data carpentry announcement

Are you a PhD student or post doc researcher working with data? Working with data can be overwhelming. This Data Carpentry Workshop can help you get started!

The Carpentries organization strives “to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.” The Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be hosting a Data Carpentry Workshop on Tuesday (10/19), Wednesday (10/20) and Thursday (10/21) from 10am – 1pm online. If you want to learn more about organizing spreadsheets, cleaning data with OpenRefine, and gaining and introduction into R, please register at this link!

All learners are welcome, including those with little to no prior experience with these tools. For the first two weeks, we will prioritize PhD students and post docs within the Tufts community. Then, we will open registration up for other participants so be on the lookout for more information!

If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to reach out to Andrea Kang. We hope to see you there!

 

Now that you’re back, you might have questions or need a hand with a research project or using the library. How do you get help if you need it? Look no further! In this brief post we’re going to tell the many ways that you can get help when you need it!

Need help right now, in-person?

If you have a question and want to receive in-person help, just stop by the 4th floor help desk and ask to speak to the on-call librarian. During staffed hours at the library, there is always an on-call librarian to give you a hand.  Trust us on this – if you ask for the on-call librarian at the 4th floor desk- you are NOT bothering anybody! That’s what the on-call librarian is there for!

Need help right now, not in-person?

If you have a ( not too complicated) question and are not in the library, you can use the “Chat with Us” feature on our “Ask Us” (https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/research/ask-us) page. The “Chat with Us” feature allows you to connect with library in real-time during staffed hours at the library. Besides  the “Chat with Us” feature, you can also email us at anytime at: hhsl@tufts.edu and we will return you email as soon as we can.

What to schedule a time to speak with the librarian assigned to your school/program/department?

If you want to schedule a time to meet with the librarian assigned to your particular school/program/department, you can use our “Find a Librarian” (https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/research/liaison-program) to locate the librarian liaison that is just right for you. Your librarian liaison can help you with: systematic reviews, purchase recommendations, creating links to library resources from Canvas or websites, assistance with specialized tools and services. Your librarian liaison will have a “Schedule an appointment” icon on their profile and you can select a time and day that works for you.

What to schedule a workshop for a group to learn more about a resource or skill?

Is there someone that you and a group of your colleagues would like to learn? Just fill out the Workshops on Demand form (https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops/workshops-on-demand) and we will be in touch to set up your custom workshop. Workshops on Demand can be scheduled M-F between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm, depending on the availability of librarians, and we can conduct them via Zoom as well for those off-campus.  Of course, if you would like a one-on-one instruction session with a librarian, we can set that up too. Just contact us at hhsl@tufts.edu.

 

September brings a ramp up in reading assignments, papers, exams…and our writing consultant is here to help! All appointments this semester will be virtual and the schedule for the fall is as follows:

Tuesdays: 10am-12pm

Thursdays: 10am-3pm

Sundays: 12pm-5pm

Registration for September is open, so sign up now!

The service is available to all Health Sciences graduate students on the Boston Campus. Sessions are 45 minutes long and you may sign up for one session per day, and up to two sessions per week. For more information about the help our Writing Consultant provides and what to expect at your appointment, please visit the FAQ section of our Writing Consultants Guide.

Happy writing!

 

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library’s Anti-Racism Reading Group is excited to announce our Fall Reading Series – and you’re invited! All meetings are held virtually on Zoom and are not recorded.

Through a series of three meetings held the first or second Friday of each fall month, we will learn, unlearn, and be inspired to take actions through our discussion of these readings:

  • September 10th, noon to 1pm EST
    What Is Race? by Whit Taylor
    Explore the meaning of race through a graphic medicine (comic) reading.
    Register here 

We are excited to announce the opportunity to earn a participation certificate through the Fall Reading Series. Attend at least 2 meetings and complete a post-series feedback survey to earn yours.

We hope you will register and join us!

Post contributed by Christina Heinrich, Andrea Kang, and Amanda Nevius

 

In observance of Labor Day, the Hirsh Library Service Desk will have restricted hours on Monday, September 6th. The desk will be open Noon – 7pm that day, and there won’t be live chat. But you can e-mail us for help all the same, and we’ll get back to you when we can!

We will be back on Tuesday, open 7:45am – 8pm, with Live Chat going until 11pm that day.

Thank you for your patience in our re-opening. We’re excited to be back, and look forward to seeing you all at the desk!

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Autumn leaves, photo by A. LaVertu, 2021

Chilly nights and pumpkin spice have nothing on Fall Workshops@Hirsh! Now is the time to start pulling out those sweaters – and –  to sharpen your research skills for the Fall semester!  We can’t wait to see you!

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

 

Title:       Approaching the Lit Review

Date:      Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156281?hs=a

Description:
In this workshop, students will learn how to approach the literature review. Topics covered include database selection, devising effective search techniques, limiting articles to relevant study-types, and tools for keeping track of results.

 

Title:       Plagiarism, Citing Information, Turnitin – Oh my!

Date:      Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156285?hs=a

Description:
Questions about plagiarism, citing references and accessing Turnitin are the most frequently asked at Hirsh Library! Perhaps you have nagging questions about how to avoid accidental plagiarism or how to cite that weird reference? Come to this open workshop to get some answers, and make your research life, a little easier (or at least, a little less scary!).

