DSM I, II, III, IV, and 5

The Levy Library now subscribes online to all previous versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals (DSM) through PsychiatryOnline.  The previous editions are in PDF form, and are made available for reference and archival purposes:

DSM V: It’s Here!

Cover_DSM-5_3DThe new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition is here, online and in print!

Levy Library is providing access to the DSM V online through the Psychiatry Online database, where it is linked prominently on the home page. Or, link to it by searching our E-Books page or the Catalog.

You’ll find a print copy in our Reserve collection, here in the (physical) Library. Ask for call number WM 15 D536 2013.

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2554Here in the Levy Library’s e-resources department, we’ve been fielding a lot of questions about the availability of the new DSM 5.  Judging from the number of requests we’ve been receiving, psychiatry faculty, housestaff, researchers, and others are anxiously awaiting access to the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition as soon as it comes out.  We have some good news and bad news on that topic.  Read more

Ebooks: Why Are Some Well-Known Books Not Online Through the Library?

This year's list of required medical school course books has now been distributed to students and posted in Blackboard. The Library is pleased to offer an e-book option for all of the course books that are sold to libraries as e-books. Out of the 41 books required or recommended for Years 1 and 2, the Library provides access to 22 of them online.

Yes, that's right, there are still some well-known books required for courses that are only available through the library as "paper" books! Some students and faculty may find this very surprising. After all, we are well into the digital age, and most people expect that the resources they need will be available online. Some of these texts might be available in Kindle edition on Amazon, so an ebook is available. Why wouldn't the library offer an ebook?

In order for the library to provide access to ebooks, the library has to sign a license agreement with the publisher, and pay a different price than individual users for access to the same ebooks. Unfortunately, we find that many publishers are reluctant to sell library access to many of their books, especially some of their widely adopted textbooks.

In fact, the library recently lost our license to several popular online USMLE review books including First Aid for the USMLE, solely because the publisher (McGraw Hill) decided to stop selling them online to libraries. Other important books that are not sold to libraries in online format (at the time this post was written) include: Grant's Dissector, Essential
Cell Biology
, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Costanzo's Physiology, Goljan's Pathology, both of the books required for the Brain and Behavior course: Purves Neuroscience and Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry and more.

Some publishers will allow libraries to purchase or rent "single user" e-books that can be checked out digitally one at a time, much like a print book is checked out. At Mount Sinai we have always pursued licenses that allow us to provide access to multiple members of the Mount Sinai community simultaneously, both on and off-campus. Directing all our students to a "single user" ebook during a course or before an exam never seemed like a good idea!

Although libraries can't license them for multiple users, publishers will often sell these core
books online directly to individual students and faculty members, through such providers as VitalSource. While the ebook marketplace is still evolving, it does appear that many publishers think their bottom line will improve if they focus on selling to individuals, rather than to libraries!

Librarians (and hopefully our library users too) are concerned that the library's mission to provide resources to support academic programs is being partly undermined when publishers flat out refuse to sell their widely adopted texts as ebooks on the library market.     

So, what can you do if you'd like to see your favorite text online through the library, available whenever you'd like to access it?  Well, probably the best thing students and faculty can do is not purchase individual access to an ebook that is not sold to institutions… of course, this may not be practical if you'd like to work from an online copy!

If you attend conferences where publishers exhibit, express your dissatisfaction to those that do not sell their core texts to institutions, or consider filling out publisher surveys or sending a quick email to their "contact us" page that you'd like to see this text available through your library. 

Levy Librarians have frequently discussed these issues at length with our publishing reps and we will continue to do so. Perhaps if they hear from enough of us, their policies will change! We can hope!

If you have any questions about this, please contact a librarian at refdesk@mssm.edu



Another Core Anatomy Resource: Netter Reference

The Library is pleased to now offer access to another core Anatomy resource: Netter Reference, which includes access to Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy, Netter's
Clinical Anatomy
, Netter's Online Dissection Modules (videos), and
Netter's Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry

Netter Reference features the classic illustrations of acclaimed artist Dr. Frank H. Netter, and other artists.  Selected images from Netter's can be downloaded for presentations using the "Images Index".  Click on "Bookshelf" to view the books that are included in our Mount Sinai subscription.  Unfortunately, the mobile app is not part of our subscription.  

A bit of Mount Sinai history: Dr. Netter was a surgeon on staff at Mount Sinai's outpatient clinic at the beginning of his career in 1933!  He soon left his surgical practice to pursue his art full-time.  You can read more about Dr. Netter's famous career here: http://eresources.library.mssm.edu:11484/ELSEVIER/p/aboutus

Netter Reference can be accessed from either the Library's database page or the ebooks search page

Gray’s Anatomy, Requisites in Radiology, Requisites in Pediatrics, Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery, and Many More Core Ebooks Are Now in MDConsult

Grays%20AnatomyThe Levy Library is pleased to now offer online access to a number of new core e-books in MDConsult including: Gray's Anatomy, Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, the Requisites in Radiology series, the Requisites in Pediatrics series, several Dermatology texts and more.  

