Posts by: Amy LaVertu

Image: Giant smug Capybara standing in a hoolahoop in a pool | https://imgur.com/gallery/7ZsSf

You don’t have to be the world’s largest rodent to stay chill this summer! The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) maintains dozens of pools, spray parks and beaches in and around the  greater Boston-area for free (or under $3). Find a place near you at DCR’s guide to swimming:

Swimming – Mass.gov
(https://www.mass.gov/swimming)

So, go grab a suit, some sunblock and get swimming (nb:  leave your cabybara at home)!

 

Hey dental students! Are you studying for the Boards (part 1 or part 2)? Did you know we have study aids for you both online and in person?

If you’re going home or away or just don’t feel like leaving your home in the heat, you can still use Board Vitals – an online study aid and question bank that gives you personalized feedback. It works no matter your location! Learn how to sign up for an account and get started studying.

If you’re staying in town and want to study in the library, be sure to check out our physical study aids including Mosby’s, Dentin, and Dental Decks. See the full list or just head to our Service Desk on the 4th floor of Sackler and ask for what you need.

Good luck on your boards!

 

Beginning at sundown this Thursday, (June 14) 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:

Here’s How Muslims Worldwide Are Celebrating Ramadan’s End (NPR.org)
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/25/534302603/photos-heres-how-muslims-worldwide-are-celebrating-ramadans-end

Eid 2018: the Best Food Inspiration from Instagram (Independent UK)
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/eid-al-fitr-2018-ramadan-food-inspiration-instagram-muslims-islam-celebration-a8389186.html

“Celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the End of Ramadan, with Sweet, Traditional Treats” – The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/15/dining/eid-al-fitr-recipes.html

 

 

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April showers bring May flowers, but April Open Workshops bring lots of awesome info!  Come and see for yourself!

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Tuesdays from 9-10am and repeated on Wednesdays from 3-4pm (unless otherwise noted).

EndNote: the Basics
Register: April 3 | April 4

This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the EndNote citation management program. EndNote allows you to create a personal database of references and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required!

Introduction to R
Register: April 10 | April 11

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.

Embase: Moving Beyond PubMed
Register: April 17 | April 18
Ready to move beyond PubMed? This workshop will show you Embase, a biomedical database containing over 30 million records including articles from more than 8,500 journals published world-wide; it is especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research, pharmacology and toxicology. Embase is an essential database for literature reviews and contains citations not indexed in MEDLINE. Come to this workshop and see what you have been missing!
Can’t attend this workshop in-person? Register to attend remotely via WebEx: April 17 | April 18

 

March is here, time to shake off winter and put a spring in your step! What better way to start the spring than by learning something new?  Come to one (or more!) of this month’s Open Workshops for a fresh start!

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Tuesdays from 9-10am and repeated on Wednesdays from 3-4pm (unless otherwise noted).  Please note that Open Workshops will not be held on March 20, 21 (Spring Break week).

Using Research Metrics to Enhance the Impact of Your Work
Register: March  6  |  March 7
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.
Can’t attend this workshop in-person? Register to attend remotely via WebEx: March 6 | March 7

Embase: Moving Beyond PubMed
Register: March 13

Ready to move beyond PubMed? This workshop will show you Embase, a biomedical database containing over 30 million records including articles from more than 8,500 journals published world-wide; it is especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research, pharmacology and toxicology. Embase is an essential database for literature reviews and contains citations not indexed in MEDLINE. Come to this workshop and see what you’ve been missing!
Can’t attend the workshop in-person? Register to attend remotely via WebEx: March  13

EndNote: the Basics
Register: March 14
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the EndNote citation management program. EndNote allows you to create a personal database of references and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required!

Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork
Register: March 27March 28
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.
Can’t attend the workshop in-person? Register to attend remotely via WebEx: March  27 | March 28

 

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Friday, February 16th marks  the first day of the Chinese Calendar and the beginning of the Year of the Dog.  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 25, 11:00 am starting at the John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road . Here’s some more information about the festivities in 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:

“Celebrating the Chinese New Year now — and Chinatown always” (Boston Globe – February 13, 2017)

About the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year Traditions

Stories about Chinese New Year (National Public Radio)

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Currently working on a thesis/Capstone/ALE or other research project? Want to jump start your project?

Then Research Project Boot Camp Month is for you!

During the month of February, Hirsh Library will be offering a 5-workshop ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking research projects.

Workshops are held on Tuesday 9-10am and then repeated on Wednesdays 3-4pm (unless otherwise noted). Workshops are held in Sackler 510.

Registration for in-person sessions is encouraged: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

Please select the “Register” link if you would like to attend the workshop remotely via WebEx.

Approaching the Lit Review
Tuesday February 6
Register for WebEx
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.

Which Citation Manager Should I Choose?
Tuesday February 13
Register for WebEx
Wednesday February 14
Register for WebEx
This workshop will provide a “lay of the land” regarding citation managers, such as EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, and others. We will discuss how to select the citation manager that is just right for your project.

“Are You My Resource?” How to Pick the Right Resources for Your Project
Tuesday February 20
Register for WebEx
Wednesday February 21
Register for WebEx
This workshop will review how to identify and locate resources for your research topic. We will discuss how to identify key stakeholders, how to locate article database by topic, ‘grey literature’ and ‘trade literature’ and how to find it.

Copyright and Your Thesis
Tuesday February 27
Register for WebEx
Various aspects of creating your thesis or dissertation may involve copyright. Whether you are incorporating other people’s content, such as graphs or images, reusing some of your own work, publishing all or part of your thesis content, there are copyright considerations that can seem challenging and daunting to address. This workshop will provide guidance in navigating the questions and decisions that come up during the thesis and dissertation process around your rights and the rights of others.

EndNote: the Basics
Wednesday February 28
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the EndNote citation management program. EndNote allows you to create a personal database of references and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required!

 

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You know how sometimes all you need is a snack rather than a whole meal? Well, sometimes this true for learning opportunities, too!  Want to learn some tips, tricks and skills, but don’t have enough time to attend an hour long workshop? Then, Hirsh Library’s “Quick Bites” series will satisfy your cravings!

“Quick Bites” are 20 minute(-ish) mini-workshops held on Mondays at 12noon in Sackler 510. No registration required – just bring your lunch and yourself!

Topics to be featured include:

Be on the lookout for “Quick Bites” schedule, which is coming soon!

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Resolve to learn something new this year and attend an Open Workshop!

We kick off a new semester of Hirsh Open Workshops with a two part workshop on R, an open source programming language used to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data.

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Tuesdays from 9-10am and repeated on Wednesdays from 3-4pm

Introduction to R
Register: Tuesday, January 23, 2018  – 9:00am – 10:00am

Register: Wednesday, January 24, 2018  – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Description: 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.

Visualizing Data with R
Register: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – 9:00am – 10:00am

Register: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Description: 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.

 

 

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It’s that time of the semester – finals! While everyone has their own way of preparing for exams, perhaps you wish there were other tools or techniques out there that might take your study skills to the next level. If that sounds like you, please check out our new guide:

“Resources for Studying”
http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/studying_resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

This guide will connect you with tools to help augment your current repertoire of study skills. Tools listed on the guide include interactive quizzes, build-your own flashcards, and games. While many resources featured in this guide are available only to Tufts-affiliated users, others are freely available to use.

Now back to studying!