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Library Resources for Finding Diversity & Inclusion Funding

Dr. Edith Mitchell, director of Jefferson’s  Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, was recently interviewed in Philadelphia Magazine’s NextHealthPHL series: “Black Scientists Still Face an Uphill Battle in Securing NIH Research Grants.” Asked about racial disparities in research funding, particularly in NIH R01 awards, Dr. Mitchell said: “When you look at the disparities in grant funding, they are like what we see in any other area of medical research practice.” Dr. Mitchell discusses in the interview ways of transforming these disparities, such as diverse recruitment, dedicated resources, and mentoring. 

You can read more about racial disparities in research funding, in the library’s Diversity and Inclusion guide. The guide also features resources for finding diversity-related funding opportunities.

Jefferson faculty, students, employees, residents, postdocs, and fellows of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH, JHN, and Methodist Division) have access to Pivot, a database of funding opportunities from all types of funders: governments, nonprofits, and foundations. Pivot can be specifically searched for diversity & inclusion funding opportunities.

Librarians can assist faculty, staff, and student researchers identity research funding sources and find appropriate support staff and tools on campus. Request a consultation to meet with a librarian to learn how to use Pivot and other grants information resources.  

FACULTY WORKSHOPS: Preparing for Fall 2020

Are you ready to teach this fall? Regardless of what the classroom will look like for you, the Academic Commons has the tools and support to help you (and your students) succeed. Join us for workshops this August on tools like Canvas and Panopto, which will help you best teach online and in-person.

Download the August 2020 Workshop Flyer for details on each workshop. Read workshop titles and times below. To register, click on a workshop title below or visit this page.

Streaming Media in Canvas- Panopto & Studio
Thursday, August 6 | 9-10 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m.

Canvas Camp (4 sessions)
Tuesday, August 11 | 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Course Overview & Syllabus
Managing Content
Using and Organizing Modules
Creating and Grading Assignments

Canvas Basics: Sneak Peek (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Sneak Peek (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Monday, August 31 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Monday, August 31 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) with our eBooks & Videos

August 1-7 marks World Breastfeeding Week, which is a global campaign to raise awareness and encourage action on themes related to breastfeeding.  

Check out the following e-resources on the topic of breastfeeding. Resources discuss a range of breastfeeding subjects, including a practical guide for medical professionals navigating breastfeeding problems in their practice, donor human milk banks, and public policies and cultural norms related to breastfeeding.

Banking on Milk: An Ethnography of Donor Human Milk Relations

The Bottle, The Breast, and the State: The Politics of Infant Feeding in the United States

Breastfeeding and Culture: Discourses and Representations

A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession

The Milky Way: Every Mother Has a Story

New Ebooks for August: Topics Include Occupational Therapy, Teaching Online, Climate Refugees, and Queer & Trans Voices in Healthcare

This August, the Scott Memorial Library added 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics include teaching online, climate refugees, and queer and trans voices in healthcare. Read the list of new titles below or browse our complete eBook collection on our website.

Adult Physical Conditions: Intervention Strategies for Occupational Therapy Assistants

Asher’s Occupational Therapy Assessment Tools

Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices

Climate Refugees: Beyond the Legal Impasse?

The Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing

Clinical Prediction Models: A Practical Approach to Development, Validation, and Updating

The Cultural Dimension of Global Business

Defects in T Cell Trafficking and Resistance to Cancer Immunotherapy

Diagnostic Imaging: Breast

Dopamine Handbook

Evaluation in Occupational Therapy: Obtaining and Interpreting Data

First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery

Handbook of Materials for Nanomedicine: Polymeric Nanomaterials

Individual Motivation Within Groups: Social Loafing and Motivation Gains in Work, Academic, and Sports Teams

Interviewing for Qualitative Inquiry: A Relational Approach

Occupational Therapy with Aging Adults

Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness

Psychosocial Well-being of Children and Adolescents in Latin America: Evidence-based Interventions

Qualitative Research in the Health Professions

Quality Caring in Nursing and Health Systems: Implications for Clinicians, Educators, and Leaders

The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Telephone Triage for Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Yale Swallow Protocol: An Evidence-based Approach to Decision Making

Register Now: Clinical Research Fundamentals Conference (August 31 – September 3)

