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Libraries Transform

Word of the Day
Guttersnipe: a young vagabond
or outcast.

Medical Term of the Day
Artificial larynx:
an electromechanical device that
enables a laryngectomized person
to speak. When it is placed against
the region of the laryngectomy a
buzzing sound is produced, which
is converted into simulated speech
by movements of the organs of
articulation (lips, tongue, glottis).

Frankenstein Online Exhibit (click here)
One June night in 1816, 18-year old
Mary Shelley awoke with a story
that drew on medical and
science developments at the time.
She sewed her life into her story,
which continues to be alive. It's ALIVE! 

- Exhibit Courtesy of the 
National Library of Medicine

Weekly Brainteaser
Attention and Working Memory: 
Visual Illusion #9


Locations and Policies

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(or via Teams chat to Cat)
Ontario Campus: Suite 300. Contact: Karen
Phoenix Campus: Suite L100. Contact:
Library Policies

About the Smith Library

Digital Holdings:
E-Journals (Academic 
OneFile: Journal Database)​
Over 60 E-books (ProQuest Database)​

Physical Holdings:

Over 600 textbooks, DVDs and CDs​

Anatomical Models

Registry Review Materials: ARDMS, RDCS, RVT, ARRT (MR)

Wi-Fi, ​Computers​, Overhead Projector & Screen, Whiteboard
Copying, Color Printing​, Common/Shared Supplies
Intralibrary Loan Between Branches

Research Assistance

Want to become a Friend of the Library?

Due to COVID-19 precautions and until further notice, all physical library branches are closed. Please utilize the digital resources here on LibGuides.

Please welcome our Fall intern, Carla Hernandez! Carla is a fourth semester MMLIS student at USC. Welcome, Carla!

Although the library doesn't have a door to decorate this year, we've sprinkled the front page with more orange and purple 'treats' (RSS and podcast icons) for some Halloween fun, as well as added in video icons. And because everyone is home and cooking with family, and libraries are known for building communities through creating family recipe exchanges (along with potlucks, cookbooks and bake sales), here is a meringue-free and moldless recipe to make sugar skulls. Send snaps of your creations to for posting!

Important Dates and Deadlines

Grant Deadline 10/29/20: As of October 19, only two people have signed up for this and we need 38 others to please complete the following step-by-step career videos so WCUI can obtain a mini-grant from Google and the American Library Association: 1) Create a Resume, 2) Write a Cover Letter, 3) Ask Someone to Be Your Reference, and 4) Introduce Yourself to Potential Employers. To complete any or all of these, go to Click "Sign in" at the top right. Sign in with your Google account, or create a new one (you must have a Google account). Click "I am a student", then click "Join a class" and enter class code 32d3s8. Thank you!

11/18/20: Black Panther, Army veteran, educator and storyteller, Michael D. McCarty, will lead an African American poetry reading and discussion via live webinar from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., to honor the Library of America initiative called 'Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters'. Dialogs will center around family and community/community service. Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Emerson Collective. These events are free and open to the public - please help spread the word. Watch here for the link for the 11/18/20 event. 



Get prepared for emergencies: visit the MedlinePlus Disaster and Emergency Topics website to prepare for fires, heat waves, air pollution, earthquakes, mudslides, flooding and anything else compounding 2020.



When it comes to voting, 18-24 year olds are the lowest represented age group*. The California Easy Voter Guide is now online to help you easily understand everything when it comes to voting, and the State Propositions on the ballot. For Phoenix, visit the Voting Guide to see what and who is on your ballot. Ballot drop-boxes are located at all City of Los Angeles Public Libraries. You can also visit USA.GOV or these links: Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Maricopa County. In Los Angeles: all registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot and a list of vote-by-mail drop box locations, which will be mailed out beginning October 5 (to request multilingual materials, call 800.815.2666, option 3). General Election Day is 11/3/20: polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Vote-by-mail ballots must be turned in at a polling place by 8 p.m. or postmarked on or before 11/3/20. In both California and Arizona, employees are eligible for paid time off to vote if they don't have sufficient time outside working hours to vote (California FAQ and Arizona FAQ). Party-neutral candidate guides, and guides with ballot measures' descriptions (including costs, policy implications and pros and cons) are available in multiple languages at your local League of Women Voters (Los Angeles, Ontario, Phoenix).

