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Schoolwork stressing you out? Got the winter blues? Hirsh Library and the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office (SAHA)  are here to help! We love you and know you’re working hard, so we’re joining forces to bring you a week filled with fun activities to help you de-stress.

Here are the events in the library:

Tuesday 2/9, 2:30pm
Library Study Break: Afternoon Tea
Take a study break and join us on Sackler 4 for tea and treats

Thursday 2/11 and Friday 2/12, 12pm
Library Fun Lab: Valentine’s Crafts
Drop-in and make a valentine! We’ll have a variety of supplies out so you can craft something to show your love or appreciation for a friend, family member, or that special someone (your favorite librarian, perhaps?).

Keep an eye out for SAHA’s events on Wednesday and Friday:

Wednesday 2/10, All Day
Kisses and Inspiration
The Student Wellness Advisor will be roaming around campus delivering sweets and encouragement

Friday 2/12, 2pm
Unconditional Love from Furry Friends
Come to Sackler 114 and unwind before the holiday weekend with therapy dogs, healthy snacks, and a chocolate fountain!

By now you have probably heard that Punxsutawney Phil, that most famous of Pennsylvanian marmots, did not see his shadow, foretelling an early spring this year. Lucky us!

Aside from wresting a fat, sleepy rodent from his burrow, there are other traditions associated with this day…including eating groundhog! They are not a threatened species, and are generally considered to be pest animals, especially to gardeners. So maybe it is not shocking that when chef and food writer (and farmer) Ian Knauer found his vegetable beds decimated by a groundhog, he decided to eat the culprit, an event chronicled in his book The Farm, accompanied by a recipe for Groundhog Cacciatore.

I think I will stick to a different Groundhog Day treat, this adorable groundhog-shaped Groundhog Day Cake from CakeSpy!

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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 Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm and then repeated on Fridays 9:00am-10:00am. Workshops will be held in Sackler 510.

Intro to the Lit Review
Wednesday, Feb. 3 & Friday, Feb. 5

Tools to Manage Writing
Wednesday, Feb. 10 & Friday, Feb. 12

Citation Tool Overview
Wednesday, Feb. 17 & Friday, Feb. 19

Using Images
Wednesday, Feb. 24 & Friday, Feb.26

 

Registration is encouraged: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

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Please join us giving a warm welcome to our new Collections Assistant, Sia Samiean!

Sia studied Art History and Painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University for three years, but ultimately graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in California with a Bachelor’s in Painting and Illustration.  After five years as a Lead Bookseller for Barnes & Noble, he went on to Harvard Widener Library to assist with the “Smart-Barcoding” Project. He then worked for the Internet Archive based in the Boston Public Library as a Book Digitizing Operator with a principal focus on digitizing the John Adams Library. Most recently, he worked as an Inventory Control Manager for Crate and Barrel.  We’re so happy to have him as a member of our staff!

 

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In honor of the holiday, Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open shortened hours on Monday, January 18th: from noon to 7 pm.

We hope you have a good (long) weekend, and we’ll see you for normal hours on Tuesday!

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Our new website has been live for almost a month and we hope you’ve had the chance to explore it! If not, take a moment to familiarize yourself with all the great updates.

Here are some of our favorite new features :

  • The new website has a more enhanced user experience for mobile devices.
  • The most popular links, including PubMed and UpToDate, will still be at users’ fingertips within the Quick Links section.
  • Users can view the latest hours for the Café with a link to the menu for the week.
  • The new website includes the added “Available Technology” feature with the number of items  available for checkout in real time.

To access our new website navigate to:http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu.

We welcome all feedback! You can share your experience here .

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Still need a new year’s resolution? How about resolving to make 2016 the year to enhance your research skills? We can help you with that!

The Hirsh Library’s Open Workshop series will provide you with the tips and tricks you need to get the most of the research process.

Open workshops are held in  on Wednesdays from 4-5pm and then repeated on Fridays from 9-10am. All workshops are held in Sackler 510.

Registration for January workshops is now open!

PubMed: the Basics
January 13 & 15
March 16 & 18
April 13 & 15

BaSiCSss for TUSDM 2nd & 3rd  Year Students
January 20 & 22

EndNote: the Basics
January 27 & 29
March 23 & 25

Thesis/Capstone/ALE Boot Camp Month!
February 3 & 5 – Intro to the Literature Review
February 10 & 12 – Tools to Manage Writing
February 17 & 19 – Citation Tool Overview
February 24 & 26  – Using Images

Database Crash Course!
March 2 & 4

Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork
March 9 & 11
April 27 & 29

Web of Science & Scopus
March 30
April 1

Public Health Tools (Public Health Week 2016)
April 6 & 8

Mendeley: the Basics
 April 20 & 22

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For those of you not already familiar, MeSH or Medical Subject Headings are the standard terms used to describe biomedical topics in PubMed. Basically, a staff person at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) tags each article with the appropriate MeSH based on what the article is about. The great thing is you don’t have to worry about spelling variations, conjugation, or even synonyms with MeSH. If the article is about the concept, the NLM staffer will tag it with the right MeSH, even if the exact words used in the text are different.
So what made the list of new MeSH for 2016? Well, a few were surprising, such as the term Grandparents. How was that not already in there? Considering Antelope has been a MeSH since 1991, why did it take this long to add Giraffe? And, is it really that often that Legendary Creatures comes up in the biomedical literature that it deserves its own heading?
Well, check the list out yourself. Just keep in mind, these MeSH are brand-spanking new, so don’t expect to get a lot of articles tagged with them just yet–most are not retroactive.

 

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

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All of us here at Hirsh would like to wish you a happy and healthy new year!

 

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The library will be closing at 2pm today and will reopen Monday, January 4th at 7:45am. See you in 2016!

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All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to wish everyone good cheer and relaxation as this term and year come to a close. Happy Holidays!

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