Hello hello everyone. It’s about that time again: time for the Affiliation Survey!

Twice a year, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library runs the Affiliation Survey, where we walk around and ask every one of our lovely patrons which program they are with (Dental, Medical, Sackler, etc). This is all we ask. We will not ask for your name or even which year you’re in! The numbers we collect are used in aggregate so we can get a snapshot of what the library usage is like. You can take a look at my post from July to see how the data turns out.

Here’s how it goes: there are 7 days spread out over the whole month, randomly chosen to try and maximize the usefulness of the numbers (in other words, we’re trying not to get skewed by specific exam blocks too much). On those days, HHSL staff (you’ll probably recognize us!) will walk around 4 times over the course of the day to gather the totals of how many people from each school are in the library. There will be signs and posters up this month, so you’re not caught unaware.

Keep your eyes out for them!

We won’t announce ahead of time which days we’re counting (see our need to randomize, above), so it’s safe to assume that it could just happen any day this month.

Don’t panic!

If you don’t want to be bothered (or to speak out loud), you are welcome to leave your ID next to you while you study. If that is still not good enough, you can write your program down on a piece of paper and leave that next to you. If you’re in a group room, feel free to stick a note to the outside of the door (on the wood – the windows must remain clear!) telling us how many people of what program(s) are in the room. Done and done. We will add that number to our count, and we will move on to the next person!

There are pencils, pens, markers, scrap paper, and tape down at the Service Desk on the 4th floor, so you can even make your sign bright and cheerful! If you have any questions or concerns, let us know either in person at the desk, or through Ask Us on our website. We’re here to help and make this quick and easy.

But otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all next month and finding out just what our beloved HHSL looks like this fine spring.

Good luck on studying and I look forward to seeing you in the library!
Tom

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You may have noticed some new things in the library when you came back for the semester. And if you haven’t…why not go check them out?

On the 4th floor, we converted some empty bookshelves into a high counter like the one on the other side of the floor. There are power outlets built in to the top of the counter, so you can pull up a seat for lunch and stay there all afternoon.

 

Over at the Library Service Desk, we have new touchscreen monitors that will make your interactions at the Desk even easier. These were purchased with a Jay Daly Technology Grant that we were awarded by North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, Inc, which is our local chapter of the Medical Library Association.

 

And just up the stairs on the 5th floor, we have some exciting new furniture! We relocated a number of small tables and installed 10 Brody WorkLounges, which have been receiving rave reviews from our colleagues at other libraries. The Brodys are designed to help minimize distractions and keep your body supported in an optimal position for focusing. Each one has built-in power and a storage shelf where you can tuck away your belongings and focus on your work.

You can let us know what you think or give us suggestions for things you’d like to see in the library by emailing us at hhsl@tufts.edu. We always welcome your feedback!

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Friday, February 16th marks  the first day of the Chinese Calendar and the beginning of the Year of the Dog.  For the next two weeks, there will fireworks, feasts, family reunions and parades to celebrate the Lunar New Year. There are also a great many traditions associated with the Lunar New Year that are centuries old, such as the hanging of traditional ‘new years’ poems, cleaning the home, the receiving new clothes and getting one’s haircut.

And because our campus is located very conveniently in Chinatown, be sure to check out the Chinese New Year Parade! It’s the largest annual celebration in Boston’s Chinatown with lion dancers, music, and firecrackers—and if you haven’t tried the plethora of food options in our neighborhood, what a better time to venture out and celebrate? This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, February 25, 11:00 am starting at the John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road . Here’s some more information about the festivities in Boston. 

If you are celebrating Lunar New Year, we wish safe travels and  much joy and prosperity this year! 恭贺新禧  Happy New Year!

Further reading:

“Celebrating the Chinese New Year now — and Chinatown always” (Boston Globe – February 13, 2017)

About the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year Traditions

Stories about Chinese New Year (National Public Radio)

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In honor of Presidents’ Day, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will have shortened hours on Monday, February 19th. We will be open 12pm to 7 pm.

We will be open regular hours on Sunday (2/18) and again on Tuesday (2/20).

We hope you have a great weekend!

In honor of Valentine’s day, we put together a few leisure reading recommendations.

 

If you’re looking for a love story…

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)

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If you enjoyed Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this book is worth checking out. In this modern day retelling of the classic tale, Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties, Jane is a yoga instructor, Mary is working on her third master’s degree, Kitty and Lydia are too busy with crossfit to get jobs and Mrs. Bennet has only one thing on her mind: How to marry off her daughters. Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend, neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . . And yet, first impressions can be deceiving

 

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

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After Big Little Lies hit HBO last year, we’ve had our eye on Liane Moriarty. In the Husband’s Secret, Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

 

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

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If you haven’t read or seen the movie for Me Before You yet we highly recommend checking it out (and skipping over the rest of this recommendation to avoid spoilers). After You picks up where Me Before You left off, with Lou trying to pick up the pieces after Will’s death. After an accident that leaves her in rough shape, Lou finds herself joining a Moving On support group that takes place in a church basement. The members lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future.

 

If you’re not looking for a love story…

 

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites

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So you’ve read Harry Potter and you’re obsessed with wizards… give this book a try. When a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born, he discovers a moment too late that the son is actually a daughter. Now the young girl is forced to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Unseen University–and attempt to save the world with one well-placed kick in some enchanted shins!

