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Some people are afraid of spiders, zombies and monsters…maybe you’re scared by PubMed, EndNote and critical appraisal! Well, you don’t have to be afraid anymore…if you take an October Workshop@Hirsh! This month’s workshop series is a treat that will show you some sweet tricks for mastering the critical resources and skills you need!

Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm and will 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. 

If you have any questions about October workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to see you!

Citation Tool Virtual Fair (October 1)
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/7045567
Your opportunity to learn about the most popular citation tools out there, including EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero – all in one place!

EndNote: the Basics (October 8)
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/7045568
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!

Introduction to Critical Appraisal (October 15)
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/7045569
Are you struggling to get the most out of articles? Stymied by statistics? Confused by conclusions? Misled by methods? If so, this workshop is for you! Join us for a painless introduction to Critical Appraisal. We’ll go over the basics of reading research articles, offer some tips for teasing out the strengths and weaknesses of studies, and share some user-friendly resources for breaking down statistical analysis.

Where to Publish Open Access (October 22)
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/7045570
October 19-25th 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.

PubMed: An Introduction (October 29)
Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/7045571
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.

 

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Ah! Those crisp mornings and leaf-y smells are not the only signs that Fall is almost here…it’s also time for September Workshops@Hirsh! No matter where you are working and studying this September, you can attend a virtual workshop to learn a new skills.

Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm and will 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. 

If you have any questions about the September workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to see you!

 

Searching Basics: Strategic Searching using Concepts, Terms, & Boolean Operators (September 10)

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/7045564

With strategic searching, you can rapidly set yourself up to either find more articles and other resources that might potentially be useful or to narrow down a search that has an overwhelming number of results. Yes, basic search strategies can meet either need! Get your intro to search logic with this workshop.

 

Remote Resources and Services @Tufts (September 17)

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/7045565

Did you know that as a Tufts University student, faculty, or staff member you have access to Stata from home? Or that students have access to writing consultants to hone their voice and data lab assistants to consult with on stats or data-related projects? Come learn about remote resources and services such as Linked-In Learning videos, Mango Languages, and Library consultations that you can access from the comfort of your home. A list of online resources and services will be shared and discussed during this 1-hour intro workshop.

 

Approaching the Lit Review (September 24)

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/7045566

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.

 

Time to break out of the winter funk and spring into some new skills with March Workshops at Hirsh!

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

EndNote: the Basics
March 5
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!

Essentials of Data Management
March 12
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.

Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork
March 19
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.

 

What: Hirsh Library “Citation Tool Fair”

When: Thursday, February 27th  from 12noon-1pm

Where: Room 516.

We hope to see you there!

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Winter got you a bit out of shape? Well, how about those “writing muscles”? Could they use a good workout,too? If yes, then February workshops at Hirsh are for you!

We’re calling this February’s workshops “Writing Project Boot Camp.” Workshops will focus on critical skills and tools to improve your research process.

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

Approaching the Lit Review
February 6
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.

Plagiarism, Citing Information, Turnitin – Oh my!
February 13
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!).

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Introducing the *New* PubMed
February 18 (Tuesday)
Did you know that PubMed has just undergone a major “facelift”? Come to this workshop and learn more about the “new” PubMed and how these changes will impact the way you search.

Tools for Managing Your Writing
February 20
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.

Citation Management Tool Fair
February 27 – Room 516
Your opportunity to learn about the most popular citation tools out there, including EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero – all in one place!

 
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This Saturday (January 25th) marks the first day of the Chinese Calendar and the beginning of the Year of the Rat.  For the next two weeks, there will fireworks, feasts, family reunions and parades to celebrate the Lunar New Year. There are also a great many traditions associated with the Lunar New Year that are centuries old, such as the hanging of traditional ‘new years’ poems, cleaning the home, the receiving new clothes and getting one’s haircut.

And because our campus is located very conveniently in Chinatown, be sure to check out the Chinese New Year Parade! It’s the largest annual celebration in Boston’s Chinatown with lion dancers, music, and firecrackers—and if you haven’t tried the plethora of food options in our neighborhood, what a better time to venture out and celebrate? This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, February 2, at 11:00 am starting at the John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road . Here’s some more information about Lunar New Year festivities around Boston.

If you are celebrating Lunar New Year, we wish safe travels and  much joy and prosperity this year! 恭贺新禧  Happy New Year!

Further reading:

About the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year Traditions

Stories about Chinese New Year (National Public Radio)

 

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Did you know that PubMed has just undergone a major “facelift” as of January 1, 2020? Is this news to you? Not sure where to begin? Please come to one of our “Introducing the *New* PubMed” workshops and learn more about how changes to PubMed will impact the way you search it. This workshop will discuss both what’s new to PubMed and what has remained unchanged. If you are a long-time PubMed user, this workshop is for you!

Introducing the *New* PubMed – register

Thursday, January 23, 2020 

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Hirsh Library 510

 

Introducing the *New* PubMed -register

Thursday, January 30, 2020 

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Hirsh Library 510

 

 

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Do you currently have a RefWorks account? If yes, you may have received an email reminding you that RefWorks will no longer be available after December 31st. This means that, even if you haven’t used RefWorks in awhile, any references you currently have on RefWorks will no longer be accessible!  Yikes! The good news is that you still have a few more weeks to transfer your references from your RefWorks account into another citation manager – and we’re here to help you do it!

To get started, please take a look at our Refworks guide: https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/refworks This guide lists citation managers that are available to you and instructions for how to migrate your references from RefWorks into a new citation manager. In addition to the guide, you are welcome to make an appointment with an Hirsh librarian for help with migrating references. All you need to do is schedule a consultation with us: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/eform/submit/schedule-a-consultation

So, as they might say at your local pub, “Last call for RefWorks!  We don’t care which citation manager you go with, but you can’t stay with RefWorks!”

 

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You may have heard that RefWorks will be going away at the end if this year. For you RefWorks fans out there, don’t despair, F1000Workspace may be just the citation management tool for you! Like RefWorks, F1000Workspace is an online-only citation management tool and is available to anyone affiliated with Tufts University.

F1000Workspace is a citation management tool that is part of F1000Prime,“an alerting service and index with full-text links that reviews the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of over 1400 leading researchers, including many from Tufts.”

As with other citation management tools, F1000Workspace allows you to gather  references from databases, and web sites; it will also collect PDFs when available. F1000Workspace works with Word and Google Docs to allow you to insert and format citations in over 7000 styles! You can also  access your references and PDFs using iOS or Android devices.

If this sounds good to you, then check out F1000Workspace!

 

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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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