Posts by: Kathryn Houk

This Wednesday is the annual Bates-Andrews Research Day for the School of Dental Medicine. All students who participated in summer research projects with Tufts funding are presenting their work via poster.

The event is sponsored by the George A. Bates Society and the Robert R. Andrews Research Honor Society and has been an annual showcase of student work since the 1930s! Presenters have the opportunity to win one of many cash prizes, awarded by faculty judges, based on poster design, research topic, strength of presentation and other factors.

Support your fellow Tufts students and see what they are researching by visiting the posters on the Dental School’s 14th and 15th floors between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Check out the program for more details and poster topics: Program for 2014 Bates Day

 

Join us this Thursday afternoon from noon to 1pm for an introduction to the best database you may never have heard of – Web of Science! Food and lidded drinks are allowed in the computer labs, so bring your lunch or a snack.

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Beyond PubMed: Web of Science
Thur, Feb 27th, Noon-1:00pm
Sackler 510

Cross disciplinary subject? Not sure of where to go after you search PubMed? Have you written an article and want to know who has quoted you? This workshop is for you! We will learn

- how to construct a keyword search
- show how finding one good article on a topic can lead to other articles on the same thing;
- and find out who is also working on your topic of interest.

Web of Science will become your new best friend for research!

Space is limited, so please register here by February 26th.

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Image via Senator Stabenow’s Flickr stream

The saga over the fate of the Agricultural Act of 2014, aka “The Farm Bill,” has finally ended. Earlier this month, President Obama signed the bill into law, praising the bipartisan legislation.

However, given the complexity of the bill and its wide-ranging implications, many of us are begging to know, what exactly is in the “The Farm Bill,”?

Ed O’Keefe and the staff of the Washington Post has “perused the 959-page farm bill to call out some neat, new and interesting anecdotes that might not normally see the light of day.”

Check out this insightful article:

“Hemp, farm-raised fish, food labels and food stamps: What’s in the farm bill?”
 

We’ve replaced our PubMed holdings icons with FindIt@Tufts buttons in order to more accurately reflect holdings of the Tufts Libraries. The FindIt@Tufts button appears on most of the other databases licensed by Tufts, and now appears on PubMed’s Abstract Display. (Figures 1 & 2)

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Figure 1: How to change to Abstract Display in PubMed

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Figure 2: FindIt button location in abstract view

The FindIt link will attempt to link to the full text of an article directly or via a link to a publisher’s page.  When FindIt@Tufts cannot link directly to the full text, it takes you to what is known as a resolver page. (Figure 3) This page provides links to our e-Journal providers, shows relevant information if Tufts has any print holdings of the items, allows you to search for the Tufts Catalog record and also links to our document-delivery service ILLiad, which can obtain PDFs of articles Tufts does not own.

Navigating the resolver page

Figure 3: Navigating the resolver page

Publisher icons often appear next to the FindIt@Tufts button. These icons MIGHT take users on the Tufts network directly to the full text, but if Tufts does not license that publisher, then it will ask you to pay for the article. For those on the Tufts Medical Center network and all computers off-campus, FindIt@Tufts provides the best avenue to the full text.

If you run across a journal that only provides a link to search the Tufts Catalog by ISSN or Title (Figure 4), but you know or believe the library has access to it, please notify us at hhsl@tufts.edu so we can investigate the linking failure.  We apologize for the inconvenience of this transition.

A resolver page with only a link to the Tufts catalog

Figure 4: A resolver page with only a link to the Tufts catalog

Reminder: You must always log into PubMed from the Hirsh Health Sciences Library homepage if you are in Tufts Medical Center or Off-Campus.   http://www.library.tufts.edu/hsl/ (Previous issues where PubMed was not asking you to log-in before use have been resolved.)

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and what better way way to celebrate than to read up on the greatest of drugs –  love? Once thought to be ruled by the heart, much research has been done to show that the brain is truly responsible for seeking, attaining and keeping an object of desire.

Perhaps Cupid’s real name is Dr. Helen Fisher, a researcher at Rutgers University and author of two books on the brain science behind attraction and love.

Two online summaries of her research can be found here:

Or, if you are a fan of TED Talks, here’s her 2008 presentation:

 

The Tufts Libraries also hold a handful of books on the topic. Remember, requests from Tisch Library are free and can be made directly through the catalog. Call or stop by the desk if you need help!

Speaking of the “love drug,” stop by the 4th floor desk for some chocolate tomorrow! Chocolate contains caffeine (which increases the output of feel-good serotonin) and phenethylamine (which triggers the release of endorphins).

So, if you aren’t in love, you can at least fake it with some chocolate, and if you are in love… keep riding the high!

That’s right- your favorite Tufts library is now on Instagram! We want to see how you study (or not) at the library, and want to hear from you what you’d like to see on our account.

Instagram_Icon_LargeFollow us at tuftshhsl, and be sure to tag your photos with:

  • @tuftshhsl
  • #hhslstudybreak or
  • #stuckinhhsl

What do you think? What kinds of photos would you like to see from the library? Any great ideas on how we can encourage you to interact with our new account? Let us know via email or in the comments!

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The Hirsh Library will soon be subscribing to Natural Standard – the leading evidence-based resource on alternative and complementary medicine.

You can find information like:

  • Professional and Bottom-Line monographs on thousands of CAM therapies
  • Evidence-graded lists of CAM therapies for diseases and conditions
  • Drug interaction and symptom checkers
  • Calculators and patient handouts

Explore the database today through our trial!

 

In an effort to gain more insight into how HHSL spends its time, we have begun taking statistics on all of our patron interactions.

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Don’t worry! We don’t record any information that would make an individual identifiable; however, we do need to know what your status is and which school or center you are a part of. When we ask who you are after having an interaction with you, it is merely for our recording purposes. (And if we forget to ask these questions, if you voluntarily tell us we would be delighted!)

So what kinds of patterns are we looking for when collecting this data? We are looking at statistics such as:

  • which groups use the library most frequently,
  • what types of questions we get,
  • how long it takes to answer questions,
  • when we seem to be the busiest throughout the week and day, and
  • how many interactions we have with our patrons in a given amount of time
 

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RefWorks: An Introduction
Thurs, January 30th, Noon – 1:00pm
Sackler 510

Want to streamline your research with your writing? Interested in tools to help manage your citations and bibliographies? This one-hour session will introduce you to RefWorks, an online citation management program. RefWorks allows you to create a personal database of references and generate bibliographies in a variety of formats.

This workshop will cover the basic functions of RefWorks, including:

  • how to set up an account
  • importing citations from research databases, such as PubMed and Google Scholar
  • formatting bibliographies in styles, such as APA and JAMA

This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required! But if you are already a RefWorks user, this session will be a great refresher for you!

Space is limited, so please REGISTER HERE by January 29th.

 ** HHSL Open Workshops are open to ANY Tufts community member. We welcome students, faculty, staff, clinicians and members of our affiliate hospitals. If you are allowed in the Sackler building, you are welcome at a workshop!
 

The library fondly remembers Dr. Richard Blacher, a generous advocate of the library who had a great interest in his field and treated all with kindness and humor. He passed away peacefully at Tufts Medical Center last night, January 16th 2014.

In Memoriam

Dr. Blacher practiced psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center and in Waban, Mass. for over 65 years. After graduating from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1948 he did his residency in Psychiatry at NYU  and Mount Sinai Schools of Medicine. During his illustrious career at Tufts, “Dick” became nationally known for his contributions in the psychiatric care and counseling of patients with cardiac disorders. He was an integral part of Tuft’s heart transplant program, and the hospital and his colleagues will dearly miss him.