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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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Join us for the first study break of the semester on Tuesday, January 29th! Starting at 3pm at the Library Service Desk, we’ll have tea, cocoa, and some treats to get your week off to a warm start. It’s also National Puzzle Day so we’ll have some puzzles out if you want an extra challenge. Hope to see you there!

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Brrrr! It’s freezing outside! Stay inside and learn! Now is the time to go deeper, learn new skills or enhance your current skills with advanced workshops.

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

PubMed: Basics – January 24
In this introductory workshop, we will review PubMed and its contents. We will discuss planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

PubMed: Advanced – January 31
This one-hour session explores more advanced features of PubMed. During this session we will discuss how to search within selected field, creating a “MyNCBI” to save search strategies and receive alerts when new articles are available on a topic, as well a show to leverage the Web of Science database to add value to your PubMed search results.

Lit Review: Part 1 – February 7
In this workshop, you will learn how to approach the literature review. Topics covered include: identifying key stakeholders, database selection, determining search terms, and creating effective search strategies.

Lit Review: Part 2 –  February 14
In Part 2, we will discuss organizing and exploring your search results, including the use of citation managers, creating evidence tracking logs, and how to describe your research process to create a “Methods” section of your project.

EndNote: Basics -February 21
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!

EndNote: Advanced – February 28
This one-hour session explores more advanced features of EndNote. During this session we will discuss using EndNote to create figures with captions, how to find updated citation information for records already in EndNote, how to modify output styles and much more.

 

 

 

The year is 2068: students and faculty open a mysterious time capsule from the bygone-era of 2018! The School of Dental Medicine has put together a time capsule to be opened in 50 years for the school’s 200th anniversary. So what will these dentists of the future uncover?

08/23/2018 – Boston, Mass. – Sesquicentennial time capsule objects photographed on August 23, 2018. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

  1. Time Capsule greeting letter, written by Dean Thomas
  2. Time Capsule list of included items
  3. White Coat with Dean Thomas’s name and a ceremony oath card
  4. 2018 commencement program
  5. Boston Globe front page from September 28, 2018 (date of the Anniversary Gala)
  6. 3D elephant from anniversary display
  7. Academic calendar, course description
  8. Academic schedule
  9. Anniversary Gala program, invitation
  10. Curriculum from Office of Academic Affairs
  11. D21, D20, D19, D18 composite pictures
  12. Dental Magazine, Fall 2017/anniversary issue
  13. Dental terms and acronyms
  14. Glass ionomer, bonding agent
  15. Letters written by students to future students about life as a dental student
  16. Lobby blueprints/before photos from lobby construction
  17. Lyrics sheet for student video
  18. Photo of shroud, mannequin head
  19. Photos of current dental building (pics of preclin, dental floors)
  20. Photos of outside the school (1 Kneeland)
  21. Photos of TUSDM at Red Sox/ Actual Red Sox ticket
  22. Step Card
  23. Student ID
  24. Tufts ASDA pin
  25. Tuition statement
  26. Time Capsule Committee activities documentation

The above contents were carefully selected by committee members Gynnekia Booth D20, Rachelle Cadet D20, Paula Callahan, Karen Culbert, Joseph Dudlek D21, Frances Burke Foret, Mark Gonthier, Emerly Hsu D21, Dr. Melissa Ing D89, Dr. Jeff Lowenstein D85, D20P, Dr. Britta Magnuson D08, Katie McKenna D20, Dr. Shubha Nanda DI96, Zamon Sawyer D19, Dr. James Theodore D83, and Dr. Thomas Whitmer D18. The time capsule has now been sealed and locked away!

Torn between taking a break to make a craft or to eat a snack? This week you’re in luck! Stop by the Library Service Desk this Thursday 12/6 and Friday 12/7 starting at 1pm and create an architectural masterpiece with graham crackers, frosting, and a bunch of candy.

And to make this week even sweeter, we’re also welcoming Paws for People back on Thursday from 3-5pm! Stop by the room behind the cafe on Sackler 4 and relax with some therapy dogs and guinea pigs. But please don’t share your gingerbread house with them!

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It’s our favorite time of year! Yes, that’s right. It’s turkey time!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/15 and Friday 11/16, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered friend to bring home to Mom (or back to your study carrel). We’ll have a variety of materials out so you can create anything your heart desires, from the simple and majestic hand turkey (our personal favorite) to some 3D  pinecone poultry.

 

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The Hirsh Fall Open Workshop series may be over –  but – that doesn’t mention you can’t request a workshop on demand!  We’re re-posting the following regarding our Workshops on Demand option – check it out!

Workshops On Demand Bring Learning to YOU!

