Watch recordings of Building Strong Apps Tech Lunch series!

The Norris Medical Library recorded the Building Strong Apps tech lunch series. In this two part series, industry experts shared their knowledge and insight on how to build a strong & marketable app. Follow the links to watch the sessions!

Part 1: Plan Your App
Gregory Butler, Digital Technology & Content Executive, quickly guides you through defining and vetting ideas, putting together a proposal, the funding process, and bringing the product to market.

Part 2:  Sculpt Your App
Ben Lee, CEO and Co-Founder, Neon Roots, dives into the key elements of app construction: platforms, software, and coding, & user acquisition: growth hacking, acquiring your first 100 users, and influencer marketing.

Library catalog eResources links are broken – Fixed!

The links in the library catalog (HELIX) to electronic resources currently do not work.  Until further notice, find working links through the eResources search box on the library homepage.  Click on the eResources tab and either search for a title or click on the A-Z links to browse.


This problem has now been fixed.  Links in both the library catalog and eResources search box work correctly.  Thanks for your patience.

Extended Hours all weekends in May!

The Library will have Extended Hours throughout May as follows:

Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

(May 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27)

Faculty must enroll in Duo authentication before February 15th

Do you access journal articles, UpToDate, or electronic books from your home, on your phone or tablet, or in a clinic? All USC faculty will need to enroll in Duo two-factor authentication prior to February 15th in order to continue accessing these library-licensed resources from off-campus locations or while connected to USC Wireless. Emeriti faculty, voluntary faculty, and adjunct faculty are not required to sign up for Duo at this time.

This policy applies to Residents based their payroll system. Residents who are paid through USC payroll are required to use Duo. Residents who are paid through other payroll systems are not required to sign up for Duo at this time. If you are not sure how your residency payroll is handled, contact your residency coordinator.

Follow ITS’ instructions on signing up for Duo. Duo authentication requires you to register a landline number, cell phone number, or smartphone app. Every time you log in with your USC NetID and password, you’ll confirm your identity by answering a phone call, replying to a text message, or clicking the notification in the Duo app.

Duo authentication will also be required for accessing Blackboard, Workday, the MyUSC portal, and other sites using the USCNetID sign-in screen. If you do not sign up for Duo by the February 15th deadline, you will be unable to access these sites.

If you have questions about Duo authentication or need help signing up, contact the ITS Customer Support Center at 213-740-5555 or



Error When Linking to Science Direct Journal Articles

There is a reported problem in accessing articles from ScienceDirect. In the last few days, we have received reports from our users about the same issue.

If you receive the error message: “Sorry, your request can not be processed due to a system problem. Contact the Help Desk if the problem persists. [SD-009]”

The temporary solution is for you to search the article directly in ScienceDirect or use the Journal A-Z list to find the article from the specific journal.  We will keep you informed of any further developments, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

February 2017 – The Return of Blind Date With A Book

During the month of February come check out our Blind Date with a Book display on the plaza level of the Norris Medical Library.

How does it work? It’s easy! Just browse through our eligible reads on the library’s plaza level, pick one, check it out at the circulation desk, and take it home! The books will be wrapped in paper, but don’t let that scare you off! The book’s essential information (likes, dislikes, perfect date) will be visible.

Don’t worry about getting stuck with a total bore. Our eligible reads are handpicked favorites by our librarians  from our Nelson J. Gilman’s Humanities Collection which includes fiction and popular non-fiction for recreational reading!

Technology Lunch Session: Posters for Conferences

This Technology Lunch Series session will be helpful to those who need to create posters for conferences. We will cover online tutorials, design tips, image resources, image upsampling and other helpful topics while you enjoy some free pizza and bottled water!

When: Thursday, January 26, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Where: West Conference Room

Advanced Powerpoint Training – 01/19/17

Have you ever wished your PowerPoint presentations looked more professional? Have you struggled all day on a PowerPoint presentation… only to have created just a few slides?

Have you ever felt that PowerPoint was your biggest obstacle to communicating your message and creating great presentations?

Come to Advanced PowerPoint Training: Explore the features of PowerPoint 2013 to make professional and attractive presentations. This class covers templates, SmartArt, sophisticated animation, inserting images, audios and videos, and more!

This session is offered Thursday, January 19th from 12-1 in the Norris Library Computer Classroom. RSVP at

Please note, food and drink are not permitted in the Computer Classroom.

Temporary Closure of The Exchange Area – 01/12/2017

An inspection of The Exchange (on the first floor of the Norris Medical Library) has shown the presence of bed bugs in that area of the library. The Exchange is closed and will remain closed until treatment occurs. We will continue to monitor our entire building. If further treatments or closures are necessary, we will let you know as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your ongoing cooperation in avoiding The Exchange.

Update 2/6/17: The Exchange has been successfully treated but remains closed until further notice.

Update 2/23/17: Another inspection of the entire library for bedbugs will be conducted on Friday, February 24th. We appreciate your patience and understanding.