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 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 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

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:

If you attended the session and would like to share your thoughts or request a similar session, fill out our survey:

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

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

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.

Technology Lunch Session: Deep Impact! Maximizing your Research Impact 9/27/2016

Join the Norris Medical Library on Sept 27th for the Tech Lunch Series session Deep Impact! Maximizing your Research Impact.

We like to think that the research cycle typically ends with dissemination of your findings, but what about tracking and sharing the impact of your research? How can you make sure your work and your identity don’t disappear in the deep web? Grab some free pizza and bottled water and learn about online tools that will help you generate citation counts, track altmetrics, and carve out an individual online presence through unique identifiers and author profiles. Join us on this meta-journey on Tuesday, September 27th from 12pm-1pm in the Norris Medical Library West Conference Room. No RSVP required—just come by!

What is the Tech Lunch Series? These hour-long, lunchtime sessions are offered in-person at the Norris Library every month during the academic year. Join us to enjoy free pizza and learn about a new technology that you can use in academic or clinical work. The 2016-2017 series will focus on Scholarly Communication topics such as: tracking the impact of your research; Open Access publishing; data management; creating effective posters; copyright; and more!

Norris Medical Library screening of LOST ANGELS: Skid Row Is My Home


The Norris Medical Library will be hosting a free movie screening of LOST ANGELS: Skid Row is My Home. This documentary takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals, people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness.

This film screening will take place at two locations!

Main location: Aresty Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus, Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower, map (In-N-Out)

Live stream to: Century Club Lecture Hall / University Park Campus, USC Dental School, map (pizza, cookies, bottled water)

Pre-film tabling event including both USC and community groups (Aresty location only).

  • Introduction by: Earl C. Paysinger, USC Vice President of Civic Engagement
  • Special Guest: Albert ‘Bam Bam’ Olson
  • Post-film discussion panel:
    • Santosh Sundaresan, BDS, DDS – Chair, Section of Community Dentistry Programs, Director USC Mobile Dental Clinic, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
    • Roee Astor – Los Angeles Schweitzer, Third-Year Medical Student, USC Keck School of Medicine
    • Olivia Grant – Co-President Homeless Outreach Partnership for Education and Empowerment (HOPE2); MD Candidate 2019, USC Keck School of Medicine
    • Celina Alvarez – Executive Director, Housing Works
    • Vikki Vickers – Community Advocate, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Featuring photography by: Arthur Cortez
  • Food drive: donations accepted at both locations on 9/21/16. See acceptable items and other drop off points by clicking the tinyurl link below.

Reservations required. RSVP and more details @:

Questions about this event may be sent to