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14,000+ pages of early medical education records added to the JDC!

Drawings from John Hill Brinton’s 1852 thesis

Over 14,000 pages from 1,358 unique medical works from the early to mid-1800s have joined the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC), thanks to a CLIR grant awarded to Jefferson and six collaborating institutions last winter.

The collection of records provides a comprehensive look at the history of medical education in Philadelphia through the end of the Civil War. It offers a glimpse of the voices of medical greats ­such as Thomas Mütter, Samuel Gross, and George McClellan, as well as the often unheard voices of students. Records include class notes and dissertations, matriculation records, commencement addresses, faculty lecture notes and more.

To view the materials in the JDC:

1) Search using terms “FTHNN” and/or “CLIR” to browse materials specific to the CLIR project. Browse all CLIR materials here.

Page from Stephen A. Garrison’s 1827 student notebook 

2) Find all materials from the grant in these collections*:

An 1843 ticket for Thomas Mutter’s surgery lectures

Learn more about the CLIR grant and the impact of these materials here.  

Try the New PubMed!

PubMed is getting an overhaul. The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020. Try it now and submit feedback—they’re still in active development and will prioritize features based in part on feedback from users.

Among the benefits of the new design:

  • Mobile friendly – Truly responsive design for a better mobile experience. Half of their users are already coming from mobile.
  • Quick cite – Cite feature to easily copy and paste a full citation in one of 4 styles, including AMA and APA.
  • Prev/Next buttons – Browse through results without needing to hit the back button and picking the next one off the results list.
  • Improved citation sensors – You should be able to more reliably copy and paste full citations into PubMed. Useful when you’re trying to pull full text from another paper’s reference list.
  • RIS output – The save feature now includes this standard format for use with citation managers like EndNote, F1000 Workspace and RefWorks.
  • Enhanced synonymy – Type Parkinson’s, and it will search for Parkinsons, Parkinsonian, etc. It also provides better coverage of British and American variations. Caveat: check search details on the Advanced Search page. It may be overzealous, e.g., a search for surgery usefully including operation, but also irrelevant variations like operator.
  • Unlimited truncation – Systematic Reviewers will love unlimited truncation! It’s no longer limited to the first 600 variations when using the asterisks (*) with four or more initial characters, e.g., vacc* for vaccinates, vaccination, etc.
  • Improved Best Match (ML) – The default sort order is “best match.” If you’re doing a systematic review, turn that off. It’s a machine-learning algorithm so it can change over time and is therefore not reproducible. Don’t use it for systematic reviews!

Are you a student, resident or fellow looking to publish? BMJ Case Reports and more.

Scott Memorial Library wants to make sure that Jeffersonians are aware that the University has an institutional membership to BMJ Case Reports. This means that all Jefferson students, faculty and staff may submit as many case reports as they like to this journal for free, as well as access and reuse all of the published material. If you are interested in this opportunity, please e-mail for more details.

Another venue for student publishing is to choose a student-run or locally produced journal. A few to consider:

·   Cooper Rowan Medical Journal (CRMJ) – For all medical students, allied healthcare students, and residents/fellows (all years) in training.

·  Evanescent  – A literary journal published by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention and dedicated to stories of injury and all its victims. Submissions welcome from all Jeffersonians.

·  Inside Out – An art and literary journal for Jefferson students.

·  The Medicine Forum – Publishes case reports and more from Jefferson Internal Medicine Residents.

Finally, the Library has a guide designed to help students (also faculty and staff) make determinations about what journal to publish with. This guide lists various tools to help authors find the best journals for their articles, and it also provides tips about evaluating the quality of a journal before submitting work to it.

Choosing a Journal to Publish Your Work

We’ve got a new name: The Academic Commons

New name, same expert and reliable support!

As of today, November 21, the Center for Teaching and Learning will now be called The Academic Commons (AC). We may have a new name, but don’t worry, our services and staff are not changing.

The Academic Commons (AC) is Jefferson’s reimagined infrastructure supporting the life cycle of academic discovery and learning.

