Posts by: Amy LaVertu

 

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Photo by A. LaVertu, 2022

Happy 2023! Welcome to Tufts if you are new student this semester – and – welcome back if you are returning student!

Let’s the new year’s enthusiasm go to waste! If you have told yourself that you’d like to get better at literature searching or learn to use a citation management tool, now is your chance. That’s way we are kicking this semester’s Workshops@Hirsh with workshops are guaranteed to  get you off on the right foot. We hope you can join us!

Workshops are  held on Wednesdays from 2-3pm via Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants.
Click on the workshop link to learn more about the workshop and to register .

Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

PubMed: An Introduction
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
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.

Zotero: the Basics
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
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!

 

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Image by Rachel Burkum from Pixabay

Dark nights and holiday lights! It’s December in Boston and studying for finals won’t be forever, so…time to start thinking about enjoying all the Boston-area has to offer to celebrate the December holidays!

Not sure what there is to do? Let us help you find the perfect way to enjoy this holiday season by sharing some fabulous guides!

Boston Holiday Events (from bostoncentral)
“Our December list of holiday kids and family activities guide gives you a one-stop shop to find fun things to do in and around Boston with the family. This handy list is organized by region to make it easy to find something fun to do no matter where you are in the Greater Boston area.”

Boston Holiday Performances (from bostoncentral)
“Many cherished holiday traditions are back, after a challenging year+. From the twinkling lights, festive concerts, shows, & celebrations taking place throughout the city, Boston really comes alive during the holidays.”

December Events at Seaport
There’s a lot going on just a mile from the Boston campus, including…curling!!!! From curling to holiday markets, check out all there is to do this month in Seaport.

Annual Kwanzaa Concert and Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa
The OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center will presenting two Kwanzaa events this December at the Main Stage Theater at Roxbury Community College. The Annual Kwanzaa Concert will be on Saturday December 10th at 3pm featuring “students from OrigiNation’s Performing Arts Academy and our Professional Dance Division.”  A performance of Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa will be held on Saturday December 17that  3pm. Ticketing information for the events is available at the links above.

Menorah Lighting
“Join Chabad of Downtown Boston for their annual Menorah lighting ceremony at One Seaport on Thursday, December 22 at 6:00pm. The event will include lighting a tall 9′ Menorah, individually packaged Chanukkah treats, and more!” There will also be a lighting on December 18th in Copley Square. Both events are free.

 Candlelight Carols and Handel’s Messiah
Two “treasured Advent-Christmas traditions” presented by Trinity Church Copley Square: Candlelight Carols and Handel’s Messiah. Learn more about times and tickets for these events at the link above.

 

 

pinecone turkey

They’re baaaack…..PINECONE TURKEYS!!!!!!!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/17 and Friday 11/18, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered, freaky friend!!!  There will be googly-eyes galore, fabulous feather and all the hot glue you can handle! Please stop by and make one of these beauties!

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It’s never too late for learning here at Hirsh Library! As approach the end of the Fall Workshops@Hirsh Library series, we want to draw your attention to two excellent workshops coming your way!  These two workshops on topics of critical importance to researchers here on the Health Sciences campus: the use of ORCID ids and the updated NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. If you engaged in research or grant writing, then these are two must attend workshops! We hope we see you there!

Bolstering your research identity with ORCID

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Gain a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of your research impact, streamline maintenance of your research profiles, and distinguish your scholarly presence all through ORCID, a non-proprietary researcher identifier and set of tools to maximize connections in research scholarship.  As part of this workshop, we’ll walk through setting up an ORCID account (if you don’t already have one), populating your profile, auto-updating other research profiles, and more.

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9620466?hs=a

 

NIH Data Sharing Policy Update

**Thursday, November 17, 2022**

12:00pm – 1:00pm

In January 2023 the NIH will be updating their Data Management and Sharing Policy, which will affect both applicants and recipients of NIH grants. In this workshop, we will discuss the upcoming changes to the NIH policy, why data sharing is important, and data management strategies that will help you stay compliant throughout the lifecycle of your research project.

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9620449?hs=a

 

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“Dem bones, dem bones…” are coming to a TUSM Learning Community near you! For the next three weeks, the Hirsh Library will be taking some bones (and other assorted anatomy resources “on the road”)! Yes, it’s time for the “Anatomy Roadshow”!

What is the “Anatomy Roadshow” you ask?  The “Anatomy Roadshow” is an opportunity for TUSM students to learn about invaluable tools for studying gross anatomy. These tools include actual bones (!),  online self-assessment modules and  exclusive photographic atlases that aren’t available on the web. With gross anatomy, you definitely want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to discerning how best to study. We know that students are busy, so we’re bringing these tools directly to you!

