Changes to USMLE Easy

Attention all users of USMLE Easy’s exam preparation tool.  USMLE Easy will be moving to a new, improved user-friendly platform on December 31, 2014.

Please note that no saved practice exams or other user data will migrate to the new platform.  In order to keep your old test data, you will need to log-in to the old USMLE Easy site and print any saved exams prior toDecember 31st.  All current users will need to register and create new accounts in order to use the new platform.

Create an account and try out the new USMLE Easy platform.  The new platform will offer all the features of the current platform with the following key enhancements:

Adaptive technology: Adaptive learning technology creates a customized study plan based on your skills, your time, and what you need to learn to maximize your score.

Access it anywhere: This platform is cloud-based and available on the web, your tablet, or your phone. Note: The platform is tablet-optimized, but not mobile-optimized.

If you have any questions about your account, please contact USMLE Easy’s customer support.  For any other questions, contact the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library reference desk.


Looking for easy access to textbooks or other books related to Podiatry?  Do you wish that books could be as easily accessible as Full-Text articles?  If so, the library has you covered!

In addition to many print textbooks and resources, the library has some commonly used and essential books available ONLINE, FREE, and FULL-TEXT.  Below is a list of books currently available in E-Book format.  You can find these books by simply searching for their title in the library’s online catalog and selecting the Web Access result…or just click on the link below.

The Achilles Tendon: Treatment and Rehabilition (2009) by J. Nunley

APLEY’S System of Orthopaedics and Fractures (2010) by L. Soloman

Drennan’s The Child’s Foot and Ankle (2010) by J. McCarthy

The Human Foot: A Companion to Clinical Studies (2006) by L. Klenerman

McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery (2013) by J. Southerland

McMinn’s Color Atlas of Foot and Ankle Anatomy (2012) by B. Logan

Neale’s Disorders of the Foot: Clinical Companion (2010) by P. Frowen

Operative Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery (2011) by M. Easley

Pocket Podiatry: Functional Anatomy (2009) by J. Watkins

Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery (2010) by M. Myerson

USMLE Step 1 Secrets (2013) by T. Brown

Should you have any questions, problems, or suggestions, please let us know!

New Version of MedlinePlus Mobile

Today, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are and

Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets. Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:
• Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español • Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites • Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages • Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively. Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus ( when using any device.

Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at and

New Library Features

Welcome all students to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!!  For the start of the new school year, the library has new resources to help you in your studies.  

First and foremost, for all you Apple fans, we would like to announce that we now have 10 new iMacs located on the back wall where the study carrels used to be.  These computers have all of the same software as our PC’s in the lab.  Please let us know what you think about them and if you run into any problems while using them.

Second, we now have Bone Boxes available for your Anatomy class.  We have 5 sets of bones, many of which are ACTUAL HUMAN BONES, in our Reserve section.  Just let us know what bone/bones you need and we will gladly get them for you.  The bones will function like any other Reserve material and can only be used in the library.  

Finally, all students can now access the most recent versions of the Bates’ Visual Guide videos online.  To connect to the site, visit the HSC Libraries homepage at  Then under the Database tab, just search for Bates and click on the link.  No more having to truck your way up Ginsburg in rain and cold!!

We at the library are always trying to find new and better ways of providing you the most recent and comprehensive tools and resources to make your academic life much easier.  As always, please let us know if you have any suggests or run into any problems!  

Good luck to all of you this year!!!

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Software List For Our Computers

Our Senior Systems and Technology Librarian has compiled a list of all the software programs that will be available on all of our computers as of Fall 2014.  Here is the list:

Acrobat X Pro – The professional version of Adobe Acrobat. This software allows users to create PDF documents and make PDF documents accessible through a process called OCR or Optical Character Recognition. For a PDF that includes text, this OCR processing makes that text readable by a screen reader.

Adobe Creative Suite – This suite of software products contains things such as Dreamweaver for the website design, Illustrator for graphic design and creating brochures, posters, etc and Photoshop editing photographs.

The Adobe professional suites are very expensive when purchased individually and beyond the reach of most of our patrons. However, we are able provide the software in conjunction with the TECH Center on Main Campus.

Google Apps – public computers all provide the Chrome operating system as well as the Google Earth app.

Gross Anatomy Laboratory Assistant is also provided by an instructor and includes a Cross Section Navigator and Diagnostic Image Collection. This software was actually designed and built by TUSM faculty.

Web Browsers – In addition to Google Chrome, we provide the Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.

Microsoft Office Professional - This standard software package includes Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word.  With the image coming up in August, we will be upgrading Microsoft Office to version 2013 for all of the Dell computers.

Music and Media Utilities – The public computers have a number of software products that either come with the computer or are freely downloaded that play music and video including iTunes, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player and others.

Write n’ Cite – A plugin to Microsoft Word provided by RefWorks Citation Management software

Kurzweil 1000 – A patron can scan a physical book or document with either a scanner or camera and the software will read out loud to them the contents of the scan. – New for 2014

Read and Write Gold – a suite of tools that makes reading, writing and research easier for those who may have trouble with these tasks a result of dyslexia. – Updated for 2014

Jaws – screen-reading software that allows visually impaired students interact with a computer in much the same way as someone with full sight.

Zoomtext – magnifying software also for patrons with vision impairment – New for 2014

Dragon Speech Recognition Software – Allows patrons to interact with the computer by speaking commands and text instead of typing. – New for 2014

SPSS Statistical Software – Predictive analytics software used to compute statistics and make predictions about the future based on based trends. This software is used by a lot of researchers who collect large amounts of quantitative data.  – New for 2014


We would also like to share that by the end of August, we will have 10 new iMac’s up and running on the back wall where the old-style study carols used to be.

Changes In Periodical Holdings

As of July 1st, the Health Sciences Libraries will no longer subscribe to Access Emergency Medicine or JAMA Evidence.  The statistics on usage do not justify the libraries to keep access to these journals.  However, some of the resources available through these periodicals is available through other means offered by the libraries.  Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, the most popular title in Access Emergency Medicine,  is available on the Access Medicine platform.  Regarding JAMA Evidence, patrons seeking User’s Guide to the Medical Literature can find it electronically on the JAMA website as individual guides.  This title is also available in print at the Ginsburg Library.

Should you have any suggestions for additions to our collections, including electronic resources or periodicals, please let us know.  We want to make your education and research as fulfilling as possible!!!



Here Come The Boards!

To all of our Second Year students…CONGRATULATIONS!  You made it another year!  Now comes time for that rite of passage on your professional journey…the BOARDS!

The mere mention of that word can make the heartiest individuals tremble.  But you are not alone in your quest.  The library stocks many useful resources to help you prepare for the first assessment milestone in your professional career.  Within our circulating and reserve collections, we have many resources that offer insight into study preparation, strategies for taking the exams, and practice/commonly asked questions from throughout the years.  We have books prepared by popular test preparation companies such as First Aid, Kaplan, Platinum Notes, Lange, and NMS.  We also have a unique study tool put together by the REA (Research and Education Association) that resembles Flash Cards accompanied by a CD.

There is now a table dedicated to these USMLE STEP 1 resources within the library.  Feel free to ask for assistance with these materials or you can search HSC Library catalog for USMLE Step 1 for a complete listing of all of our resources.  For extra and FREE online resources, check out this compilation put together by Rutgers University:
Good Luck To You All!!