March 15th…the day to settle debts…possibly a day to dress a man like a goat and run him out of town...and famously, the day Julius Caesar was brutally stabbed to death before the Roman Senate in 44 BC.
Lots of bad things have happened on the Ides of March, and we know you don’t need more stress in your life. So come visit the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4 Wednesday 3/16 and Thursday 3/17, starting at noon, and unwind with some quality craft time!
This month, we’re featuring paper bag puppets and pompom study buddies. Come get your craft on with us. Maybe if Brutus took a craft break, he wouldn’t have felt so…stabby.
We’ve purchased some new equipment over the past few months and want to be sure you know all about it!
From left to right we have:
–SmartBoard Pens for the boards in Sackler 510 and Sackler 509
–Presentation remotes with built-in laser pointer
–USB-C cords and chargers for the new MacBooks
–USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapters to connect your MacBook with USB-C port to an HDMI display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable
Come down to the Library Service Desk and check them out (literally)!
Want to know what other types of equipment we have? You can browse or search a list here.
DynaMed Plus is now available through the Hirsh Health Sciences Library and Tufts Medical Center! This point-of-care resource provides current, evidence-based information in the easy-to-read format that you are accustomed to from DynaMed with enhanced content and features. DynaMed Plus offers:
- Robust content in a range of specialties, selected and evaluated by clinical experts
- Internal medicine topics developed and maintained with the American College of Physicians (ACP)
- Concise, evidence-based recommendations with supporting references
- Daily content updates
- Drug monographs and lab recommendations from Micromedex® allow you to choose the appropriate drugs and tests for your patients
- More than 4,500 images, tables and illustrations, including content from ACP Smart Medicine
These unique features of DynaMed Plus will save you time and frustration:
- Synthesized recommendations that use transparent levels of evidence
- Links to patient handouts, review articles and PubMed/MEDLINE searches
- Create alerts to receive email notification when a topic or specialty category is updated with new evidence or guidelines
DynaMed Plus is accessible from on campus or off and a free app is available for iOS and Android devices, which means you can start using it from anywhere today!
Follow these steps to install and authenticate the DynaMed Plus app on your mobile device:
- Download the free DynaMed Plus app from the iTunes or Google Play store.
- Access DynaMed Plus on your computer from the link on the Hirsh Health Sciences Library homepage.
- Click on the Get the DynaMed Plus Mobile App link under the Spotlight section in left-hand column of the DynaMed Plus
- Enter either your personal or Tufts email address. An authentication link will be emailed to you.
- Open the email (from EBSCO) on your mobile device. Click the authentication link.
- The DynaMed Plus app should open and the initial content download will begin.
Note, if you currently have the DynaMed app on your mobile device, then you will need to delete it and install the new DynaMed Plus app.
Questions? See here for answers to FAQs about the DynaMed Plus app, or contact us!
Post contributed by Laura Pavlech
It’s that time of the year again! From Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12th, Hirsh Library will be running its Affiliation week survey. Huzzah!
What this means for you: 4 times a day (11 am, 3 pm, 6 pm, and 9 pm) a person will come around the library and ask what program you are with. You tell them (Med, Dental, Nutrition, etc), and they’ll move on to the next person. Easy peasy. But what if you don’t want to be interrupted?
Well that’s easy enough! You can leave your Tufts ID next to you, and we’ll just glance at that and move on. Or, if you’d rather not leave your ID out, you can just write your program on a piece of paper and leave that next to you.
If you’re with a group in a room and don’t want to be interrupted, you can tape a piece of paper to the outside of the door (but do not cover the glass) with the number of people and what program(s), such as “5 Dental” or “3 Sackler.”
Remember, this is only for the duration of above mentioned week, and then we’ll be done until next October. So it’ll be over before you know it!
If you have any questions or concerns, you can come talk to us at the desk on Sackler 4, or call 617-636-6706. We want this to go smoothly and quickly, and for you to be comfortable with it.
We look forward to seeing you next week!
Hello there everyone! Hirsh Library would like to announce the first of 4 weekends of extended hours for the upcoming spring exam season!
The first weekend is this upcoming one: Saturday, March 5th, and Sunday, March 6th. The Hirsh Library Service Desk will be open 10 am to 10 pm on both days, so we can help with your research and equipment needs even earlier and later than usual on the weekends!
We will have FREE COFFEE on Saturday, March 5th. It will be a variety of Au Bon Pain coffee flavors, and will be on the tables in front of Food 4 Thought starting at 7 pm. We will also have tea!
Those beverages will come in handy, because you get some extra time to study on Saturday night! Swipe access to Sackler will end at 11pm, as usual, but you can stay in the library until 1:30am!
If you have any questions, feel free to direct them to us at the desk on the 4th floor. But otherwise, we will see you this weekend.
Good luck with your studying and exams!
If you could be granted three wishes for Hirsh Library what would they be? It doesn’t matter if they’re big or small—we want to know!
Drop your wishes in the box down at the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4 or enter them online at bit.ly/libraryfairy now through March 18th. You just might get your wish!
Fair Use Week is upon us! This week is a great time to focus on the factors to consider when determining if you can reuse someone else’s (and sometimes your own) work…
Think you already know all the ins and outs of fair use?
Curious what fair use is?
Looking to face your fear of legal quandary?
Love taking online quizzes?
Whatever the reason, try out this fair use quiz MIT made to test your knowledge.
And, if you are trying to decide whether you yourself can reuse particular images, figures, tables, text, etc., take advantage of the Fair Use Evaluator from the American Library Association. It’s a great tool to guide and document your own decision making process.
Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz
Monday, February 22nd marks the beginning of Fair Use Week, a time to celebrate the balance in copyright law that addresses freedom of speech and accelerates advancement in education, the arts, science – you name it!
If you use other people’s work, such as images, and/or create content yourself, fair use is an important aspect of copyright law you should know about. Before you add those images, tables, and figures to your next paper or load those excerpts up on TUSK and Trunk or post that content to your website, consider whether or not copyright law allows it. Fair use may just be the reason you can.
But how do you know?? Never fear, Hirsh Health Sciences Library is here to help! We provide information about fair use, including the factors to weigh when determining if you can reuse a work. You can also send us your specific questions for some guidance on making a decision.
Lastly, join us for a workshop on using images next week. We’ll survey and search image collections licensed by Tufts and in the public domain. We will also discuss options for storage, display, and citing sources. The session will be repeated. Attend in Sackler 510, either on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4-5pm or Friday, February 26, 2016, 9-10am.
Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz
Having begun this Monday (February 8), celebrations marking Year of the Monkey will continue for the next two weeks. Often referred to as “Chinese New Year”, the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia. In Vietnam, Lunar New Year is celebrate as Tết.
Animals from the Chinese zodiac are associated with each new year.. This year is the Year of the Monkey. The Chinese zodiac has a 12 year cycle, so the next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.
Fireworks, feasts, family reunions and parades are some of the well-known festivities associated with the Lunar New Year. However, there are 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.
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!
Learn more about Lunar New Year:
Lunar New Year 2016: Facts, Dates, And Ancient Traditions (Huffington Post)
Stories about Chinese New Year (NPR.org)
Lunar New Year in pictures (BBC.com)
Photo credit: Poa Mosyuen, used with permission under Creative Commons license
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