Posts by: Katherine Morley

Attention second year medical students! As you are preparing to hunker down this spring and study for Step 1, don’t forget about the study resources offered by Hirsh. We have many materials to help you prepare for the exam, including guides, self-assessment tools, and question banks, accessible in print or online. The Board Prep for Medicine research guide lists quality study resources for Step 1 identified by First Aid. Many of our most popular print materials (such as the 2017 edition of First Aid) are on reserve at the Library Service Desk, so stop by the 4th floor and check them out!

 

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Study carrel feeling lonely? Assignments got you down? Why not make a little buddy to help cheer you up? That’s right, Hirsh’s favorite pom pom critters are back for two days only! Stop by the Library Service Desk this Thursday 3/8 and Friday 3/9 starting at noon and make a fluffy friend for yourself or someone else! We have all the googly eyes you could ever need.

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Natural Medicines is a collection of databases and tools that provide evidence-based information on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary and alternative therapies.  Databases in this collection include:

  • Food, Herbs & Supplements, which has monographs for vitamins, herbs, minerals, non-herbal supplements, naturally sourced chemical compounds, and foods
  • Health & Wellness, which has monographs for complementary and alternative therapies
  • Sports Medicine, which has monographs for substances or exercises that may affect athletic performance
  • Commercial Products, a comprehensive list of manufacturers and the products they make

You can search across all databases, or choose to search a particular database.  Monographs have sections on safety, effectiveness, dosing and administration, and adverse effects, with links to published literature.  Monographs include patient handouts in English, Spanish and French.

Natural Medicines also has tools for evaluating interactions, nutrient depletion, and effectiveness.  So, the next time a patient asks you about the effectiveness of devil’s claw for treating arthritis pain, or you want to know whether or not taking ginkgo will boost your performance on your next anatomy exam, check out Natural Medicines.

 

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Thank you, Fair Use, for providing the freedom

to use other people’s work, of course, within reason.

As a fundamental balance in the Copyright Act,

uses like criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research are backed.

No permission is needed from the copyright holder.

Transformative use means there’s little burden to shoulder!

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You may have noticed some new things in the library when you came back for the semester. And if you haven’t…why not go check them out?

On the 4th floor, we converted some empty bookshelves into a high counter like the one on the other side of the floor. There are power outlets built in to the top of the counter, so you can pull up a seat for lunch and stay there all afternoon.

 

Over at the Library Service Desk, we have new touchscreen monitors that will make your interactions at the Desk even easier. These were purchased with a Jay Daly Technology Grant that we were awarded by North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, Inc, which is our local chapter of the Medical Library Association.

 

And just up the stairs on the 5th floor, we have some exciting new furniture! We relocated a number of small tables and installed 10 Brody WorkLounges, which have been receiving rave reviews from our colleagues at other libraries. The Brodys are designed to help minimize distractions and keep your body supported in an optimal position for focusing. Each one has built-in power and a storage shelf where you can tuck away your belongings and focus on your work.

You can let us know what you think or give us suggestions for things you’d like to see in the library by emailing us at hhsl@tufts.edu. We always welcome your feedback!

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Specially-trained student Data Lab Assistants now provide walk-up help at the Tufts Technology Services Support Desk on the 5th floor of the Sackler building.  Lab Assistants can answer questions about Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistics and data visualization, and troubleshoot basic problems with related software.  Each assistant has specific areas of expertise, so check the table below to get the help you need!

Data Lab Assistant hours can also be viewed on the Data Lab calendar (use the arrow in the upper right corner of the calendar to limit view to Boston Campus).

For additional support, please email Tufts Data Lab:  DataLab-Support@elist.tufts.edu

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The weather is gross and you have a lot of work to do. Why not cheer yourself up by sending some love? This Thursday and Friday we’ll have a variety of supplies out at the Library Service Desk so you can make valentines for yourself, your friends, or that special someone (your favorite librarian, perhaps?). Let someone know how much you appreciate them! (Or just have fun playing with some glitter and doilies).  Crafting starts at noon!

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It’s the start of a new semester! Hirsh Library would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new students and say “welcome back!” to our returning students. To help you start the semester off on the right foot, we invite you to join us for tea and treats on Tuesday 1/23 at 3pm down at the Library Service Desk! Be sure to stop by on Thursday 1/25 and Friday 1/26 as well–we’ll have puzzles out in honor of National Puzzle Day on 1/29. Hope to see you next week, but if we don’t, we’re sure we’ll see you soon!

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Springer Nature Experiments is a new platform that searches four protocol and method resources simultaneously: Springer Protocols, Nature Protocols, Nature Methods, and Protocol Exchange, providing easy access to more than 50,000 protocols and methods.

Unique indexing means that you can quickly find protocols and methods for a particular organism, common and emerging techniques, or videos.

The summary page for each protocol and method provides an abstract, version history, figures and videos from the article, and the number of citations the article has received.  This information helps you choose the best protocol or method for your work without scanning multiple articles on different sites.  When you find one that works, then you can click through to the full text, available through Tufts Libraries.

 

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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 12/7 and Friday 12/8 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 2-4pm! Stop by the room behind the cafe on Sackler 4 and relax with some therapy dogs. But please don’t share your gingerbread house with them!

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