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On Sunday, April 23, 2017, a history of your ILLiad (interlibrary loan) requests older than January 1, 2014 will be deleted from your ILLiad account.

Please take a moment to look through your ILLiad Request history and save any requests that you would like to keep. To do this, log into your account and on the left-hand side menu, choose Request History. Click on the requests you would like to keep and either print out or copy the information to your own files.

Transaction deletions occur annually every spring semester. If you have any questions, please contact hhsl-docdel@tufts.edu.

 

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Spring is finally here! April is just the right time to re-fresh and re-charge your brain with our Open Workshops series!

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 a workshop that is availble remotely via WebEx.

And remember, if you can’t make it to a workshop, you can also request a workshop on demand!

 

April Workshops:

Measuring Research Impact
Want to know how many times an article has been cited, or find your h-index?  Always wanted to know what journal Impact Factor is?  In this workshop, we will show you how to find the number of times an article has been cited, create a citation report for a set of articles or an author, and compare citation statistics for authors, journals or articles in a particular field.  We will also discuss emerging metrics (‘altmetrics’), such as the number of times an article has been viewed or downloaded.  Finally, we will review the different metrics used to evaluate journals, and how to choose the right journal for your manuscript.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

9:00am -1 0:00am

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Visualizing Data with “R”: An Introduction
R is an open source programming language used to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. Researchers and health professionals can use it to convey complex information in a manner that is easy to understand. The flexibility of R allows large amounts of data to be processed and represented in ways that spreadsheet programs cannot. This introductory workshop provides a brief overview of how R works and what it’s capable of. This session will end with a hands-on data visualization exercise utilizing a sample data set. No prior experience with R or programming languages is required.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

9:00am -1 0:00am

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Data Management Essentials
In this workshop, we will review best practices for naming, organizing, storing, and depositing your research data, as well as creating a Data Management Plan. Managing data before, during and after research is essential to ensure it remains accessible and usable.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

9:00am -1 0:00am

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Introduction to HTML and CSS
Coding is a crucial skill needed to succeed in a variety of disciplines. Learning Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) is no different. HTML is the code used to create web pages and Cascading Styling Sheets (CSS) is used to style them. This introductory workshop gives an overview of HTML and CSS with a hands-on exercise utilizing the text editor Notepad ++. No prior experience with web design is needed.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

9:00am -1 0:00am

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

 

You now have full access to the archives of the Handbook of Physiology electronically through Comprehensive Physiology.

From the publisher:

Comprising an archive of more than 30,000 pages of content from the American Physiological Society’s renowned Handbook of Physiology (HoP), which was published as a series of books from 1977 to 2008: presented here for the first time in digital format.

Comprehensive Physiology is the most authoritative and comprehensive collection of physiology information ever assembled, and uses the most powerful features of review journals and electronic reference works to cover the latest key developments in the field, through the most authoritative articles on the subjects covered.

This makes Comprehensive Physiology a valued reference work on the evolving science of physiology for both researchers and clinicians. It also provides a useful teaching tool for instructors and an informative resource for medical students and other students in the life and health sciences.

 

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 3/9 and Friday 3/10 starting at noon and make a fluffy friend for yourself or someone else! And while you’re down there, don’t forget to vote in that day’s March Madness match-ups!

Ready to march forward into another month of Open Workshops? We hope so, because there are fantastic workshops scheduled for March!

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.

And remember, if you can’t make it to a workshop in person or WebEx, you can also request a workshop on demand!

 

March Workshops:

Web of Science & Scopus

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? Then Web of Science and Scopus may be 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 and Scopus will become your new best friends for research!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Ovid MEDLINE: An Introduction

Are you ready to become an expert MEDLINE searcher? In this workshop, we will explore Ovid MEDLINE and its powerful search interface , which includes ways of limiting retrieval to articles with evidence. We will each make a personal account and set up a literature alert on a topic of interest to us.

Tuesday, March 7

9:00am -1 0:00am

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Tools for Managing Your Writing

In this workshop you will learn how to use library resources and tools to manage your writing from conception to publication. Resources covered include: making effective use of citation management tools; databases to find journal impact factors; suggested apps, guidelines, and tips to keep track of your research.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

9:00am -1 0:00am

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork

Thinking about writing a systematic review? Curious about what the process entails? Not sure what a systematic review is? Come to this workshop to learn about systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and other types of high-level research reviews. We will discuss topics such as the elements of a systematic review, protocols, resources, timelines, and suggested databases.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

9:00am -1 0:00am

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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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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