We hope you all had a restful and rewarding winter break! Whether you’ve been back to the grind for a few weeks or are just starting your semester today, it’s the perfect time to refresh your memory about our librarian liaison program.

The Hirsh Library Liaison Program provides a “point person” for each of the academic programs and clinical departments on the Tufts’ health sciences campus.

What can a librarian liaison do for you? For starters, your librarian liaison can help you:

  • identify resources for your particular topic, especially resources beyond article databases
  • create effective and efficient search strategies for databases like PubMed and Web of Science
  • discern what tool is right for you to help manage your citations (i.e., EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley) and providing instructions to get you started
  • track down statistical data for research projects and help you manage your own data

Visit our Liaison Program page to find out who the librarian liaison is for your program and get in touch with them!

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, January 21st. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm and the Library Offices will be closed. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Stay warm and have a great long weekend!

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Brrrr! It’s freezing outside! Stay inside and learn! Now is the time to go deeper, learn new skills or enhance your current skills with advanced workshops.

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm. Learn more about Open Workshops@Hirsh at: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

PubMed: Basics – January 24
In this introductory workshop, we will review PubMed and its contents. We will discuss planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

PubMed: Advanced – January 31
This one-hour session explores more advanced features of PubMed. During this session we will discuss how to search within selected field, creating a “MyNCBI” to save search strategies and receive alerts when new articles are available on a topic, as well a show to leverage the Web of Science database to add value to your PubMed search results.

Lit Review: Part 1 – February 7
In this workshop, you will learn how to approach the literature review. Topics covered include: identifying key stakeholders, database selection, determining search terms, and creating effective search strategies.

Lit Review: Part 2 –  February 14
In Part 2, we will discuss organizing and exploring your search results, including the use of citation managers, creating evidence tracking logs, and how to describe your research process to create a “Methods” section of your project.

EndNote: Basics -February 21
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the citation management program EndNote.   EndNote allows you to create a library of references, attach and read PDFs, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents.  This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

EndNote: Advanced – February 28
This one-hour session explores more advanced features of EndNote. During this session we will discuss using EndNote to create figures with captions, how to find updated citation information for records already in EndNote, how to modify output styles and much more.

 

 

 

We need your help! We want to test how usable our library catalog, JumboSearch, is and we’re looking for some student volunteers to give us feedback. We will be hosting 30-minute usability testing sessions on January 23rd and 30th. Those who participate in a session will receive $10 in JumboCash as a thank you! If you’d like to join the pool of volunteers we draw from, just fill out this form.

If you’re not a student but are interested in helping us out, keep your eyes peeled! We will be hosting sessions for other groups in the future.

Thanks!

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Happy New Year! With the new year comes new editions on AccessMedicine! The following are the latest updates as well as new titles added for 2019:

Principles of Rehabilitation Medicine

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2019, 58th Edition

The Color Atlas and Synopsis of Family Medicine, 3rd Edition

Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology, 26th Edition

Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine, 8th Edition

Katzung & Trevor’s Pharmacology: Examination & Board Review, 12th Edition

Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Method, 4th Edition

CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment: Obstetrics & Gynecology, 12th Edition

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January is National Soup Month, at least, it is according to the good people at Campbell’s, and we feel like they know a thing or two about soup. And here at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, we know a bit about soup, too.

For example, according to this article published in The Nurse Practitioner, there may just be something to the idea that chicken soup is a valid treatment for the common cold. According to this paper, it provides relief from symptoms and decreases the inflammatory response related to viral illness- in other words, chicken soup might actually make you feel better when you’re sick. SCIENCE!

Cure for the Common Cold? (courtesy University of Washington Libraries. Digital Collections: http://content.lib.washington.edu/u?/kiehl,360)

Cure for the Common Cold?
(courtesy University of Washington Libraries. Digital Collections: http://content.lib.washington.edu/u?/kiehl,360)

Regardless of its efficacy, who doesn’t like a hot bowl of soup in the winter, regardless of whether you’re under the weather? Research and Instruction Librarian Jane recommended this pot of Fire Roasted Tomato Soup for a yummy meal. If you’re looking for a weekend project (it is supposed to be quite chilly), make someone’s day with a labor-intensive batch of delicious Chicken Matzo Ball Soup (aka Jewish Penicillin). For vegetarians/vegans/spicy food lovers, this Lentil and Coconut Soup with Cilantro-Habanero Gremolata is delicious and cheap to make. It also makes enough soup to freeze for the next time you feel the sniffles coming on.

There’s a proverb (of Spanish or Portuguese origin, apparently) that states: “Of soup and love, the first is best.” We offer no opinion on the matter, but wish you a wonderful National Soup Month.

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The end of the semester is finally within reach! With the holidays now upon us, Hirsh Library will be operating with modified hours from Friday, December 21st through Tuesday, January 1st. The full schedule is as follows:

Friday, December 21st: 7:45am-5pm

Saturday, December 22nd-Tuesday, December 25th: Closed

Wednesday, December 26th-Friday, December 28th: 7:45am-5pm

Saturday, December 29th-Tuesday, January 1st: Closed

We will reopen for regular hours at 7:45am on Wednesday, January 2nd. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from all of us here at Hirsh!