What We Do

We provide educational technologies and instructional design support to deliver academic content in engaging ways to students. We offer support for the LabArchives electronic research notebook used by all research labs across Jefferson and support for the publication of Jefferson’s research through our Media Services and the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications.  We organize and provide access to published information and resources through the University Libraries, preserve Jefferson-related materials in the Jefferson Digital Commons and the Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections.

Who We Are

The AC includes:

  • Jefferson University Libraries
    • Abington Dixon Library
    • Paul J. Gutman Library
      • Special Collections
        • Archives, Textile Industry Historical Collection, & Materials Library
        • Textile and Costume Collection at The Design Center
        • Senator Arlen Specter Archives
    • Scott Memorial Library
      • Thomas Jefferson University Archives & Special Collections
      • Jefferson Digital Commons
  • Educational Technology Support Team
  • Instructional Design Team
  • Media Services
    • Graphics & Medical Illustration
    • Photography
    • Video
    • AV services (for the Center City campus)
  • Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications

Work With Us

The Academic Commons supports all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty to help you meet academic, professional, and creative goals. We can help you: develop effective teaching practices, design your best work, get published in academic journals and best communicate your message, and find appropriate resources and information for learning and scholarship.

To learn more about our services and contact us today, visit the Academic Commons website.

International Write-In Day: Wednesday, December 4

Jefferson’s first annual International Write-In on December 4, 2019, is a day-long series of events showcasing writing resources for faculty, postdocs, and students, taking place in the libraries on both the Center City and the East Falls campuses. The event also provides students with a welcoming place to come and write with the support of writing tutors, librarians, and their peers. International Write-Ins are held at colleges around the globe to celebrate writing and foster a campus writing community.

In Scott Memorial Library on the Center City campus, the event will kick off with a featured noon-time speaker, Steven J. Zullo, PhD, from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Zullo will share insights into the peer review process for research papers and grant proposals, including how to make the NIH reviewer happy. Learn more about the speaker presentation here.

Other scheduled events on the Center City campus include:

  • Citation Station: Receive help with APA & using RefWorks, F1000, EndNote, & Grammarly
  • Adobe 101: Learn about how you can download and use the Adobe Creative Cloud and its apps, including PhotoShop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro
  • DEW IT: Drop Everything & Write: Practice brainstorming & freewriting techniques
  • Film screening of “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship”
  • Show Me the Money: Information on funding sources for your research and open access publishing

Learn more about the Center City campus Write-In here. The Center City campus Write-In is sponsored by the Jefferson Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication and the Student Writing Center.

In the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls campus, the event will provide a relaxed atmosphere for student writers to make progress on their end-of-semester papers, eat some holiday treats, and receive on-the-spot assistance. Teresa Edge and Daniel Verbit, two of Gutman’s fabulous librarians, will be available from 2 – 5pm for drop-in research help. Additionally, one of the Academic Success Center’s professional writing tutors, Lauren-Elise Kadel, PhD, will be circulating the room to answer writing-related questions and provide feedback. You can learn more about Dr. Kadel from her profile in the March 2018 Academic Success Center newsletter. Dr. Kadel will also facilitate a series of five-minute “ignite” talks at the beginning of each hour:

  • Thesis Statements: Learn how to write concise thesis statements that advance your argument and provide your readers with an overview of your paper
  • Rhetorical Concepts: Receive an overview of how key rhetorical concepts like genre, audience, and purpose can help you refine your writing
  • Research Writing: Develop your strategies for finding, quoting, paraphrasing, and citing sources
  • Revision Strategies: Acquire new revision techniques like reverse outlining, reading aloud, and color blocking to help you “re-see” your writing

Learn more about the East Falls campus Write-In here. The East Falls campus Write-In is sponsored by the Writing Assistance Program of the Academic Success Center and the Paul J. Gutman Library.

The Write-In on both campuses will run from noon – 8 pm. The Center City location is Scott Memorial Library, 200A, and the East Falls location is the Paul J. Gutman Library Instructional Space.

