New Norris Library Website Launches 7/13/2015

We’re excited to annouce the release of our newly redesigned website! In addition to a new look and feel, the new website offers the following features that will improve research and learning for the USC health sciences community.

  • Easy access to popular services and resources, such as group room reservation, UpToDate, and more.
  • Tabbed search to help you find articles, journals, books and more.
  • Event calendar and news to keep you updated on new events, resources, workshops, etc.
  • Quick access to selected resources for students, clinicians, instructors, nurses and researchers.
  • Instant assistance through chatting online with a librarian. (M-F, 9-5)
  • Quick access to general hours, extended hours and holiday hours.
  • More accessible via smart phones, tablets and computers.

The image below is a summary of features on our new website. To compare the old website with the new website, click this link.

The new design adapts to different sizes of devices to provide mobile-friendly interfaces.

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Saying Goodbye to the Old Print System

The Norris Medical Library initiated a new printing system in February 2015.  At that time, we continued to allow use of the old BLUE print cards so you had the opportunity to use up the value on those cards.  As indicated then, we will completely stop use of the old BLUE cards as of June 30, 2015.  From July 1, only USCards and the new Print/Copy cards may be used, and the BLUE cards will no longer function nor have any value.

Notice to Google Scholar Users

Google Scholar users will not be seeing links to USC online journals for a few more days. Google has informed the University that the issue has been resolved, but the links will not appear again until Tuesday, November 25 or Wednesday, November 26.

Tech Lunch to Focus on Managing Your Online Personal Brand

Hiring committees, potential research collaborators and your colleagues are using search engines to find information about you online. What are they finding? Does the information they collect really reflect who you are? Get tips on selecting social media networks in which to participate, learn how to take control of what you share and take steps to ensure that your online presence accurately reflects the real you. Come to the Norris Medical Library’s Tech Lunch on “Personal Brand Management Online” on Thursday, October 30th from Noon – 1:00 pm in the West Conference Room.  As always, we’ll provide pizza and water to all attendees. Continue reading

PubMed Workshop Sept 4! Maximize Your Potential and Minimize Your Frustrations!

pubmed3Do 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 Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Learn more about:

  • Searching PubMed with added efficiency
  • Strategies for keeping current
  • Using MyNCBI to organize searches/results
  • New features added in 2014

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

Registration is required. Register by filling out the Workshop Registration Form.

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UpToDate® Introduces Enhanced Search Results and Improved User Interface

UpToDate logo 2014UpToDate has redesigned the user interface to put key features like Drug Interactions and Practice Changing UpDates on every page.
Enhancements that improve search and usability include:
•    Links to the sections and graphics within a topic that are most likely to answer your clinical question
•    Customizability allows you to collapse the search results to see more results per page; this setting will be saved if you are logged in
•    The topic outline continues to provide a comprehensive overview of all topic sections and graphics
•    Find in Topic now displays your search term immediately upon opening
•    Improved user interface facilitates navigation by grouping items together in sections in the header and footer

Learn more about the enhanced search results and updated user interface:

Watch a brief video demonstrating the changes or view a full description.

PubMed! Maximize Your Potential and Minimize Your Frustrations!

pubmed3Do 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 Monday, March 24 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Learn more about:

  • Searching PubMed with added efficiency
  • Strategies for keeping current
  • Using MyNCBI to organize searches/results
  • New features added in 2013

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

Registration is required. Register by filling out the Workshop Registration Form.