Please note: This conference is usually a full day, in-person event. Due to COVID-19, the Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI) will offer this course in a new format via Zoom. The conference will be broken down into four 2.5-hour sessions (08/31, 09/01, 09/02, 09/03 from 9-11:30 am). If you plan to attend the conference, you are expected to attend each session. The Zoom invitation will be provided to those who have RSVP’d one week before session one. You may RSVP using the links below: 

RSVP for session 1

RSVP for session 2

RSVP for session 3

RSVP for session 4

Clinical Research Fundamentals content: 
This conference is targeted toward clinical research personnel that are relatively new to clinical research (two years, or less). This content-rich conference will enhance the understanding of the role and responsibilities of the clinical research coordinator by providing critical knowledge. Attendees will acquire the tools necessary to improve the performance of safe, ethical, and compliant clinical research in the academic and clinical setting.  Attendance is free to Jefferson Enterprise employees and CE credits will be awarded.  Continental breakfast and snacks will be provided. Topics will include the following:

Identify and Locate Your Resources
Study Start-Up and Recruitment and Retention
Good Clinical Documentation
Adverse Events and Safety Reporting
Clinical Trial Billing
Monitor Visits and Audit Readiness
The Informed Consent Process
Investigational Product Management
Developing Quality and a Career Path

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this event, please contact

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Razie Joins the Academic Commons

If Razie Amzovski, the new Academic Commons (AC) employee, looks familiar that’s because she isn’t new to Thomas Jefferson University. Amzovski joins our team after working in the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center. We sat down with the new Educational Technologies team member to learn a bit about why she wanted to join the AC, what educational technology tools she geeks out over, and her favorite place to be when not at work. HINT: passport required!

What is your title at the Academic Commons?
I am an Instructional Support Specialist.

What does that title mean to you?
The title means that I am here to support faculty, staff, and students with any help that they may need accessing the teaching and learning resources that Jefferson has to offer. 

How long have you been working at Thomas Jefferson University?
I began working for Thomas Jefferson University in December 2019 at the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center and transferred over to the Academic Commons team in July 2020.

What made you want to join the Academic Commons team?
Academics, technology, and helping people have always been in my life in some way. The Academic Commons has given me a place where I can have all three of my passions in one career. I am able to use my knowledge as an educator, mix it with technology, and help people navigate the tools and create their best work.

What do you like about working at Thomas Jefferson University?
There are many things I like about working at Thomas Jefferson University, but what is the most intriguing is the room for growth. Jefferson offers many benefits to faculty, students, and staff to grow in their careers, and they have a great support system to help through that journey.  

What is something you want students and faculty to know about the Educational Technologies team at the Academic Commons?
The Educational Technologies team is always available to help with anything that you may need. We have a very diverse staff that can help with virtually anything.

What is your favorite educational technology software or tool that the Academic Commons supports that you would encourage faculty to use?
One of my favorite educational tools that the Academic Commons support is Nearpod. This is a great tool that all faculty can use when creating lessons, assignments, and/or discussions for their courses. It will help faculty create more dynamic lessons by incorporating different content and activities offered by Nearpod into their teaching.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a 1st generation Albanian and the first girl in my family to graduate from college. I love to travel and to be outdoors. My most favorite place to go is my second home, Tetovo, Macedonia, where I can see all my family and friends that I do not get to see all year-round. 

Learn more about the Educational Technologies team at the Academic Commons and how they can help you.

LabArchives for Researchers: Virtual Sessions Led by Jefferson’s Dr. Tim Mosca & Christine Fisher

Looking for the best practices to use LabArchives in your research lab? Not quite yet ready to dive into the electronic lab notebook (ELN) and have some questions? Join us on Wednesday, July 29, for two virtual sessions on how you can use LabArchives in your lab.

LabArchives has assembled a group of researchers to share their experiences getting started and adapting the ELN to their workflows. You will be able to ask questions and hear from colleagues around North America.

LabArchives Virtual User Group for Researchers
Wednesday, July 29

Session 1: How We Got Started Using LabArchives
This session will give a brief introduction from the LabArchives team, including recent updates followed by presentations from current LabArchives users on how they transitioned from paper to an ELN (electronic lab notebook), organize their notebooks, collaborate and share with other researchers, and other insights.
Register for Session 1

Session 2: Creative Use Cases and Adjusting Research in the Time of COVID (presentation from Jefferson’s Dr. Tim Mosca & Christine Fisher!)
Hear how researchers are using LabArchives ELN in various environments, their creative use cases and customizations, its use outside of the traditional wet bench setting, and, in particular, its use during these unusual times. 
Register for Session 2

Can’t make it? Sign up for an introductory LabArchives workshop. The next session will be on Wednesday, August 12:

Wednesday, 8/12, 10:00 am ET
Professional Edition Intro Webinar

Wednesday, 8/12, 11:00 am ET
Classroom Edition Intro Webinar

Reopening the Scott Memorial Library: Monday, July 20

Last updated on July 28, 2020

As Thomas Jefferson University begins to welcome back students, faculty, and staff to campus, the library is also reopening our doors.

