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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 transparent.

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 Resources (CCR).

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 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 restricted-access resource.

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 Updated

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 Core.

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

SciFinder Scholar Now Available.

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 including:

  • journal articles and patents together in one source
  • substance data
  • chemical reactions
  • chemical regulatory data
  • chemical suppliers
  • biomedical literature
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 simultaneously.

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 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.

REPROTOX. The 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.

E-Journal Webpage 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 at USC.)

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 at 733-3361.

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 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 Resource Center.

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 program.

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:

  • 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 directory
  • Health news articles from US and other newspapers
  • Hundreds of health-related pamphlets;
  • Links to a carefully-selected core of health/medical web sites.
To access the database, go to the Databases area of the Library web page.

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.

STAT!Ref is 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.

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, and click on the "New Books" link.