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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. Go ahead, take a gander at my post full of graphs from last year. That should give you a good idea of what we do with this info!

This academic year we’ve done something different: scattered the days. We’re still collecting 7 days worth of data in October and March, but this time around those 7 days are 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). Back in October you might have noticed that a few times there were big signs on the floors by the entryways and elevators warning you that we were collecting stats.

Well keep your eyes out for them!

We won’t announce ahead of time which days we’re counting (see our need to randomize, above), but we don’t want you to be completely off guard, either. If you come into Hirsh and you see one of those tall signs, please know that we will be coming around a few times that day to ask you which program you’re with.

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 this next month and finding out just what our beloved HHSL looks like this spring.

Good luck on studying and all of your exams and projects!
Tom

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Look, we’ve all been there. You really WANT to attend that HHSL Open Workshop, but we were up SO LATE on Sunday studying/watching the Oscars/binging Netflix, and 9:00 am Tuesday feels so early. So you decide to attend the Wednesday 4:00 pm session of the workshop. But hey, did you notice that it is staying light outside until almost 6:00 and also the world is not currently a Frozen Hellscape and you should really go outside for vitamin D?

Have you squandered your last chance to learn EndNote? Thrown away your shot to master Web of Science? Wasted all opportunities to hone your PubMed skills? Are you doomed?

“On Fire” Gunshow #648 by KC Green. This is a meme all over the internet now, give its creator some love here.

No! Your friends at Hirsh Health Sciences Library would never abandon you! We know how busy you are, and we can’t schedule Open Workshops at times that fit everybody’s schedule. To better meet your needs, we bring you Workshops on Demand– gather a few friends, find some times that work for a group session, and tell the Library what you want to learn about. We will provide the content, and expert librarian instructor, and we’ll even book the room. Choose from the list of topics, or suggest your own- we’re listening! Just fill out the form and we will be in touch to set up your custom workshop. These sessions are a great way to maximize learning and interaction with an instructor and your classroom peers, and ideal for those embarking on group projects. 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 WebEx 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 here)

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heartsThe 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!

The Student Wellness Advisor will also be hosting a few fun events this week:

Wed 2/8 : Tea and Treats
2:30-4pm, Sackler 4 behind the cafe
Enjoy an afternoon study break with the Wellness Advisor

Thurs 2/9: Analysis of Love and Relationships
12-1pm in Sackler 316
Lunch will be provided for this discussion group

Fri 2/10: Fun Day
3-4:30pm, Sackler 507
Unwind with therapy dogs and people treats!

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A cart full of Free books, all in need of a good home. Drop by the Circulation desk on the 4th floor of the Sackler building, and hopefully you’ll find something you like.

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Boston Chinese New Year 2016

2016 Chinese New Year Parade in Boston (Matthew Dailey)/ CC BY-NC 2.0

Tomorrow, January 28th, is the first day of the Chinese Calendar and the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. Starting this evening, the next two weeks will be filled with celebrations. Fireworks, feasts, family reunions and parades are some of the well-known festivities associated with 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 12th. 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:

About the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year Traditions

Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Year of the Rooster

Stories about Chinese New Year

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February is Thesis/Capstone/ALE Boot Camp Month!

During the month of February, Hirsh Library will be offering a 4-part ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking a thesis, Capstone or ALE project.

Workshops are held on Tuesday 9-10am and then repeated on Wednesdays 4-5pm. 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.


February Workshops:

 

Approaching the Literature Review 

This workshop is the first a 4-workshop ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking a thesis, Capstone or ALE project. 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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

9:00 am

Register for WebEx

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

4:00 pm

Register for WebEx

 

Citation Tools: An Overview 

Citation management tools help you manage the research process. These tools allow you to store and organize references, as well as automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles, such as APA and AMA. They store PDFs, allow you to share references with others, and so much more! Learn about your options among four major citation managers: RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley. This workshop will provide an overview of these tools to inform your decisions on which tool is best for you.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

9:00 am

Register for WebEx

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

4:00 pm

Register for WebEx

 

Fact or Fiction: Copyright and Your Thesis 

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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

9:00 am

Register for WebEx

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

4:00 pm

Register for WebEx

 

