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Recently, the Tufts University libraries banded together and instituted an entirely new way to order books from within our library system. You no longer have to log into ILLiad to order a book from Tisch, Ginn, Vet, or any of the other Tufts University libraries – for now on, it’s is as easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Once you’ve searched the catalog and found the book is only at one of the other libraries, click the “Request Item” button at the top of the page.Request Book

 

Step 2: Log in, using either your UTLN or your Tufts barcode info.Log In Screen

 

Step 3: Make sure your location on the drop-down menu says “Hirsh Health Sciences Library,” add a date if it’s a dated request (for instance, if it’s for a research paper, and won’t be any use after the paper’s due date passes), and click Submit. You’re done!Submit

You’re all set! If the book is available, then your request will generally show up in around 2 – 3 business days. Feel free to visit the desk or call us at 617.636.6706 if you have any questions or run into any problems.

Happy requesting!

 

 

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Catalogue the library cat and Leo the library skeleton discuss course reserves!

Reserves in the Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library from Tufts HHSL on Vimeo.

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New to the library?  Wondering how you can print, photocopy, and scan your documents?  What is JumboCash and how does it work?  You can find all of your answers on the Hirsh Health Sciences Library website.

http://www.library.tufts.edu/hsl/services/photoServices.html

Key highlights:

  • You may add money to your account by using the JumboCash machine on the library 4th floor (cash only) or online at http://www.jumbocash.net/
  • Printing Costs:
    • Black & white: $.10/page
    • Color: $.30/page
    • Default is duplex/double-sided printing: $.15/pag
  • Scanners are located in front of the 5th floor IT desk and are free to use
  • Photocopiers are located on the 5th and 6th floors and black & white copies cost $.10 per page

Feel free to ask a member of staff if you need assistance.

 

 

 

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Welcome new residents! Hopefully, you’ve already attended a library orientation session, or stopped by the desk, where you received a 9-digit number to access library resources from off-campus.

This number will expire! You will receive a “snail mail” letter in the near future from Tufts that contains your username and instructions for setting up your password. Please follow the instructions to set up your account in order to continue accessing our resources remotely.

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You will switch from using the login on the right, to using the username and password login on the LEFT.

If you have any questions about setting up your password or the instructions don’t work, please call the IT Service Desk (617-636-2947), located on the 5th floor of the Sackler Building.

 

Book Review by Jane Ichord, Information Services Librarian

Want to take a break from your job, leave your house behind and move to Paris?  If you’re like me, your first answer is “Yes!” and your second answer is “I can’t!”, then follow my lead and pick up a copy of “Paris In Love:  A Memoir” by Eloisa James instead.  It’s the perfect outlet for living vicariously. James, a professor and writer of historical romances, documents her sabbatical year in the City of Love and Lights.  During the course of the year, she eats and shops her way through Paris, offering her audience a glimpse of daily life croissant by croissant.  As with any good read, there’s plenty of conflict on which to report — James’ European life is not all fun and games:   her husband and kids are along for the ride.   There are anecdotes about navigating Parisian schools, surviving ordinary marital spats in foreign territory, and gaining perspective on those less economically fortunate.

James’ account is the perfect T or beach read, packed with abbreviated vignettes that, in fact, started out as Facebook posts.  It’s my idea of the perfect summer escape;  shopping without spending, eating without the calories, and the right mix of adventure and reality to keep me from canceling my week at the beach and booking a one-way flight to Paris.

Interested in reading this book? We have it in the library for checkout!

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Need to request a book, journal article, or other item not at Hirsh? Our Head of Interlibrary Loan, Judy Rabinowitz, answers your questions about fees and charges below.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loan Fees and Payment

  • Will I be charged?
    • Faculty and staff in the Tufts community are charged $4 per request (e.g., journal article, book, etc.) for items in the Hirsh Health Sciences Library collection or from a library outside of Tufts.  Students are allotted 20 free requests per academic year.
  • Will I get an invoice?
    • That depends.  If there is a charge for your ILLiad request, you will receive an email in the month following the completion of your request with the invoice attached.  Alternatively, if debiting a Tufts deptID, you can setup automatic payments and receive no invoices directly.
  • How do I pay these invoices?
    • Payments can be made by credit card (no Tufts Pcards), or (U.S.) check made out to Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library and brought in-person/mailed to:

Document Delivery Department
Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library
145 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

  • How do I pay using a Tufts DeptID?
    • Log into ILLiad and add the Tufts DeptID and account number information in the ‘Payment and Profile’ section. Then, when completing an ILLiad request form, select the account, and payment will automatically be made for that request and you will not receive an invoice soliciting payment.
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The National Center for Biotechnology Information collects and curates thousands of protein sequences and related information, so it’s a great place to start if you need information fast.

Step 1: Go to the library homepage at www.library.tufts.edu/hhsl and click the PubMed@Tufts link.

Step 2: In the search box type: “ProteinName AND OrganismName[organism]” and select Protein from the dropdown menu on the left. Click search.

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Step 3: Filter by RefSeq on the top right. (These are all standardized and approved protein sequences.)

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Step 4: Click on a record of interest.

Step 5: Explore! The links in the right column allow you to find information about the coding gene, see conserved domains, find species with homologous genes, view 3D protein structures, view pathways that contain the protein (often from KEGG), and much more!

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Have questions or need help? Contact katie.houk@tufts.edu to schedule a consultation!

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Searching for basic information about a disease, treatment, signs & symptoms, or medical policy? The Toolbelt may be just the resource you need to find your answer.

Located in the orange “Popular Links” dropdown menu on the library homepage, the PBL Toolbelt can be accessed by logging into TUSK with your Tufts username and password.

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Each toolkit is organized into a broad category for easy browsing. Each list is made by a librarian and contains the most useful and popular resources for answering common medical questions. The majority are electronic resources so you can access them from home!

We even include a useful guide for evaluating the resources you find to ensure they are top quality.

We welcome comments and feedback about the toolkits via our feedback survey!

Looking for a scanner at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library?

Check out room 524 on the 5th floor near the Library IT Service Desk.

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We have three scanners that are completely free and easy to use!

The book scanner allows you to scan directly to e-mail, USB, printer, or Google Docs.

Not sure how to use it? Ask at the Library IT Service Desk on Sackler 5.

 

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Thinking about undertaking a systematic review or wondering what they are?

Then check out our new research guide!

It provides an introduction to the requirements, search strategies and resources needed to conduct the literature review portion of a systematic review.

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The guide contains links to major guidelines, provides information for formulating good searchable questions, tips & tricks for searching databases and extensive lists of databases and resources for your searching pleasure. We’d love for you to take some time and discover what the guide has to offer. Please contact us with suggestions and feedback!

Find it:

http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/SystematicReviews

You can also find it linked from the portals and on the Research Guides page under “Services” on the Library homepage.