PubMed Workshop: Maximize Your Potential and Minimize Your Frustrations!

January 21, 2015

PubMedDo 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 Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Learn more about:

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

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

Please register for the workshop, as space is limited.


Reservations for Group Rooms Restricted to Current USC Students

January 14, 2015

nml2Effective January 5, Norris Library policies regarding reservation of the group study rooms has changed. Previously all USC faculty, staff and students were able to make reservations.  Access to the reservation system is now restricted to current USC students only.  The change in policy is designed to prioritize the needs of students and ensure that the limited numbers of study rooms are available for their use.

Find the updated policies on the Norris web site under Group Study Rooms.

As in the past, if a room is open and has not been reserved, it is available for use by USC faculty, staff and students.


AIDSinfo Releases New Drug App

January 5, 2015

AIDSinfoAIDSinfo, a collaboration of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US National Library of Medicine, has announced the release of a new app for iOS and Android devices. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. Users can personalize the free AIDSinfo Drug App to suit their needs:

  • Receive notifications when content is updated.
  • Bookmark frequently referenced drugs for easy access at any time.
  • Add personal notes to any drug.
  • Select from a menu of alarms to set pill reminders for any drug.

See AIDSinfo Releases Drug App for iOS and Android Devices for further information.*

*Blog article excerpted from the National Library of Medicine.


USMLEasy, PA Easy discontinued - New Platform Announced

January 5, 2015

McGraw-Hill has announced that they will be shutting down their previous versions of USMLE Easy and PA Easy effective January 1, 2015 in order to move all users to the new platform.

The new versions of USMLE Easy and PA Easy boast advanced features including: a personalized dashboard to monitor your study plan, Course Stream to collaborate with other users, adaptive practice quizzes, skill reports based on USMLE tested concepts, interactive anatomy flashcards, and more.

If you currently have a USMLE Easy or PA Easy account, please note that your account and all its data (practice exam scores, performance profiles, personal study plans) will no longer be available January 1, 2015. If you wish to retain any of this information, log into USMLE Easy or PA Easy to create screenshots or print copies of this data before the New Year.

To continue using USMLE Easy, you’ll need to visit their new website: https://new.usmle-easy.com/institution and create a new user account. This website is available now on USC Network computers only. We hope to have the site available for off-campus access by mid-January.

To continue using PA Easy, you’ll need to visit their new website: https://new.paeasy.com/institution and create a new user account. This website is available now on USC Network computers only. We hope to have the site available for off-campus access by mid-January.