Posts by: Katherine Morley

Stress Less Week has come just in time to help ease the pain of finals! We’ll be celebrating by providing coloring pages and origami paper at the Library Service Desk all week–everything you need for an easy study break.

You can also kick off the week with an Afternoon Tea study break at 3pm on Monday, 4/22 down at the Desk. We’re co-hosting with Student Wellness Advising, so we’ll have a variety of teas and treats (and coffee!). Come take a break and commiserate with your colleagues or grab a quick cup to bring back to your carrel!

Student Wellness Advising is also hosting a number of other relaxing events, culminating with an ice cream social in 114 on Thursday, 4/25 from 3-4:30pm! Be sure to keep an eye out and drop by if you get the chance.

Can’t make it to an event? Check out some of these helpful tips and techniques for stress management and reduction from Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service.

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Need a good luck charm to get you through finals? Want to give a friend a boost while they’re in a marathon study session? Then stop by the Library Service Desk on Thursday 4/18 and Friday 4/19 starting at noon! We’ll have all the supplies you need to make some motivational tokens for yourself or your friends. We have glass stones in a variety of shapes, colored papers, paint pens, and Mod Podge. What more could you need? We may even drag out the button maker…

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Photo by Tom, finish line diorama by Jean!

In observance of Patriots’ Day, the Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm on Monday April 15th. We will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday.

Patriots’ Day commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord, which took place on April 19th, 1775. It is also the traditional day for the Boston Marathon. How did these two events come to be linked? Hop over to this short article by The History Channel to find out!

For those interested in celebrating, MassLive has a good rundown of all the events going on this weekend, both Minuteman and Marathon -related.

We hope you enjoy the long weekend and wish good luck to any Jumbos running the race!

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Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay is licensed for reuse under the Pixabay License

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is pretty jam-packed with resources, available both electronically and in print.  But what do you do when you need something that we just don’t have?

ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service, is here to help!

ILLiad is a great way to order article PDFs, book chapter PDFs, whole books, patents, theses, dvds, sheet music, and more.  Just log into ILLiad using your Tufts username and password or create a username and password if you are not issued university credentials, for example, if you are Tufts Medical Center staff.  The first time you log in, you’ll fill out a quick registration form and then you can start using our online request forms to submit your orders.

PDFs of articles and book chapters typically arrive in three days or less and can be downloaded from your ILLiad account.  Books and other hard copies are picked up/returned to the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4.  You’ll receive email notification when your items are accessible.

Students get 20 free requests per year.  In addition, there are lots of requests that we never charge for, such as requests for scanned items from our own collection, items shipped from another Tufts library or a Boston Library Consortium member library, or if you require accommodations due to special circumstances.   Please see our ILLiad Policies and Procedures page for more information about fees and other aspects of this service.

You can also request items from other Tufts Libraries be shipped to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library using JumboSearch.  That services is always free and just requires you log into your JumboSearch  account.

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

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Attention second year medical students! As you’re preparing for Step 1 this spring, don’t forget about the study resources offered by Hirsh. We offer electronic question banks USMLE Easy and (new this year!) BoardVitals. Our research guide on Board Prep for Medicine lists our print and electronic Step 1 study materials: borrow First Aid and Kaplan comprehensive review resources or check out systems-based review books in the Student Consult, Rapid Review, or Blueprints series. Many of our most popular print resources, including two copies of First Aid 2018 are available on reserve at the Library Service Desk. Stop by the 4th floor and check them out!

 

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Study carrel feeling lonely? Assignments got you down? Why not make a little buddy to help cheer you up? That’s right, Hirsh’s favorite pom pom critters are back for two days only! Stop by the Library Service Desk this Thursday 3/21 and Friday 3/22 starting at noon and make a fluffy friend for yourself or someone else.

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Congratulations on your match, Class of 2019!  We can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow on Match Day and learn where you’re headed!

For those of you not in the know, Match Day is an annual event that began in 1952 where medical students learn where they will go for their residency program.  On Friday, March 15th the service desk on the 4th floor will be closed from 11am-2pm to accommodate celebrations for this event.  All other floors will be open for study.  Please plan on obtaining laptops and reserve items prior to 11am if you need them. Please note as well that the Food4Thought Cafe will be closed all day. Thank you!

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Fair use is hard at work, in places where you might not even realize or might take for granted.  Since this week is Fair Use Week, let’s celebrate the doctrine in Copyright Law that allows for the use of existing cultural and scientific material without permission, under certain circumstances, in order to promote innovation, creativity, and scholarship, fair use!  And, let’s take a moment to recognize all that fair use provides us…

News reporting – Fair use allows reporters to show previously created content to provide appropriate context around current events, giving the audience a better understanding of events that are unfolding.

Database Searching – Information can be indexed and searched, expediting discovery since fair use allows for the copying and ingestion of copyrighted works into searchable databases.

Text and Data Mining – The creation of searchable databases is a transformative fair use in which the copyrighted work is being used for a different purpose than its original intent. Internet search engines, plagiarism detection software, and other databases rely on this.

Art –  Fair use facilitates the use of culturally and historically significant clips and artifacts in various forms of entertainment. Appropriation art, such as Andy Warhol’s paintings of Campbell’s soup cans, relies extensively on preexisting works.

Fan fiction – Fair use permits the use of existing characters, songs, and audiovisual clips in the creation of new, user-generated content.

Parodies –  Since it is comedic commentary about a work, that, by definition, requires an imitation of the work to make its point, fair use allows it.

Documentary films – There are many ways in which documentary films may use copyrighted material.  Some examples include, for social or political critique, to illustrate points of argument, incidentally while filming something else, or in historical sequences.

And more!!!

Adapted from the Fair Use Promotes the Creation of New Knowledge Infographic

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

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February 5th marked the start of Lunar New Year celebrations, which will continue through Tuesday, February 19th. 2019 is the Year of the Pig, the twelfth animal of the Chinese Zodiac. ChineseNewYear.net offers some background on the pig’s symbolism and the characteristics of those born in the Year of the Pig.

Our campus is well positioned to take part in celebrations! Boston’s Chinatown hosts the largest parade in New England, which will kick off at 11am on Sunday 2/17 from Phillips Square (the corner of Harrison and Essex) and wend its way through the streets of Chinatown. Boston Discovery Guide gives a good run down of what you’ll expect to see during the parade.  After the parade, stick around to explore the Cultural Village which will feature arts, crafts, and cultural demonstrations. The Pao Arts Center is holding a number of workshops on Sunday as well, from dumpling-making and tea-tasting, to Lion Dance workshops for kids.

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!

 

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We’re in the thick of the semester, so why not take a moment to de-stress and send 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?). We’ll have all the glitter and doilies you need to let someone know how much you appreciate them!

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