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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You’ve probably heard the term open access – maybe it’s the reason you were able to get the full text of that article you needed?  Maybe it’s the reason so many people read your latest article?

Open access (OA) is about making research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restrictions.  In honor of Open Access Week (happening right now!), here are the top 10 reasons to publish OA…

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10. Improve discoverability

Open articles commonly show up more places than just the publisher’s website, for example, in subject repositories or ResearchGate or the Tufts Digital Library, and therefore can more readily be found by search engines and through web surfing, not just through traditional articles databases, like PubMed or Web of Science. In addition, search engines can more readily crawl the entire full text of open articles, beyond just the citation information and abstract.

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9. Enlarge readership

Since open access materials can be easier to find and the full text is available to all, more people are likely to read them.  You didn’t spend all that time on research and writing to lock away your findings, did you?

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8. Diversify readership 

Those who have access to paid journal subscriptions represent a limited demographic that does not necessarily correlate to those who will most benefit from and contribute to the research. Removing paywalls removes these misguided filters on readership.

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7. Increase citation numbers

 Many times, open articles have the opportunity to be cited more by others due to their increased visibility. In addition, since they are often available ahead-of-print, citations can start accumulating earlier in the process.

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6. Enhance collaboration

 More readers and diversity of readers can lead to more and richer collaboration. Open access can help identify critical colleagues otherwise not reached through traditional publishing communication channels.

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5. Drive innovation

What does Google Scholar always say? Stand on the shoulders of giants!  Our greatest world achievements are rarely standalone accomplishments.  Scholars feed off one another, learn from one another, and grow from one another through sharing and collaboration, which is enhanced by open access.

4IncreaseUsefulness

4. Increase usefulness

Broadening the reach and impact of research makes all those tireless hours of effort that went into creating it all the more worthwhile. I’ll reiterate my early question: You didn’t spend all that time on research and writing to lock away your findings, did you?

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3. Shift the economics

Publishers provide added value to a manuscript, through editing, formatting, promotion, and some discoverability services, which incur some cost. For many though, the business model has fallen out of balance.  Much research is supported by taxpayers and authors and peer-reviewers are not paid for their publications.  Open access realigns the business model so that the research conducted as a public good is available to the public.

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2. Join the 21st century

 We take advantage of several cutting-edge technologies just to tell our friends how good our lunch was, why would we rely on an antiquated print-based model for communicating important research findings? While many journals are available electronically today, the present system artificially treats them as if they were just as encumbered to obtain and create as their print counterparts when they are clearly not.

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1. Save the world!

Yes, this is a bold statement to make, but who knows what accelerated and enhanced collaboration and innovation can lead to? Better addressing climate change?  Ending world food insecurity?  Curbing pandemic diseases?  The only way to know is by opening the communication channels and sharing more.

Have questions? Want to learn more? Read up on Open Access on the Scholarly Communication at Tufts site.

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

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This year’s theme for Open Access Week, which we are celebrating from October 22nd – 28th, 2018, is “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.”  It’s a mouthful, so let’s work through what this means and more importantly, what it means for us here in the Tufts community.

As Nick Shockey, founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition, among other things, noted in his blog post about it, “This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition.”  There is great opportunity and already great evidence of this transition incorporating open access as the default, not the outlier, in publishing.  Nevertheless, we can further leverage the opportunities of transition to intentionally design new systems that are more equitable, more inclusive, and with less bias.

So perhaps you’re thinking that you are not in a position to be designing new scholarly systems.  What’s your role?  If you are someone who creates scholarly literature, be critical of where you publish your manuscripts.  Consider whether you are supporting systems that promote access beyond just to the privileged, affiliated with well-endowed institutions, but also scholars and practitioners, many of whom live internationally, that could benefit from your work, provide diverse perspectives, and innovate in ways beyond your initial scope.  You, as the creator of content, can take control of how well that content is disseminated and utilized, and ultimately how impactful it can be.

There are traditional measures that are often used to evaluate journals and guide someone in deciding where to publish.  Some are quantitative like Journal Impact Factors, or other research impact metrics.  Some are more qualitative, such as recommendations from peers or venerated colleagues.  I challenge you to also assess a journal’s value, prestige, and appropriateness based on its equity as a system.  Whose voices are prioritized?  Who is excluded?  How are some scholarship decisions the journal makes perpetuating bias?

Do these questions spark some questions for yourself?  Ask Us!  And, Happy Open Access Week!

 

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We know you’re stressed, so we’re having a second Fun Lab this month! That’s right! You have another chance to take a creative break and feel a bit festive with pumpkin painting. Hirsh Pumpkin Patch will open at the Library Service Desk at 12pm on Thursday and Friday with all the supplies you need to make a gorgeous gourd. See you there!