Library News - 2001
New Remote Access Procedures
The USC School of Medicine Library provides online access to
a number of databases, electronic journals, and electronic books.
The usage agreements for these products require that we limit
access to USC SOM-affiliated users only. This is not a problem
for people using workstations physically connected to the SOM
network but many legitimate SOM users would like to be able
to use these resources from the Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital
campus, from home, or on the road.
To date, the only remote access option we could offer was
the Virtual Private Network service. While this service has
worked for people from home, it has not been a viable solution
for our faculty and students at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital
who work in buildings that are not on the SOM network. To resolve
this access problem, the Library has installed a proxy server
that will provide users with access to the restricted resources.
The proxy server works like this. When you use the Library's
web page and click on a restricted-access resource (MD Consult,
Harrison's Online, Science Direct, a particular e-journal, etc.),
the proxy server will check the address of your workstation.
If it sees that your workstation has a valid network address,
you will be allowed to proceed to the resource. This will be
If, however, it sees that your workstation has an invalid network
address, it will prompt you for a logon ID and password. At
this point, you simply type in your SOM network ID and password.
Once the proxy server has verified your SOM status, you will
be allowed to proceed to the resource. You will only be prompted
for this logon once per search session.
Your SOM network logon ID and password are the ones that you
use when you boot up your workstation and logon to the SOM network.
They were issued to you by the SOM Office of Computer and Communications
If you don't have a current SOM network logon ID and password
and want to use the proxy server to access the Library's restricted
resources from the PRMH campus, from home, or elsewhere, we
will set up a special proxy server account for you. Please contact
Soumitra Kayal, Systems Librarian, at 733-3321 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for such an account.
The target date for implementation of the new proxy server
is Monday, January 14, 2002. If you have been using the VPN
for remote access from your home, you will no longer need to
use that method as you will automatically be prompted for your
SOM network logon ID and password when you try and access a
We hope that this new service will provide increased access
to the Library's resources for our users on the PRMH campus,
many of whom have been denied such access for years due to the
firewalls in the PRMH network. We also think that the proxy
server will provide easier access than the VPN for our other
remote users. If you have any problems using this new access
method, please contact Soumitra Kayal.
Biomedical Links Redesigned and
The portion of this page that was titled "AWWSOM" has been
redesigned and renamed and is now called Biomedical Links. Rather
than try to maintain a lengthy categorized list of biomedical
websites we have redesigned the "Biomedical Sites" page to include
a comprehensive listing of web directories that will enable
you to quickly locate useful biomedical information. A listing
of medical schools and catalogs and a page linking to sites
with medical news is also included in this section.
NATURE Available Online
As of 1/7/02, NATURE is now available online for SOM users.
With the library's new online subscription, no username password
is required. However, only the journal NATURE is available per
our license agreement with the publisher. Please note that other
journals from the Nature Publishing group (such as Nature Medicine,
and Nature Genetics) are not available as they were previously,
with an introductory master username and password. Please go
the e-journals area of the Library web page
to access Nature.
Library Serving as SC BRIN Bioinformatics
The SOM Library is serving as the Bioinformatics Core for the
South Carolina Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SC
BRIN) initiative. The goal of the SC BRIN, funded with $6 million
from the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes
of Health, is to increase the NIH research capacity of the state.
The grant is part of an NIH program to develop research activity
in states that received less than $70 million in NIH grant funds
between 1995 and 1999. South Carolina was among 23 states and
Puerto Rico eligible for the BRIN program. For further information,
please visit the SC BRIN website at http://www.scidea.org/.
SciFinder Scholar Now
School of Medicine faculty and students will now have access
to SciFinder Scholar. SciFinder Scholar is a desktop research
tool for students and faculty that provides easy access to the
rich and diverse scientific information offered by the Chemical
Abstracts Service databases from the American Chemical Society.
SciFinder Scholar is today's leader in providing the most accurate
and comprehensive chemical and related scientific information
SciFinder Scholar allows you to do several types of searches including
substructure searching, reaction searching, polymer searches,
biosequence searching, and searching Chemical Abstracts and MEDLINE
- journal articles and patents together in one source
- substance data
- chemical reactions
- chemical regulatory data
- chemical suppliers
- biomedical literature
SciFinder Scholar will be available for searching from the
public workstations on the first floor of the Library. In order
to use SciFinder Scholar from your personal desktop, it is necessary
to have software loaded on your computer's hard drive. If you
would like to use SciFinder Scholar from your personal computer,
please contact Soumitra Kayal, Systems Librarian, at 733-3321
or via email at email@example.com
to schedule a time for the software installation.
CAS has imposed some very stringent requirements for the license
for this product. SciFinder Scholar is limited to academic research
only and "research performed under a funding or consultant contract
with the intention of delivering results to a for-profit organization,
or patentability research" is prohibited. Use is restricted
to "current faculty or administrative staff or registered students
of USC." Those not on the USC payroll or registered as USC students
should not be allowed access to SciFinder Scholar.
If our subscription to SciFinder Scholar is cancelled, we must
"erase or otherwise destroy all copies of SciFinder Scholar
software and provide CAS with written certification of the destruction
within a two week period."
Each SciFinder Scholar user will be required to click through
the user agreement. It is very important that all users adhere
to all the requirements of the license.
The funding for SciFinder Scholar is coming primarily from
the USC College of Science and Mathematics. In order to continue
the subscription, funding for SciFinder Scholar must be identified
in July 2002.
