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Writing is hard; writing about yourself can be even harder.  If you are preparing a personal statement for your medical school or other application, then this workshop is for you.

Join us virtually on Tuesday, 3/31 from 11am-12pm for Writing Personal Statements.  Christine Smith, MS, RD, the writing consultant at our library, adjunct lecturer at the Friedman School and former Senior Editor of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, will provide advice on crafting the perfect personal statement and will share her top writing tips.  We will also share resources on application writing and interviewing. Registration is available now! 

 

 

Congratulations on your match, class of 2020! We can’t wait to find out where you’ll be heading off to next. While we’re sad we can’t celebrate with you in person (with cake) today, we are there with you in spirit and will be following along on Instagram!

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Time to break out of the winter funk and spring into some new skills with March Workshops at Hirsh!

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm, unless otherwise stated. Learn more about Workshops@Hirsh at: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

EndNote: the Basics
March 5
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the citation management program EndNote. EndNote allows you to create a library of references, attach and read PDFs, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents. This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

Essentials of Data Management
March 12
In this workshop, we will review best practices for naming, organizing, storing, depositing your research data, and creating a Data Management Plan. Managing your data before you begin your research and throughout its life cycle is essential to ensure its current usability and long-run preservation and access.

Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork
March 19
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.

 

What: Hirsh Library “Citation Tool Fair”

When: Thursday, February 27th  from 12noon-1pm

Where: Room 516.

We hope to see you there!

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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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Winter got you a bit out of shape? Well, how about those “writing muscles”? Could they use a good workout,too? If yes, then February workshops at Hirsh are for you!

We’re calling this February’s workshops “Writing Project Boot Camp.” Workshops will focus on critical skills and tools to improve your research process.

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm, unless otherwise stated. Learn more about Workshops@Hirsh at: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

Approaching the Lit Review
February 6
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.

Plagiarism, Citing Information, Turnitin – Oh my!
February 13
Questions about plagiarism, citing references and accessing Turnitin are the most frequently asked at Hirsh Library! Perhaps you have nagging questions about how to avoid accidental plagiarism or how to cite that weird reference? Come to this open workshop to get some answers, and make your research life, a little easier (or at least, a little less scary!).

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Introducing the *New* PubMed
February 18 (Tuesday)
Did you know that PubMed has just undergone a major “facelift”? Come to this workshop and learn more about the “new” PubMed and how these changes will impact the way you search.

Tools for Managing Your Writing
February 20
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.

Citation Management Tool Fair
February 27 – Room 516
Your opportunity to learn about the most popular citation tools out there, including EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero – all in one place!

 

Join us tomorrow for the first study break of the semester! Starting at 3pm at the Library Service Desk, we’ll have tea, cocoa, and some treats to help you power through the week. It’s also National Puzzle Day so we’ll have some puzzles out if you want an extra-engaging study break. Hope to see you there!

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New PubMed main search screen

Did you know that PubMed has just undergone a major “facelift” as of January 1, 2020? Is this news to you? Not sure where to begin? Please come to one of our “Introducing the *New* PubMed” workshops and learn more about how changes to PubMed will impact the way you search it. This workshop will discuss both what’s new to PubMed and what has remained unchanged. If you are a long-time PubMed user, this workshop is for you!

Introducing the *New* PubMed – register

Thursday, January 23, 2020 

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Hirsh Library 510

 

Introducing the *New* PubMed -register

Thursday, January 30, 2020 

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Hirsh Library 510

 

 

Through mid-February, Hirsh Library is home to the traveling exhibit Physicians Assistants: Collaboration and Care. This exhibition was developed by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Physician Assistant History Society, and showcases the history and evolution of the profession. You will find it on our 6th floor, just outside the main elevators. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit the official exhibition site. We hope you will come by to check it out!

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Hi everyone!  Happy December. But we are here to talk about October, so…Happy October in Retrospect.

As you may recall, back in October we walked around and asked you all what school you were with. Well, this is the result!

Vertical bar graph of how many people from each program were counted in the library

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We counted a lot of people! I for one am glad you all like us here. A few people have asked me if there were any surprises with this data, but honestly, not really. The Dental school coming in at 1274, Medical coming in at 1080, and Friedman coming in third with 231 is all the sort of thing I am used to seeing in these numbers. Which is not to say it’s bad! It’s actually quite nice to see how consistent we’ve been over the years, especially as we keep adding more and more seating (and subsequently see these numbers grow even larger from time to time).

Now for the unaware, we tend to time this survey so that we get a full week’s worth of data, even if they days themselves are spread out over the course of a month (randomized, with certain accounting for things like Indigenous Peoples’ Day). This is what that “week” ended up looking like this time:

Vertical bar graph of the number of people counted for each day of a calendar week

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I found this data to be the surprising data. Friday was our busiest day! We counted 674 people on the Friday we did this, and that is astonishing to me. Wednesday being 642 makes sense, and traditionally the busiest day of the week for us tends to alternate between Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and Saturday being the slowest at 281 sounds right to me. Heck, even Sunday only being 284 seems right. But Friday being the busiest day for counting? I am truly surprised by that.

Naturally, because I am me, I also broke this data up by time of the day and by floor, like so:

Vertical bar graph of the number of people counted for each time we walked around for the count

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Vertical bar graph of the number of people counted on each floor

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Remember earlier, when I was talking about the school/program breakdown being what I expected? Well, the times and floors are pretty typical of what I see month-to-month with our other data, but this is a great way to take a look at a day in the life of the library. We get crazy busy right around lunch, stay that way through the afternoon, there’s a slight tapering off around dinner, and then then the number of people in the library drops by the final count of the night (in this case, from 959 people at 6pm down to 328 at 3pm).

That graph of the floor count is frankly one of my favorite pieces of data in the library. We have been adding so many chairs and so much more furniture over the years the the amount of people on the 7th floor just keeps going up, and as of this past October we were counting over double the amount of people on that floor as any other! Just look at that: the 7th floor had 1605 people counted on it, and the 5th floor came in second at a distance (less than half!) 769 people. That’s nuts. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise anybody who’s been up there, of course, but it’s still nuts.

 

Vertical bar graph of circulation data from July-November

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Finally, to bring it all home and give you a spot of context, this graph is the Circulation data from July – November, which as of writing is the most recent data I have. To be clear, it is the number of checkouts per month, not the number of people who have checked things out (because if you check out a skull, a laptop, and a book, that could just be 1 person, but 3 checkouts. See how it works?). October is far and away the most checkouts, at 2616 – September is a relatively distant second at 1924. Given the change in some curricula on campus, I don’t know what to expect for the spring this year – generally, October and April are our busiest months, but time will tell! Hopefully I’ll have some interesting stories from the data come my next summer retrospective.

Well, thank you for reading! I hope this fall brought good things for you, and I hope the winter (and subsequent spring) bring even better! Have a great day everyone, and if you come by the desk on the 4th floor make sure to say hi! I’ll probably be there.

-Tom-

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