Posts by: Amy LaVertu
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Everyone knows that if you wait to long to do your holiday shopping, you will be gifts at the corner “7-11.” Trust us, “Slim Jims” and a gallon of blue anti-freeze are NOT on most folks’ holiday “wish lists”!  If you wait too long to start your research, you could be stuck using the resource equivalent of the corner “7-11”   – and yes, we’re looking at you Wikipedia and Google Books!

The good news is that you still have time to discover high-quality resources and to get help from the right people!  That is way we want to share with you  the following list of resources and services.  It’s not too late to get your research going in the right direction! Check out these resources and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help!

 

Research Guides by Subject
https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/find/resources-by-subject
Need to subject specific resources, such as article databases, books and key web sites? Visit the Hirsh Library’s Research Guides by Subject to find the just right resource that has been carefully curated by the Hirsh’s research & instruction librarians.

Librarian Assistance
https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/research/assistance
“Our Research & Instruction librarians provide a wide range of informational and instructional services to the Tufts community. We offer instruction on biomedical resources individually, in small groups, and through course-related instruction.”

Health Writing Consultants
https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/writingconsultants
“Free writing assistance is available to all current health sciences students at Tufts’ downtown campus. Health Sciences Writing Consultants support projects such as research papers, clinical articles, personal statements, theses, doctoral dissertations, conference papers, proposals, posters, and abstracts. ”

Data Lab Assistants
https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/data-lab
“Data Lab Assistants provide walk-up help at the Tufts Technology Services Support Desk on the 5th floor of the Medical Education Building.  Lab Assistants can answer questions about using GIS, statistical and data visualization software. “

 
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This is just a  friendly reminder that you don’t want to miss next Tuesday’s (11/9 12noon-1pm) Workshop@Hirsh, Essentials of Data Management! In this workshop, we will review best practices for naming, organizing, storing, depositing your research data, and creating a Data Management Plan. Managing your data before you begin your research and throughout its life cycle is essential to ensure its current usability and long-run preservation and access.

Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. To register for this workshop, please visit: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156301

 
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Gobble! Gobble! November is here, which means there will be a feast of…workshops@Hirsh!!! This month come and get your fill of the skills and resources you need to enhance your research. While there won’t be dessert, we promise that you won’t need to take a nap after!

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

Zotero: the Basics
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156311?hs=a

Description:

This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. With Zotero, you can:
•    collect references from web sites via your browser of choice
•    drag and drop PDFs to create references
•    generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents

This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

Essentials of Data Management
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156301?hs=a

Description:

In this workshop, we will review best practices for naming, organizing, storing, depositing your research data, and creating a Data Management Plan. Managing your data before you begin your research and throughout its life cycle is essential to ensure its current usability and long-run preservation and access.

VisualDx
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156489?hs=a

Description:

This workshop will introduce you to VisualDx, a diagnostic clinical decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy and aid therapeutic decisions. VisualDx is a database that uses images of common and rare medical conditions to assist with diagnosis. VsualDx includes more than 3,000 diagnoses and over 41,000 images, to aid in diagnosing infectious, immunologic, metabolic, nutritional, psychiatric, and genetic diseases.

Research Metrics
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156421?hs=a

Description:

In this workshop, we will show you how to find the number of times an article has been cited, create a citation report for a set of articles or an author, and compare citation statistics for authors, journals or articles in a particular field.  We will also discuss emerging metrics (‘altmetrics’), such as the number of times an article has been viewed or downloaded. Finally, we will show you how to choose the right journal for your manuscript.

 

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Upgrading your research skills doesn’t have to be frightening! October Workshops@Hirsh will show give you some awesome tricks, and lots of treats, to enhance your  research skills.

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

Title:       PubMed: An Introduction

Date:      Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156265?hs=a

Description:
This workshop will introduce you to PubMed, the world’s premiere biomedical literature database.  We will review the content of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

 

Title:       Beyond PubMed

Date:      Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156419?hs=a

Description:
Have you tried out your search on PubMed and are wondering if there’s something more? Did you get the advice you need to try another database in addition to PubMed and aren’t sure where to go next? Are you curious about what the most cited article is for your question? Do you want to know who has cited the articles you’ve selected so far?