 

Title:       JumboSearch

Date:      Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156354?hs=a

Description:
In this workshop, you will learn how to use JumboSearch, Tufts Libraries’ discovery tool. JumboSearch is your gateway to full-text articles, books, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, and more!

 

Title:       PubMed: An Introduction

Date:      Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156265?hs=a

Description:
This workshop will introduce you to PubMed, the world’s premiere biomedical literature database.  We will review the content of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

 

Title:       Beyond PubMed

Date:      Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156419?hs=a

Description:
Have you tried out your search on PubMed and are wondering if there’s something more? Did you get the advice you need to try another database in addition to PubMed and aren’t sure where to go next? Are you curious about what the most cited article is for your question? Do you want to know who has cited the articles you’ve selected so far?

While PubMed covers the biomedical sciences thoroughly, there are many other databases that cover all of the Sciences and Social Sciences broadly. This workshop will introduce you to resources beyond PubMed that will enrich your research.

 

Title:       EndNote: the Basics

Date:      Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156273?hs=a

Description:
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the citation management program EndNote.   EndNote allows you to create a library of references, attach and read PDFs, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents.  This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

 

Title:       Open Access Week: Where to Publish Open Access

Date:      Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156376?hs=a

Description:
October 25-31 will be Open Access Week. In celebration, participate in our workshop to learn more about finding open access journals to publish your work in. We’ll talk about some general tips for finding suitable journals, as well as specifically how to find appropriate open access publishing opportunities.

 

Title:       Zotero: the Basics

Date:      Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156311?hs=a

Description:
This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. With Zotero, you can:

  • collect references from web sites via your browser of choice
  • drag and drop PDFs to create references
  • generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents

This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

 

Title:       Essentials of Data Management

Date:      Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156301?hs=a

Description:
In this workshop, we will review best practices for naming, organizing, storing, depositing your research data, and creating a Data Management Plan. Managing your data before you begin your research and throughout its life cycle is essential to ensure its current usability and long-run preservation and access. A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop.

Title:       Research Metrics

Date:      Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156421?hs=a

Description:
In this workshop, we will show you how to find the number of times an article has been cited, create a citation report for a set of articles or an author, and compare citation statistics for authors, journals or articles in a particular field.  We will also discuss emerging metrics (‘altmetrics’), such as the number of times an article has been viewed or downloaded. Finally, we will show you how to choose the right journal for your manuscript.

 

 

Now that the school year is starting, our website is one of your best tools for navigating the library space and resources. On our website, you can get any of your burning questions answered: How do the printers work? When can I talk to a librarian?

Our homepage has dozens of links to resources. You can find our databases under the “databases” tab or under Quick Links on our homepage. You can also find JumboSearch, where you can browse through Tufts University book catalogs. You can also use the Ask Us box on the far right to send us an email or chat with our library staff.

When you need to contact a librarian for help, hover over the Research tab at the top of the page and schedule a consultation with a librarian, especially if you need research help. Under the Research tab, you can also find Research Guides, which have topics ranging from biomedical sciences to health communication. You can also navigate to help with thesis support and citation tools.

Under the Services tab, you can find pages on Interlibrary Loan, printing and scanning, open workshops, and much more.

If you’re looking for something specific, you should use our search bar at the top right corner of the homepage. (And if you’ll notice, that orange bar at the top is our staffed hours, in case you want to stop by the desk!) If you have any questions about the site.

And of course, you can always stay up to date on library news here on our blog.

 
The Organ Thieves cover

https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Organ-Thieves/Chip-Jones/9781982107529

…and we’re back! Physically in the library that is, which also means we can get back to adding print books to the collection. It has been too long since our last new books update. We have lots of catching up to do. Let’s start with these heavy-hitters that were released during lockdown:

You can find the titles above and all other new releases on the 4th floor of HHSL across from the Library Service Desk. As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you would like to recommend for purchase, please let us know by filling out the form at this link.

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https://meded.lwwhealthlibrary.com/book.aspx?bookid=2827

 

Recent updates to the LWW Health Library include a long list of new editions. Below are just some of these titles that are available to you now. For a complete listing, you can search the LWW Health Library via the following collections: Medical Education, Clerkship/Clinical Rotations, PA Rotations/Specialties, or PA Core Education.

 

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Photo by A. LaVertu, 2021

The sun setting earlier, and the cooler mornings are hints of autumn. Do you know what else is? Workshops@Hirsh!

August’s Workshops@Hirsh are a perfect opportunity to ‘dip your toes’ into the academic year ahead!  This month’s workshops focus on introducing you to essential resources to help you get the academic year off on the right foot!

August workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

 

Hirsh Library Web Site: The Grand Tour!
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118467?hs=a
This workshop will introduce you to the Hirsh Library’s web site and how to get the most out of the wealth of resources it contains!

Citation Management Tools: An Overview
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118766?hs=a
This workshop will provide an overview of the advantages of using citation management tools to organize both your references – and – your research. This workshop will feature Zotero as an example of how citation management tools can improve the research process.

Tools for Managing Your Writing
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118783?hs=a
In this workshop you will learn how to use library resources and tools to manage your writing from conception to publication. Resources covered include making effective use of citation management tools, databases to find journal impact factors, suggested apps, guidelines, and tips to keep track of your research.

 

 
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