 

The year is 2068: students and faculty open a mysterious time capsule from the bygone-era of 2018! The School of Dental Medicine has put together a time capsule to be opened in 50 years for the school’s 200th anniversary. So what will these dentists of the future uncover?

08/23/2018 – Boston, Mass. – Sesquicentennial time capsule objects photographed on August 23, 2018. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

  1. Time Capsule greeting letter, written by Dean Thomas
  2. Time Capsule list of included items
  3. White Coat with Dean Thomas’s name and a ceremony oath card
  4. 2018 commencement program
  5. Boston Globe front page from September 28, 2018 (date of the Anniversary Gala)
  6. 3D elephant from anniversary display
  7. Academic calendar, course description
  8. Academic schedule
  9. Anniversary Gala program, invitation
  10. Curriculum from Office of Academic Affairs
  11. D21, D20, D19, D18 composite pictures
  12. Dental Magazine, Fall 2017/anniversary issue
  13. Dental terms and acronyms
  14. Glass ionomer, bonding agent
  15. Letters written by students to future students about life as a dental student
  16. Lobby blueprints/before photos from lobby construction
  17. Lyrics sheet for student video
  18. Photo of shroud, mannequin head
  19. Photos of current dental building (pics of preclin, dental floors)
  20. Photos of outside the school (1 Kneeland)
  21. Photos of TUSDM at Red Sox/ Actual Red Sox ticket
  22. Step Card
  23. Student ID
  24. Tufts ASDA pin
  25. Tuition statement
  26. Time Capsule Committee activities documentation

The above contents were carefully selected by committee members Gynnekia Booth D20, Rachelle Cadet D20, Paula Callahan, Karen Culbert, Joseph Dudlek D21, Frances Burke Foret, Mark Gonthier, Emerly Hsu D21, Dr. Melissa Ing D89, Dr. Jeff Lowenstein D85, D20P, Dr. Britta Magnuson D08, Katie McKenna D20, Dr. Shubha Nanda DI96, Zamon Sawyer D19, Dr. James Theodore D83, and Dr. Thomas Whitmer D18. The time capsule has now been sealed and locked away!

Please enjoy the inaugural edition of Ask Ms. Shelved, the new, irregularly scheduled advice column from HHSL!

Dear Ms. Shelved:

I am in my final weeks of classes for the semester, and I find myself studying (and eating, and sleeping) in the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. I am the first person in the building in the morning and the last person out. I haven’t seen my cat, Hortense, in days, possibly weeks. My friends think I moved away. I saw my own picture on a milk carton the other day.

But today I discovered that the caretakers of my cozy den, my warm second home, my snug grotto of learning have cast me out! I approached the Library Service Desk to check out a phone charger, and was told that I had overdue items and I could not check anything out for a FULL WEEK. Ms. Shelved, I am bewildered, bamboozled, and BLOCKED.

Whatever shall I do?

Sincerely,

Stunned in Sackler

Dear Stunned,

Well, it seems you’ve been visited by THE BLOCK. He’s like a lot of other holiday specters…like the Uncouth Uncle at Thanksgiving dinner, he’s never a welcome visitor. Like the Schmaltz Stain left on your sweater after frying latkes, he’s persistent. And like the Tantrumy Toddler at Christmas, he follows you around, fraying your nerves and trying your patience.

Since you are blocked for a week, it appears you’ve invoked this unwelcome guest once already since July, and now you’re on your second strike. But don’t despair! Here are some helpful tips to Banish the Block:

  • Electronics, accessories, reserve materials, skulls, models, etc. circulate for 4 hours. Set a timer on your phone when you check out.
  • If there’s a chance you’ll get stuck in a meeting or appointment, TELL the person who checks out the item, and ASK if you can have a (reasonable) extension.
  • If a genuine crisis arises (like a building evacuation or a trip to the Emergency Department), CALL the desk at 617-636-6705 and let us know, we will try to work something out.
  • Remember that you can renew some items (like laptops) as long as no one is waiting to use it, but you have to bring it back to the desk first.
  • Many of the books on reserve are also available online! You probably don’t need to smuggle that textbook out overnight.

I suggest paying closer attention to your loans, because if you are blocked again before June 30, you will lose your borrowing privileges for 30 days!

Stunned, if you have any questions about the Blocking Policy, please see it in full here: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/policies/overdue-items.

Remember, try to get some sleep, take a shower, drink some water, and bring your stuff back on time!

Ever yours,

Ms. Shelved

 

 

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Torn between taking a break to make a craft or to eat a snack? This week you’re in luck! Stop by the Library Service Desk this Thursday 12/6 and Friday 12/7 starting at 1pm and create an architectural masterpiece with graham crackers, frosting, and a bunch of candy.

And to make this week even sweeter, we’re also welcoming Paws for People back on Thursday from 3-5pm! Stop by the room behind the cafe on Sackler 4 and relax with some therapy dogs and guinea pigs. But please don’t share your gingerbread house with them!

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