While PubMed covers the biomedical sciences thoroughly, there are many other databases that cover all of the Sciences and Social Sciences broadly. This workshop will introduce you to resources beyond PubMed that will enrich your research.

 

Title:       EndNote: the Basics

Date:      Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156273?hs=a

Description:
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!

 

Title:       Open Access Week: Where to Publish Open Access

Date:      Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156376?hs=a

Description:
October 25-31 will be Open Access Week. In celebration, participate in our workshop to learn more about finding open access journals to publish your work in. We’ll talk about some general tips for finding suitable journals, as well as specifically how to find appropriate open access publishing opportunities.

 

data carpentry announcement

Are you a PhD student or post doc researcher working with data? Working with data can be overwhelming. This Data Carpentry Workshop can help you get started!

The Carpentries organization strives “to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.” The Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be hosting a Data Carpentry Workshop on Tuesday (10/19), Wednesday (10/20) and Thursday (10/21) from 10am – 1pm online. If you want to learn more about organizing spreadsheets, cleaning data with OpenRefine, and gaining and introduction into R, please register at this link!

All learners are welcome, including those with little to no prior experience with these tools. For the first two weeks, we will prioritize PhD students and post docs within the Tufts community. Then, we will open registration up for other participants so be on the lookout for more information!

If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to reach out to Andrea Kang. We hope to see you there!

 

Now that you’re back, you might have questions or need a hand with a research project or using the library. How do you get help if you need it? Look no further! In this brief post we’re going to tell the many ways that you can get help when you need it!

Need help right now, in-person?

If you have a question and want to receive in-person help, just stop by the 4th floor help desk and ask to speak to the on-call librarian. During staffed hours at the library, there is always an on-call librarian to give you a hand.  Trust us on this – if you ask for the on-call librarian at the 4th floor desk- you are NOT bothering anybody! That’s what the on-call librarian is there for!

Need help right now, not in-person?

If you have a ( not too complicated) question and are not in the library, you can use the “Chat with Us” feature on our “Ask Us” (https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/research/ask-us) page. The “Chat with Us” feature allows you to connect with library in real-time during staffed hours at the library. Besides  the “Chat with Us” feature, you can also email us at anytime at: hhsl@tufts.edu and we will return you email as soon as we can.

What to schedule a time to speak with the librarian assigned to your school/program/department?

If you want to schedule a time to meet with the librarian assigned to your particular school/program/department, you can use our “Find a Librarian” (https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/research/liaison-program) to locate the librarian liaison that is just right for you. Your librarian liaison can help you with: systematic reviews, purchase recommendations, creating links to library resources from Canvas or websites, assistance with specialized tools and services. Your librarian liaison will have a “Schedule an appointment” icon on their profile and you can select a time and day that works for you.

What to schedule a workshop for a group to learn more about a resource or skill?

Is there someone that you and a group of your colleagues would like to learn? Just fill out the Workshops on Demand form (https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops/workshops-on-demand) and we will be in touch to set up your custom workshop. 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 Zoom 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 at hhsl@tufts.edu.

 
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Autumn leaves, photo by A. LaVertu, 2021

Chilly nights and pumpkin spice have nothing on Fall Workshops@Hirsh! Now is the time to start pulling out those sweaters – and –  to sharpen your research skills for the Fall semester!  We can’t wait to see you!

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

 

Title:       Approaching the Lit Review

Date:      Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156281?hs=a

Description:
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.

 

Title:       Plagiarism, Citing Information, Turnitin – Oh my!

Date:      Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156285?hs=a

Description:
Questions about plagiarism, citing references and accessing Turnitin are the most frequently asked at Hirsh Library! Perhaps you have nagging questions about how to avoid accidental plagiarism or how to cite that weird reference? Come to this open workshop to get some answers, and make your research life, a little easier (or at least, a little less scary!).

 

Title:       JumboSearch

Date:      Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156354?hs=a

Description:
In this workshop, you will learn how to use JumboSearch, Tufts Libraries’ discovery tool. JumboSearch is your gateway to full-text articles, books, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, and more!

