December 2016 and January 2017 Reference Service Hours

The Norris Medical Library will have reduced hours in December 2016 and January 2017. For the week of December 19-23, in-person, phone, and chat reference will be offered from noon to 1 pm only; additionally, you may email medlib@usc.edu and will receive a response the next business day. No reference service will be available for the week of December 26-30, 2016 or the day of January 2, 2017 due to University holidays. During this time, you may email medlib@usc.edu and we’ll respond on or after January 3. You may still access the library building and collections during these closures of the reference service.

Check out the hours page for exact opening and closing hours.

Extended Hours in December!

The library will have Extended Hours as follows:

Friday, December 2: 7am – 10pm
Saturday, December 3: 9am – 10pm
Friday, December 9: 7am – 10pm
Saturday, December 10: 9am – 10pm

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the library will have reduced hours:

Wednesday, November 23: 7am to 5pm
Thursday, November 24: CLOSED
Friday, November 25: 9am to 5pm

From Here to Eternity: Managing your Research Data – Get the Resources!

Have you heard about research data management but not quite sure what it is? Written a data management plan but still don’t know what one is? Think Data Management has something to do with Star Trek?

You may have missed this Technology Lunch Session on 11/16/16 and the free pizza, but you don’t have to miss out on the information!

Check out the PowerPoint slides and recommended sources on the subject guide: http://bit.ly/NMLDataMgmt2016

If you attended the session and would like to share your thoughts or request a similar session, fill out our survey: http://bit.ly/feedback16nov16

Open Access Options Tech Lunch on Thursday, 10/27/16

Have you ever tried accessing a journal article and been asked to pay $20, $50, or even more for a PDF? Have you ever found the perfect article in PubMed only to find out the library didn’t subscribe to that journal? Do you like to eat pizza? Then open access might be your new favorite thing!

Open access is a movement to use current technologies to share information to further progress science and research. Come grab some free pizza and bottled water on Thursday, October 27 from 12-1 in the Norris Medical Library’s West Conference Room to learn more and celebrate Open Access Week! We’ll talk about locating open access journals, how open access connects to NIH and NSF funding, discounts available to USC authors, and how to figure out which journals are open access and which are just plain predatory.

Scholarly Communication Topic: How do I know where to publish my research?

When the time comes to publish your amazing research, some things are out of your hands (such as a journal’s acceptance rate and editorial policies). However, you control where you submit, and making decisions about where to submit your research can be daunting.

You might want to use JANE  to see if your abstract is a match for any journals. You may wish to check a journal’s impact factor or Category Ranking through Journal Citation Reports , or to see where your USC colleagues publish using Scopus, or to find out which databases index a specific journal in Ulrichsweb.

You may decide that you’d like your publication to be open access, so you’ll check out journal licenses at SHERPA/RoMEO and the Directory of Open Access Journals. You’ll want to find out if a publisher you’re interested in is predatory so you’ll look at several resources including Beall’s List https://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/.

Regardless of which resource you want to check, you should take a look at the Norris Medical Library’s Choosing A Journal guide  for the above resources and many more! And happy International Open Access Week October 24-30!

Advanced Powerpoint Training – 10/6/16

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, October 6th from 12-1 in the Norris Library Computer Classroom. RSVP at https://uschsl.wufoo.com/forms/zraz6to03xokpw/.

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

Extended Hours in October

The library will have Extended Hours in October as follows:

Friday, September 30, 2016: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, October 7, 2016: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, October 14, 2016:  7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

No Extended Hours on 10/21 and 10/22 

Friday, October 28, 2016: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.