11/11/20: Veteran's Day (holiday).

Smith Library is a member of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) (5/7/20).

Welcome to the Smith Library

Student Research Projects (SRP)


  • Pick a topic that you feel passionate about - this will drive your desire to want to learn more about it.
  • All resources used must be within the last five years so your research is recent.
  • Check 'Peer-Reviewed' - these articles have been reviewed by other experts in the field.

Articles  |  Books  |  Websites  |  Other Library Databases  |  Citing  |  Pecha Kucha PowerPoint

Articles from Journals (68)

Journals look like magazines. They are also called periodicals because they are published 'periodically' :

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Books/E-Books (30)

Use your textbook - it counts as a resource and you have the most current edition published.

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Websites (92)

Support your topic with associated statistics: age, race, rural/urban, household size, income, education, etc. (available at

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Other Library Databases

Other Library Databases - Get online access 24/7 with a library card:
The Southern California Library Cooperative includes Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica and pretty much every public library system in LA proper (each of the aforementioned libraries require separate cards).

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Always give credit where credit is due and avoid plagiarism by citing your sources. WCUI utilizes the APA 7th edition method of citing resources. The best place to access how to write citations is at Purdue OWL (navigate the left column for the type of resource you need to format the citation as). For more information on copyright compliance, visit The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance (2008).

For the References page, place the references in alphabetical order by the creator's last name, in the format already started for you in the paper. If there is one, always conclude your citation with the doi number - the digital object identifier is a persistent link in digital environments.

Do not photocopy and or distribute electronically copyrighted works to fellow students or other persons outside of WCUI for personal use or profit. Resources are provided for academic learning and completion of classroom requirements only.

  • Citing within your research paper/PowerPoint deck:
    • If you paraphrase what the author said, just follow the paraphrased material with (Author last name, year of publication):
      According to the author, the instance didn't apply (Jones, 2020).
    • If you quote the exact words of the author, follow this format:
      According to Jones (2020), "Students often had difficulty using APA style" (p. 199).
  • Using citation generators:
    • Make sure that "APA - 7th edition" is selected so the proper format is returned.
    • Some resources have "cite" in the upper right-hand corner or a little graphic of quotation marks, and you can copy and paste the citation into your paper (making sure they're in alphabetical order on the References page).
    • creates a quick bibliography since you only need three resources for WCUI's three-paged papers, or you can download Zotero to track research.
  • Article (journal) format - italicize the name and volume number only (before the parenthesis) of the journal, then list the page numbers and doi (data object identifier) URL:
    Smith, J.J., Jones, S.S., & Clark, W.Y. (2020). Capitalize the first letter of the title after each punctuation symbol: Italicize the journal and volume number. This Is The Journal, 15(5)1-21. https://10.10.37/002/7975.7.2.001 (no period)
    Hoffman, R. A. (1983). Grade inflation and student evaluations of college courses. Educational and Psychological Research, 3(3), 51–160.
  • Book format - italicize the title:
    Author, A.A. & Author, B.B. (Publication year). Title of work: Capital letter only for first word and anything after a colon (edition). Publisher's City, State: Publisher Name.
    Calfee, R.C. & Valencia, R.R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Website article format - italicize the title:
    • Author, A.A. & Author, B.B. (Publication year). Title of work: Capital letter only for the first word and any first word after a colon. Retrieved from http:
      Goo, J. (June 28, 2012). Medicine net. Foot pain. Retrieved from
  • Photo/Image:
    • -In- the paper/PowerPoint deck: 
      Tables, figures, graphs, etc. are formatted in the appendix after References as follows, with the following information on top of the figure (one per page, labelled Appendix A, B, C, etc.):
      Figure 1
      This is the description of the figure with no period and this block goes at the top of the figure
      Number your figures sequentially throughout the paper/presentation. Type the words "Adapted from", then the title of the image, the creator of the image, the location of the image, and any URL for the image.
    • Reference page format
      Photographer, F.M. (Photographer). (Year, Month Date of Publication). Title of Photograph [digital image]. Retrieved from URL
      O’Shea, P. (Photographer). (2010, August 29). Rescued hedgehog [digital image]. Retrieved from
  • Video:
    • Company or Person Who Owns the Rights (Producer). (2020). Italicize the title [YouTube video]. Available from
  • Podcast/RSS:
    • Last Name, FirstInitial. (Producer). (2020, January 1). Italicize the title [Audio podcast/RSS]. Retrieved from

