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RefWorks: An Introduction
Thurs, January 30th, Noon – 1:00pm
Sackler 510

Want to streamline your research with your writing? Interested in tools to help manage your citations and bibliographies? This one-hour session will introduce you to RefWorks, an online citation management program. RefWorks allows you to create a personal database of references and generate bibliographies in a variety of formats.

This workshop will cover the basic functions of RefWorks, including:

  • how to set up an account
  • importing citations from research databases, such as PubMed and Google Scholar
  • formatting bibliographies in styles, such as APA and JAMA

This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required! But if you are already a RefWorks user, this session will be a great refresher for you!

Space is limited, so please REGISTER HERE by January 29th.

 ** HHSL Open Workshops are open to ANY Tufts community member. We welcome students, faculty, staff, clinicians and members of our affiliate hospitals. If you are allowed in the Sackler building, you are welcome at a workshop!

Does printing at the library sometimes get you down?  We understand your frustrations.  To show our support we’ve created a music video for you, “Used the Wrong Stapler”.


Thanks to all who participated, especially our stars, Lee Replogle M’16 and Shiraz Ghanimian M’16. Also, congratulations to The Marians on their debut!


Used the Wrong Stapler – Music Video from Tufts HHSL on Vimeo.


It’s nearing the end of term and what better way to expand your research skills than to attend an HHSL Open Workshop?!


The next one is Wednesday, December 18th from 12-1pm in Sackler 510.  This session will cover the ins and outs of Web of Knowledge, including:

  • how to construct a keyword search
  • how finding one good article on a topic can lead to other articles on the same thing
  • and how to find out who else is working on your topic of interest

It’s sure to become your new best friend for research! Space is limited, so please REGISTER HERE by December 17th, 2013.

You may sign up and view future workshops here.  We hope to see you there!



On Monday, November 18, 2013 at noon in the Behrakis Auditorium, the Program in Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics will hold a seminar tribute to Peter Ofner, Ph.D., M.R.S.C. who passed away in May.

Hirsh librarians were privileged to assist Dr. Ofner with his frequent forays into the biomedical literature.  Whether he was looking for evidence on the adverse effects of Corexit sprayed to disperse the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or some e-pub-ahead-of-print on PubMed, his enthusiasm for the hunt was infectious.  As a longtime facilitator in the TUSM Problem-Based Learning Program, he was instrumental in the creation of a resource handbook to improve the research process on learning questions.  The handbook has since morphed into our PBL Toolbelt.

Irwin Leav, DVM will give a biographical introduction to the Seminar Tribute, followed by a presentation by Ann M. Rasmusson, MD: “GABAergic Neuroactive Steroids in Stress Adaptation and Recovery.”  Click here for the full announcement.


There will be a Trick or Treat for UNICEF box out on the Library Service Desk through Halloween. Swing by with some spare change and help out a great cause!



For more information about Trick or Treat for UNICEF, visit their site at



Want to hear a Nutrition lecture? Looking for a veterinary gross anatomy image? Interested in learning more about how to create a video game? Need to fine-tune your “medical interviewing” techniques? You can find the answers to these questions and much, much more on the Tufts OpenCourseWare (OCW) website. Tufts OCW is a free, online publication of high-quality educational material contributed by Tufts faculty from a number of Tufts University courses. Started in 2005, the OCW website has received more than 4 million visits and reflects Tufts’ early advocacy of the open educational resources (OER) and open access (OA) movements.


unknownJoin the open access (OA) movement! Email to join hundreds of Tufts faculty colleagues by sharing your course material online.

The Tufts OCW editor will work with you to help format your content for public consumption under a Creative Commons license that maintains faculty copyright while fostering reuse.


A few weeks back we asked faculty to participate in a survey about impressions of open access scholarly literature, that is, literature which is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.  A big thank you to everyone who responded to the Tufts Scholarly Communication Team survey.  A similar survey was also conducted in the fall of 2011.  As promised, here are some quick numbers from both the 2011 and 2013 editions…

2011 (n=119) 2013 (n=155)
Favor a “Harvard-like” OA deposit mandate at Tufts 88% 89%
Would publish OA if didn’t have to pay personally 81% 86%
Would publish OA if available in their field 75% 80%
Know OA journals are peer-reviewed 58% 64%
Know about the pilot project POAF 36% 33%
Published in an OA journal in the Directory of Open Access Journals 22% 25%
Know they can often put pre-prints on Tufts websites NA 21%
Paid author fees to publish in an OA journal 11% 13%


View more Open Access Faculty Awareness Survey results!


It’s International Open Access Week (10/21-27) and we’re already deep in celebration here at the library, but perhaps you’ve recently heard the term “open access” for another reason…



John Bohannon’s open access journals “sting” in Science has gotten a lot of people on campus talking about the subject.  Did it scare you away from open access publishing?  Certainly, Bohannon does demonstrate that there are some unscrupulous or sloppy open access publishers who did not conduct peer review.  What he didn’t show was that junk science can be published in traditional, subscription journals too.  In fact, Science itself has a pretty high number of retractions in its history according to a 2012 article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (here’s the Science post about the PNAS article).

If something seems shady about a journal (open access or subscription) you are considering, ask your librarians (or the Tufts Scholarly Communication Team) to do some digging on the publisher.

Stay tuned for more posts this week on the Tufts Scholarly Communication Team, Tufts Open Course Ware, open data, and the White House open publication directive as we celebrate Open Access Week.

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HHSL is launching a new initiative to offer workshop classes open to all students, faculty, and staff of the university and medical center!


These classes will typically be held at lunch time and run about an hour. The sessions will cover a wide array of searching skills, research tools and other information discovery and management topics.

To find out more information on upcoming classes, follow our Google calendar, Twitter, Facebook or blog! Also keep an eye out for announcements in your departmental listservs. To reach the calendar and class description page, simply follow the “Open Classes at HHSL” link listed under Education.

Due to limited space, it may be difficult to provide service for walk-in attendees of popular topics, so we ask that you fill out a brief registration form if you plan to attend. A link to register is included in the course descriptions.

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We are excited to congratulate our Tufts dental class of 2016 on their new white coats! Students were presented with their coats, symbols of becoming junior colleagues in professional dentistry, during a mid-morning ceremony held at the Boston Sheraton Hotel on Sunday, September 22nd.

As explained in the announcement of invitations, “The donning of a white coat symbolizes the adoption of the ethical and professional tenets of the health care profession as students begin assuming patient care responsibilities in the School’s predoctoral clinics.”