Reaching full text from PubMed

In mid-August, Norris Medical Library along with the other USC Libraries moved to a new system for linking to full-text articles from PubMed and other databases. Since some users have experienced confusion over reaching full-text articles with the new system, here are simple instructions to follow after clicking the FindIt@USC button.

  1. The FindIt link takes you to the USC Libraries catalog page
  2. In the View It section, click on a publisher link that includes the year of the article you want

There is no need to sign in to your library account. Only click on the “Sign-in” link if you want to determine the status of books you have borrowed, want to place a hold on an item, or do other functions that do not relate to obtaining full text.





For a video tutorial on this process, see

Still having problems?

Use the “Need Help? Report a Problem” link if you have problems reaching the article.

Use the “Request via interlibrary loan (Health Sciences Libraries)” link if full text is not available.






New Resource – Embase

Embase has been added to the licensed resources available USC’s students, staff, and faculty! This database offers broad coverage of pharmacological and biomedical research areas from over 90 countries. Additionally, Embase Classic, an archive of Excerpta Medica records from 1947-1973, has been included to ensure full Embase coverage from 1947-Present. Embase is updated daily.

Embase is an important addition to the information resources at the USC’s Health Sciences Libraries due to its unique content – particularly pharmacological and international content.

To learn more about Embase, view this fact sheet or contact the Health Sciences Librarians at


We are currently experiencing intermittent problems this morning with reaching resources, USC websites and Resource Guides. Norris Medical Library staff are working with USC ITS staff to identify and resolve these connectivity issues.

We do not currently have an estimated time of resolution.

If you have access issues to library resources, please contact the Norris Medical Library and describe what is happening.

Phone: 323-442-1968

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience!

October is National Medical Librarians Month

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

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.

Lexicomp links to UpToDate

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.

Try the Free BrowZine Journal App


Following a trial run of BrowZine the journal tablet app has been purchased and is now available for users to access, read, and browse full-text articles from USC subscribed journals on a tablet device.

All the Lippincott Williams and Wilkins journals available through USC subscription are newly accessible on BrowZine. This new app allows you to browse, read and monitor many of the library’s scholarly journals directly from your iPad or Android tablet! Continue reading

Upgrades Made to ScienceDirect

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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.