Google Docs Now Accepting All Kinds of Files

Looking for a way to access your files from anywhere? Now Google Docs is accepting any kind of file, not just the .doc, .pdf, images, .xls and .ppt files like before.  Now you can upload any file type, up to 250 MB in size and store it in Google Docs.  So for all of us who have left our flash drive with a term paper on it in a computer somewhere, this offers a much easier option. And with Docs’ sharing capabilities, you can share that zipped folder with lots of people easier than trying to email them all the attachments. The 1 GB limit is more than enough for most people, but if you must have more, Google is offering additional space at the cost of 25 cents per GB.

If you don’t already have a Google or Google Docs account, get one here.


Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

The CDC has moved their continuing education course, Health Literacy for Information Professionals, online. This course is accredited as  Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation and is worth 1.0 credit hours. For more information or to access the course, please visit:

Mobile Medline Plus: Consumer Health Information Wherever You Are

The National Library of Medicine is announcing the release of a mobile version of its Consumer Health Information encyclopedia, Medline Plus. Check drug side effects while the pharmacist fills your prescription, find out if your child’s symptoms are the flu or just a cold, make the most of your next appointment with your doctor by finding good questions to ask and find many more health related tips all on your iPhone, Blackberry or web-enabled phone. Native Spanish speaker? There is a mobile MedlinePlus for you too.

Cost of Textbooks Got You Down?

We know textbook costs are too high for many students. We were students once too, and not that long ago either. USF Library is here to help. Many courses place their textbooks on course reserves and are available for in-library borrowing; stop by the circulation desk to see if your class has their books on reserve.

Also, the required books for many classes are available in our general collection for borrowing. Check the USF Library Catalog for your book.

Do we not have your book here? We can find it in another library and have it sent here for you to borrow. Check the I-Share catalog to see if it’s available in another library in Illinois. If that still doesn’t work, check WorldCat for libraries nationwide who will lend your book.

Found a cheaper version of your book, but it’s a past edition? In many cases the only changes between editions are formatting changes, like a new picture on the cover or a new introduction to the book. USF Librarians can check publishers’ websites to see if an older edition has the same content as the newer required edition or whether there has been content changes which require the newer book.

Have other questions about your required materials for class? Speak with a reference librarian and get the answers!