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Hello everyone, and welcome back to Hirsh Library! It’s been good seeing those of you who have been around, and I hope the rest of you can make it sometime soon. Because fun fact: we’re open our full hours! You may have heard. I know some of you have heard, because just this past October we went around asking where you were from, and now we’ve got the data to prove it!

All the graphs you see below are from the library staff walking around for one week in October, asking the question “What program/school are you with?” You can click on them to make them larger if need be. If you’re interested in comparing this set of numbers to the way things looked pre-pandemic, then I would recommend checking out the post I wrote about the October 2019 Affiliation survey (please note: we did things a little bit different this time around, so it’s not a perfect 1 to 1 comparison, but it’s solid data all the same).

 

Graph showing how many people were counted by school affiliation

I’ll start with the information everyone always asks about first: how did the programs compare, numerically? Well, over the week 810 people told us they were with the Dental school, and 568 told us they were with Med. For those who weren’t here before the pandemic landed, you’ll be interested to know two facts: 1) that the numbers are lower than they were in 2019, but that the percentages here hold steady, and 2) I was honestly surprised at how many people turned up on this survey. It’s so great to see so many people are coming into the library, even when their classes are hybrid or even primarily online. And look at the rest of this spread! Friedman, PA, PHPD, and GSBS are all turning up in good numbers, and MBS has a strong showing at 238.

Hilariously, if you compare this data to its equivalent from 2019, you’ll realize that Dental, Medical, and PA all have lower numbers than two years ago, but somehow the other programs all went up. MBS being at 238 actually places it in third place for total counted for both 2019 and 2021.

Just goes to show: we’ve got some good furniture and space here.

But how does the furniture and space effect the counts? Glad you asked!

Number of people counted organized by floor they were on.

Everyone loves the 7th floor.  This has never been in question, but seeing it laid out like this really drives it home. Normally, when I see numbers like this, the 7th floor is about double the next closest floor, which fluctuates between the 5th and 6th floors. This time, the 5th floor had 426 people, and the 7th had 1021. Amazing. And heartening to see!

The remaining ways of looking at these numbers are to break it down by weekday, and by time of the day. Here are those two charts:

Number of people by which weekday they were counted

Number of people by what time of the day they were counted

After the other two charts, these don’t provide anything too shocking. Thursday being the busiest day and 11am being the busiest time actually track with the way things were when we were closer to full capacity – the most popular weekday tended to fluctuate month-to-month between Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but the closer you are to lunch the busier the library gets.

Which is fair. Who doesn’t study with their stomach, after all?

I will leave you today with this thought: we have a staff full of people here to help, and we have a Reserves collection absolutely chock full of books, anatomy models, phone and laptop chargers, laptops, and about a dozen other things to help keep you supplied and comfortable while you’re studying and working on your papers, so that you can excel here at Tufts. In fact, we are stocked for numbers of visitors significantly higher than what you see in this post.

So why not stop on by to the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of Med Ed, and see what we have to offer? We may surprise you.

In the meantime, have a great rest of your semester!

~Tom~

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Collage of Study Buddies

As part of the reunion tour of our favorite Fun Lab activities, we are pleased to announce that, at long last, study buddies are returning! Just in time for finals season, these googly-eyed cuties are back to help get you through the next few weeks. Make one for yourself or a friend! We’ll have all the supplies out at the Desk starting at 12pm on Thursday 2/2 and Friday 2/3. Hope to see you there!

 

We’re thrilled to another another crafting opportunity has returned!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/18 and Friday 11/19, 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.

 
data

DARPA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commonshttps://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/DARPA_Big_Data.jpg

This is just a  friendly reminder that you don’t want to miss next Tuesday’s (11/9 12noon-1pm) Workshop@Hirsh, Essentials of Data Management! 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.

Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. To register for this workshop, please visit: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156301

 
pumpkin pie

Peggy Greb, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons; https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Pumpkin_Pie.jpg

Gobble! Gobble! November is here, which means there will be a feast of…workshops@Hirsh!!! This month come and get your fill of the skills and resources you need to enhance your research. While there won’t be dessert, we promise that you won’t need to take a nap after!

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

Zotero: the Basics
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156311?hs=a

Description:

This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. With Zotero, you can:
•    collect references from web sites via your browser of choice
•    drag and drop PDFs to create references
•    generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents

This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

Essentials of Data Management
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156301?hs=a

Description:

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.

VisualDx
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156489?hs=a

Description:

This workshop will introduce you to VisualDx, a diagnostic clinical decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy and aid therapeutic decisions. VisualDx is a database that uses images of common and rare medical conditions to assist with diagnosis. VsualDx includes more than 3,000 diagnoses and over 41,000 images, to aid in diagnosing infectious, immunologic, metabolic, nutritional, psychiatric, and genetic diseases.

Research Metrics
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156421?hs=a

Description:

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 show you how to choose the right journal for your manuscript.

