Remember to use the Library’s link to PubMed!

We know, most of you have heard this a million times. But we're always surprised at how many people don't know that if you follow the link to PubMed from the Levy Library homepage (or right here: http://eresources.library.mssm.edu:2048/login?url=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?holding=mssmlib&otool=mssmlib) you'll have better access to the full text of articles. Once you are looking at the record for an article, you might see a blue button:

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Click this button to go directly to the full text of the article.

You'll also see a yellow button:

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Clicking this button will search for a full text version of the article that Sinai people have access to (it finds more full text than the blue button). If there isn't an online version of the article available, you'll be able to search our Catalog for a print copy with one click, or easily order the article through Interlibrary Loan. There's more information about all of this here, and as always, you can also Ask a Librarian.

p.s. – every once in a while, for some reason, the blue and yellow buttons disappear. Yikes! But if you are in PubMed and don't see the buttons, just close the window (saving your searches to a MyNCBI account, if you like) then open PubMed again by following the link from our homepage. That usually fixes the problem!

Memorial Day Hours

Judging by the quietness of the Library this morning, a lot of you are definitely taking advantage of the long weekend. But for those of you who are still around and looking to get some research or studying done, the Library will be open Monday, Memorial Day, from 9 am until 4:50 pm. The Media Resource Center will be closed and the Interlibrary Loan and Reference Librarians will be away, so computer, ILL and research questions will have to wait until Tuesday, but you are welcome to come study, use computers, check out books, etc. We'll be open regular hours on the weekend and again starting Tuesday.

More Computers!

Construction of the new classrooms in the Library is nearly complete, and we have opened one of them to make the computers in it available. Thanks for bearing with us during the days when we only had the computers downstairs in the MRC! The computers are shiny and new and packed with useful programs for you, so please enjoy them, and please respect the food and drink policy: no food or drink of any kind in the computer classroom (drinks in covered containers are allowed in the rest of the library). This is for everyone's benefit in avoiding those dreaded "out of order" signs and we are checking, so please don't make us put on our mean librarian hats (glasses?).

Play Ball!

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It's spring and baseball season is upon us once more. (Go Mets!)  It is a time when thousands of average people dig out their cleats, grab their glove and head for the field.  For years, Mount Sinai has supported teams and entire leagues in a variety of sports, from bowling to basketball, but baseball (and softball) are the two that are still around.  This photo shows a Mount Sinai sponsored baseball team.  We have no information about this image except what can be inferred from the picture itself, but that can supply a few choice details.  Such as: this was probably taken in the 1940s, as evidenced by the man in the suit in the middle, Joseph Turner, MD, the Director of The Mount Sinai Hospital until 1948.  Which leads to another interesting fact: it took major league baseball until 1947 to allow an African-American player to join (Jackie Robinson, of course).   Mount Sinai seems to have reached that milestone sooner than that, truly reflecting the diversity of its staff.  Play ball!

USMLE and Board Review Resources

USMLE-logo If you are one of the many students or residents who will be taking a USMLE or Board Certification exam this year, be sure to take a look at the library's USMLE study resources.  We provide a variety of review aids including question banks and quizzes like ExamMaster Online and USMLEasyLite, and online review books like the Lange Basic Science series, First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, First Aid for the USMLE Step 2, and First Aid for the USMLE Step 3.  And, if you haven't checked out WikiTestPrep, a popular question bank for Step 1 and Step 2 authored by our very own Mount Sinai medical students, now is the time!  And, of course we also have many review books in the library, both on reserve and available for check out (section W 18.2).  Please see our online guide for more information about USMLE study resources.  And, happy studying!

The Books Have Moved!

If you come to the Library right IMG_0058
now looking for that book you've used before – the one that is right on that shelf, in the middle, towards the window (you know exactly where it is!), what you will find instead is this:

If you were able to go behind that door, you would see something like this:

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No books!
But they're still here: the books have all been moved to their new shelves, on the other side of the 11th floor. They are all in the same order, according to the NLM Classification system. If you don't know the call number of the book you are looking for, you can look it up in the Catalog, or you can use our guide to Browsing our Bookhelves (opens in PDF format) to find the call number range for the topic you are interested in. As always, please ask at the front desk if you have any trouble finding anything!

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Levy Library vs. Your Lunch

The_New_Orleans_Shrimp_Po-Boy:_Delicious,_but_not_appropriate_for_the_Library I'll let out a secret: we maybe haven't been extremely diligent about enforcing the food policy at the Library for a while (what? There's a food policy?). But, now that we are getting a shiny new space with new paint and carpets and classrooms and maybe even furniture, we are getting concerned about the piles of crushed Doritos and wadded-up sandwich wrappers we find all too often, not to mention the distraction to others when someone brings in their deliciously fragrant lunch. So, we are now strictly enforcing our food policy: please, no crumbly chips, no drippy ice cream, no slices of pizza – in fact, nothing except drinks in covered, non-spillable containers. This will help a lot to keep our space pleasant and conducive to studying and research (and napping).