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Our new website has been live for almost a month and we hope you’ve had the chance to explore it! If not, take a moment to familiarize yourself with all the great updates.

Here are some of our favorite new features :

  • The new website has a more enhanced user experience for mobile devices.
  • The most popular links, including PubMed and UpToDate, will still be at users’ fingertips within the Quick Links section.
  • Users can view the latest hours for the Café with a link to the menu for the week.
  • The new website includes the added “Available Technology” feature with the number of items  available for checkout in real time.

To access our new website navigate to:http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu.

We welcome all feedback! You can share your experience here .

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For those of you not already familiar, MeSH or Medical Subject Headings are the standard terms used to describe biomedical topics in PubMed. Basically, a staff person at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) tags each article with the appropriate MeSH based on what the article is about. The great thing is you don’t have to worry about spelling variations, conjugation, or even synonyms with MeSH. If the article is about the concept, the NLM staffer will tag it with the right MeSH, even if the exact words used in the text are different.
So what made the list of new MeSH for 2016? Well, a few were surprising, such as the term Grandparents. How was that not already in there? Considering Antelope has been a MeSH since 1991, why did it take this long to add Giraffe? And, is it really that often that Legendary Creatures comes up in the biomedical literature that it deserves its own heading?
Well, check the list out yourself. Just keep in mind, these MeSH are brand-spanking new, so don’t expect to get a lot of articles tagged with them just yet–most are not retroactive.

 

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All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to wish everyone good cheer and relaxation as this term and year come to a close. Happy Holidays!

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Hirsh Health Sciences Library is excited to announce that we will go live with our new website on Sunday, December 20th. The old website will no longer be accessible at this point. We spent the past year revamping our branding, designing, and developing the site.

Here are some features we’re excited about :

  • Screenshot_20151209-100942-2The new website has a more enhanced user experience for mobile devices.
  • The most popular links, including PubMed and UpToDate, will still be at users’ fingertips within the Quick Links section.
  • Users can view the latest hours for the Café with a link to the menu for the week.
  • The new website includes the added “Available Technology” feature with the number of items  available for checkout in real time.

To access our new website navigate to: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu.

We welcome all feedback! You can share your experience here .

 

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Some changes are afoot in the Library!

Smart Medicine, a clinical decision making resource from the American College of Physicians, will no longer be available via the Hirsh Health Sciences Library as of January 1, 2016.

We aren’t leaving you high and dry, so don’t despair. There are a variety of Point of Care tools available to you as a student, faculty, or staff member of Tufts University. We suggest checking out:

DynaMed:a comprehensive, evidence based resource, which you can also use via a free app on your smartphone. Visit this page for instructions.

BMJ Best Practice: a tool combining evidence, guidelines, research, and expert opinion, compiled by the BMJ Evidence Centre. This comprehensive and easy-to-use tool is also available on a mobile platform, which you can read more about here. Keep in mind, this is a UK resource, so some information (such as clinical practice guidelines) may differ slightly from US recommendations.

UpToDate: an accessible point-of-care resource with continually-updated research in 22 clinical specialties. Available ON CAMPUS ONLY.

Don’t let our changes bring you down! Check out these great resources, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Thanks to all the students, staff, and faculty who contributed to our glorious library turkey!

Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for all the wonderful students, staff, and faculty of Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center.

We’d like to remind you that the library will be closing at 2pm tomorrow, Wednesday 11/25 and will reopen at 10 am on Sunday 11/29. Hope you have a wonderful break!

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You may have noticed a new face at the Library Service Desk  this fall, but we realized we never formally introduced her to you! So please join us in welcoming Stephanie Krauss, our new part-time reference assistant. She is a recent graduate of the College of William & Mary with a bachelor’s in history and anthropology. In addition to working at Hirsh, she is currently pursuing a master’s of library and information science and a master’s in history at Simmons. She says she’s super excited to be working here and, likewise, we’re super excited to have her!

 

 

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Calling all 2nd year medical students!  This is a reminder that next week on November 9th there will be a “Step One Fair” that will help you start preparing for the first step of the medical boards.  If you want to learn more about USMLE Easy, there will be a representative from McGraw-Hill attending, as well as a few friendly librarians, who can fill you in on the resources the library has to help you prepare for the first board exam.

See you there!

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You are a unique snowflake, or one might say, ORCID.  No, I did not just misspell orchid.  An ORCID® iD, is a unique number assigned to a researcher in order to differentiate that person from others who may have similar names and/or identity researchers whose name change.  It helps link a researcher’s work and make it easier to recognize.  It is a persistent and public identifier, not proprietary or private, therefore it can be used across systems and does not change (even if your own name does). Tufts Office of Research Administration thinks it’s a good idea too.

Don’t get lost in the crowd, register for your ORCID iD today for free and assert your uniqueness! Want to learn more? Check out our exhibit in the display case on Sackler 4!


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“ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.”                         – http://orcid.org/content/initiative


 

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It’s that time of the year again! From Sunday, October 25th through Saturday, October 31st, Hirsh Library will be running its Affiliation week survey. Huzzah!

What this means for you: 4 times a day (11 am, 3 pm, 6 pm, and 9 pm) a person will come around the library and ask what program you are with. You tell them (Med, Dental, Nutrition, etc), and they’ll move on to the next person. Easy peasy. But what if you don’t want to be interrupted?

Well that’s easy enough! You can leave your Tufts ID next to you, and we’ll just glance at that and move on. Or, if you’d rather not leave your ID out, you can just write your program on a piece of paper and leave that next to you.

If you’re with a group in a room and don’t want to be interrupted, you can tape a piece of paper to the outside of the door (but do not cover the glass) with the number of people and what program(s), such as “5 Dental” or “3 Sackler.”

Remember, this is only for the duration of above mentioned week, and then we’ll be done until April. So it’ll be over before you know it!

If you have any questions or concerns, you can come talk to us at the desk on Sackler 4, or call 617-636-6706. We want this to go smoothly and quickly, and for you to be comfortable with it.

We look forward to seeing you next week!

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