New Norris Medical Library Website Coming At The End of June!

June 16, 2015


Scheduled HELIX Downtime Friday, June 12, 2015

June 10, 2015

ThAttentione HELIX catalog is being updated and will be unavailable for most of the day on Friday, June 12. As an alternative, to find materials in the Norris Medical Library, please feel free to use Quick Search on the USC Libraries website:

Thanks for your patience!

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: 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: 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.

Neglected Databases for Clinicians class on 11/20

November 18, 2014

nml2Do you know what these questions have in common?

  1. Why do some patients take all their medications, and some don’t?
  2. Is vibration therapy or neuromuscular electrical stimulation more effective for muscle pain?
  3. If an American returns from a visit to Eritrea with a respiratory infection, do they need to be quarantined?

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October is National Medical Librarians Month

October 15, 2014

OctoberMedicalLibrariansMonthThis month the Medical Library Association is honoring the expert assistance that medical librarians provide to faculty, students, health care providers and the general public.  How do your Norris medical librarians help you? Let me count the ways:

  1. Provide resources for teaching and learning
  2. Develop curricula and provide instruction
  3. Act as expert consultants on searching the knowledge-based literature
  4. Provide information support for research proposal development
  5. Find and integrate the best evidence for clinical decision-making
  6. Improve patient care and outcomes by locating studies that result in changes in patient care
  7. Support innovation, research and quality improvement in affiliated hospitals by assisting with integration of evidence-based resources into electronic medical record systems
  8. Manage electronic resources, selecting the best databases and negotiating licensing agreements

Stop by the Norris reference desk October 1-3 for a treat to celebrate and start the month sweetly.

ClinicalKey Launches Platform Upgrade

October 15, 2014

ClinicalKeyClinicalKey, the large collection of medical resources, upgraded its platform upgrade September 23rd.

Among the new enhancements are:

  • A cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go
  • 1,400+ new Topic Pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments and more
  • A new browse feature with a searchable, filterable list of sources that highlights new books and journals
  • A new search history feature enabling you to view and refresh recent queries

Users should register and log into ClinicalKey to take advantage of the database’s personalization features.  A detailed user guide  is available for further information.

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 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.