Using Images 

We will survey and search image collections licensed by Tufts and in the public domain.  We will also discuss options for storage, display, and citing sources.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:00 am

Register for WebEx

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

4:00 pm

Register for WebEx

 

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The Syrian American Medical Society is launching a medical book drive this coming month collecting 2-edition-old or newer medical reference books (Anatomy, Dermatology, Cardiology, etc) as well as any anatomy sets one has laying around.  The resources will be used to educate health-care staff in Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, and Syria, particularly for refugee camp work.  If you wish to donate materials, there is a collection box in the Office of Student Affairs on the fourth floor of the Sackler building. Please direct any questions to Julian Willett at:  julian.willett@tufts.edu

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library has been and will continue to donate books to this cause. It is our sincerest hope that together we may collect as many materials as possible in aid of the ongoing crisis.

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Do you want to earn some extra money in between your exciting classes and volunteer work? Have you seen your classmates behind the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of Sackler and thought that looked like a pretty good set up? Do you just think we have an awesome desk and want to get paid to sit behind it (and help out your fellow classmates)?

Good news! You can!

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library hires graduate students from this very campus to staff the Service Desk, in particular in the evenings and on the weekends. It is a part time job, with all necessary training done on-shift. There is no specific hiring period, but rather occasional hirings depending on staffing needs and school schedules. Students from all programs on campus are welcome!

If you’re interested in applying, you have two easy options: 1) Swing by the desk in some free time and fill out an application in person (advantage: you can ask us any questions you may have about the job), or 2) head here and fill out the online application (advantage: you don’t need to wear pants to fill it out).

We hope we get a chance to work with you in the coming months!

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journal stacks

Below is a list of journals in print that will be cancelled for the new year. But never fear, you will still have full access to all of these titles electronically. The eJOURNALS tab on the home page is the quickest way to search for an electronic journal.

We will continue to receive nearly a hundred other journal titles in print, displayed on the 4th floor of Sackler. Just a reminder that only the current year is on 4; all previous years can be found in the Journal Stacks on the 7th floor.

 

  • Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  • Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
  • Circulation Research
  • Current Opinion in Pediatrics
  • Endocrine Reviews
  • Epidemiology
  • Healthcare Financial Management
  • Hypertension
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Investigative Radiology
  • Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
  • Journal of Hypertension
  • Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
  • Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Peritoneal Dialysis International
  • Physical Therapy
  • Retina
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Well, hello there boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen. Back from Thanksgiving break so soon, are we?

What’s that you say? Exams a’ comin’? Already? Boy howdy.

Why don’t you join me for a moment.  I’ll tell you a tale as old as the print journals on the 7th Floor. The story of a creature most hideous, most foul, and most dangerous. Of course, I speak of THE BLOCK.

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AHHH! Thar he scowls! Be careful, don’t look into his eyes! How does one summon THE BLOCK? Let me share the lore with you.

Now, some say that if you return a reserve item (like a laptop, phone charger, skull, or reserve book) late once, THE BLOCK will follow you for 24 hours after you return the item, and you will be mysteriously unable to check out items from the Library. If you return an item late a second time, THE BLOCK will haunt your nightmares for 7 days, impeding your ability to study and borrow headphones (and other things).

Now, many have tempted fate and survived the wrath of THE BLOCK once, even twice. But beware, should you return a third reserve item late, the foul beast will cast his sharp, cubic shadow over your life for two fortnights!

(You know, you won’t be able to check anything out for one month after you return the delinquent item)

AND THAT’S NOT ALL. If you summon THE BLOCK three times, he will, like Marley’s Ghost, visit your Dean and share tales of your misdeeds.

And finally, if you are one of the foolish few who learns nothing of your third encounter with this reviled, hideous hexahedron, and you dare invite his wrath again, THE BLOCK will rob you of your borrowing privileges for the rest of the semester, and he will darken the doorstep of your Dean again.

And the most TERRIFYING thing of all? Every time you summon THE BLOCK, you wear his mark for the remainder of the academic year. So remember, a late return in September will follow you all the way to next July.

So take heed, as exams approach:

  • Try to get some sleep
  • Stay hydrated
  • Return your reserve items on time, and
  • DON’T MOCK THE BLOCK

(The Hirsh Health Sciences Library blocking policy can be found in its entirety here: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/policies/overdue-items)

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