We will be visiting the TUSM Learning Communities on Tuesdays from 12noon – 1pm. Here’s where we’ll be in the coming weeks:

10/25 – Park Street Learning Community (rooms 205-209) 

11/1 – Haymarket Learning Community (rooms 211-215)

11/8 – Aquarium Learning Community (rooms 305-309)

11/15 – Fenway Learning Community (rooms 311-315)

In the meantime, you can learn about anatomy resources at Hirsh Library at: https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/anatomy  and  https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/find/equipment

Hope to see you there!

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By Marco Verch under Creative Commons 2.0 https://foto.wuestenigel.com/political-elections-coming-soon/

Election Day 2022 is less than a month away, folks! If you haven’t yet registered to vote in Massachusetts – or – have not yet requested an absentee ballot to vote in another state, then the time is now! That is why this blog post is focusing on how to getting the information you need to get your vote counted this year!

If you are a resident of the state of Massachusetts and intend to vote in next month’s election, please check out the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ “Elections and Voting” site:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm

Registered to vote in Massachusetts and mystified by this year’s ballot questions? Then, check out this primer: https://www.necn.com/news/local/a-closer-look-at-the-2022-massachusetts-ballot-questions/2832683/

Are you registered to vote in another state and need to complete an absentee ballot?  Luckily, we can direct you to all the information you need! Information for every state is available at Vote.org (https://www.vote.org/). You might also want to check out the “How to Vote in Every State” YouTube series, which is a collection of quick 2 minute videos that tells you everything you need to know in order to vote for every state: https://www.youtube.com/c/howtovoteineverystate/featured

Now, get out there and VOTE!

 

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October is knocking on your door – and – so our workshops@Hirsh! This is a month to ‘treat’ yourself  by learning new ‘tricks’ to enhance your skills! This month we’ll be introducing you to Zotero,  tools to help you and your patients make decisions, the world of pre-prints, and statistical sources that you need. Don’t be scared – join us!

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom.

Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be emailed to you after you register.   Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

Zotero: the Basics

Date:     Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9586489?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!

 

Tools for Shared Decision Making

Date:     Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9591978?hs=a

Description: Shared decision making is a key component of patient-centered health care, where clinicians and patients work together to make decisions, select tests, choose treatments and create care plans. The goal of shared decision making is to balance risks and expected outcomes with patient preferences and values.  This workshop will highlight quality tools that you can equip patients with to enable and encourage these valuable conversations.

 

The Power of Preprints

Date:     Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9620394?hs=a

Description:  Preprints are scholarly manuscripts that have been posted prior to becoming published articles.  With the increased demand to accelerate research, preprints have become a more common part of the publishing process, despite the fact that these drafts have not yet been submitted to a journal nor have they undergone the peer review and editorial process.  This workshop will discuss the benefits and concerns to consider when publishing and utilizing preprints. It will also address where to locate preprints involving health sciences research.

 

Get That Stat Source: Locating U.S. Health Data

Date:     Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9584689?hs=a

Description: This workshop will introduce you to major sources of health data for the United States. Topics will include: data collection stakeholders and methods, tips & tricks for locating health data, and an introduction to the Hirsh Library “Health Data and Statistics” guide.

 

 

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Join us on Wednesday, September 14 for the first study break of the semester! Starting at 2:30pm at the Library Service Desk (4th floor, opposite the café).

We’ll have tea, cocoa, and some sweet treats to help you power through the rest of the week. We hope to see you there!

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Welcome to Tufts – and welcome to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library! We are so glad you’re here!

The Hirsh Library looks forward to supporting you during your time at Tufts. We also want to share some tips to get you started right now:

We wish you a most fabulous Fall semester and hope that you will explore the wealth of resources available to you at Hirsh. Welcome!

 

 

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Welcome back! We missed you! Start off this academic year on the right note and enhance your research skills with workshops@Hirsh. This month, we are kicking off our Fall workshop series by presenting three workshops that cover fundamental skills and resources.  If you need a refresher or feel overwhelmed, these workshops are for you. We hope you will join us!

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom.

Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be emailed to you after you register.   Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

September 14 – Approaching the Lit Review

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.

Instructor(s):
Amy E. LaVertu (she/her) is the librarian liaison to the Friedman School of Nutrition, as well as the departments of Geographic Medicine & Infectious Disease, and Psychiatry at the Tufts Medical Center. 

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9584669?hs=a 


September 21 – PubMed: An Introduction

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.

Instructor(s):
Allie Tatarian (they/them) is a data librarian, liaison for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and former biologist with over 5 years of wet lab experience. Their experience as a researcher sparked an interest in scientific communication, particularly in the ways scientists communicate with each other (and their future selves). Contact them for help with search strategies, data management, or finding molecular biology tools.

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9620364

 

September 28 – EndNote: the Basics 

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!

Instructor(s):
Paige Scudder (she/her) is Hirsh Library’s Data and Educational Technology Librarian.

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9591551?hs=a

 

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