Hurricane Irene Closing Hours

Irene_NASA Because of the Hurricane Irene weather emergency, the Levy Library closed at 12 noon today, Saturday, August 27. We will remain closed through Sunday, August 28. Our regular hours will resume when we reopen on  Monday, August 29 at 7:45. 

Residency Match Resources

To all our fourth year med students preparing for this year's residency match, the Library has compiled a variety of books and other resources to help you!  Please see our online guide.  Highlights include the popular e-books: First Aid for the Match: Insider Advice from Students and Residency Directors (2011) and 101 Tips to Getting the Residency You Want: A Guide for Medical Students.  And, if you're interested in a real-life account of three medical students preparing for Match Day a few years ago, check out the book: Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors.  Best of luck to all who are preparing for the Match!          

New chemistry resource: Science of Synthesis

We are pleased to announce a new resource for anyone working with organic chemistry and synthesis.  The classic Houben-Weyl reference work is now a database with synthesis reactions and methods pulled from the chemistry journal literature.   This resource is intended as a new, comprehensive and critical treatment of synthetic chemistry.


To get to Science of Synthesis, go to our databases page.  You can search Science of Synthesis, view all databases by title, or browse the resources under our Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, and Math subject. 

If you have trouble accessing the database, be sure to allow pop-ups in your browser. New to the reference?  Thieme offers tutorials on the web to get you started.

Archives Document of the Week: Summer at Mount Sinai Hospital, 1961

3rd MSH bridge c 1961 

It's summer at Mount Sinai and once again there is construction going on, except we are talking about 50 years ago, and the construction going on was the building of the Klingenstein Clinical Center.  The photo shown here was taken in 1961 from Fifth Avenue, looking east down 100th Street towards Madison Avenue.  (Notice Fifth Avenue was still two way.)  On the right is the familiar facade of 1184 Fifth Avenue, then known as the Guggenheim Pavilion.  It is attached by a bridge to the Housman (Semi-Private) Pavilion on the left. This bridge was used to move patients back and forth to the operating rooms on the upper floors of the two buildings. On either side of 100th Street are several Mount Sinai buildings, all gone now – as is 100th Street itself -  to make way for our current Guggenheim Pavilion.  The photo shown here is not in the best condition, but it still provides a nice insight into what the Mount Sinai campus looked like in a summer long ago.

EndNote Tech Tip

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 Most of our savvy EndNote users know that if they want to use their EndNote library on multiple computers they should keep their library on a flash drive.  And many users also know that if you need an Output Style that isn't in the default format, you can download it from the Endnote website by opening the Style Manager and clicking "Get More on the Web."  But if your library is on a flash drive, where do you put the downloaded style so that you can use it?

The answer is: Output Styles always need to be in the EndNote Styles folder, which will usually be under Program Files on the C: drive.  You can save the style on your flash drive so that you'll always have it, but on each computer you use you will need to copy that style file to C:Program FilesEndnote X4Styles. 

As always, if you have trouble with this or anything else EndNote-related you can contact us at Ask-a-Librarian.

Q. Can I view articles from PubMed on my Kindle?

Kindle Interesting question we were asked last week: PubMed on the Amazon Kindle? We broke the question down into two parts, and the answer to both was a qualified "yes"".

Question 1. Can I search PubMed and view citations and abstracts on my Kindle?
Yes, because your Kindle probably has 3G or WiFi access to the internet—or both. And if you have 3G or WiFi, you can search PubMed online. The current Kindle browser is limited, though: it's optimized for text-centric Web sites, and it cannot have more than one window (or tab) open at a time. From your Kindle, then, we recommend using PubMed Mobile (beta).

  • PubMed Mobile (beta), available at, enables you to do simple keyword searches, view article abstracts, and link to some full-text. Unfortunately, it does not offer any advanced search features or indicate which articles are available in Levy Library’s full-text collection.
  • For many smartphones and tablets, we prefer PubMed for Handhelds to PubMed Mobile. We've linked it from our Databases page and our guide to Levy Library's Resources for Mobile Devices. PubMed for Handhelds offers more search options than PubMed Mobile, and it links to Levy Library’s full-text. But it opens new windows to link to abstracts and full-text, so it doesn't work well on the Kindle.

Question 2: Can I read full-text articles from PubMed on my Kindle?
You can link out from PubMed Mobile to full-text if the article is available in HTML (Web) format, if it opens in the same window as PubMed, and if the article is freely available online. Remember, you won’t be able to open a full-text Web page in a new window. Also, right now the Kindle browser can't get any articles through the Library's licensed E-Journal collection because our journal manager’s search results open in a new, second window.

You can also read articles in PDF format. The last two generations of Kindles support PDF, though color is lost and graphics are rendered in grey scale. But, the Kindle browser does not have a PDF reader plug-in such as Adobe Acrobat, so you cannot link to a PDF article from PubMed—or from any Web site. Instead, you have to download articles on another computer and import them into the Kindle.

According to the Kindle’s User Guide (PDF) there are two ways to do this:

  • Drag PDF files over USB to your Kindle
  • E-mail PDF files to your dedicated Kindle e-mail address (found on the Settings page on Kindle or the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon).
    For more details, please see the support information on Amazon’s Web site or the User Guide.

So, if you are online, you can search PubMed on your Kindle. And, online or offline, you can read downloaded PDF's. It's more complicated than it would be on a tablet or many smartphones, but we expect the technology to get better with time. Stay tuned.