The health and safety of patrons and staff is our top priority. Read the FAQs below for details on the library reopening and how we will maintain a safe space as we welcome you back.  

When will the Scott Memorial Library building reopen?
The building reopened on Monday, July 20. The library is open to all current Jeffersonians. The library is not open to the public at this time.

The library building will be open daily from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

The service desk will be open:
Mondays – Fridays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays – Sundays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Please note: The library building is not currently open 24/7 but from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. To enter the library building, all patrons must wear face masks, covering the nose and mouth.

What measures will be taken to ensure the safety of library patrons and staff?
The health and safety of patrons and staff is our top priority. All patrons must adhere to the university’s COVID-19 Community Standards, found in the Relaunch Guide. Students: access the University Relaunch Guide on BannerWeb. Faculty and staff: access the University Relaunch Guide on MyJeffHub.

The library will follow the university’s guidelines. In addition:

  • Hand sanitizer will be available on all floors
  • Reduced & spaced out seating in the library and computer labs will adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Increased cleaning schedule for tables, bathrooms, computer labs, common areas
  • All library staff will wear masks and adhere to university guidelines
  • Increased cleaning of physical materials  

Additional details regarding library services & operations will be shared early next week.

Don’t forget, we’re always here for you! Ways to contact us:

Numbers Worth Knowing: Over 5 Million Downloads & 20,000 Uploads to the JDC

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) hit an impressive milestone this June: over 5 million downloads!

The JDC is Thomas Jefferson University’s open access repository. It’s a free service of the Academic Commons that helps you share your scholarly work with the world. All Jefferson faculty, students, staff, and researchers can contribute. Contributions range from posters to conference presentations and webinars to manuscripts and newsletters.

The 5 million milestone emphasizes both the reach and impact of the JDC. Learn about why you should add your work to the JDC and submit work here.  

Fast facts about the JDC

Started: January 2005

Uploads: 20,000+ materials created by Jeffersonians

Downloads: 5 million

Countries: Downloads from232 countries

Institutions: Downloads from over 53,000 institutions

Most Popular: “A Case Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Some Diagnostic Considerations’’ by Jeanette M. Stumbo Zaimes, which has been downloaded 74,339 times! Read the top 10 downloads.

New at the JDC: COVID-19 Collection

Check out the COVID-19 collection, which lists all COVID-19 papers, posters, and presentations created by Jeffersonians.  

Read about the most recent additions to the JDC, and see what people are saying in the April-June Quarterly Report.

25 new eBooks: Topics include Caring for Patients with Physical Disabilities, Health Policy, & Occupational Therapy

This July, we added 25 new titles to our digital collection. Topics cover occupational therapy in mental health, caring for patients with physical disabilities, health policy, and more.

Browse the list of new titles below or check out our full eBook collection on our website.

Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice

Cardiology Board Review: ECG, Hemodynamic and Angiographic Unknowns

Cooper’s Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity

Clinical Nursing Calculations

Conducting and Reading Research in Kinesiology

The Critically Ill Cirrhotic Patient: Evaluation and Management

Davis’s Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual

Endovascular Resuscitation and Trauma Management: Bleeding and Haemodynamic Control

The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions

GRE for Dummies

Health Care Delivery in the United States

Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective

Helping Couples and Families Navigate Illness and Disability: An Integrated Approach

How the Immune System Works

An Occupational Therapist’s Guide to Home Modification Practice

Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation

Ophthalmology Q&A Board Review

Pass CNOR!

Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models

Retinal Pigment Epithelium in Health and Disease

Throughput Economics: Making Good Management Decisions

Shackelford’s Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

Spinal Conditions in the Athlete: A Clinical Guide to Evaluation, Management, and Controversies

Webster’s New World Robert’s Ruler of Order: Simplified and Applied

The Wheelchair Evaluation: A Clinician’s Guide

Updates for two popular publication metrics: CiteScore & Journal Impact Factor

Updates from two major academic publishers, Elsevier and Clarivate, are available for their signature publication metrics. These metrics attempt to calculate the influence and importance of a journal based on how many others have cited articles from that journal. The updates reflect citation information gathered through 2019.