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

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If you’re looking for an adventure story filled with puzzles and pop culture, this may be the book for you. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

Four Blind Mice by James Patterson

Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross, #8)

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Looking for a good detective novel? Detective Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner shows up at his door with a case he can’t refuse. One of John Sampson’s oldest friends, from their days in Vietnam, has been arrested for murder. Worse yet, he is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army. The evidence against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber but Sampson is certain his friend has been framed.

Specially-trained student Data Lab Assistants now provide walk-up help at the Tufts Technology Services Support Desk on the 5th floor of the Sackler building.  Lab Assistants can answer questions about Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistics and data visualization, and troubleshoot basic problems with related software.  Each assistant has specific areas of expertise, so check the table below to get the help you need!

Data Lab Assistant hours can also be viewed on the Data Lab calendar (use the arrow in the upper right corner of the calendar to limit view to Boston Campus).

For additional support, please email Tufts Data Lab:  DataLab-Support@elist.tufts.edu

Post contributed by Laura Pavlech

 

The weather is gross and you have a lot of work to do. Why not cheer yourself up by sending some love? This Thursday and Friday we’ll have a variety of supplies out at the Library Service Desk so you can make valentines for yourself, your friends, or that special someone (your favorite librarian, perhaps?). Let someone know how much you appreciate them! (Or just have fun playing with some glitter and doilies).  Crafting starts at noon!

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February is upon us and in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month and Black History Month, we bring you EVERYONE SMILES! co-authored by Tufts University’s own School of Dental Medicine student Gary L. Kersey. The book showcases the diversity of smiles and takes children through a step-by-step guide on brushing, flossing, and rinsing. From a historic standpoint Gary L. Kersey is the first and youngest African-American to publish a book of this kind.

Advocating that the power of the smile touches each and every culture around the globe, in addition to the easy-to-learn dental health lesson for kids, this book includes pediatric diversity in the form of age, race, gender and both mental and physical disabilities. – Ambassador International Publishing

Gary L. Kersey - photo: Tim J. Kim (TUSDM '18)

“Everyone Smiles hits the literary market at a time when lack of access to affordable dental care, is causing residual effects and detrimental impacts on the general health of low-income Americans, especially in children. Tooth decay is the most common chronic illness among school-age children, yet it is almost entirely preventable. Furthermore, the rate among low-income children is more than twice that for children with more income (31% versus 14%). Ironically, Medicaid and CHIP cover comprehensive dental benefits for children, but 30% of children with private health insurance are uninsured for dental care. (These dental statistics are sourced from the Kaiser Family Foundation).” – Gary L. Kersey, Jr.

A copy of EVERYONE SMILES! can be found at the new books display on the 4th floor of the Sackler Building.

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Currently working on a thesis/Capstone/ALE or other research project? Want to jump start your project?

Then Research Project Boot Camp Month is for you!

During the month of February, Hirsh Library will be offering a 5-workshop ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking research projects.

Workshops are held on Tuesday 9-10am and then repeated on Wednesdays 3-4pm (unless otherwise noted). Workshops are held in Sackler 510.

Registration for in-person sessions is encouraged: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

Please select the “Register” link if you would like to attend the workshop remotely via WebEx.

Approaching the Lit Review
Tuesday February 6
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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.

Which Citation Manager Should I Choose?
Tuesday February 13
Register for WebEx
Wednesday February 14
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This workshop will provide a “lay of the land” regarding citation managers, such as EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, and others. We will discuss how to select the citation manager that is just right for your project.

“Are You My Resource?” How to Pick the Right Resources for Your Project
Tuesday February 20
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Wednesday February 21
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This workshop will review how to identify and locate resources for your research topic. We will discuss how to identify key stakeholders, how to locate article database by topic, ‘grey literature’ and ‘trade literature’ and how to find it.

Copyright and Your Thesis
Tuesday February 27
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Various aspects of creating your thesis or dissertation may involve copyright. Whether you are incorporating other people’s content, such as graphs or images, reusing some of your own work, publishing all or part of your thesis content, there are copyright considerations that can seem challenging and daunting to address. This workshop will provide guidance in navigating the questions and decisions that come up during the thesis and dissertation process around your rights and the rights of others.

EndNote: the Basics
Wednesday February 28
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the EndNote citation management program. EndNote allows you to create a personal database of references and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required!

 

We hope you’re enjoying running your searches and managing your research and library account using JumboSearch, Tufts Libraries’ one-stop shop to search for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

Because JumboSearch does so much, and is a big change from the library catalogs you may be accustomed to using, we’ve built custom Search Help, by Tufts Librarians, for Tufts Users! You can find the link on the top menu of every JumboSearch page.

If you’re stuck searching for books on Reserve for your class, struggling to find a particular journal or a book, wishing to explore the holdings of the Tufts Digital Library, or wondering how to explore the collection in your local Tufts library, our Search Help is here to…help.

Of course, if you run into trouble using JumboSearch you can always stop by the Library Service Desk on  Sackler 4, give us a call at 617-636-6705, shoot us an email at  hhsl@tufts.edu, text us at 617-477-8439, or chat us up!

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