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Pecha Kucha Presentation - 20 slides at 20 seconds each = 6 minutes and 40 seconds, which allows for 3:20 of questions for a 10-minute talk

Pecha Kucha uses storytelling instead of bullets in a PowerPoint deck. Each slide receives 20 seconds of presentation (under Transitions, Duration) to keep the story moving, and focuses the audience's attention on actively listening to information and the speaker, rather than the utilization of PowerPoint as a teleprompter/reading of slides. This works great for student research projects, and business presentations for clients. Look on YouTube for Pecha Kucha examples, make an outline, then practice, because 20 seconds goes by quickly and you need to know your information. Under each image in your PowerPoint deck, be sure to cite the source in order to give credit to the author, and also list it on your References page:
Artist last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year Published). Title of image [Format]. Retrieved from

"PowerPoint Makes You Stupid. Here are three smarter alternatives." (G. James,, 2/3/20)

*Medical Subject Headings (MESH) for PubMed

Acute Disease
Aortic Disease  
Arterial Occlusive Disease  
Breast Disease 
Carcinoid Heart Disease   
Cardiovascular Disease:

-Diagnostic Use  
-Prevention and Control  

Carotid Artery Disease
Cerebral Small Vessel Disease   
Cerebrovascular Disorders 
Chronic Disease
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Disease
Diabetic Angiopathies
Diabetic Nephropathies
Digestive System Disease
Drug-Induced Liver Injury
Gallbladder Disease
Heart Disease 
Heart Valve Disease
​Hepatitis D
Inflammatory Bowel Disease 
Intracranial Arterial Disease
​International Classification of Disease
Kidney Disease 
Liver Disease  
Liver Disease, Alcoholic  
Liver Disease, Parasitic

Metabolic Disease   
Myocardial Ischemia   
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease 
National Institute of Arteritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
OCC. Disease Congenital Hereditary, Neonatal Disease Abnormalities  
Pancreatic Disease  
Pelvic Floor Disorders  
Peripheral Arterial Disease 
Polycystic Kidney Disease
Pulmonary Heart Disease
Renal Inflammatory, Chronic   
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic   
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Spinal Cord, Vascular 
Splenic Disease
Vascular Disease
Thalamic Disease


BL Blood 
CI Chemically Induced 
CF Cerebrospinal Fluid 
CL Classification 
CO Complications 
DH Diet Therapy 
DI Diagnosis 
DT Drug Therapy  
ED Economics 
EH Ethnology 
EM Embryology
EN Enzymology
EP Epidemiology 
ET Etiology 
GE Genetics 
HI History 
IM Immunology 
ME Metabolism 
MI Microbiology 
MO Metabolism 
NU Nursing 
PA Pathology 
PC Prevention and Control 
PP Physiopathology 
PS Parasitology 
PX Psychology 
RA Radiography 
RH Rehabilitation 
RI Radionuclide Imaging 
RT Radiotherapy 
SU Surgery 
TH Therapy 
UR Urine 
US Ultrasonography 
VE Veterinary 
VI Virology 

Copyright Resources and Licensing

Title 17 of United States Code, Section 106 describes what owners can do (their rights) with their copyrighted work:

  • reproduce it (hence the term copyright - they have the right to make a copy),
  • prepare derivative works (adaptations), distribute copies (for sale to public/publication),
  • publicly perform or display their works (e.g., digital audio transmission), and
  • transfer or authorize others to exercise any of these rights. 

