In observance of Labor Day, the Hirsh Library Service Desk will have restricted hours on Monday, September 6th. The desk will be open Noon – 7pm that day, and there won’t be live chat. But you can e-mail us for help all the same, and we’ll get back to you when we can!

We will be back on Tuesday, open 7:45am – 8pm, with Live Chat going until 11pm that day.

Thank you for your patience in our re-opening. We’re excited to be back, and look forward to seeing you all at the desk!

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Autumn leaves, photo by A. LaVertu, 2021

Chilly nights and pumpkin spice have nothing on Fall Workshops@Hirsh! Now is the time to start pulling out those sweaters – and –  to sharpen your research skills for the Fall semester!  We can’t wait to see you!

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm 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. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

 

Title:       Approaching the Lit Review

Date:      Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156281?hs=a

Description:
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.

 

Title:       Plagiarism, Citing Information, Turnitin – Oh my!

Date:      Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156285?hs=a

Description:
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!).

 

Title:       JumboSearch

Date:      Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156354?hs=a

Description:
In this workshop, you will learn how to use JumboSearch, Tufts Libraries’ discovery tool. JumboSearch is your gateway to full-text articles, books, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, and more!

 

Title:       PubMed: An Introduction

Date:      Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156265?hs=a

Description:
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.

 

Title:       Beyond PubMed

Date:      Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156419?hs=a

Description:
Have you tried out your search on PubMed and are wondering if there’s something more? Did you get the advice you need to try another database in addition to PubMed and aren’t sure where to go next? Are you curious about what the most cited article is for your question? Do you want to know who has cited the articles you’ve selected so far?

While PubMed covers the biomedical sciences thoroughly, there are many other databases that cover all of the Sciences and Social Sciences broadly. This workshop will introduce you to resources beyond PubMed that will enrich your research.

 

Title:       EndNote: the Basics

Date:      Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156273?hs=a

Description:
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!

 

Title:       Open Access Week: Where to Publish Open Access

Date:      Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156376?hs=a

Description:
October 25-31 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.

 

Title:       Zotero: the Basics

Date:      Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156311?hs=a

Description:
This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. With Zotero, you can:

  • collect references from web sites via your browser of choice
  • drag and drop PDFs to create references
  • generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents

This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

 

Title:       Essentials of Data Management

Date:      Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156301?hs=a

Description:
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. A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop.

Title:       Research Metrics

Date:      Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Time:      12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8156421?hs=a

Description:
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.

 

 

Now that the school year is starting, our website is one of your best tools for navigating the library space and resources. On our website, you can get any of your burning questions answered: How do the printers work? When can I talk to a librarian?

Our homepage has dozens of links to resources. You can find our databases under the “databases” tab or under Quick Links on our homepage. You can also find JumboSearch, where you can browse through Tufts University book catalogs. You can also use the Ask Us box on the far right to send us an email or chat with our library staff.

When you need to contact a librarian for help, hover over the Research tab at the top of the page and schedule a consultation with a librarian, especially if you need research help. Under the Research tab, you can also find Research Guides, which have topics ranging from biomedical sciences to health communication. You can also navigate to help with thesis support and citation tools.

Under the Services tab, you can find pages on Interlibrary Loan, printing and scanning, open workshops, and much more.

If you’re looking for something specific, you should use our search bar at the top right corner of the homepage. (And if you’ll notice, that orange bar at the top is our staffed hours, in case you want to stop by the desk!) If you have any questions about the site.

And of course, you can always stay up to date on library news here on our blog.

 
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https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Organ-Thieves/Chip-Jones/9781982107529

…and we’re back! Physically in the library that is, which also means we can get back to adding print books to the collection. It has been too long since our last new books update. We have lots of catching up to do. Let’s start with these heavy-hitters that were released during lockdown:

You can find the titles above and all other new releases on the 4th floor of HHSL across from the Library Service Desk. As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you would like to recommend for purchase, please let us know by filling out the form at this link.

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https://meded.lwwhealthlibrary.com/book.aspx?bookid=2827

 

Recent updates to the LWW Health Library include a long list of new editions. Below are just some of these titles that are available to you now. For a complete listing, you can search the LWW Health Library via the following collections: Medical Education, Clerkship/Clinical Rotations, PA Rotations/Specialties, or PA Core Education.

 

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Photo by A. LaVertu, 2021

The sun setting earlier, and the cooler mornings are hints of autumn. Do you know what else is? Workshops@Hirsh!

August’s Workshops@Hirsh are a perfect opportunity to ‘dip your toes’ into the academic year ahead!  This month’s workshops focus on introducing you to essential resources to help you get the academic year off on the right foot!

August workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm 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. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

 

Hirsh Library Web Site: The Grand Tour!
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118467?hs=a
This workshop will introduce you to the Hirsh Library’s web site and how to get the most out of the wealth of resources it contains!

Citation Management Tools: An Overview
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118766?hs=a
This workshop will provide an overview of the advantages of using citation management tools to organize both your references – and – your research. This workshop will feature Zotero as an example of how citation management tools can improve the research process.

Tools for Managing Your Writing
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/8118783?hs=a
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.

 

 

cover of first aid usmle 2021

 

E-access to the McGraw-Hill First Aid USMLE Collection is NOW AVAILABLE! The collection includes the following titles:

 

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2021

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2020

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2018

First aid Q & A for the USMLE Step 1

First aid cases for the USMLE step 1 2019

First aid cases for the USMLE step 1 2018

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2019 : a student-to-student guide

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS 2018

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS 2014

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK : clinical knowledge

First aid Q & A for the USMLE Step 2 CK

First aid cases for the USMLE step 2 CK

First aid for the USMLE Step 3 2019

First aid for the USMLE Step 3 2016

USMLE road map: Pathology

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Our scenic 6th floor

It’s August and activity in the library is ramping up!  Now that many of you are returning after a break or visiting for the first time, we wanted to give you a little refresher on some basic information about the library spaces. As a reminder, masks are required everywhere in the building, except when eating.

You can find us on floors 4-7 of the Medical Education building. The basic rule of thumb is that the higher the floor is, the quieter it is.

The 4th floor is our main floor and the major hub of activity in the library. It’s not necessarily loud all of the time, but it sees a lot of foot traffic throughout the day between the cafe, Library Service Desk, printers, and open seating. We’d say this is your best bet for when you want to take a little break and socialize.

The 5th floor is much quieter than the 4th floor, but conversation is still allowed. We have a large classroom, two computer labs, the IT Walk-Up Desk, Data Lab, and public computers up here, so many people come and go throughout the day. Things tend to quiet down in the evening, however. The 5th floor is also home to our collaboration rooms. Beginning in September, groups of 2 or more will be able to reserve them for collaborative work again. You can read up on the poli\cies here. 

The 6th floor is our first official quiet floor. We have study carrels and small tables for independent quiet study. There are two large classrooms up there as well, and we’d like to remind those using the classrooms to remain quiet when they are out on the main floor.

The 7th floor is also a quiet floor and has many study carrels and small study rooms. These rooms aren’t soundproof, so please be sure to be mindful of your noise level when working in there. These rooms are not reservable and access is on a first-come, first-served basis for groups, who may ask lone occupants to vacate. Rooms unoccupied for more than 15 minutes become available even if belongings remain in the room.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at hhsl@tufts.edu if you have any questions! We look forward to seeing you around the library!

 
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https://www.visualdx.com/

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that you will soon have access to VisualDx, a diagnostic clinical decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy and aid therapeutic decisions. VisualDx is a database that uses images of common and rare medical conditions to assist with diagnosis. It can be used to build patient-specific differentials and conduct searches by disease, medication, or travel. But perhaps the most exciting feature is the ability to filter dermatological images by skin pigmentation to see how lesions present on different skin types and compare them side by side.

The database includes more than 3,000 diagnoses and over 41,000 images, to aid in diagnosing infectious, immunologic, metabolic, nutritional, psychiatric, and genetic diseases.

The enhanced visualization capabilities of this tool support Tufts’ goals to bring you resources that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and patient care.

VisualDX and #ProjectIMPACT:

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As we return to campus, you may have forgotten how to print from our printers on the 4th or 5th floors, or use the scanners on the 5th floor. (Maybe you’ve never used them before!) Below are some cursory instructions to get you started.

Scanning

Photo by Bank Phrom on Unsplash

The scanners are free to use. Each scanner is hooked up directly to a computer. Make sure the scanner is turned on, open the scanning software on the computer, and set your settings. Bring a flash drive for transporting your scanned files off the computer.

Printing

Printing is not free. Black and white printing is $0.15

per page, and color printing is $0.45 per page. In order to pay for printing, you have to check your balance on your JumboCard (your Tufts University ID). For more information on which printer to send your file to, check out our page on printing here at Hirsh.

From sending your file to print, you swipe your card at the kiosks beside the printer. (If you have a JumboCard, you type in the JumboCard number and not your UTLN) There, you select the print job and confirm it.

If you have any trouble with the printers or scanners, you can tell anyone staffed at the IT Desk or the Library Service Desk. You can also email hhsl@tufts.edu.

We’re also around to answer any other questions. Again, our webpage on printing/scanning/copying is here. See you around!

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