It is writing season! Between personal statements and thesis-writing, the realm of written word can be especially daunting. Plagiarism can occur in every part of academia, from grade school up to tenureship. It happens—sometimes intentionally and sometimes accidentally—to any type of writer. What’s important is taking responsibility for your own academic integrity when possible.
In our plagiarism LibGuide, our librarian Amy Lapidow has outlined some excellent resources for the purposes of plagiarism checks. One of these is DupliChecker, which is a free online service that checks your work for copied material. Another is TurnItIn.Com. Below is Amy Lapidow’s instructions:
- Check your paper! Look for “Open Class for Students” Class ID 20577570 with keycode “Capstone”
- You should be able to add yourself to the class.
- If you cannot add yourself to this class, please let us know and we can help.
Remember, if you’re having trouble during the writing process, you can make an appointment with Christine Smith, who is our writing consultant for the Boston campus.
Best of luck with all of your writing!
Agonizing over an abstract?
Stumped about starting your personal statement?
Rattled by your research paper?
Then we have a workshop for you!
On Wednesday 10/3 at 12pm in Sackler 851, Christine Smith, our writing consultant, will give a one-hour workshop on how to approach the writing process. She’ll provide you with a general framework that can be applied to any writing project as well as insight into how to prepare for a session with a writing consultant. Some light refreshments will be served and you can feel free to bring your lunch! Please RSVP here. Registration is not required, but is appreciated so we can have an idea of how much food to order. Hope to see you there!
The start of the Fall Semester means a return to reading assignments, papers, exams…and a full schedule of Writing Consultants appointments! The schedule for the fall will be as follows:
Registration for September is open, so sign up now!
The service is available to all Health Sciences graduate students on the Boston Campus. Sessions are 45 minutes long and you may sign up for one session per day, and up to two sessions per week. For more information about the help our Writing Consultant provides and what to expect at your appointment, please visit the FAQ section of our Writing Consultants Guide.
The summer is flying by, but don’t worry! We’re here to help ease you into the academic year by offering expanded Writing Consultants hours in August.
We will continue with appointments on Thursdays and will add Sunday hours mid-month. The timing will vary from Thursday to Thursday, so be sure to make note of the hours for each individual date when you go to register.
So without further ado, here is the August schedule:
August 2: 11am – 2pm
August 9: 10am – 1pm
August 16: 10:30am-1:30pm
August 23: 1:45 – 4:45
August 30: 11am – 2pm
August 19: 3pm – 6pm
August 26: 3pm – 6pm
Writing Consultants is available to all Health Sciences students on the Tufts Boston Campus. To register or learn more about the ways a writing consultant can help, please visit our Health Sciences Writing Consultants LibGuide.
This month’s Open Workshops are sure to provide you with trove of tips and treats! The theme of October’s Open Workshops is “Scholarship Month” and workshops will focus on the skills you need to accelerate your research and share your scholarship.
See our Open Workshops page for more information, including complete workshop descriptions and schedules.
Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Tuesdays from 9-10am and repeated on Wednesdays from 3-4pm, unless otherwise noted. schedule:
Show the Impact of Your Research
Register: October 3 & October 4
Want to know how to get credit for and demonstrate the impact of your research? This workshop is for you! We will discuss how author identifiers, such as ORCID iDs, can connect you to your publications, other research products, and grants. 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.
Introduction to the Writing Process
October 4 @ 12noon Sackler 812 (light refreshments will be offered!)
Presented by Christine Smith, MS
Health Sciences Writing Consultant and Instructor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Changing Health Behaviors: Communicating Health Information to the Public
October 10 @ 12noon Sackler 507 (light refreshments will be offered!)
Presented by Margie Skeer, ScD, MPH, MSW
Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Celebrating Open Access: Busting Myths about Publishing Your Work
Register: October 17 & October 18
Like bigfoot and unicorns, some truths of publishing your work can seem a real mystery. We’ll separate fact from fiction and get to the heart of some widely-shared rumors related to your rights as an author and open access publishing.
Register: October 24 & October 25
In this 1 hour workshop, we’ll be using InDesign to create a poster, while providing an overview of other print design software. We’ll also share the importance of visual story telling, using design elements to tell your story, and provide the tips on print settings and resources on campus to get your poster printed. No prior experience with InDesign is needed!
And don’t forget about our Workshops on Demand. If you and your colleagues are interested in a workshop, but cannot attend due to a conflicting schedule, you can now request a Workshop on Demand: just let us know what your group is interested in, and we’ll create a workshop that works for you!
If you have any questions about Open Workshops, or Workshops on Demand, please call the library service desk at 617-636-6705, or email us at email@example.com
Agonizing over an abstract? Stumped about starting your personal statement? Rattled by your research paper? Then we have a workshop for you! On Wednesday 10/4 at 12pm in Sackler 812, Christine Smith, our writing consultant, will give a one-hour workshop on how to approach the writing process. She’ll provide you with a general framework that can be applied to any writing project as well as insight into how to prepare for a session with a writing consultant. Some light refreshments will be served and you can feel free to bring your lunch! Please RSVP here. Registration is not required, but is appreciated so we can have an idea of how much food to order. Hope to see you there!
Working on a cover letter? Stumped about starting your personal statement? Finishing up your thesis? Never fear, Health Sciences Writing Consultants is here! We interrupt our usual summer hiatus to bring you three special Thursdays where our consultant will be available to advise you on your writing projects.
On 7/20, 7/27, and 8/3, there will be four appointments available between 10:30am and 1:30pm. For more information or to register for an appointment please visit the Health Sciences Writing Consultants LibGuide.
Regular sessions will resume in mid-August–stay tuned!
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Our special ‘Writing Personal Statements’ workshop has been rescheduled for Monday, March 27th from 12:45 to 1:45 PM in Sackler 507. Writing is hard; writing about yourself can be even harder. If you are preparing a personal statement for your medical school or other application, then this workshop is for you.
Christine Smith, MS, RD, the writing consultant at our library, adjunct lecturer at the Friedman School and former Senior Editor of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, will provide advice on writing personal statements and her top writing tips. We will also share books available at the library on application writing and interviewing.
Post contributed by Laura Pavlech
Fear not! Health Sciences Writing Consultants will resume this Sunday, 8/2.
They’re offering the same great help with all your writing woes, but with a few logistical changes:
- All sessions will be held in Sackler 509, which is right by the small computer lab on the 5th floor.
- For the month of August, Sunday appointments will be held from 3pm to 6pm. The usual hours of 2pm to 5pm will resume on 9/13.
- Weekday sessions will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Thursdays, instead of Wednesdays.
You can visit bit.ly/writingconsultants to learn more or to book an appointment.
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