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You may have heard that RefWorks will be going away at the end if this year. For you RefWorks fans out there, don’t despair, F1000Workspace may be just the citation management tool for you! Like RefWorks, F1000Workspace is an online-only citation management tool and is available to anyone affiliated with Tufts University.

F1000Workspace is a citation management tool that is part of F1000Prime,“an alerting service and index with full-text links that reviews the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of over 1400 leading researchers, including many from Tufts.”

As with other citation management tools, F1000Workspace allows you to gather  references from databases, and web sites; it will also collect PDFs when available. F1000Workspace works with Word and Google Docs to allow you to insert and format citations in over 7000 styles! You can also  access your references and PDFs using iOS or Android devices.

If this sounds good to you, then check out F1000Workspace!

 

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Thanksgiving break is almost here, which means a chance to relax, recharge, and put those pants you have with elastic waists to good use! Hirsh Library will have altered hours for part of next week so we can go celebrate too, so here is the breakdown for you:

Monday 11/25:  7:45am-11:00pm (regular hours)

Tuesday 11/26:  7:45am-11:00pm (regular hours)

Wednesday 11/27: 7:45am-5pm

Thursday 11/28: Closed

Friday 11/29: Closed

Saturday 11/30: Closed

Sunday 12/1: 12-10pm (regular hours)

All of us here at Hirsh hope you have a happy, healthy, and above all relaxing break, and we will see you again when we return to normal hours on December 1st!

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

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/21 and Friday 11/22, 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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Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and what better time to dive into some short stories for the long weekend. These are satisfying tales in small portions which you could read on your trip home, and that don’t require much commitment. We have numerous short story collections in our Leisure Reading section on the 4th floor for you to choose from, that would be ideal for just such an occasion:

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If there is a book that you’d like to read this holiday season, which you don’t see in our catalogue, please let us know by recommending a purchase.
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Are you a medical or dental student stuck in a studying rut? Do you need to shake-up your studying? If your study routine has become, well, a bit too routine, then make a visit to:

 Resources for Studying
https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/studying_resources

The resources on this guide have a particular focus on the basic sciences and anatomy – perfect for first year medical and dental students!  Featured resources include:

  • Tools to create custom flashcard sets
  • Sites featuring interactive games to help you study
  • Practice quizzes and interactive reviews that help you assess your current knowledge level – and help take you to the next level

Studying for boards? Then check out:

Board Prep for Medicine
https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/boardprepmedicine

Dental Board, Licensure, and Post-Grad Exam Review
https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/dentalboardandpgreview 

Happy studying!

 

 

In honor of Veterans Day (Monday, November 11th), Hirsh Health Sciences Library will have shortened hours. We will be open from 12pm – 7pm.

The Medical Education Building (Sackler) will still have card swipe access for its normal daily schedule, so you are welcome to swipe in and come study in the building! Just be aware that the desk on the 4th floor will only be staffed from 12pm – 7pm.

Have a wonderful weekend, and will see you back on Tuesday for our normal business hours!

 

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You might have noticed a new face down at the Library Service Desk this past month…please join us in welcoming Sarah Bergman, our new part-time reference assistant! Sarah just moved to Boston from California, where she attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and worked at the Robert E. Kennedy Library. She worked in circulation for two years, and in reference for one, and volunteered with the library in outreach programs. She enjoys coffee, documentaries, and writing short fiction and plays. She’s excited to live in New England, because she’s never seen snow, and we’re excited to have her on our staff!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Have fun out there, but don’t go bleeding yourself dry! Do however stop by the Special Collections display on the 6th floor if you’d like to see some grisly bloodletting tools. These bloodletting scarificators range in different styles and sizes for the whole family! And to better get acquainted with this age old art, below is a selection of books from our collection here at Hirsh:

Researches on the effects of bloodletting, 1836

Andreas Vesalius Bruxellensis: the bloodletting letter of 1539

Galen on bloodletting : a study of the origins, development, and validity of his opinions, with a translation of the three works

Nine pints : a journey through the money, medicine, and mysteries of blood

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Tattered maple leaf in late summer. Photo: Wendy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Are you ready to make this November New-vember by learning a new skill? If you have been meaning to learn how to use a citation management tool, then this is your month!

In addition to the following workshops offered by the Hirsh Library, the Tufts DataLab Assistants will be offering a special workshop on Python.

As always, workshops are open to everyone on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus and no previous experience is required.

To see full descriptions and to register for these workshops, please visit: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

 

November workshops:

An Intro to Python for Data Analysis  – 11/4  2:00pm – 3:30pm (Room 514)

Mendeley: the Basics – 11/7 12noon – 1pm (Room 510)

Zotero: the Basics – 11/14 12noon – 1pm (Room 510)

 

 

Please enjoy the fourth installment of Ask Ms. Shelved, the irregularly scheduled advice column from HHSL!

 

Dear Ms Shelved:

 Last night I studied, stressed and sleepy, sitting on the 7th floor,
And heard a phantom laugh–so creepy!–from behind a closèd door…

Oh, sorry about that…I still regret not being an English major.

What I mean to say is that I was on the quiet floor and everyone around me was working independently in carrels, but I could sometimes hear voices coming from different areas of the floor. Is the library CuRsEd??? Are these unsettling utterances the work of the phantoms of past pupils… crying out in eternal agony about an exam they never quite felt prepared for? Will a ghastly ghoul set upon me should I fall asleep at my books? Please let me know, for I am quite spooked and not at all procrastinating.  

Sincerely,

Haunted in Hirsh

 

Dear Haunted,

Well, you certainly do have an active imagination. Perhaps you should consider creative writing as a hobby.

Fortunately, these voices you hear are not the work of otherworldly spirits, but rather the high spirits of your fellow (living) students. The group study rooms are not soundproof, so when one gets overly enthusiastic about biochemical pathways, one’s voice might carry across the rest of the floor.

Let this serve as a reminder to those who use the rooms—be mindful of your volume! Though you might feel tucked away in your own private space, if you get too loud, you will perturb (or possibly spook!) one of your compatriots. A measured, “indoor” voice should suffice for communication.

And, my dear Haunted…might I suggest that you use headphones or earplugs? You can find both at the Library Service Desk. While we encourage the users of group study rooms to moderate their volume, total silence cannot be guaranteed. That being said, should niggling noises continue to break through your noise-dampening efforts, do not hesitate to gently ask the room occupants to be quieter. Or, if you are too timid, ask a friendly Library Service Desk staff member to speak to them.

Ever yours,

Ms. Shelved

P.S.

A ghoul is specifically associated with graveyards, so even were the library to be haunted…it would not be by a ghoul. –M.S.

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