No registration needed. Drop in any time to attend an event or to get writing support. Use #intlwritein19 to connect with other writers participating in the 2019 International Write-In, which is taking place this year across the globe from December 2nd – December 12th.

Listen Now: Oral Histories of Jefferson’s East Falls Campus

Take a trip down memory lane with four recorded discussions about the beginning years of Jefferson’s East Falls campus.

Interviews were conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken, Special Collections & Digital Services Librarian, with Stan Gorski, Gutman Library Director (retired in September 2019).

Conversations delve into the history of Jefferson’s East Falls campus and its previous institutions (Philadelphia Textile School, Philadelphia Textile Institute, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and Philadelphia University)

Conversation One: Building History of the East Falls Campus
Conversation Two: Institutional History of the East Falls Campus
Conversation Three: Library History of the East Falls Campus
Conversation Four: Special Collections History of the East Falls Campus

This selection of oral histories is part of Jefferson’s oral histories collection. Hear the complete collection, which includes interviews with the first women to graduate from Jefferson, on the Jefferson Digital Commons, the university’s institutional repository.

SciFinder: New Chemistry Resource at Gutman Library

SciFinder, a chemistry database from the Chemical Abstract Service, has come to Gutman!

SciFinder is a research discovery application from the Chemical Abstracts Service that provides integrated access to references, substances, and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.

First time users:
Please register at this link and access SciFinder here.

Canvas Countdown: 231 days until Canvas launches… are you ready?

Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system, will replace Blackboard on June 30, 2020. That means that courses in Blackboard will retire. Are you prepared?

What does this mean for faculty?
Any course that extends beyond June 30, 2020, MUST be created in Canvas
All newly developed courses should be created in Canvas, not Blackboard

If you are interested in offering a course on Canvas for Spring 2020, email Julie Phillips with course details.

Attend a Canvas workshop and you’ll receive free swag: notepads, pens, tumblers, portable phone chargers

What can faculty do now?

  • Join Growing with Canvas, Jefferson’s self-directed online training
  • Register for an upcoming Canvas workshop
  • Sign up for a one-on-one consultation

Visit for workshops and consultations or email Julie Phillips at

Canvas Early Adopters

Fall 2019 Canvas Adopters:

8 schools*
22 courses
986 learners

If your school isn’t on Canvas yet, PLEASE contact us today to get started.

*Schools & Groups: Institute of Emerging Health Professions, College of Architecture and the Built Environment, College of Health Professions, College of Life Sciences, College of Pharmacy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, Jefferson University Radiology Education Institute *

If you are interested in offering a course on Canvas for Spring 2020, please email Julie Phillips with course details.

Art Therapy Exhibit at Gutman Library: Now Through January

“The Art of Art Therapy Students” exhibit is on display at the Gutman Library (1st and 2nd floor), on Jefferson’s East Falls Campus, and is up through January 15, 2020.

The art was made by art therapy specialization students in the Community and Trauma Counseling Program at Jefferson. In these pieces, students explore themselves, their relationships, and their life experiences, in the service of learning how to help others use art-making in the context of psychotherapy and counseling. 

Come see the artwork and support these student artists!

Artists Featured:
Kelly Abramowitz
Shea Andrews
Kelly Clement
Bethanne Frazer
Ella Gluckman
Isabelle Hsu
Gabriela Medeiros
CTC 653-1 Class

Register Now: Qualitative Winter Institute January 6-8, 2020

Researchers, students, trainees, and members of nonprofit and government organizations are encouraged to attend Qualitative Research Methods, a course offered by Jefferson’s College of Population Health and the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives.

At this three-day workshop, learn alternative qualitative data collection approaches, concept mapping techniques, interview and focus group best practices and more.

View the flyer to read about the expert course instructors and full details. To register, visit Eventbrite.

Lab Builder: A Course Content Library from LabArchives [WEBINARS]

LabArchives, Jefferson’s electronic research notebook, launched a new feature for all Jefferson educators: Lab Builder. Lab Builder is a curated library of content for your classroom.

