New Journal: Genome Medicine

The publisher BioMed Central has just launched a new journal publishing research articles, opinion pieces, analysis and reviews in the broadly defined area of genomic medicine. BioMed Central's blog boasts that Genome Medicine has "content from the biggest names in the field" – we're excited to see an article by Aislyn Wist, Seth Berger and Ravi Iyengar from Mount Sinai's Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics. It's called "Systems Pharmacology and Genome Medicine: a Future Perspective", and is well worth a look.

Even better, all of the articles in this journal are published as Open Access, using BioMed Central's publishing model that ensures rigorous peer review while providing free online access to the content. Another great journal, with no hefty price tag.


New: AAP Grand Rounds

AAPGrandRounds Pediatrics types will be interested in our new online resource, AAP Grand Rounds. From the American Association of Pediatrics, AAP Grand Rounds pulls relevant, methodologically sound pediatrics articles from 75 journals. Physicians then summarize and comment on the articles to help you stay abreast of the latest developments in the field. The current issue covers a wide range of topics ranging from maternal influenza vaccination to MRSA in bath water to pediatric injuries from golfballs and inflatable backyard bouncers. Past issues are of course fully searchable. We think of this resource as a pediatrics version of ACP Journal Club, which is also definitely worth a look if you're not familiar with it yet.

Getting Specific with PubMed

Ever get curious what your fellow Mount Sinai researchers are publishing? At the Library we like to keep track of what people are up to in their research by occasionally running a PubMed search for Mount Sinai authors. You can just type Sinai into the search box, of course, but that gives you all kinds of results, ranging from authors named Sinai to hemoglobin variants called Sinai. To narrow it down, try searching sinai[affl]; this will only return results with the word Sinai in the author affiliation field (tip: use sinai[affl] AND york[affl] to make sure you're not getting results from Cedars-Sinai in LA or Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto). Then, use the Limits tab to limit your results to recent articles – say 30 days. You can also use quotation marks and field tags to specify the exact number of days you're interested in – for example, a search for sinai[affl] AND york[affl] AND "last 7 days"[pdat] currently returns citations to 7 articles by Mount Sinai authors that have been published and added to PubMed in the past week.

To make all this even easier, just run the search once, then set up a MyNCBI account and save the search to have it rerun as often as you like, and get the results emailed to you. This can be a convenient way to keep up with what is being published by an author or institution, or in a particular journal or subject area.

And a reminder, always use the link to PubMed from the Levy Library's homepage – that way you can connect to full-text articles using our LinkOut and FindIt buttons!

Spring Library Class Schedule

The schedule of library classes for now through April has been posted. We've got lots of useful sessions about topics such as using EndNote and RefWorks, finding medical images and using them in PowerPoint presentations, and searching NCBI molecular biology databases. A couple of new classes are also available – one to get you acquainted with the new changes to PubMed (hint: lots more changes are coming) and one to get you started with using Ensembl, the UCSC Genome Browser and the NCBI Map Viewer to browse your favorite chromosomes, whether they be in dog, chicken, honeybee or J. Craig Venter (more typical model organisms also available).

Check the schedule and register for classes online, or contact us with a suggestion for a class you'd like to see!

World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics

Bild_klein The library now offers online access to the highly regarded book series World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The volumes in this series feature thorough reviews on a wide range of nutrition and dietetics topics.  According to the publisher: “Since the first volume appeared in 1959, the series has earned repeated praise for the quality of its scholarship and the reputation of its authors.” 

Recent volumes in the series have included:

  • Volume 99, 2009: Omega-3 Fatty Acids, the Brain and Retina
  • Volume 98, 2008: Nutrition and Fitness: Cultural, Genetic and Metabolic Aspects
  • Volume 97, 2007: More on Mediterranean Diets
  • Volume 96, 2007: Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease

Access this book series online from the Library’s list of E-Journals

New: Wiley Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials

The Levy Library now provides online access to the Wiley Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials, a frequently requested resource that contains a wide range of information about designing, implementing and analyzing clinical trials. Take a look at it for topics including statistics, ethics, regulatory issues, data management methodologies and more.

You may have used the print version before – if so, please note that the online version looks more like a database and less like a book; i.e., there is no traditional Table of Contents or page numbers. Instead, you can use the links on the upper right of the page to Browse by topic or title, or to search for something specific.

ACP Medicine and ACS Surgery are back!

After a few days of problems, our access to ACP Medicine and ACS Surgery has been restored. If you haven't used these resources before, take a look – ACP Medicine is an extensive, continually updated reference that contains articles reviewing a broad swath of topics in general internal medicine. ACS Surgery contains up-to-date articles on aspects of surgery from preoperative to postoperative care. Both include a "Weekly Curriculm" feature with review questions and explanations to keep your knowledge current. We believe all connectivity issues with these resources have been solved, but as always please let us know if you run into any problems using them.

Heads Up for SciFinder Scholar 2006 Users – Time to Upgrade!

If you are still using SciFinder Scholar 2006 for Windows or SciFinder Scholar 2006 for Mac OS X, it's time to upgrade.  As of January 30, these versions of SciFinder Scholar will be discontinuedInstall the most current version, SciFinder Scholar 2007, before the end of this month. 

Keep in mind, SciFinder Scholar is available on-campus only.

If you haven't used SciFinder Scholar, you might want to check out this excellent chemistry research tool.  Search for journal references in the Chemical Abstracts Service reference database, and find substance & reaction information in the CAS substance database, the CASREACT database, and the SciFinder Substructure Module, which can be searched by substance identifier, chemical structure, and chemical reaction.


Journals Get Less Journal-y

Journals As journals continue to become more entrenched in the online world, publishers are moving beyond simply posting PDFs of print articles on their websites. Some journals are adding significant capabilities, some are completely revamping their publishing models.

For one way publishers are taking advantage of the possibilities of the web, look at the Journal of Cell Biology. JCB recently announced their new DataViewer, an application that lets you move beyond familiar still photographs in articles and actually interact with microscope images and data from gel documentation systems. Authors upload their original data, readers can examine it to their hearts' content.

The British Medical Journal already changed when and how it publishes its articles, and now it's going even further by publishing full articles online and printing only an "extended abstract" version (they call it BMJpico) in the paper copy. And for some time now, BMJ along with other journals like Science, Nature and the New England Journal of Medicince have offered bells and whistles like videos and podcasts on their sites (some even have YouTube channels). As time goes on, journal are starting to look less and less like the static collections of articles we're used to. What will this mean for your science?

Problems with ACP Medicine and ACS Surgery

Due to technical problems at the ACP and ACS, ACP Medicine and ACS Surgery are displaying a user login screen to Mount Sinai patrons trying to access them. This is an error and is preventing us from accessing these resources, both on and off campus. The problem is affecting many libraries and we're assured that they are working to fix it. In the meantime we're unable to access ACP Medicine and ACS Surgery. If you are having difficulty locating information you need, please contact us and we will suggest alternate resources.

Note: as far as we know, ACP Journal Club, which is on a different platform, is still working fine both on and off campus. Please let us know if you have any problems accessing ACP Journal Club or other resources.