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It’s that time again! Hirsh Library will be having several weekends of extended hours throughout the spring exam season!

The first weekend is this upcoming one: Saturday, March 25th, and Sunday, March 26th. The 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!

Best of all, we will be continuing our extended hours tradition of having FREE COFFEE around 6pm on Saturday 3/25 down by the Desk.

Here are the other upcoming extended hours weekends:

April 1st & 2nd
April 8th & 9th 
May 5th & 6th 

If you have any questions, feel free to direct them to us at Library Service Desk on the 4th floor. But otherwise, we will see you this weekend.

Good luck with your studying and exams!

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Sometimes you want to reuse an awesome image or figure you’ve found or want to find awesome images, such as this one:

Who’s Awesome? You’re Awesome!” by kjarrett is licensed under CC BY 2.0

But you’re not sure if you are allowed to.  Maybe it’s for a paper, a presentation, your website, your thesis, etc. – how do you know if you are allowed to use it for your intended purpose?  How do you know where to find appropriate images?

Well, have no fear, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library has created an interactive Image Reuse Tool to help you find images and/or determine if an image can be utilized for your intended use.  Let us help you wade through the copyright mire and come out awesome!

 

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Our special ‘Writing Personal Statements’ workshop has been rescheduled for Monday, March 27th from 12:45 to 1:45 PM in Sackler 507.  Writing is hard; writing about yourself can be even harder.  If you are preparing a personal statement for your medical school or other application, then this workshop is for you.

Christine Smith, MS, RD, the writing consultant at our library, adjunct lecturer at the Friedman School and former Senior Editor of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, will provide advice on writing personal statements and her top writing tips.  We will also share books available at the library on application writing and interviewing.

 

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Ever felt defeated that the next book on your reading list is at the Tisch, Ginn, Veterinary, or SMFA Library?  You probably don’t have time to schlep to Fenway, Medford, or Grafton. One of the best aspects about being a part of the wider Tufts University library system is that you don’t have to! As long as the book you want isn’t on reserve, you can request to have it sent to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. Instead of wasting half a day taking the T to Medford, you can pick up the book at the Library Service Desk on your lunch break!

The request process is simple. After locating your desired book in the Tufts University Catalog, click on the “request item” button.  It may be on the top or right of the screen.

After clicking “Request Item” you’ll be asked to login with your Tufts username and password or your library barcode and full name.  After you submit your request, you will be able to pick up your book in a few business days!

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Spring is just around the corner, and we’ve got lots of new books sprouting-up on our shelves. Take a moment to stroll down the New Books display on the 4th floor of Sackler for some intriguing titles that have just come in. Here is a selection of the latest additions to our collection:

 

FICTION:

Homegoing  by Yaa Gyasi

The Edge of Lost  by Kristina McMorris

The Lightkeepers  by Abby Geni

A Piece of the World  by Christina Baker Kline

Miss Jane  by Brad Watson

The Lost Girls  by Heather Young

Before the Fall  by Noah Hawley

 

NON-FICTION:

Blood Sugar : racial pharmacology and food justice in Black America  by Anthony Ryan Hatch

Good Doctor : a father, a son, and the evolution of medical ethics  by Barron H. Lerner

Food, Poverty and Insecurity : international food inequalities

The Other Brain : the scientific and medical breakthroughs that will heal our brains and revolutionize our health

Brave Genius : a scientist, a philosopher, and their daring adventures from the French resistance to the Nobel Prize  by Sean B. Carroll

Savor : mindful eating, mindful life  by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung

 

COOKBOOKS:

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook : secrets from the legendary specialty food store for simple food and party platters you can make at home  by Ina Garten

Weeknights with Giada  by Giada De Laurentiis

Jamie at Home : cook your way to the good life  by Jamie Oliver

 

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

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Study carrel feeling lonely? Assignments got you down? Why not make a little buddy to help cheer you up? That’s right, Hirsh’s favorite pom pom critters are back for two days only! Stop by the Library Service Desk this Thursday 3/9 and Friday 3/10 starting at noon and make a fluffy friend for yourself or someone else! And while you’re down there, don’t forget to vote in that day’s March Madness match-ups!

Ready to march forward into another month of Open Workshops? We hope so, because there are fantastic workshops scheduled for March!

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.

And remember, if you can’t make it to a workshop in person or WebEx, you can also request a workshop on demand!

