New Resources in MDConsult: First Consult, Mobile app, PDFs and More

The Library is pleased to offer an expanded site license to one of our most popular resources, MDConsult. Enhancements to MDConsult include:

  • First Consult: a clinical decision support tool now appears within MDConsult. FirstConsult provides evidence-based topic reviews in an easy to read bulleted format. Access First Consult from the upper left corner of MDConsult.
  • First Consult app: Download the FirstConsult iPhone/iPad app to use First Consult on your mobile device. Sign up for the required user name and password by visiting MDConsult and clicking Create an Account.
  • MDConsult Mobile: The new mobile-optimized version of MDConsult ( provides access to: quick topic reviews, journal articles including the Clinics of North America, and MDConsult's popular clinical and basic science e-books, including Harriet Lane Handbook, Cecil Medicine and many more. Note that there is no browsable list of books. To read a book, first search by the book's author or title. Login with your MDConsult username and password. To sign up for an account, go to MDConsult and click My Account.
  • PDFs of Book Chapters: Mount Sinai faculty and students been asking about this for years, and now it is finally possible to read MDConsult's book chapters and sections in PDF format!
  • Increased simultaneous users: The Levy Library now provides additional "seats" for MDConsult, eliminating the chance that you will be locked out when you attempt to login to MDConsult.

We hope you will enjoy these new enhancements to MDConsult! Have a question? Please ask us.


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Levy Library will be closing early Wednesday and will be closed on Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here's a summary of the changes to the schedule.

Wednesday, November 23: 7:30 A.M. —7:50 P.M.

Thursday, November 24: Closed

Regular library hours will resume on Friday.

Maintaining Image Quality When Converting Your Dissertation to PDF

Converting your word file to PDF can result in unintended image compression reducing the quality of your images. This can be especially problematic when preparing your dissertation for submission to ProQuest. In order to prevent image compression you must change your Acrobat settings in Word.

Here are some instructions for Word 2007:

1. Click on the Acrobat tab and chose Preferences on the ribbon.

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2. Click on Advanced Settings.

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3. Open the Images folder.

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4.Choose Off as the compression setting for all types of images. Then click ok.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Reminder: Levy Library doesn’t just license thousands of research journals. We also support Mount Sinai faculty and administrators by licensing the news sources that you need to stay on top of changes in your field, such as the widely read Chronicle of Higher Education.

Tech Tip: If you are on-campus, you may have found that you can simply go to The Chronicle web site and get access to all the current premium content; The Chronicle will probably recognize you as being from Mount Sinai. But if you are not recognized, or if you are trying to access The Chronicle from off-campus, you will need go to our E-Journals database (linked from the Levy Library homepage). 

Once you are in E-Journals, search for The Chronicle by title. You’ll see it’s available on several platforms.  For the most current, full-featured version, click the link to Chronicle of Higher Education.  If you are off-campus, you will be asked to authenticate with your Mount Sinai email user name and password (your Active Directory credentials). 

If you are looking for older issues, you may find it easier to browse The Chronicle through the ProQuest platform. The Chronicle web site only lists the last 25 issues—older content can be found by searching. But ProQuest has every issue (and full-text) going back to 1988.
Oh—and we have current issues of The Chronicle in print in the Levy Library. Look for them in our Leisure Reading collection.

Extended Fall Hours!

We're happy to announce extended hours for the library!  Starting immediately the library will be open until 1:50 AM Sunday through Thursday. 

The new open hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 1:50 AM

Friday: 7:30 AM – 7:50 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:50 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 1:50 AM


Circulation services such as lending books and distributing copy cards, are available:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 10:50 PM

Friday: 7:30 AM – 7:50 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:50 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:50 PM