? Have you felt that PowerPoint was your biggest obstacle to communicating your message?

The Norris Medical Library will offer a hands-on Advanced PowerPoint Training workshop on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the NML Computer Classroom on the upper level of the library. Come explore the features of PowerPoint 2013 and learn to make professional and attractive presentations. This class covers templates, SmartArt, sophisticated animation, inserting images, audios, videos, and more!

Please register for the workshop, as seating is limited.


Noontime Tech Lunch to Highlight Prezi Presentation Software

February 19, 2014

Prezi LogoHere are some thoughts no one has ever had: “I just can’t wait to make another PowerPoint presentation! My audience will really love it!” What if you could capture your audience by changing your path during the presentation, spinning the text and photos and zooming in on detailed diagrams? With Prezi, the free online presentation software, you can create wildly different presentations that are sure to captivate students, faculty and clinicians. Come to the Tech Lunch on Thursday, February 27th from Noon – 1:00 pm  in the Norris Medical Library’s East Conference room for free pizza and an introduction to Prezi!


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Rare Books Donated to Norris Medical Library

February 18, 2014

Biegelman Exhibit 003Norris Medical Library is pleased to announce a new exhibit showcasing recent donations to NML’s History of Medicine collection by Paul M. Beigelman, M.D.  Dr. Beigelman received his medical degree from USC in 1948, completed his internship at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, and later spent forty years at the Keck School of Medicine of USC as a professor and volunteer.  Beigelman’s clinical interests in diabetes and public health also extend to his rare book collecting interests, as evidenced by the books shown in the exhibit.

Three of the twelve very fine rare books from Dr. Beigelman’s generous donation to Norris are highlighted in the exhibit located on the second floor of the library.  These include: Read the rest of this entry »

Presidents' Day Holiday Hours

February 12, 2014

MtRushmoreThe library will observe Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 17 with reduced hours. The library will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

OvidSP Adds New and Improved Features

February 7, 2014

OvidSPThe January 28, 2014 release of OvidSP includes the addition of audio podcasts and updates to its help system.   Over 1,400 audio podcasts from LWW journals covering 17 different specialty areas have been added to the database.   “Audio” has also been added to the Media Type Filter.

OvidSP’s help system has been updated to allow you to search and read topics quickly and easily. Updates include:

  • Search – Type in your keyword and get a list of relevant topics to read
  • Navigation Tools – Advance to the next topic, print, add to favorites and more
  • Table of Contents – Expand and collapse sections
  • Favorites List – Add topics and searches to your list
  • Screenshots – Hover over thumbnails to display a full view

UpToDate Graphics Search Enhances Ability to Diagnose and Treat

February 3, 2014

UpTODate3Quickly and easily search an extensive library of high-quality graphics from UpToDate including more than 27,000 pictures, tables, illustrations, diagrams, graphs, algorithms and videos, without using a separate search engine.

After searching a clinical term, select “Graphics” from the menu in the left navigation. For even faster access, select “Graphics” from the dropdown menu in the Search box. With either approach, the resulting graphics appear in thumbnail format. Clicking a thumbnail opens a larger version of the graphic.

Each graphic references and links to related UpToDate topics under “Appears in Topics.” And from within an UpToDate topic, you can see all corresponding graphics.

Watch a brief video demonstration to learn more about conducting a Graphics Search, sharing information with patients or colleagues, and exporting graphics to a presentation.