Monday, October 24, 2016

Getting More Out of Tufts' Libraries with Laura Pavlech


We were joined by Laura Pavlech, Research and Instruction Librarian at Hirsh Library and liaison to the Sackler School to learn more about library resources available to postdocs!

Library Essentials for Postdocs 

Laura Pavlech - Research and Instruction Librarian at Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library


Contact info for the Hirsh Library (at the Boston Campus):
(671) 636-6705

Tufts University Libraries (6 total):

  • Hirsh Health Sciences Library (Boston Campus): Floors 4-7 on the Sackler building
  • Tisch Library (Medford Campus)
    • Lilly Music Library
  • Ginn Library (Government and International affairs at The Fletcher School)
  • Webster Family Library at the Vet School (Grafton Campus)
  • Digital Collections and Archives


The librarians can help with:

  • Literature search
  • Finding data and statistics
  • Using citation management programs
  • Developing data management plans (RDMS project, run by TTS - electronic lab notebooks)
  • Answering scholarly communications questions
  • Citation analysis and measuring research impact

All the libraries have their own websites. The Tisch library also has its own chat.


For upcoming workshops (WebEx-based): tischlibrary.tufts.edu/get-help/workshops
  • "Workshops on Demand"
  • You can also request a workshop for your lab or group at the library
  • Every Tufts postdoc should get a username and password to access their library account 
None of their resources require VPN!


To request interlibrary loans (ILLs): https://illiad.library.tufts.edu
  • If not available at the library, there is a charge of $4 for each request

Options to search for a journal:
  • hirshlibrary.tufts.edu -> Click on eJournals tab, write down the journal name, and the page will redirect to BrowZine to do the search (browzine.com/libraries)
      • Does not allow you to save PDFs
      • If at home, use BrowZine
  • Jumbo Search
  • Google Scholar
    • You can change your settings at Google Scholar:
      • Library links -> Search for Tufts University -> Check the Tufts University box -> Click on "Save"
  • FindIt@Tufts
    • For articles available within the library, you can request it and they print it out for you.
    • If not available within the library, go to ILLiad to request an interlibrary loan https://illiad.library.tufts.edu

Resources to find protocols and methods:

Approach to literature search:
  • Visualizing the literature search as a scientific approach.
  • Focused question:
    • "What is it you really want to know about?"
  • Identify key words/concepts
    • What is the topic?
    • What is the info needed?
    • Where can you find this info?
  • Look at the library research guide or ask the librarian

Indexing in PubMed:
  • Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) - standardized terms
    • Will be located at the bottom of the PubMed search page, once a paper is selected
    • Because it's people who create the MeSH terms, sometimes it takes a little longer to do the search for a specific combination of words
    • MeSH terms are organized on a hierarchy and can be automatically searched on PubMed
    • Where to find a particular MeSH term?
      • Search for a particular term on the main search box -> Look at the "Search details" box on the right side of the screen (may need to scroll down a bit to find it)
      • Search can be restricted by using sub terms on the MeSH database directly
      • Set up a personalized PubMed account: 
        • Saves your searches
        • Break down your search by using 1-2 search term combinations and using "and" (to restrict your search) or "or" (to broaden your search)
          • Words on the search results will be highlighted
        •  Results will also be emailed to you

For writing a systematic review:
  • Request help from a librarian to find the right search databases as well as construct the right search terms

Popular workshops:
  • EndNote
  • Systematic Review
  • PubMed










1 comment:

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