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Happy 2020!

Each January brings an array of welcome changes…maybe you’re giving that whole Dry January thing a try (which might decrease alcohol consumption later in the year), or it’s a Whole30 for you, or maybe this is the year you run that marathon, since that new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that those training for their first marathon may experience a reduction in vascular age.

But why do any of that when you can simply revel in the Medline Data Changes for 2020! Cheers!

So what sort of changes does 2020 bring to Medical Subject Headings?

97 terms were changed or deleted and replaced with current terminology (for example, Swaziland is now Eswatini, reflecting the official name change of the nation in 2018).

293 new MeSH headings and 2 new publication types joined the thesaurus this year as well. Some new headings of particular note to HHSL researchers include:

You can review the full list here: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/2020/download/2020NewMeSHheadingsSingleColumn.pdf.

For more information about using MeSH, please visit our guide to Advanced Searching Techniques.

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Our Graphic Medicine collection has been steadily growing with a number of new releases, and some old favorites that we’ve recently acquired. The HHSL Graphic Medicine collection can be found on the 4th floor across from the Library Service desk. Since the section’s inception in the summer of 2018, the collection has grown to include titles dealing with a wide range of healthcare issues; including, addiction, Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder, breast cancer, down syndrome, epilepsy, LGBTQ health, OCD, and Parkinson’s disease. Graphic Medicine divulges the lived experiences of patients dealing with illness, as well as personal accounts of the challenges faced by medical professionals.

Below is a list of recent titles added to our collection:

I had the pleasure of discussing the value of Graphic Medicine as a format in healthcare communication at the Charleston Library Conference this past fall. The poster presentation is available at this link.

If there is a Graphic Medicine novel that we don’t have which you would like to read, please let us know by recommending a purchase.

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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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Below are just a few of the books on the long list of new non-fiction titles to hit our shelves. Be sure to stop by the NEW BOOKS display on the 4th floor where the latest are featured.

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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?

 

 

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Black Birds Desktop White by JohnED76 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND

Welcome Public Health! We’re so happy to see you!

During orientation we will take you around to various sections of the library so you can get to know us. Can’t remember what we told you or have a question about something we didn’t cover? You can always Ask Us by email, chat, phone, or text, or just stop by the Library Service Desk–there is always someone to talk to. If you need research assistance, you can get help from the librarian on call or make an appointment with your liaison, Amy Lapidow.

Don’t know where to start? We have many Research Guides on all kinds of topics. Explore!

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Summer is here and everyone at HHSL is looking forward to the 4th of July! See our library hours for the holiday weekend. The weather forecast says it will be mostly sunny on the 4th and 5th, but scattered showers throughout the weekend, so keep that umbrella in your bag! Here are our suggestions for how to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday weekend:

Fireworks Over Boston by Mike Halsall is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

The quintessential Boston 4th of July celebration is the Boston Pops performance and fireworks show on the Esplanade. Visit the official event website for a rundown of the schedule and more event details.

For fun throughout the weekend, head down to Boston Harborfest. Dedicated to celebrating Boston’s harbor and history, it’s the largest 4th of July festival in the country and features tons of activities, some free and some paid. Here’s the full schedule. Don’t miss the fireworks over the Inner Harbor on Tuesday night!

USS Constitution fires a 21-gun salute toward Fort Independence during the ship’s July 4th underway (US Navy) / CC BY 2.0

Go check out the USS Constitution turnaround! Watch the USS Constitution take her annual voyage to Castle Island to fire a 21-gun salute. You can buy a ticket for the cruise or watch from the shore!

Newton Fireworks at at Halloran Sports and Rec Complex by Owen and Aki is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Don’t want to fight the crowds for Boston fireworks on the 2nd or the 4th? Here’s a list of all the fireworks displays planned for this summer in MA. Of particularly local note, Somerville will be having a display on Thursday 6/27 at 9:15pm and Newton and Waltham will also have fireworks displays on Thursday 7/4.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe Independence Day. And don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Have a Happy 4th of July!

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You may have noticed the Graphic Medicine collection on the 4th floor of the library along the journal wall. If you have been wondering what “Graphic Medicine” means exactly, or would like some guidance in this genre, I have created a LibGuide to help you get started. This LibGuide will provide you with a brief overview of the origins of Graphic Medicine, links to further readings, and people to follow if you are interested in staying up-to-date on the latest releases in the Graphic Medicine library.

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PA EASY is now PA EXAM Prep, with several new and upcoming features. Note, that to create an individual account you must be on campus and working from an IP authenticated computer.

Here are some updates from the PA Exam Prep Team:

New Features:

  • A full-length 300-question PANCE mock examination mapped to the latest (2019) PANCE blueprint in terms of medical content and task area category weight
    • To access students will go to the main menu at the top left of their dashboard and go down to “Full Length Test”
  • Practice questions in the new PANCE Professional Practice category
    • To access students will go to “Create Your Own Quiz”à “Select Learning Objective”à “Task Area” à “Professional Practice”

A mobile app version of PA Exam Prep will also be available shortly, so students can practice questions at home or on-the-go. Students will be notified when the app is available.

 

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Looking for a book to take home for Thanksgiving weekend? Well, then you can be thankful to have a library like Hirsh. Because we have lots of new releases to choose from; whether you prefer leisure reading, graphic medicine, or non-fiction, stop by the new release section on the 4th floor of Sackler to browse through the latest titles to come in. Below are a select few titles to tempt you in:

 

LEISURE READING

In Pieces  by Sally Field

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life  by Michael Caine

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

The Library Book  by Susan Orlean

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike Series #4)  by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

-All Cormoran Strike Series novels are available

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing  by Hank Green

GRAPHIC MEDICINE

Hey, Kiddo  by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

RX : A Graphic Memoir  by Rachel Lindsay

The Alcoholic (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition)  by Jonathan Ames; Illustrators: Dean Haspiel, Lee Loughridge, Pat Brosseau

Home After Dark  by David Small

Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass  by Dana Walrath

Sea Prayer  by Khaled Hosseini

NON-FICTION

Heart: A History  by Sandeep Jauhar

Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat  by Marion Nestle

Nine Pints: A Journey through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George

As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you would like to recommend, please let us know by using this link to recommend a purchase.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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