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Alternatives to Library Online Resources Cancelled for 2023

by Kris Alpi on 2022-12-29T15:46:47-05:00 in From the Desk of the Associate Dean, Library Announcements, USMLE and Board Preparation, Genetics and Genomics | Comments

Dear Mount Sinai Community, 

Since becoming your Associate Dean of Libraries & Information Sciences in July, I have heard from many of you about online resources critical to your learning and work.  The Library team receives many more requests for new resources than we have the budget to fulfill. Combined with price increases from many publishers, this leaves us in the position of making tough choices to cancel resources with low usage or where more affordable alternatives are available.  The timing of these price increases for subscription renewals at the very end of 2022 limited our ability to engage you all about these decisions.  In the future, we will communicate broadly and early about resources being considered for cancellation. If you have questions about any of these resources and their possible substitutes, or would like to offer financial support or use cases to enable their reinstatement, please be in touch.  

We made difficult decisions to cancel the following resources:

Effective December 17:

Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) Professional from Qiagen will no longer be available through the Library. There is a less extensive public version of HGMD available with free registration at Here at Mount Sinai, there is a group of researchers considering licensing this data--if you are interested in connecting with that group, please let me know. 

Effective December 31:

Scriver's OMMBID - digital version of the four-volume text Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Diseases. Levy Library subscribes to many other medical genetics books such as these through Clinical Key.. The free resources OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man) and MedlinePlus Genetics (formerly Genetics Home Reference) may also be useful. 

JAMA Evidence (aka JAMAevidence) - The Library still provides Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-based Clinical Practice. Articles comprising The Rational Clinical Examination are all linked papers in our subscription to JAMA . Other resources that may substitute include BMJ Best Practice (Evidence and Calculators) and the open source Critical Appraisal Tools provided by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

USMLE Easy - The Library subscribes to several other USMLE study resources. Medical students have additional USMLE Preparation Resources through the Office for Medical Student Affairs.

Thank you for reading and please connect with me if you have questions or concerns. 

Kris Alpi, MLS, MPH, PhD

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