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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)

 

 

Pumpkin time is here! Take a break from studying and flex your creative muscles at the Library Service Desk this Thursday and Friday. Hirsh Pumpkin Patch will open at 12pm each day and we’ll have all the supplies you need to create a gorgeous gourd  to adorn your apartment or study carrel.

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I know. The term “equity” is trending. But there is something to the hype. The theme for this year’s Open Access (OA) Week, which we celebrate from October 21st-27th, is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”

We’ve made some real strides with OA over the years, that is, making research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restriction. The list of reputable OA publishers is growing, we’re developing more comprehensive appraisals of a journal’s quality, and we’re making impactful strides to rebalance the economics involved in communicating research. But when I say “we,” I unfortunately do not mean that all scholars, authors, researchers, and practitioners, geographically or economically speaking, are equally represented.

As Nick Shockey, founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition, among other things, poses these timely questions in his blog post about this year’s OA Week theme:

  • Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support?
  • Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning?
  • Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication?

The answers to these questions are not all obvious or easily acted upon. But these questions are our challenge. They provide focus and guidance for how to continue to grow, repair, and refine how we create and communicate research. Read more about OA at https://sites.tufts.edu/scholarlycommunication/open-access/

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

Additionally, Mendeley allows you to:

  • Install a One-click Web Importer to import references from research databases and websites directly from your web browser of choice
  • Create Watch Folders to automatically add PDFs to Mendeley Desktop
  • Collaborate using Groups with other researchers by creating a Mendeley account on Mendeley.com
  • Store up to 2GB free of PDFs attached to references (Private Group storage space: 100MB)
  • Annotate and highlight PDFs
  • Organizes PDF files through tagging

 

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

Want to learn more about Mendeley and how to get started?

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I know what you’re thinking.

“What the heck is Data Carpentry?” “What does Social Science have to do with woodworking?” “Is the Library trying to hoodwink me into building bookshelves?”

But wait, we’re not talking about this kind of carpentry…

We’re talking Data Carpentry, which is part of the larger Carpentries organization. Workshops presented under the umbrella of the Carpentries are designed to teach foundational coding and data science skills to researchers. The lessons are designed with data-intensive research in mind and no previous experience with any of the tools being taught is expected. You don’t even need to be a social scientist! Anyone wishing to learn the introductory computational skills needed for data management and analysis in a research environment is welcome to attend.

This FREE (yes free!) Data Carpentry workshop will cover R, OpenRefine, and best practices for working with Spreadsheets. You do not need any prior knowledge of these tools to attend. Come prepared to work, to ask questions, and learn along with your fellow carpenters. No, not THAT type of carpenter…

Carpenter Bee by Raghunath Thirumalaisamy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Join us on October 21 and 22, 2019 for this fun and informative workshop. Registration is FREE. For more information, the Code of Conduct, and to register, please go  here: https://tufts-carpentries.github.io/2019-10-21-tuftsHirsh/.

For more information about the Carpentries @ Tufts, visit us here.

 

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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)

 

 

It’s only mid-September but the semester is already in full swing. Join us at the Library Service Desk this Thurs 9/12 and Fri 9/13, starting at 12pm, for our first FunLab of the year and make a custom cozy to adorn your favorite seasonally-spiced drink. We’ll have all the supplies you need to protect your hand from hot beverages in style!

But that’s not all! Stop by the Library Service Desk TODAY at 3pm for a teatime study break. We’ll have tea, treats, and the schedule for all of this fall’s FunLabs. Hope to see you there!

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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!

 

Welcome MBSers! So happy to see you!

Can’t remember anything from orientation?! Don’t worry, 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! Especially the one about studying. We know you do a lot of that.

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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

 
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