Learn about the free tool at an upcoming webinar on Wednesday, November 13, at 3pm or Friday, November 15, at 1pm. Register for webinars here.

On Lab Builder, educators can find, customize, and build content for their course using the LabArchives notebook platform and its course management tools. Select from hundreds of labs and protocols.

The webinar will take you inside Lab Builder to look at labs, protocols, course-packs, and other resources that you can use in your course. The webinar will show you how to access and browse through the content and begin customizing it for your purposes.

Register for a webinar now!

26 New e-Books: Topics include foot and ankle surgery, anesthesia, and an introduction to research

Check out the 26 new titles to join the SML’s e-Book collection this October. Topics covered range from hand surgery to fetal abnormalities to Cerebral Palsy to neurology. Click on a title to access the e-Book, and visit our full collection here.

Academic Leadership in Nursing

Acute Stroke Management in the First 24 Hours: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Aesthetic Surgery Techniques E-Book: A Case-Based Approach

The Breast: Comprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Diseases

Cerebral Palsy: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Clinical Gynecologic Oncology

Clinical Neurophysiology

Clinical Review of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Diagnostic Gynecological and Obstetric Pathology

DNP Education, Practice, and Policy, Second Edition: Redesigning Advanced Practice for the 21st Century

Fetal and Neonatal Physiology

Foot and Ankle Surgery

Hand and Wrist Surgery

Intraoperative and Interventional Echocardiography

Introduction to Research

Knee Surgery

Mayo Clinic Essential Neurology

Mayo Clinical Medical Neurosciences

Niedermeyer’s Electroencephalography: Basic Principles, Clinical Applications, and Related Fields

Obstetric Imaging: Fetal Diagnosis and Care

Ovarian Cancer Immunotherapy

A Practical Approach to Obstetric Anesthesia

A Practical Approach to Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine

Principles of Gynecologic Oncology Surgery

Twining’s Textbook of Fetal Abnormalities

Yen & Jaffe’s Reproductive Endocrinology

SnackChat is back! Speak to a peer listener, get a free snack, and take a mental break

Stop by room 200A in the library the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 12:15-1 p.m. to grab a free snack, coffee, and tea, take a mental health break and speak to a CHATT peer listener.

SnackChat is sponsored by JeffHELP SERV (Sharing: Experiences, Respect/Resources, Vision). JeffHELP SERV is a program designed by students for students at the university and acts as a peer support group. It is comprised of students who wish to be a listening ear for peers who need someone to talk to about what’s troubling them. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or concerned about something, JeffHELP SERV is ready to listen and help.

Learn more about JeffHELP Serv and connect with a peer listener.

Scott Memorial Library’s 125th Anniversary: Hot Cider & Donuts on 10/25!

Join us on Friday, October 25, as we celebrate the SML’s 125th anniversary!

Hot Cider & Donuts to Celebrate the SML!
Friday, October 25, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
2nd Floor | SML

We’ll celebrate the library’s birthday with a hot cider & donuts event and Gallery Wall reveal on the second floor of the library from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Chat with Jefferson archivists and historians to learn more about the history of the library and university. See you there!

Register Now: A Road Map to Clinical Research at Jefferson (10/23)

 “A Road Map to Clinical Research at TJU” on October 23 is a half-day course that will inform those new to clinical research of the prerequisites required to conduct compliant research, the responsibilities of the research team and how to navigate the University systems, approvals, and requirements. Research personnel from the Office of Human Research, Jefferson Clinical Research Institute, JCRI Business Operations, and SKCC Clinical Trials Office will be presenting.  It is strongly recommended that all new research personnel attend this in-person training.  

Continental Breakfast Provided. RSVP on the myjeffHub Jefferson Enterprise Clinical Research Community

A Road Map to Clinical Research at Jefferson
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
8:00 am-12:30 pm, 505 Hamilton Bld

Contact with any questions or concerns