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Library Access
Finding & Renewing Library Books, Journals and other Materials

Finding Information You Need

Accessing Online Resources

Interlibrary Services (aka Interlibrary Loan or ILL)

Wireless / Computing / Email

Library Access

• Who has access to the Health Sciences Library?
Any employee of LMC, who displays a current hospital ID; any medical student rotating at LMC; any of the medical staff from an affiliated institution, who provides a current ID; on a very limited basis a guest of LMC employee (needs to be presented to the library staff). The Library is not open to the general public. To find if you institution is affiliated, please call the Library Circulation Desk, 718-630-7200.

If I'm not affiliated with the Lutheran Medical Center Health Sciences Library, where can I go to find medical information?
The public may use The New York Academy of Medicine Library located on E 103rd St & Fifth Ave (212) 822-7321 open from 9-5 Monday through Friday. Other libraries with health and medical information resources include the Mid-Manhattan Library of The New York Public Library 455 Fifths Ave at 40th St. (212) 340-0833 and the 96th St Branch at 112 E 96th St. (212) 289-0908. Other library with health and medical information resources include the Central Library Learning Center of the Brooklyn Public Library Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (718) 230-2191.

Does LMC staff have access to the Maimonides Medical Center Library?
No, unless you have also a Maimonides ID.

Finding & Renewing Library Books, Journals and other Materials

• How do I find a book, journal, and other materials?
To find the location of a book or any other material at the Library, search Library Catalog.

How do I check out a book, journal or other library materials?
To check materials out of the Library, you need to be registered at the Library and have a Library card. To be registered at the Library you need to have LMC ID. Borrowing privileges at the library have those who have ID number on their LMC ID and medical students. People who doesn't have ID number on their LMC ID don't have borrowing privileges at the Library but can read and make copies of the library materials in the Library. Each time you need to borrow, present your bar-coded library card to the desk staff.

What is the loan period for library materials?
All library materials (except reference, reserve, and journal collection) can be borrowed for 2 weeks and renew for 2 weeks more. Reference, reserve materials and journals are not circulated outside of the library.

Is there any charge for overdue materials?
Yes, it is a charge of 25c for each overdue day including Saturdays and Sundays. There only 9 holidays (see About the Library) when the Library is closed and you will not be charged for overdue fees. This is your responsibilities to remember to return library materials on time.

• How can I renew my library materials without coming to the Library?
You can renew a borrowed item calling to the library 718-630-7200. If there is an overdue fee involved you will be asked to pay the fee first and then to renew the item.

Finding Information You Need

• How do I find a list of articles on a particular topic or by a certain author?
To find a list of articles on a particular topic, try searching a bibliographic database such as PubMed. Bibliographic databases can be searched many ways, including author, keyword, and Medical Subject Headings.

• My list of article citations contains abbreviations for the journal titles. How can I find the full name of the journals?
If the citation come from MEDLINE/PubMed, the Journal Database feature of PubMed can help you . Simply type in the abbreviation from your list. The results will contain the full title which you can then use to search the Library catalog. Please note: always use the full words of the journal not the abbreviation.

• How can I find the complete citation for a book chapter, conference proceedings or meeting abstracts?

Some research and university library catalog contain table of contents information for books and proceedings:
CISTI Catalog (CISTI - Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information) contains the Table of Contents information for over 23,000 books and conference proceedings. Authors and titles listed in the Table of Contents are searchable through regular searches by author, title or keyword.

CLIO (Online catalog of Columbia University Libraries) includes book chapters for many titles. To search for a chapter author or title, select the Content Notes button and enter your search in the box. Searching as a regular author or title will not retrieve chapters.

LOCATORplus (NLM's Library Catalog) contains some listings for book chapters, with more currently being added.

The statewide OhioLINK Central Catalog - many of the recent books included have table of contents information.