 

Mini pumpkins in box that looks like a pumpkin patch

 

Halloween is upon us and we are delighted to announce that Fun Labs are back after an extended hiatus!  And what better activity to welcome them back with than pumpkin painting–one of our most beloved crafts! Stop by the Library Service Desk starting at 12pm on Thursday 10/28 and Friday 10/29 and decorate the gourd of your dreams. You can craft at the desk or take supplies to another locations to do your decorating–just make sure to bring them back!

Hope to see you there!

 

 

September brings a ramp up in reading assignments, papers, exams…and our writing consultant is here to help! All appointments this semester will be virtual and the schedule for the fall is as follows:

Tuesdays: 10am-12pm

Thursdays: 10am-3pm

Sundays: 12pm-5pm

Registration for September is open, so sign up now!

The service is available to all Health Sciences graduate students on the Boston Campus. Sessions are 45 minutes long and you may sign up for one session per day, and up to two sessions per week. For more information about the help our Writing Consultant provides and what to expect at your appointment, please visit the FAQ section of our Writing Consultants Guide.

Happy writing!

 

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library’s Anti-Racism Reading Group is excited to announce our Fall Reading Series – and you’re invited! All meetings are held virtually on Zoom and are not recorded.

Through a series of three meetings held the first or second Friday of each fall month, we will learn, unlearn, and be inspired to take actions through our discussion of these readings:

  • September 10th, noon to 1pm EST
    What Is Race? by Whit Taylor
    Explore the meaning of race through a graphic medicine (comic) reading.
    Register here 

We are excited to announce the opportunity to earn a participation certificate through the Fall Reading Series. Attend at least 2 meetings and complete a post-series feedback survey to earn yours.

We hope you will register and join us!

Post contributed by Christina Heinrich, Andrea Kang, and Amanda Nevius

 
autumn leaves

Autumn leaves, photo by A. LaVertu, 2021

Chilly nights and pumpkin spice have nothing on Fall Workshops@Hirsh! Now is the time to start pulling out those sweaters – and –  to sharpen your research skills for the Fall semester!  We can’t wait to see you!

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

 

Title:       Approaching the Lit Review

Date:      Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156281?hs=a

Description:
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.

 

Title:       Plagiarism, Citing Information, Turnitin – Oh my!

Date:      Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156285?hs=a

Description:
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!).

 

Title:       JumboSearch

Date:      Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156354?hs=a

Description:
In this workshop, you will learn how to use JumboSearch, Tufts Libraries’ discovery tool. JumboSearch is your gateway to full-text articles, books, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, and more!

 

Title:       PubMed: An Introduction

Date:      Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156265?hs=a

Description:
This workshop will introduce you to PubMed, the world’s premiere biomedical literature database.  We will review the content of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

 

Title:       Beyond PubMed

Date:      Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156419?hs=a

Description:
Have you tried out your search on PubMed and are wondering if there’s something more? Did you get the advice you need to try another database in addition to PubMed and aren’t sure where to go next? Are you curious about what the most cited article is for your question? Do you want to know who has cited the articles you’ve selected so far?

While PubMed covers the biomedical sciences thoroughly, there are many other databases that cover all of the Sciences and Social Sciences broadly. This workshop will introduce you to resources beyond PubMed that will enrich your research.

 

Title:       EndNote: the Basics

Date:      Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156273?hs=a

Description:
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!

 

Title:       Open Access Week: Where to Publish Open Access

Date:      Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156376?hs=a

Description:
October 25-31 will be Open Access Week. In celebration, participate in our workshop to learn more about finding open access journals to publish your work in. We’ll talk about some general tips for finding suitable journals, as well as specifically how to find appropriate open access publishing opportunities.

 

Title:       Zotero: the Basics

Date:      Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156311?hs=a

Description:
This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. With Zotero, you can:

  • collect references from web sites via your browser of choice
  • drag and drop PDFs to create references
  • generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents

This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

 

Title:       Essentials of Data Management

Date:      Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156301?hs=a

Description:
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. A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop.

Title:       Research Metrics

Date:      Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156421?hs=a

Description:
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 show you how to choose the right journal for your manuscript.

 

 
Swan boats

Photo by A. LaVertu, 2021

The sun setting earlier, and the cooler mornings are hints of autumn. Do you know what else is? Workshops@Hirsh!

August’s Workshops@Hirsh are a perfect opportunity to ‘dip your toes’ into the academic year ahead!  This month’s workshops focus on introducing you to essential resources to help you get the academic year off on the right foot!

August workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

 

Hirsh Library Web Site: The Grand Tour!
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118467?hs=a
This workshop will introduce you to the Hirsh Library’s web site and how to get the most out of the wealth of resources it contains!

Citation Management Tools: An Overview
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118766?hs=a
This workshop will provide an overview of the advantages of using citation management tools to organize both your references – and – your research. This workshop will feature Zotero as an example of how citation management tools can improve the research process.

Tools for Managing Your Writing
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118783?hs=a
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.

 

 
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