This is the first time the Library has been able to provide sitewide access to Gray's Anatomy.  This classic anatomy text is currently a recommended textbook for Mount Sinai's Gross Anatomy course.  Gray's Anatomy celebrated it's 150th anniversary with the publication of the 40th edition in 2008.  

The Requisites in Radiology series is often considered essential reading for radiologists, and the Requisites in Pediatrics series is well-known to pediatric residents.  Another classic textbook, Rutherford's Vascular Surgery is described as "the most acclaimed, comprehensive reference in it's field."

Smartphone users can use MDConsult's mobile site to access these books from a mobile device.  Read more here

Access MDConsult from the Library's Home page under "Key Journals and Resources" or search for a book title on the Library's Ebooks page

The following new ebooks are now available in our MDConsult subscription:

Rutherford's Vascular Surgery,
Gray's Anatomy,
Cosmetic Dermatology,
Pediatric Dermatology,
General Dermatology,
Dermatologic Surgery,
Infectious Diseases,
AIDS Therapy,
Feigin and Cherry's Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases,
Sande's HIV/ AIDS Medicine: Medical Management of AIDS 2013,
Immigrant Medicine,
Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Requisites,
Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: Requisites,
Pediatric Nephrology and Urology: Requisites,
Pediatric Gastroenterology: Requisites,
Pediatric Endocrinology: Requisites
Pediatric Pulmonology: Requisites,
Adolescent Medicine: Requisites,
Pediatric Cardiology: Requisites,
Pediatric Otolaryngology: Requisites,
Pediatric Radiology: The Requisites,
Gastrointestinal Imaging: The Requisites,
Breast Imaging: The Requisites,
Musculoskeletal Imaging: The Requisites,
Thoracic Radiology: The Requisites,
Ultrasound: The Requisites,
Cardiac Imaging: The Requisites,
Emergency Radiology : The Requisites,
Nuclear Medicine: The Requisites


Handbook of Porphyrin Science

The Levy Library has licensed a highly regarded set of ebooks entitled “Handbook of Porphyrin Science: with applications to Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, Biology and Medicine”. Edited by leaders in the fields of porphrin research: Karl M Kadish, Kevin M. Smith, and Roger Guilard, the series of volumes aims to “deal in detail with the synthesis, chemistry, physicochemical and medical properties and applications of polypyrrole macrocycles.”

Access the Handbook of Porphyrin Science directly here: Volumes 1-5, Volumes 6-10, and Volumes 11-15, and from the Levy Library’s Ebooks search page: http://librarycf.mssm.edu/levy/ebooks/

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Summon: a new way to search library resources

Have you ever been frustrated with searching in multiple places to see if the library has an e-book?  Or wondered why some journals are in the catalog, and some are only in E-Journals? 

The Levy Library is trialing a new product called Summon, a search product that has the goal of searching across all library resources including the catalog, print books and journals, e-journals, articles and e-books.  At this point the interface does not search all of the resources available from the library, including Access Surgery and Springer ebooks.  Does Summon search well enough for you?  Try it out and let us know what you think.  Just click on the Feedback button in Summon.

To access the trial, just click here:

 Summon 5 

Stat!Ref’s New App: Read and Review over 40 Core Textbooks on the Go!

There's a sophisticated new app included with the Library's subscription to Stat!Ref that allows you to access the core textbooks from the Stat!Ref platform on your mobile device, even when you leave Mount Sina's network.

The Stat!Ref app provides on and off-campus to over 45 clinical and nursing books, covering topics including USMLE review (Step 1, 2, and 3), healthcare administration, quality assurance and patient safety, and more. It includes core texts such as: MKSAP for Students 5, Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices, ICD-9, Stedman's Medical Dictionary, and First Aid for the USMLE.

Platforms: iPhone/iPad, Blackberry, Android

Off-Campus Access: For off-campus access to the app, you must first create an account by visiting Stat!Ref from your computer/non-mobile browser.  Go to Stat!Ref and click on "Your Preferences" in the top right corner to create an account.  Then, click on "Temporary Login Account" to activate your mobile device access for a set period of time (about 3 months; it can be renewed for as long as you are still affiliated with Mount Sinai). Then, download the app and use your Stat!Ref account to log in to the app on your mobile device.

On-campus access: Simply connect to Mount Sinai's secure wireless to access content through the app while on-campus.

Download the app: Visit http://www.statref.com/products/srMobile.html for more information and the links for downloading the app for different devices.

See also our full list of Mobile Apps for Library Resources.