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Stress Less Week has come just in time to help ease the pain of finals! We’ll be celebrating by providing coloring pages and origami paper at the Library Service Desk all week–everything you need for an easy study break.

You can also join us at 3pm on Wednesday, 4/25, down at the Desk for Afternoon Tea. We’ll have a variety of teas and treats, so take a break and commiserate with your colleagues or grab a quick cup to bring back to your carrel!

Student Wellness Advising is also hosting a number of relaxing events, so be sure to check them out as well:

Friday 4/20, 3-4:30pm: Ice Cream and Furry Friends, Jaharis Courtyard (rain location: SK 507)

Monday 4/23, 12pm: Lunchtime Walk, Meet in front of 145 Harrison Ave

Tuesday 4/24, 3-4pm: Zumba, SK216A

Can’t make it to any events? Visit the Student Wellness Advising Resources page for some tips on how to mitigate your stress.


The weather may still be grey, but we have several fun things going on to brighten up your week! On Thursday 4/12, we will have a visit from Tufts Paws for People. From 3-5pm in the room behind the cafe on Sackler 4, you can cuddle up with a dog, a guinea pig, or a rabbit! You deserve a study break.

We also have our monthly Library Fun Lab this week! Starting at noon on Thursday 4/12 and Friday 4/13, we’ll have craft supplies out at the Library Service Desk. This month, we’re making good luck charms to help you get motivated, relax, or just crack a smile. Paint a glass gem or make a button to keep for yourself or give to a friend.

Hope to see you later this week!

Match Day 2014

Congratulations on your match, Class of 2018! For those of you not in the know, Match Day is an annual event that began in 1952 where medical students learn their residency destinations. We expect that the 4th floor will be abuzz with celebrations from 11am-2pm, so plan to study on floors 5-7 during that frame. Please note as well that the Food4Thought cafe will be closed all day. 

 

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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 3/8 and Friday 3/9 starting at noon and make a fluffy friend for yourself or someone else! We have all the googly eyes you could ever need.

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Time flies, and we’re already wrapping up Fair Use Week, the annual event where we rally to educate and celebrate the provisions under the law that allow us to report the news, innovate in science, make art, create parody, and use works for scholarly interpretation.

Over the last few years, more and more questions have popped up regarding Fair Use and social media. Can you Instagram that logo? Can you Tweet that artwork? Can you share that book chapter on Facebook? Our favorite Fair Use Infographic offers some guidance, reminding us that “courts are much more likely to uphold a use as fair use if it is transformative, meaning that it adds something new, with a different character, expression, meaning or message, or function.” So what does that mean in the land of ‘grams, tweets, snaps, and shares?

A 2016 case, Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., ruled that copyright holders must consider Fair Use before before attempting to remove or suppress online content. But what is “transformative” in the social media landscape? It appears grabbing a photo from Flickr and tweeting it to make a statement about refugees (as Donald Trump, Jr. did) doesn’t count. How about posting hyperlinks to copyrighted materials? That’s an evolving issue.

As of right now, the best advice we can offer is to treat anything you do in the online environment as you would in the offline environment. Consider the Four Factors before you post, consider sourcing images from some of the fantastic Open Access and Creative Commons resources out there, and when in doubt, contact a librarian!

We hope you enjoyed Fair Use Week 2018!

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March is here, time to shake off winter and put a spring in your step! What better way to start the spring than by learning something new?  Come to one (or more!) of this month’s Open Workshops for a fresh start!

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Tuesdays from 9-10am and repeated on Wednesdays from 3-4pm (unless otherwise noted).  Please note that Open Workshops will not be held on March 20, 21 (Spring Break week).

Using Research Metrics to Enhance the Impact of Your Work
Register: March  6  |  March 7
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.
Can’t attend this workshop in-person? Register to attend remotely via WebEx: March 6 | March 7

Embase: Moving Beyond PubMed
Register: March 13

Ready to move beyond PubMed? This workshop will show you Embase, a biomedical database containing over 30 million records including articles from more than 8,500 journals published world-wide; it is especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research, pharmacology and toxicology. Embase is an essential database for literature reviews and contains citations not indexed in MEDLINE. Come to this workshop and see what you’ve been missing!
Can’t attend the workshop in-person? Register to attend remotely via WebEx: March  13

EndNote: the Basics
Register: March 14
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the EndNote citation management program. EndNote allows you to create a personal database of references and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required!

Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork
Register: March 27March 28
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.
Can’t attend the workshop in-person? Register to attend remotely via WebEx: March  27 | March 28

 

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Thank you, Fair Use, for providing the freedom

to use other people’s work, of course, within reason.

As a fundamental balance in the Copyright Act,

uses like criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research are backed.

No permission is needed from the copyright holder.

Transformative use means there’s little burden to shoulder!

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

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The 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!

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February is upon us and in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month and Black History Month, we bring you EVERYONE SMILES! co-authored by Tufts University’s own School of Dental Medicine student Gary L. Kersey. The book showcases the diversity of smiles and takes children through a step-by-step guide on brushing, flossing, and rinsing. From a historic standpoint Gary L. Kersey is the first and youngest African-American to publish a book of this kind.

Advocating that the power of the smile touches each and every culture around the globe, in addition to the easy-to-learn dental health lesson for kids, this book includes pediatric diversity in the form of age, race, gender and both mental and physical disabilities. – Ambassador International Publishing

Gary L. Kersey - photo: Tim J. Kim (TUSDM '18)

“Everyone Smiles hits the literary market at a time when lack of access to affordable dental care, is causing residual effects and detrimental impacts on the general health of low-income Americans, especially in children. Tooth decay is the most common chronic illness among school-age children, yet it is almost entirely preventable. Furthermore, the rate among low-income children is more than twice that for children with more income (31% versus 14%). Ironically, Medicaid and CHIP cover comprehensive dental benefits for children, but 30% of children with private health insurance are uninsured for dental care. (These dental statistics are sourced from the Kaiser Family Foundation).” – Gary L. Kersey, Jr.

A copy of EVERYONE SMILES! can be found at the new books display on the 4th floor of the Sackler Building.

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Currently working on a thesis/Capstone/ALE or other research project? Want to jump start your project?

Then Research Project Boot Camp Month is for you!

During the month of February, Hirsh Library will be offering a 5-workshop ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking research projects.

Workshops are held on Tuesday 9-10am and then repeated on Wednesdays 3-4pm (unless otherwise noted). 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.

Approaching the Lit Review
Tuesday February 6
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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.

Which Citation Manager Should I Choose?
Tuesday February 13
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Wednesday February 14
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This workshop will provide a “lay of the land” regarding citation managers, such as EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, and others. We will discuss how to select the citation manager that is just right for your project.

“Are You My Resource?” How to Pick the Right Resources for Your Project
Tuesday February 20
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Wednesday February 21
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This workshop will review how to identify and locate resources for your research topic. We will discuss how to identify key stakeholders, how to locate article database by topic, ‘grey literature’ and ‘trade literature’ and how to find it.

Copyright and Your Thesis
Tuesday February 27
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Various aspects of creating your thesis or dissertation may involve copyright. Whether you are incorporating other people’s content, such as graphs or images, reusing some of your own work, publishing all or part of your thesis content, there are copyright considerations that can seem challenging and daunting to address. This workshop will provide guidance in navigating the questions and decisions that come up during the thesis and dissertation process around your rights and the rights of others.

EndNote: the Basics
Wednesday February 28
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the EndNote citation management program. EndNote allows you to create a personal database of references and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required!