 

Title:       PubMed: An Introduction

Date:      Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156265?hs=a

Description:
This workshop will introduce you to PubMed, the world’s premiere biomedical literature database.  We will review the content of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

 

Title:       Beyond PubMed

Date:      Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156419?hs=a

Description:
Have you tried out your search on PubMed and are wondering if there’s something more? Did you get the advice you need to try another database in addition to PubMed and aren’t sure where to go next? Are you curious about what the most cited article is for your question? Do you want to know who has cited the articles you’ve selected so far?

While PubMed covers the biomedical sciences thoroughly, there are many other databases that cover all of the Sciences and Social Sciences broadly. This workshop will introduce you to resources beyond PubMed that will enrich your research.

 

Title:       EndNote: the Basics

Date:      Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156273?hs=a

Description:
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!

 

Title:       Open Access Week: Where to Publish Open Access

Date:      Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156376?hs=a

Description:
October 25-31 will be Open Access Week. In celebration, participate in our workshop to learn more about finding open access journals to publish your work in. We’ll talk about some general tips for finding suitable journals, as well as specifically how to find appropriate open access publishing opportunities.

 

Title:       Zotero: the Basics

Date:      Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156311?hs=a

Description:
This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. With Zotero, you can:

  • collect references from web sites via your browser of choice
  • drag and drop PDFs to create references
  • generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents

This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

 

Title:       Essentials of Data Management

Date:      Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156301?hs=a

Description:
In this workshop, we will review best practices for naming, organizing, storing, depositing your research data, and creating a Data Management Plan. Managing your data before you begin your research and throughout its life cycle is essential to ensure its current usability and long-run preservation and access. A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop.

Title:       Research Metrics

Date:      Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156421?hs=a

Description:
In this workshop, we will show you how to find the number of times an article has been cited, create a citation report for a set of articles or an author, and compare citation statistics for authors, journals or articles in a particular field.  We will also discuss emerging metrics (‘altmetrics’), such as the number of times an article has been viewed or downloaded. Finally, we will show you how to choose the right journal for your manuscript.

 

 
Swan boats

Photo by A. LaVertu, 2021

The sun setting earlier, and the cooler mornings are hints of autumn. Do you know what else is? Workshops@Hirsh!

August’s Workshops@Hirsh are a perfect opportunity to ‘dip your toes’ into the academic year ahead!  This month’s workshops focus on introducing you to essential resources to help you get the academic year off on the right foot!

August workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

 

Hirsh Library Web Site: The Grand Tour!
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118467?hs=a
This workshop will introduce you to the Hirsh Library’s web site and how to get the most out of the wealth of resources it contains!

Citation Management Tools: An Overview
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118766?hs=a
This workshop will provide an overview of the advantages of using citation management tools to organize both your references – and – your research. This workshop will feature Zotero as an example of how citation management tools can improve the research process.

Tools for Managing Your Writing
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118783?hs=a
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.

 

 

Beginning at sundown this Wednesday, (May 12) is one of the most joyous holidays in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr! Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated around the world with family and friends, sumptuous feasts and fireworks. The Hirsh Health Sciences Library sends out best wishes for a wonderful Eid al-Fitr!  Eid Mubarak!

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Want to learn more about Eid Al-Fitr? Looking for some dishes to contribute to your feast? Check out the fabulous links  below:

How is Eid al-Fitr celebrated around the world? (BBC)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4cmkmn

38 Ramadan Recipes for Your Eid Feast (Saveur)
https://www.saveur.com/ramadan-eid-recipes/

 

 

 

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Fruit Bowls

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Did you know that this month is National Nutrition Month? While March is soon to be a  memory, there’s still a couple of days left to celebrate. National Nutrition Month ” is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits” (https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month).

There’s  *always* a good time to start taking steps towards a healthier diet! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ web site has a wealth of information to get you started on the path of healthier eating. A great starting place is their “Food” resource site: https://www.eatright.org/food, which will walk you through the fundamentals of a healthy diet and how to plan and budget for healthier means.

So, how should you celebrate National Nutrition Month? Go and eat something – something healthy!

 

 
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