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Are you a medical or dental student stuck in a studying rut? Do you need to shake-up your studying? If your study routine has become, well, a bit too routine, then make a visit to:

 Resources for Studying
https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/studying_resources

The resources on this guide have a particular focus on the basic sciences and anatomy – perfect for first year medical and dental students!  Featured resources include:

  • Tools to create custom flashcard sets
  • Sites featuring interactive games to help you study
  • Practice quizzes and interactive reviews that help you assess your current knowledge level – and help take you to the next level

Studying for boards? Then check out:

Board Prep for Medicine
https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/boardprepmedicine

Dental Board, Licensure, and Post-Grad Exam Review
https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/dentalboardandpgreview 

Happy studying!

 
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Are you ready to make this November New-vember by learning a new skill? If you have been meaning to learn how to use a citation management tool, then this is your month!

In addition to the following workshops offered by the Hirsh Library, the Tufts DataLab Assistants will be offering a special workshop on Python.

As always, workshops are open to everyone on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus and no previous experience is required.

To see full descriptions and to register for these workshops, please visit: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

 

November workshops:

An Intro to Python for Data Analysis  – 11/4  2:00pm – 3:30pm (Room 514)

Mendeley: the Basics – 11/7 12noon – 1pm (Room 510)

Zotero: the Basics – 11/14 12noon – 1pm (Room 510)

 

 

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We’re pleased to announce that October Workshops@Hirsh are almost here! In addition to workshops offered by the Hirsh Library, there are also several workshops offered by the Tufts DataLab Assistants.

As always, workshops are open to everyone on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus and no previous experience is required. Come to our workshops – where learning new tricks will be a treat!

To see full descriptions and to register for these workshops, please visit: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

 

Right to the Source: Locating U.S. Health Data – 10/3 (Room 510)

Storymaps: Not your Average Presentation – 10/7 (Room 514)

Intro to Health Science Info on the Internet – 10/10 (Room 510)

Introduction To Basic Linux Workshop – 10/15  (Room 514)

EndNote: the Basics – 10/17 (Room 510)

Introduction To Tufts HPC Cluster Workshop – 10/22  (Room 514)

Research Metrics – 10/24 (Room 510)

A Gentle Intro to R – 10/29  (Room 514)

Patents for Health Sciences Research – 10/31 (Room 510)

 

 

This Fall, we will be featuring a series of posts spotlighting different citation management tools. What is a citation management tool ? Citation management tools  are programs that enable you to keep track of your research, manage citations, generate bibliographies in various citation styles (e.g., APA, JAMA, Chicago), and organize PDFs. These tools work directly with word processing programs such as Word and Google Docs. They may also allow you to directly download and edit article PDFs, and insert figures with captions into manuscripts. Popular citation management tools includes EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero.

Our first post in this series will focus on the fabulous and free citation tool, Zotero!  As with other citation tools, Zotero allows you to collect and organize references, generate bibliographies and insert citations into a manuscript.

Additionally, Zotero allows you to:

  • import references from research databases and websites directly from your web browser of choice
  • automatically download PDFs that are featured on a website
  • sync  references between different computers and collaborate with other researchers by creating a Zotero account on zotero.org
  • store up to 3MB free of PDFs attached to references
  • merge duplicate references
  • insert citations into Libre Office

Zotero is freely available to all; you do not need a Tufts University UTLN and password or library login to download Zotero!

Want too learn more about Zotero and how to get started?

 

 

 

Citation Tool Fair

Ah, the eternal question: EndNote or Zotero (or Mendeley)? Well, ponder no further! Join us for the Hirsh Library “Citation Tool Fair” on Thursday, September 12th!  This your opportunity to learn about the most popular citation tools out there, including EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero – all in one place! Not sure what a ‘citation tool” is? Then you definitely want to come to this event! No registration is required. Here’s the deets:

What: Hirsh Library “Citation Tool Fair”

When: Thursday, September 12th  from 12noon-1pm

Where: Room 516.

We hope to see you there!

 

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Welcome to Tufts – and welcome to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library! We are so glad you’re here!

During orientation you will learn more about using the Hirsh Library and how we can support you during your time at Friedman. We also wanted to share with you now, some tips to get you started:

We wish you a most fabulous Fall semester and hope that you will explore the wealth of resources available to you at Hirsh. Welcome!

 

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It’s time to fall back into learning at Hirsh!  There are so many fabulous opportunities for learning this Fall at Hirsh! Workshops are open to everyone on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus and no previous experience is required. Come as you are and come away with new skills!

Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm in room 510 (with the exception of the “Citation Tool Fair,” which will be held in room 516).

To see full descriptions and to register for workshops, please visit: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

September:

JumboSearch – 9/5

Citation Management Fair – 9/12 (nb: this event will be held in rm 516)

Approaching the Lit Review –– 9/19

PubMed: Searching the Health Science Literature – 9/26

October:

Right to the Source: Locating U.S. Health Data – 10/3

Intro to Health Science Info on the Internet – 10/10

EndNote: the Basics – 10/17

Research Metrics – 10/24

Patents for Health Sciences Research – 10/31

November:

Mendeley: the Basics – 11/7

Zotero: the Basics – 11/14

 

April Open Workshops are in bloom here at the Hirsh Library! Come to our workshops and grow some new skills! Workshops are held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm in Sackler 510. To learn more about Open Workshops and register,please visit: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

Introducing Mendeley 

Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 12noon-1pm Sackler 510

This workshop will introduce you to Mendeley, a free citation management tool. Like other citation management tools, Mendeley allows you to:

  • collect and organize references discovered from articles, databases, and web sites
  • upload and manage PDF files
  • insert and format references in Word to create in-text citations and bibliographies in various of citation styles, such as APA and JAMA

Come to this workshop and learn more about how Mendeley combines both cloud-based and desktop computing to give you the best of both worlds!

Patents for Health Sciences Research

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 12noon-1pm Sackler 510

We’ll identify types of research questions and literature searches where identifying related patents can be helpful. Then we’ll cover tips and tricks for finding and reading patents.

Right to the Source: Locating U.S. Health Data
Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 12noon-1pm Sackler 510

This workshop will introduce you to major sources of health data for the United States. Topics will include: data collection, stakeholders, and methods, tips & tricks for locating health data, and an introduction to the Hirsh Library “Health Data and Statistics” guide.

 

March is here – time to spring into learning with Open Workshops!

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

March 7 – Introduction to R (12-1:30pm)
R is an open source programming language used to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. Researchers and health professionals can use it to convey complex information in a manner that is easy to understand.  The flexibility of R allows large amounts of data to be processed and represented in ways that spreadsheet programs cannot.  This introductory, hands-on workshop provides a brief overview of how R works and what it is capable of. No prior experience with R or programming languages is required.

 

March 14 – Visualizing Data with R (12-1:30pm)
R is an open source programming language used to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. In this hands-on workshop, users will be introduced to R packages used for data visualization. This session includes data visualization exercises utilizing a sample data set.  Prior experience with R or completion of the Hirsh Library’s “Introduction to “R” open workshop is recommended.

 

March 28 – Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork (12-1pm)
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.

 

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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.

 

 

 
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