Library now provides access to REPROTOX, a database that contains
information on the potentially harmful effects of environmental
exposure to chemicals and physical agents on human pregnancy,
reproduction, and development. Records retrieved provide you
with current information summaries and selected references about
the reproductive effects of prescription, over-the-counter,
and recreational drugs as well as industrial and environmental
chemicals. A link to REPROTOX is available on our Databases
page; a username and password are required for access.
Revamped. The Library is proud to announce that a new
E-Journal Interface will be launched Thursday,
September 6. Keyword and subject searching are now available.
Additional information includes USC print holdings information,
access restrictions, ISSN and title abbreviation. We hope that
the new features and additional information will be helpful
to all of our patrons.
Access to the E-Journal
webpage is still available on the Library homepage in the
upper left-hand corner. The increase in the quantity and use
of e-journals has necessitated the use of additional information
to speed access for patrons and library staff alike.
Select a desired title from a listing (after searching by keyword,
alphabetically, or by subject), and then click on the highlighted
title once again to access the journal. (The first click
on a title will take you to a full screen of title information,
including print information and if there is print available
You may need to scroll down on the main title screen to see
all data. This is especially important when a title's "Access
Restriction" is "fulltext available to all after a certain period
of time, from 1 month to 2 years" The exact period of time will
appear in the "Availability" note near the bottom of the screen.
When an access restriction states that SOM patrons will need
a username and password to access fulltext, call 733-3344 for
this information, and be sure to save the username and password
if this is a title which you will probably want to access online
again. (Library Staff will have access to a portion of the database
that contains this information, although the information does
not appear on the patron access screen.)
Please feel free to call with any problems or questions you
have concerning the new E-Journal page and its contents: Felicia
Yeh at 733-3355, Circulation at 733-3344, or Reference Assistance
Library Receives NEH Grant.
The School of Medicine Library has been awarded a grant
from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to conduct
a preservation needs assessment of the Library's rare book collection.
The grant was authored by Laura Kane, Head of Cataloging.
New School of Medicine Library
Logo for E-Journals on PubMed. Articles that appear
in journals for which our library has an electronic subscription
can now be easily spotted in your PubMed search results. After
doing your search, change your display to "Abstract." Look for
the garnet logo that reads "USC SOM Library." A click on the
logo will get you to the full-text of the article in question.
To make the logo appear, you need to start your search from
the PubMed link on the Library's web page. We've added a link
to PubMed from the top level of our web page under Electronic
Resources. The link on the Databases page is also available.
If you have bookmarked the standard PubMed URL and wish to
see our new online links, please edit the URL to this:
Please contact Felicia Yeh at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to access an article
which has our logo.
New Database -- AgeLine.
A searchable database of over 60,000 records, available free
from AARP. The database indexes English language books, journals
and magazines, research reports and policy papers. It includes
popular, professional and scholarly literature as well as reports
from academic, nonprofit and international organizations. The
database is updated every two months and is current from 1978
to present. You can link from our databases
web page or access directly at:
New Database -- Health and Wellness
The Library has added access to a new database on its databases
page. The database, Health and Wellness Resource Center is replacing
Health Reference Center-Academic, which is being phased out
of production by its publisher. Health & Wellness Center
is funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act
and administered by the South Carolina State Library's DISCUS
Health and Wellness Resource Center (HWRC) expands the amount
and type of health & medical sources available through DISCUS.
In addition to containing nearly all of the sources/information
currently in Health Reference Center-Academic, HWRC offers additional
information and sources as well. HWRC is appropriate for student
users through professionals.
Sources included in HWRC:
To access the database, go to the Databases
area of the Library web page.
- About 400 health/medical journals, 390+ with full-text;
195+ with images as well
- Health-related articles selected from many additional periodicals
- 12 medical reference sources, including a medical encyclopedia,
dictionary, drug & herb finder, and health organization
- Health news articles from US and other newspapers
- Hundreds of health-related pamphlets;
- Links to a carefully-selected core of health/medical web
Access to the Human Genome.
The DNA sequence of the Human Genome is now freely accessible
to all, for public or private use, from the National Center
for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The Center is a part of
the National Library of Medicine for the National Institutes
of Health. The web address for the Human Genome home page is:
The completion of a "working draft of the human genome -- an
important milestone in the Human Genome Project -- was announced
last June at a press conference at the White House and was published
in the February 15, 2001 issue of Nature.
a collection of 31 full-text electronic medical textbooks. Many
of these are reference texts such as AHFS, USP DI, the Merck
Manual, and Mosby's GenRx. Also included are several of the
"Currents" series and other textbooks covering most of the basic
sciences and medical specialties. You can search all sources
simultaneously (over 70,000 pages of medical text) or select
particular titles to search. The system has a user-friendly
search interface that allows you to combine terms with "And"
and "Or" and specify the proximity you desire for the terms
you are searching. You can easily link to the system from the
library's web page; click on Databases.
The training schedule
of the School of Medicine Library
Communications, the newsletter
of the Library.
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- Winter 1999 and its Electronic Journals Insert
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New Book List
One of the enhancements of our new online system,
SCarlit, is a constantly-updated list of books added to the
Library's collection. To access this list, go to the SCarlit
main page, http://muscls.musc.edu/ftlist
and click on the "New Books" link.