Title 17 of United States Code, Section 107 speaks about fair use factors, which considers the purpose (non-profit education), nature, amount (and substantiality of portion used) and effect (on potential market or value) of the use of a copyrighted work under fair use. For additional information, visit the U.S. Copyright Office.

Licensing is the permission to share and use a creative work under the conditions that the creator or publisher determines.

Open access: Online resources which are free and unrestricted from cost and other access barriers, with varying levels of accessibility (green, gold, hybrid) (Wikipedia)

Creative Commons: Allows creators options of how they want to apply their work:

  • 0: Public domain. Others may copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. Included categories: Published by U.S. Government, published prior to 1923, published between 1923 an 1963 without copyright notice or published with copyright notice on work and not renewed.
  • BY: Attribution. Others may copy, distribute, display, and perform the copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give credit the way the creator requested.
  • NC: Noncommercial. Others may copy, distribute, display, and perform the copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but for noncommercial purposes only.
  • ND: No Derivative Works. Others may copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of the copyrighted work, not derivative works based upon it.
  • SA: Share Alike. Others may distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs the copyrighted work (e.g.,  educational purposes).

Mindfulness and Self-Care

COVID-19 has brought another level of stress to being a student. If you've reached your tipping point and need to slow your roll, here are some resources:

Keep a gratitude journal.
Treat yourself with kindness.
Be non-judging.
Appreciate yourself: make a list of 10 things that you like about yourself.
 - From Self Compassion by Kristin Neff

Do 10-15 minutes a day, every day:
Meditation (breathing, body scan, and loving kindness in English and Spanish)
Breathe (video)
Body Scan (video)
Loving Kindness (video)
Tai Chi (video)
Yoga (free, 6-week online course)
Coloring (13 free printable mindfulness coloring sheets)
Mindful Eating (eating exercises and tips)
Walking Meditation (kinhin) (an audio file to guide the meditation)
Do chores mindfully: be present
Pay attention, especially to your senses
Say no sometimes in order to take care of yourself
Get outside: forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku), garden
Make a list of things that you are thankful for daily
Be aware of your thoughts and feelings in tough situations: prepare ahead
Listen to those around you – really listen
 - From 'Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure (ALA Member Exclusive)' by Richard Moniz and Martin House 

Try these breath meditations, body scans, loving kindness, and mindfulness meditations.


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Copyrights and Plagiarism

Copyright defines an economic opportunity for the author of a creative work (i.e., people make a living creating works). Copyright information is found on the title page of a book, in the header or footer of an article, and in the footer of a website.

Plagiarism is the absence of a citation of the author that you are using in your research paper (i.e., taking credit for someone's creative work). To avoid plagiarism, cite your work using examples provided in the APA paper.

Here is a helpful video to watch: Copyright on Campus Video (Copyright Clearance Center, 2020).

Additional information on types of licensing is located at the bottom of this page under Copyright Resources and Licensing.


Finding Relevant Material

Internet Researching Process

- Look at the author's credentials for legitimacy of the source (usually under About Us). Can you verify information from other resources or a government site?

- What is the copyright date? (scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the date next to the © symbol)

- Is the depth and breadth of the information coverage adequate?

- How biased is the information?

- Sensible decisions are grounded in fact and not influenced by fear, unrelated beliefs, unwarranted enthusiasm, or knee-jerk emotional reactions (Hoffman & LaBonte, 2012).