Stanford University's Lane Medical Library Catalog, LOISweb, includes a database of book chapters at Lane Chapters

Meeting abstracts are also available in a variety of sources:
BioMedCentraloffers meeting abstracts online from all areas of biomedical science from yeast research to Cochrane. Search or browse this new service which only had three meetings on 2/7/02, but is planning to expand.

Medscape's Conference Center offers conference coverage by specialty, some as soon as the next day!

NLM Gateway: AIDS Meetings contains abstracts from a variety of AIDS/HIV-related meetings. These are the meeting abstracts that were covered by the AIDSLINE database.

The society, association, or organization that sponsored the meeting may make meeting abstracts available on its web site. The Bio-Medical Library at the University of Minnesota offers Finding Abstracts Published by Health Sciences Associations which explains and links to many of the abstract collections. 

• How can I find an article from a recent issue of the New York Times?
The Library keeps the most recent month of the NYT.

How can I find scientific images for my projects and presentations?
The Library has compiled a list of web sites and databases that you can search for images.

Accessing Online Resources

How can I get access to the LMC electronic journal and databases from home? What can I access from outside the Library/Hospital?
Some online resources are accessible on-site (at the hospital) only via IP address. Some materials are accessible remotely (outside of the hospital) via username and password. Some materials are free resources and available everywhere. Please check the Library Catalog and pay attention on Restrictions On Access Note.

• Where can I get a list of all your electronic journals? What is the password for the electronic journals?
For the electronic journals holding please check the Library Catalog. There is no single password for electronic journals that require them. When checking the Library Catalog, please pay attention on Restrictions on Access Note - it will say to call you to the library if the username/password requires.

How can I print or download the full text or articles from electronic journals? Which version should I choose?
Most electronic journal publishers give you a choice of PDF of HTML versions of the articles. Once you are viewing the article on the screen, you can use the browser's Print or Save commands to print or download that article. PDF is the most popular because the printouts look exactly like a copy of the print article and maintain pagination and chart size/placement. The free Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to view PDF files. HTML versions produce regular web pages and do not require any helper software. The drawback of HTML is that the page numbering of your printout out may not be the same as the original article, and graphics may be separate files that you have to enlarge and/or print separately. The benefits to HTML versions are that you can copy and paste text from these articles into other documents and that you can often download or enlarge the graphics for more in-depth study.

• What does a "TOO MANY USERS" message mean when I try to connect to some electronic products?
For some products (databases or journals) the Library has been able to purchase some number of licenses. If, at the same time, eight or more individuals attempt to connect from Lutheran Medical Center this message will appear. If you wait for a reasonable period of time (10 - 15 minutes) you may have better results. This period of time is actually defined by how long the current users of the product maintain their link. There is no automatic queue.

• Where can I find a medical dictionary online?
You may search two medical dictionaries online without any cost: the Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary and a Free Online Medical Dictionary

Interlibrary Services (aka Interlibrary Loan)

Where do I place an interlibrary loan request?
 Library patrons can also place Interlibrary Loan requests on the web using the Interlibrary Loan Request Form. The link to Interlibrary Services is located on the Library's web site under the Interlibrary Loan link.

How long do I have to wait for an interlibrary loan request to be filled?
There is no simple answer to this. Sometimes we can receive a material within 15 minutes but sometimes within a week. Plan ahead when requesting materials. When the requested item arrives, patrons are notified by telephone.

What if I have an urgent request?
Requests involving clinical emergencies or immediate patient care can often be filled within minutes by facsimile transmission. Call the Library at (718) 630-7200 for more information.

Wireless / Computing / Email

I have brought my personal laptop to the Library. How do I get an Internet connection?
Your computer should have a wireless networking card. Open your Internet browser. The wireless card should detect the signal immediately.

• How many computers are in the library?
There are 11 computers available in the library. All of them are connected to printers.

Where can I go to read my email?
Internal email can be accessed from any computer in the Library. External email can be accessed from six computers (labeled DSML1 - DSML6) in the Library. You may also print from these computers.



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