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Library News - 2003

Try out our new E-Journal access!


2157 of The School of Medicine's online journals are accessible through this new campus wide e-journal management system. To change the view on the TDNet page, you can select any campus, or select All.

Any patron can create a personal account that allows one to:

  • Receive weekly Table of Contents alerts by E-Mail
  • Check to select alerts by journal title or by keyword

Until TDNet's access is as complete as our current database, existing SOM E-Journal pages ( will be maintained.

Our TDNet database does contain 600 fulltext titles from the Gale Group's Infotrac Health and Wellness Center Academic Databases, which are not on our current E-Journal pages.

Please contact Felicia Yeh ( / 733-3355) if you have any questions.


OVID Changes

Full-text access in OVID Medline has changed. There will be MORE full-text access than ever before, even though many Journals@Ovid titles were cancelled for cost savings. A new product known as OVID OpenLinks provides access directly to an article in a publisher's websites.

This new enhancement to OVID makes the most of our library's full-text access to many other titles. Previously OVID users had access to over 50 Journal@Ovid titles. Now, users will have access to around 900 full text journals.

Evidence-Based Medicine Resources Page

The Library has added an Evidence-Based Medicine Resources web page to the web site. The link is located under "Electronic Resources." The Evidence-Based Medicine Resources page contains annotated links to databases, such as Ovid's EBM Reviews and the TRIP Database. There are also links to guidelines, clinical trials, online EBM tutorials, critical appraisal web sites, and EBM glossaries. The site may be accessed through the following URL:

Online Fulltext Access to 650+ Journals from Kluwer Publishers

We are pleased to announce that as of 1/8/03, all 650+ Kluwer e-journals are available to USC Columbia, including the School of Medicine. Of the 650 journals, 180+ are biomedically or psychologically related.

Many of these titles will be linkable through our PUBMED interface, as well as the School of Medicine's OVID Medline interface. This will bring our total of linked fulltext titles from PUBMED and OVID to over 1000 each.

Our school's access to these titles is part of a consortial agreement which essentially cost the library no additional funds -- a considerable accomplishment at a time when all departments must be reacting to the current stringent financial environment. Kluwer access was implemented through our participation in the EPSCor Science Information Group (ESIG), (in conjunction with the Alliance for Innovation in Scientific and Technical Information [AISTI]). EPSCor (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is an NSF project.

NLM Grant Awarded

We are pleased to announce that the USC School of Medicine Library is a key partner in a grant recently awarded to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital from the National Library of Medicine in the amount of $76,988 to create GeriatricWeb: a geriatric digital library. The grant is part of the National Library of Medicine's Internet Access to Digital Libraries grant program. The full announcement of all 52 grant recipients is available at

GeriatricWeb will be a Web portal of geriatric web materials and PDA internet resources, reviewed and indexed with Medical Subject Headings and given quality scores. The target audience will be clinicians.

The Principle Investigator on the grant is Dr. Ihab Hajjar, Palmetto Health Richland. Others named on the grant include Ruth Riley, Library Director; Sarah Gable, Associate Director; Victor Jenkinson, Systems Librarian; and Victor Hirth.

In addition to Palmetto Health Richland and the USC School of Medicine, the following organizations will also be involved in the grant: Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia; USC Winnsboro Primary Care Education Program, Winnsboro; USC Bennettsville Primary Education Program, Bennettsville; USC Kershaw Primary Care Education Program, Kershaw.

We are excited about this important collaboration between librarians at the School of Medicine and geriatricians at Palmetto Health Richland.

Medical Matrix

The Library has recently licensed access to Medical Matrix, a medical search engine and the largest peer-reviewed directory of medical sites on the Internet. This resource is a project of the American Medical Informatics Association's Internet Working Group. When searched, it retrieves peer reviewed clinical resources from over 6,000 annotated medical web sites selected by the Medical Matrix editorial board to provide health professionals with point-of-care information. Sites are reviewed by a team of physicians and medical librarians and ranked using a 5 star rating system. Quality, peer review, full content, multimedia features, and unrestricted access are emphasized in the rankings. To locate information you can search the descriptions and titles of the resources or you can browse by broad subject sections. The system is well maintained, links are checked continuously by an automated system so that your search results will link properly. From the USC School of Medicine Library home page, you can link to Medical Matrix by clicking on "Databases" in the Electronic Resources section or "Biomedical Sites" in the Biomedical Links section. You will be required to enter a username, password and e-mail address. This information is supplied to you by a link within the resource's descriptive paragraph.

Hurst's The Heart

The School of Medicine Library has added Hurst's The Heart to its collection of electronic textbooks. Known as "the definitive authority on cardiovascular health and disease and the anatomy of the heart," this online, interactive resource includes the full text of the 10th printed edition, and it is fully searchable and cross-referenced. It also includes links to MEDLINE abstracts, hyperlinked tables of contents, a daily medical news feature, full color images, drug information, case studies, etc., and is updated regularly.

To access Hurst's The Heart, click on the cardiology section of the Library's E-Textbooks page. Our subscription only allows 2 users to access this resource simultaneously, so please remember to click the "Logoff" button when you are finished searching.

Hands On Health - South Carolina

Hands on Health-South Carolina is a project designed to promote healthier citizens and healthier communities in the state. The primary vehicle of the project is the Hands on Health-SC web site that has been developed collaboratively by the Medical University of South Carolina Library working with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library, the South Carolina State Library and the South Carolina Hospital Association. It focuses on health issues of particular interest to South Carolinians and provides links to high quality websites that are easy to navigate and provide appropriate and useful information. The information is intended for the use of laypersons, not health professionals, and is presented in a format that people of all age groups, reading abilities and education levels will be able to comprehend. The Medical University of South Carolina Library received funding for the project from the Duke Endowment. The site may be accessed from the following URL:

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.