 

March Workshops:

Web of Science & Scopus

Cross disciplinary subject? Not sure of where to go after you search PubMed? Have you written an article and want to know who has quoted you? Then Web of Science and Scopus may be for you! We will learn how to construct a keyword search; show how finding one good article on a topic can lead to other articles on the same thing; and find out who is also working on your topic of interest. Web of Science and Scopus will become your new best friends for research!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Ovid MEDLINE: An Introduction

Are you ready to become an expert MEDLINE searcher? In this workshop, we will explore Ovid MEDLINE and its powerful search interface , which includes ways of limiting retrieval to articles with evidence. We will each make a personal account and set up a literature alert on a topic of interest to us.

Tuesday, March 7

9:00am -1 0:00am

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Tools for Managing Your Writing

In this workshop you will learn how to use library resources and tools to manage your writing from conception to publication. Resources covered include: making effective use of citation management tools; databases to find journal impact factors; suggested apps, guidelines, and tips to keep track of your research.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

9:00am -1 0:00am

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork

Thinking about writing a systematic review? Curious about what the process entails? Not sure what a systematic review is? Come to this workshop to learn about systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and other types of high-level research reviews. We will discuss topics such as the elements of a systematic review, protocols, resources, timelines, and suggested databases.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

9:00am -1 0:00am

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Hello hello everyone. It’s about that time again: time for the Affiliation Survey!

Twice a year, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library runs the Affiliation Survey, where we walk around and ask every one of our lovely patrons which program they are with (Dental, Medical, Sackler, etc). This is all we ask. We will not ask for your name or even which year you’re in! The numbers we collect are used in aggregate so we can get a snapshot of what the library usage is like. Go ahead, take a gander at my post full of graphs from last year. That should give you a good idea of what we do with this info!

This academic year we’ve done something different: scattered the days. We’re still collecting 7 days worth of data in October and March, but this time around those 7 days are spread out over the whole month, randomly chosen to try and maximize the usefulness of the numbers (in other words, we’re trying not to get skewed by specific exam blocks too much). Back in October you might have noticed that a few times there were big signs on the floors by the entryways and elevators warning you that we were collecting stats.

Well keep your eyes out for them!

We won’t announce ahead of time which days we’re counting (see our need to randomize, above), but we don’t want you to be completely off guard, either. If you come into Hirsh and you see one of those tall signs, please know that we will be coming around a few times that day to ask you which program you’re with.

Don’t panic!

If you don’t want to be bothered (or to speak out loud), you are welcome to leave your ID next to you while you study. If that is still not good enough, you can write your program down on a piece of paper and leave that next to you. If you’re in a group room, feel free to stick a note to the outside of the door (on the wood – the windows must remain clear!) telling us how many people of what program(s) are in the room. Done and done. We will add that number to our count, and we will move on to the next person!

There are pencils, pens, markers, scrap paper, and tape down at the Service Desk on the 4th floor, so you can even make your sign bright and cheerful! If you have any questions or concerns, let us know either in person at the desk, or through Ask Us on our website. We’re here to help and make this quick and easy.

But otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all this next month and finding out just what our beloved HHSL looks like this spring.

Good luck on studying and all of your exams and projects!
Tom

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Look, we’ve all been there. You really WANT to attend that HHSL Open Workshop, but we were up SO LATE on Sunday studying/watching the Oscars/binging Netflix, and 9:00 am Tuesday feels so early. So you decide to attend the Wednesday 4:00 pm session of the workshop. But hey, did you notice that it is staying light outside until almost 6:00 and also the world is not currently a Frozen Hellscape and you should really go outside for vitamin D?

Have you squandered your last chance to learn EndNote? Thrown away your shot to master Web of Science? Wasted all opportunities to hone your PubMed skills? Are you doomed?

“On Fire” Gunshow #648 by KC Green. This is a meme all over the internet now, give its creator some love here.

No! Your friends at Hirsh Health Sciences Library would never abandon you! We know how busy you are, and we can’t schedule Open Workshops at times that fit everybody’s schedule. To better meet your needs, we bring you Workshops on Demand– gather a few friends, find some times that work for a group session, and tell the Library what you want to learn about. We will provide the content, and expert librarian instructor, and we’ll even book the room. Choose from the list of topics, or suggest your own- we’re listening! Just fill out the form and we will be in touch to set up your custom workshop. These sessions are a great way to maximize learning and interaction with an instructor and your classroom peers, and ideal for those embarking on group projects. Workshops on Demand can be scheduled M-F between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm, depending on the availability of librarians, and we can conduct them via WebEx as well for those off-campus.

(of course, if you would like a one-on-one instruction session with a librarian, we can set that up too. Just contact us here)

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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.