Next Tuesday, February 28th is Mardi Gras, the culmination of the Carnival season. New Orleans is home to the most famous Mardi Gras festivities in the United States, but it is celebrated in a number of different cities across the US, and in different forms throughout the world.  Here’s a brief overview of the holiday’s history and celebration. It’s a tradition for revelers to wear masks, so to help brighten up the winter gloom, this week we’re giving you the opportunity to make your very own! Stop by the Library Service Desk starting at noon on Thursday 2/23 and Friday 2/24 and enjoy a festive study break.

 

 

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In observance of President’s Day, Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open  from 12pm-7pm on Monday, February 20, 2017. We’ll be operating with our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Whether you’re studying or relaxing, we hope you enjoy the long weekend!

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Hello everyone, it’s Leo here. Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s convenient that day is today, because I’m here to talk to you about a good friend of mine, whom I think you could really learn to love if you gave it a chance. I am, of course, referring to Dongle.

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Dongle is a good friend of mine. We go way back! We’ve been through a lot together, and I want to see it set up with someone who will treat it right, and give it the study sessions it deserves.

Dongle stands 5.5 inches tall (or 14 centimeters, if you prefer metric). It weighs in as “so light that I don’t even need muscles to lift it,” and it has a nice slim profile, which can be seen from any angle you happen to be viewing it from.

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Dongle has two ports: a Mini DisplayPort on its smaller end, and a VGA port on the wider side. The Mini DisplayPort plug is made to slide right into your computer, and the VGA port holds onto a VGA cable on the other end, so you can share images on your computer with the projector and the room at large. Fun fact: Dongle works with all of the laptops we have on Reserve!

Because Dongle is as useful as it is convenient.

And, naturally, Dongle goes by many names. “VGA Adapter,” “laptop adapter,” “projector cable,” “that thing for my computer so I can do a presentation,” “something that plugs into my Mac for the projector but I don’t know what it’s called but I know you have it” – Dongle is not picky, and will answer to all of those names.

So this Valentine’s Day (and any other day of the year, really), why don’t you come by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of Sackler and give Dongle a try? Who knows, this could be the start of a beautiful academic partnership.

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Peace, love, and good grades,
Leo

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Surprise your sweetheart with a delicious home-cooked, candlelight dinner this Valentine’s Day! We have recently added several cookbooks to the collection, with mouthwatering recipes that will melt the heart.

 

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook

Molto Italiano : 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home

Mario Batali’s Big American cookbook : 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA

The Skinnytaste Cookbook : Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook

Food, Health, and Happiness : 115 On-point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life

 

As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you think we should own, please let us know by recommending a purchase.

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heartsThe 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!

The Student Wellness Advisor will also be hosting a few fun events this week:

Wed 2/8 : Tea and Treats
2:30-4pm, Sackler 4 behind the cafe
Enjoy an afternoon study break with the Wellness Advisor

Thurs 2/9: Analysis of Love and Relationships
12-1pm in Sackler 316
Lunch will be provided for this discussion group

Fri 2/10: Fun Day
3-4:30pm, Sackler 507
Unwind with therapy dogs and people treats!

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A cart full of Free books, all in need of a good home. Drop by the Circulation desk on the 4th floor of the Sackler building, and hopefully you’ll find something you like.

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"Collecting books for readers in the reserve stacks, 1964." LSE Library. https://www.flickr.com/photos/lselibrary/3925726691/

“Collecting books for readers in the reserve stacks, 1964.” LSE Library. https://www.flickr.com/photos/lselibrary/3925726691/

Do you find yourself looking through the catalog at Hirsh Health Sciences Library, thinking how great it would be if we owned that one book that you and a few classmates really needed? Have you found yourself in need of study materials, but the ones we have are outdated? Think there’s just a great database we should try? Well you’re in luck!

If you head on to Recommend a Purchase, you too can suggest material for the library to buy! It’s not just books, either – journal subscriptions, databases, models – HHSL is always looking to support our patrons in as many ways as we can, and this is a perfect way you can help us with that mission!

Plus, if you fill that form out, you could very well be the first person to find out about this new resource we have, and who doesn’t like being the first to something new?

You can always check in with us at 617-636-6706 if you have any questions about what we may or may not have in the library. But otherwise, we look forward to seeing all of your suggestions!

 

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2016 Chinese New Year Parade in Boston (Matthew Dailey)/ CC BY-NC 2.0

Tomorrow, January 28th, is the first day of the Chinese Calendar and the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. Starting this evening, the next two weeks will be filled with celebrations. Fireworks, feasts, family reunions and parades are some of the well-known festivities associated with the Lunar New Year. There are also a great many traditions associated with the Lunar New Year that are centuries old, such as the hanging of traditional ‘new years’ poems, cleaning the home, the receiving new clothes and getting one’s haircut.

And because our campus is located very conveniently in Chinatown, be sure to check out the Chinese New Year Parade! It’s the largest annual celebration in Boston’s Chinatown with lion dancers, music, and firecrackers—and if you haven’t tried the plethora of food options in our neighborhood, what a better time to venture out and celebrate? This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, February 12th. Here’s some more information about the festivities in Boston. .

If you are celebrating Lunar New Year, we wish safe travels and  much joy and prosperity this year! 恭贺新禧  Happy New Year!

Further reading:

About the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year Traditions

Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Year of the Rooster

Stories about Chinese New Year

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February is Thesis/Capstone/ALE Boot Camp Month!

During the month of February, Hirsh Library will be offering a 4-part ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking a thesis, Capstone or ALE project.

Workshops are held on Tuesday 9-10am and then repeated on Wednesdays 4-5pm. 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.


February Workshops:

 

Approaching the Literature Review 

This workshop is the first a 4-workshop ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking a thesis, Capstone or ALE project. 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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

9:00 am

Register for WebEx

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

4:00 pm

Register for WebEx

 

Citation Tools: An Overview 

Citation management tools help you manage the research process. These tools allow you to store and organize references, as well as automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles, such as APA and AMA. They store PDFs, allow you to share references with others, and so much more! Learn about your options among four major citation managers: RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley. This workshop will provide an overview of these tools to inform your decisions on which tool is best for you.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

9:00 am

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

4:00 pm

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Fact or Fiction: Copyright and Your Thesis 

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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

9:00 am

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

4:00 pm

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Using Images 

We will survey and search image collections licensed by Tufts and in the public domain.  We will also discuss options for storage, display, and citing sources.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:00 am

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

4:00 pm

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Ever wonder what is lurking in the dark alcove behind the library service desk? What skeletons do we have in that space beneath the stairs? Here is a comprehensive list, all available for check-out:

  • 2 full (plastic) skeletons, named Leo and Theo
  • 1 head and neck model
  • 1 eyeball
  • 1 heart
  • 1 armarmleg
  • 1 leg
  • 1 set of lungs
  • 1 knee
  • 1 dental development model
  • 6 sets of teeth
  • 8 full (plastic) skulls
  • 2 full (real) skulls
  • 2 half (real) skulls with brains
  • 2 half (real) skulls
  • 1 lonely brain
  • 1  female pelvis
  • 1 male pelvis

You may also see a full list with pictures on our website.
As always, you can check any of these body parts and accessories out for four hours at a time. Just ask for the extremity of your choice!