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Martin Luther King Jr Day Hours: Monday, January 21st, 2019

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:38am

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, January 21st. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm and the Library Offices will be closed. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Stay warm and have a great long weekend!

Winter Open Workshops are Here!

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:00am

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Brrrr! It’s freezing outside! Stay inside and learn! Now is the time to go deeper, learn new skills or enhance your current skills with advanced workshops.

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm. Learn more about Open Workshops@Hirsh at: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

PubMed: Basics – January 24
In this introductory workshop, we will review PubMed and its contents. We will discuss planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

PubMed: Advanced – January 31
This one-hour session explores more advanced features of PubMed. During this session we will discuss how to search within selected field, creating a “MyNCBI” to save search strategies and receive alerts when new articles are available on a topic, as well a show to leverage the Web of Science database to add value to your PubMed search results.

Lit Review: Part 1 – February 7
In this workshop, you will learn how to approach the literature review. Topics covered include: identifying key stakeholders, database selection, determining search terms, and creating effective search strategies.

Lit Review: Part 2 –  February 14
In Part 2, we will discuss organizing and exploring your search results, including the use of citation managers, creating evidence tracking logs, and how to describe your research process to create a “Methods” section of your project.

EndNote: Basics -February 21
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!

EndNote: Advanced – February 28
This one-hour session explores more advanced features of EndNote. During this session we will discuss using EndNote to create figures with captions, how to find updated citation information for records already in EndNote, how to modify output styles and much more.



Help us with JumboSearch, get JumboCash!

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 3:10pm

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We need your help! We want to test how usable our library catalog, JumboSearch, is and we’re looking for some student volunteers to give us feedback. We will be hosting 30-minute usability testing sessions on January 23rd and 30th. Those who participate in a session will receive $10 in JumboCash as a thank you! If you’d like to join the pool of volunteers we draw from, just fill out this form.

If you’re not a student but are interested in helping us out, keep your eyes peeled! We will be hosting sessions for other groups in the future.


Fight the chill, make some soup!

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 3:02pm

January is National Soup Month, at least, it is according to the good people at Campbell’s, and we feel like they know a thing or two about soup. And here at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, we know a bit about soup, too.

For example, according to this article published in The Nurse Practitioner, there may just be something to the idea that chicken soup is a valid treatment for the common cold. According to this paper, it provides relief from symptoms and decreases the inflammatory response related to viral illness- in other words, chicken soup might actually make you feel better when you’re sick. SCIENCE!

Cure for the Common Cold? (courtesy University of Washington Libraries. Digital Collections: http://content.lib.washington.edu/u?/kiehl,360)

Cure for the Common Cold?
(courtesy University of Washington Libraries. Digital Collections: http://content.lib.washington.edu/u?/kiehl,360)

Regardless of its efficacy, who doesn’t like a hot bowl of soup in the winter, regardless of whether you’re under the weather? Research and Instruction Librarian Jane recommended this pot of Fire Roasted Tomato Soup for a yummy meal. If you’re looking for a weekend project (it is supposed to be quite chilly), make someone’s day with a labor-intensive batch of delicious Chicken Matzo Ball Soup (aka Jewish Penicillin). For vegetarians/vegans/spicy food lovers, this Lentil and Coconut Soup with Cilantro-Habanero Gremolata is delicious and cheap to make. It also makes enough soup to freeze for the next time you feel the sniffles coming on.

There’s a proverb (of Spanish or Portuguese origin, apparently) that states: “Of soup and love, the first is best.” We offer no opinion on the matter, but wish you a wonderful National Soup Month.