- Look for: Currency, Reliability, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose (CSUC Method)

Writing: Outlining and Prewriting

Outlining: Start by outlining your thoughts (Harvard's The Writing Center).

Prewriting: Easy-to-implement strategies (University of Kansas).

Prewriting and Outlining: Tips for finding your groove (University of Maryland)

Put It In Your Own Words

Citation Generators

Presentation Expectations

- Name of pathology
- Other names known as
- Etiologies
- Clinical signs and symptoms
- Description of Exam (Patient position, transducer, overview of protocol)
- Ultrasound Appearance
- Differential Diagnosis
- Explanation of items on presentation board
- Brief Question and Answer
- List of references used (4 per person: 4 on a team = 16 references in the paper's References section)

Current Textbooks

Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease Foundations for the Health Professional, 2 e. (AP 1/101, 2/102, 3/103)

The Art of Leadership, 5 e. (ETH 301)

Beginning Algebra, 5 e. (ALG 101/301)

Critical Care Ultrasonography, 2 e. (PB 301)

Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques, 9 e. (VN 1-5)

Digital Radiography and PACS, 3 e. (FMIS 101/101L/102/103/104/105)

Drug Calculations, 11 e. (VN 1-5)

Echocardiography (Feigenbaum), 8 e. (CAR 221/222)

Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease, 1 e. (CAR 301)

Echocardiography in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease: From Fetus to Adult, 2 e. (PED ECHO)

Electrocardiography for Healthcare Professionals, 5 e. (CAR 220)

Essentials of Medical Language, 3 e. (MT 101/301)

Essentials of Biology, 5 e. (BIO 301)

Essentials of Understanding Psychology, 13 e. (PSY 301)

Ethical & Legal Issues for Imaging Professionals, 2 e. (FMIS 101/101L/102/103/104/105)

Foundations and Adult Health Nursing, 8 e. (VN 1-5)

Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, 3 e. (MSK 301)

Handbook of MRI Scanning, 1 e. (MPHY 101)

HESI Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN, 5 e. (VN 1-5)

The Human Body in Health and Disease, 14 e. (VN 1-5)

The Human Heart, 2 e. (CAR 221/222)

Illustrated Field Guide to Congenital Heart Disease and Repair, 3 e. (PED ECHO)

Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease, 1 e. (ACP 301)

Intro. to Radiologic & Imaging Sciences & Patient Care, 7 e. (FMIS 101/101L/102/103/104/105)

Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 8 e. (VN 1-5)

Mosby’s Drug Guide for Nurses, 13 e. (VN 1-5)

MRI In Practice, 5 e. (MPHYS 101)

MRI of the Whole Body: An Illustrated Guide for Common Pathologies, 1 e. (FMIS 101/101L/102/103/104/105)

The Only EKG Book You’ll Ever Need, 9 e. (FMIS 101/101L/102/103/104/105)

Pathology: The Big Picture, 1 e. (PATH 301)

Physics of Everyday Phenomena, 9 e. (PHY 301)

Revel for Art History, 7 e. (ART 301)

Saunder’s Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN, 7 e. (VN 1-5)

Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals, 4 e. (MXAN 201)
Sectional Anatomy for Img. Prof. Workbook, 4 e. (MXAN 201)

Sonography of Extremities Techniques and Protocols, 4 e. (MSK 301)
Sonography Principles and Instruments, 10 e. (PHY 201)

Textbook of Diagnostic Ultrasonography, 8 e. (OBG/ABD 211)
Textbook of Diagnostic Ultrasonography Workbook, 8 e. (OBG/ABD 211)

Vascular Reference Guide, 1 e. (VAS 201)
Vascular Reference Guide Workbook (VAS 201)

The Vascular System, 2 e. (VAS 202)
The Vascular System Workbook, 2 e. (VAS 202)

Workplace Communications (OCOM/WCOM 101)