Ahhhh, that new stairs smell…

FYI to all the fans of print journals and dissertations out there: the stairs down to the tenth floor will be closed all day today while they are being re-treaded. This means essentially no tenth floor access for the day. It will be open again tomorrow though! As always, please let us know if you have any questions about this.

PubMed: Back to the Future

Pubmed PubMed has switched to its new interface again, and maybe for good this time! If you often use features like Limits, MeSH headings and the Search History (and we librarians think you should!) you'll notice that the new interface looks very different. At the Library we've been playing with the beta version for a few weeks now and are figuring out where things are and new ways of doing things. We're in the midst of updating all of our webguides and tutorials and aren't done yet, but here are links to a few guides to answer questions you may have:

Where things are in the new interface (PDF)
Introduction to PubMed (PDF)
Connecting to Full-Text (PDF)
Field Searching (PDF)
MeSH Searching (PDF)

Also, the PubMed Tutorial for Biologists is mostly up to date with the new interface – and we're working on the tutorial for all you non-biologists, too!

Of course, you can always ask us if you have questions. And we'll give you probably the best piece of advice for finding things in the new interface: when in doubt, try the Advanced Search screen.


New Global Health Web Site

ZerosmallpoxI recently looked at a new website devoted to global health.  It is still a work in progress, but it is of interest since it includes unique video interviews with the people who went into the field and worked on eradicating disease. 

The web site was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University in an effort to document and preserve public health history.  It is called The Global Health Chronicles: An inside look at public health efforts to prevent, control and eradicate global diseases. The content consists of oral histories, unpublished documents, photographs and artifacts.  The site is http://globalhealthchronicles.org.

The initial chronicle is devoted to the eradication of smallpox.  There are 50 oral history interviews and 30 presentations at seminars held in conjunction with two reunions of staff who worked in the field during the eradication program.  Two other chronicles are in the process of completion: Malaria and Guinea Worm disease.  The focus of the web site is somewhat limited, centering on the role of the CDC and the United States, and does not reflect the hundreds of thousands of health workers who were the backbone of the effort.  Still, the project is not static and will add materials as they becomes available from archives and medical facilities around the world.

Check it out.

PubMed has changed…back!

Apparently there have been some "technical issues" and PubMed is back to its old look. But if you want one last look at the Limits tab don't wait too long, because they say the new interface will be back in the next few days!

PubMed has Changed!

The long-awaited PubMed redesign has been completed! On your next visit, you'll notice the look has changed pretty significantly – and some of the tools you are used to using may not be where you expect them to be. Don't fret – everything is still there, just in different places. We are busily working to update all of our PubMed user guides (I'll post links when they're ready) but in the meantime please ask us if you need any assistance, or check out this article in the National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin if you're curious about the changes.

E-Journal Access Interruption

A warning to Night Owls – the system that does our e-journal full-text linking (it's called Serials Solutions) is going to be down for a few hours this weekend. After some back-and-forth with the company it's been determined that the downtime will be between 3 and 7 am on Saturday – a time when we suspect most of you will not be doing intensive literature searches. But just in case, we want to give you some information (which will also come in handy if there is ever any unplanned downtime).

The following WILL NOT WORK Saturday Oct. 23 between 3 and 7 am:

  1. The Library's E-Journals page
  2. Findit The "yellow button" or FIND IT links, which appear in PubMed and most other databases.

The Work-Around:
Linkout If you are in PubMed, use the "blue button" when it's available – it'll still work.

If you're not in PubMed, try the following options:

Note: if you're off-campus, you'll still need to log in using your Mount Sinai username and password.

There's a little more information on this page: http://fusion.mssm.edu/levy/journals/alternatives.cfm. We hope this doesn't cause too much inconvenience!

Hooray for Chemistry!

BoronIt's National Chemistry Week and the theme Chemistry — It's Elemental reminds us that if any group is geekier than librarians, it's chemists! And we mean that in a good way, of course. The American Chemical Society's National Chemistry Week 2009 website provides access to an interactive Periodic Table, which tells me that the melting point of Cobalt is 1769 Kelvins, that Zinc has 7 isotopes, and that Mercury is called "Rtęć" in Polish! There's also Podcasts, "Chemdoku" games and a store with scratch and sniff stickers and "Proud to be a Chemist" hoodies.

More interested in chemistry research? The Levy Library provides access to the premier chemistry database, SciFinder Scholar. You can search articles, patents, and more information sources using words, chemical structures, and chemical reactions. Or try searching for chemistry articles in Web of Science, which includes much greater coverage of the chemistry literature than PubMed.

The Classes are Back!

After a renovation-induced hiatus, we are happy to announce that we are teaching drop-in classes again in the Levy Library – and in a new, renovated space, no less! The schedule and registration form are up now at http://fusion.mssm.edu/levy/classes/.

Notice especially that there are two new classes: for the first time we will be teaching a Photoshop class that will help you improve your images for publications and presentations (without distorting or falsifying your data), and we also have several sessions to orient Ferris you to the new PubMed interface – it's in Beta-testing now and will soon be the only way to search PubMed.

EndNote X3: Advanced Features
11/19/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
12/17/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00 
EndNote X3: An Introduction
10/29/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00 
11/12/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
 12/10/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
Genome Browsers – UCSC, Ensembl and NCBI Map Viewer
12/02/2009 (Wednesday) 4:00 – 5:30
NCBI's Entrez and Blast: An Introduction
11/03/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:30
12/14/2009 (Monday) 4:00 – 5:30 
Photoshop: Preparing Images for Publication
12/03/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
PowerPoint 2007: An Introduction
10/27/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:30 
PowerPoint: Finding Images and Using Them in Presentations
12/08/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:30
PubMed: Navigating the New Interface
11/10/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:00
11/12/2009 (Thursday) 12:00 – 1:00
12/09/2009 (Wednesday) 4:00 – 5:00 
RefWorks: An Introduction
11/17/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:00
12/16/2009 (Wednesday) 4:00 – 5:00

Register at http://fusion.mssm.edu/levy/classes/!

NEW – JAMAevidence and AccessAnesthesiology

We're happy to announce a couple of new resources that we think people will find very useful!

JAMAevidence is from, of course, JAMA, and provides evidence, guides, calculators and more to help find the best evidence available and translate that into clinical decisions. It's based on the popular textbooks Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice and The Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis, and also includes a lot of extra features.

AccessAnesthesiology is a companion to Library favorites AccessMedicine, AccessEmergencyMedicine and AccessSurgery. Quickly search important anesthesia guidelines and textbooks (including Longnecker's Anesthesiology, Morgan's Clinical Anesthesiology and more), view videos and diagrams of procedures (retrograde intubation, anyone? Bronchoscopy?), use the calculator for essential measurements and create a self-assessment quiz to study for the boards.

We hope these are useful for you! Please let us know what you think, and if there is anything else you need!

Renovations: sort of, kind of, almost DONE!

Things have been changing so fast at the Library that by the time I get photos uploaded, they are no longer accurate! Here are some hot off the digital presses though:


As you can see, the biggest parts of the renovation are done! As soon as you step off the elevator, you notice things are different:


And our services are now conviently collected up front, with circulation staff, reference librarians and computing help desk specialists now all located behind or next to the front desk:


There's also some nice new furniture (including, yes, the ever popular recliners in a new model):

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And, of course, the same library staff ready and waiting to help you out. So please, come on up and visit us!