Programs like EndNote and RefWorks have definitely reduced the number of times we've been sent scrambling to find a copy of the AMA Manual of Style (Should I put periods after an author's initials? What if he's a "Jr"? Should subtitles be capitalized?). These programs are pretty good at applying the correct style to reference lists and in-text citations. But if something looks strange and you want to check, or you're looking for an answer to another question about AMA style (What's the correct format for a table? When do I use the word adherence and when compliance? Should African American be capitalized or hyphenated? What about black?) the book is the place to go. That just got a little bit easier now that the 10th edition of the Manual is online and available from the Library's e-books page. You can browse or search for what you're looking for, and also investigate the extra features like "Word of the Month" and a list of FAQs. Take a look!
Usually I write about something from Mount Sinai's past. I try to show its relevance to the present day, but it is still looking back. Today I want to tell you a little about a very forward-looking program in which the Archives Division of the Library is involved, and that is rolling out a records and information management program for The Mount Sinai Medical Center. We have hired our first ever professional Records Manager, Miriam Gianni, and she is working with our Records Consultant, Dr. William Saffady. They are visiting offices around the Medical Center, to see what records are created and stored. From those interviews they will draft retention schedules of how long records need to be kept. At the end of that process, departments will be able to actively manage the records they create and be able to more easily find the information they need when they need it. In other words: throw things away, free up office space, become more information efficient. An ancillary but important gain from this initiative in the future will be allowing the institution to finally tame the off-site storage tiger that costs us thousands and thousands of dollars every year. Each department is appointing a records coordinator to work with our Records Manager. Maybe you will see Miriam and Bill in your area soon.
Don't get the idea that we are putting all of our eggs into the renovation basket! While we're getting new carpets and paint and furniture, we're also getting new books and journals and databases at a pretty regular rate. There are always at least a few titles on the New Books shelf (today I see Brain's Diseases of the Nervous System, Chesley's Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy and the Handbook of Clinical Anesthesia, among others). We've also been getting some new online resources that we'll be spotlighting in the next little while. The first one I wanted to mention is the frequently requested Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology. Access it from the link above or from our e-books page (as usual, you'll have to log in with your Mount Sinai ID if you're off campus) to find clear explanations of the mechanisms of disease and treatment, complete with lots of graphs and illustrations. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Tired of coming to the Library looking for a computer and seeing this?
Us too. But, we're about to reach a payoff after these weeks of limited computer availability. Behind the wall the carpet is on the floor, the paint is on the walls, the furniture is assembled, and the new computers are starting to emerge from their boxes to be set up and wired so the contractors can move on to the other side of the 11th floor. Soon, very soon, there will be rows of shiny new computers all loaded up with updated software like SPSS, EndNote and SciFinder Scholar, and all with those beautiful views of Harlem, the RFK Bridge and those pretty glass IM Pei pyramids on Guggenheim Pavilion. A couple sneak previews:
Meanwhile, the computers in the large classroom are still open for business, though they do get pretty congested at the busiest times of the day.
We just snuck down to the 10th floor to get some shots of why you can't get your print journals right now, and here they are:
We're so used to seeing the shelves all lined up in nice even rows that it is strange to see them set on odd angles like this. It almost looks like the aftermath of a flood or other disaster…except that the journals are all neatly in place and everything is upright and waiting for our friendly library movers to put them back in place, on top of the freshly-laid new carpet.
Some close-ups of the lifting and moving equipment:
The process should be complete in the next week or so and you'll be able to head down to the 10th floor yourself to find print journals and dissertations. Meanwhile, library staff members are making nightly forays into the maze to retrieve the things you need, so if you just have to get your hands on that NEJM from 1936 or the Lancet from 1851, let us know at the front desk.
Much as we like seeing everyone's smiling faces in the library, we know that it's usually easier and quicker to find your information online – which is of course why we provide so many online journals, databases, books, etc., etc. But, sorting through them to find a good protocol to inoculate ferrets with influenza or the most recent impact factor of the Journal of Arachnology may not be as easy as googling Sarah Palin, so we make an effort to provide some suggestions and search tips for you.
The Library's How Do I? page has links to information ranging from how to renew a book to how to stay in compliance with the NIH Open Access policy to how to do IRB-required literature searches for animal testing alternatives. Some of the newest guides are the Biology Resources guide, which includes links to find protocols, articles, gene sequences, protein interactions, and lots more; and the Biology Career Resources guide, which includes links to sites with job listings and career advice as well as a list of the Career books that we have in the library (both print and online). Take a look, save some bookmarks, and of course let us know if you have any questions, comments or ideas for more ways we can help with your research!
Both this week and next, the 10th floor is being repainted and recarpeted – and the recarpeting is no mean feat considering that the carpet needs to go underneath shelves containing our entire print journal collection. So, we have contractors lifting the shelves that are filled with bound journals and contractors ripping up old carpeting and putting in new and contractors painting; access to the 10th floor is pretty tricky.
The good news is that most services on the 10th floor have been moved to the easily accessible 11th floor, notably Levy Library Computing (formerly the MRC) Help Desk and the classrooms and public computers.
But, we couldn't bring everything upstairs – the print journals and dissertations are still on their shelves. If you can't find your journal or dissertation online, check the catalog to see if we have it in print, then request it at the Circulation Desk. We'll bring it up for you within 48 hours and let you know when it's here (usually we've been able to retrieve them by 6 pm the day they are requested, but there are some safety issues with the stack-moving equipment, so we can't promise that we'll be that fast every day).
The Library’s online journal backfiles keep growing! This week we have added some very popular journal backfiles: Annals of Internal Medicine and the collection of journals published by the Endocrine Society. Mount Sinai users can now access every issue of the following journals online, all the way back to volume 1:
- Annals of Internal Medicine: back to 1927
- Endocrine Reviews: back to 1980
- Molecular Endocrinology: back to 1987
- The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism: back to 1941
- Endocrinology: back to 1917 (some issues of Endocrinology are still being added by the publisher).
Last week was clinical skills week, when we got to meet all of the medical students entering their third year and learning some of the skills they'll need for their clerkships. One of those skills is being able to find the information necessary for patient care, so reference librarians Polly and Laura shared some of their favorite resources. Here they are, with a word about each:
PubMed: What library workshop would be complete with mention of PubMed? (OK, so there are a few). Specifically, remember MeSH searching, Boolean operators and the Limits tab, and try the Clinical Queries tool (found in the blue bar on the left side of the PubMed homepage) when you are looking for research studies for specific question types – e.g., therapy, diagnosis, prognosis, etc.
ACP Journal Club and the Cochrane Library are evidence-based medicine resources: ACP Journal Club provides structured reviews and commentary on selected high-quality articles from 100+ journals, while the Cochrane Library publishes systematic reviews and meta-analyses of highly relevant topics. Search them separately using the above links, or together using EBM Reviews.
And, as always, you can Ask a Librarian. Happy third year!