Clarivate’s Journal Impact Factor (JIF) can be found using the Journal Citation Reports database available from the Scott Library. In their announcement, Clarivate reminds us that the JIF has been controversial in the past, and that decision-makers should take care to use it as it was designed to be used, “in journal selection . . . collection development . . . and understanding communication patterns among journals.”

Elsevier’s CiteScore metric can be found through the Scopus database. Their update is more significant because the company has changed how the CiteScore metric was calculated. According to an announcement, the methodology has been updated to address several prior concerns about the metric. Among the changes: only peer-reviewed publication types are included in calculations (not editorials, news items, etc.) improving comparisons between journals, and CiteScore values will now be displayed to one decimal place, not two, to avoid the impression of unwarranted precision.

Learn more about these metrics by visiting the Journal Evaluation Guide on the Library’s website. It explains how these metrics differ from each other and discusses concerns the academic community has articulated about the use of journal-level metrics.

If you have further questions about using metrics to evaluate journals and scholarly research, please contact the Scott Memorial Library’s AskALibrarian service.


The Academic Commons will host online workshops throughout the summer. Workshops in July will cover topics including Canvas, Panopto, and Nearpod to help you best teach online and in-person. Read workshop titles and brief descriptions below. To register, click on a workshop title or visit this page.

Canvas Camp
Thursday, July 30
4 sessions: 12:30- 4:30 p.m.

  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: The Course Overview & Syllabus
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Migrating Content from Blackboard to Canvas
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Using and Organizing Modules
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Creating and Grading Assignments

Wednesday, August 5
9-10 a.m. OR 1-2 p.m.

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Schedule and launch a Collaborate session
  • Activate the Collaborate integration in Canvas
  • Use audio and video-conference tools to communicate in real-time with learners
  • Use the Collaborate tools to create an interactive classroom experience for distance and hybrid courses

Streaming Media in Canvas – Panopto & Studio
Thursday, August 6
9-10 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m.

This workshop touches upon two integrated Canvas tools which can be used to create videos, including introductory course and instructor videos, recorded lectures, and narrated PPTs for synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. 

Canvas Camp
Tuesday, August 11
4 sessions: 12:30- 4:30 p.m.

  • The Course Overview & Syllabus
  • Migrating Content in Canvas
  • Using and Organizing Modules
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Creating and Grading Assignments

PsycINFO & PsycARTICLES will move from APA PsycNET to Ovid on July 1

If you have My List citations saved in an APA PsycNET personal account that you’d like to preserve, please print, email or export now. Saved Searches & Alerts may be copied but must be reformulated in the new Ovid platform.

Export, Email or Print My List citations

Use the arrow icon to Export selected citations to RefWorksSciwheelEndNote or other reference management software:

Use the envelope icon to Email selected results:

Use the printer icon to Print selected results:

Record display options for print and email functions include:

  • Citation: citations only
  • Citation & Abstract: citations and abstracts
  • Full Record Display (default option): all fields except the cited references
  • Full Record Display plus Cited References: all fields, including the cited references
  • Citation APA Style: citations in APA Style

If you have question, contact us at AskALibrarian.

SPECIAL GUEST: Workshops on Change Management & Teaching Online Led by Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant

Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant and Online Learning Expert

The classroom as we know it is changing, and for many, the abrupt shift to online delivery has upended courses and teaching strategies that took years to build. Join special guest Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant, to learn how to best deal with that change and use technology to make life easier as you navigate the online environment.

Workshops will offer faculty a chance to network with others dealing with changes at Jefferson. You will walk away with best practices and tips to use Canvas, the university’s new learning management system, to adapt to the online environment without re-building your courses from scratch.  

Workshop descriptions are outlined below. To register, click a workshop title or visit our website.

Canvas + Portfolium: The Student Experience Thursday, July 9
9 – 10:30 am
1:30 – 3 pm

Have you heard about Portfolium but are not sure what all the fuss is about? Do you have assignments or elements of your course that would be great projects for students to showcase to potential employers or internship opportunities? Learn about the power of Portfolium, and how its connection to Canvas can help students (and faculty). Register here!

Canvas + Portfolium: Portfolium Assessment Thursday, July 9
11 am – 12:30 pm
3:30 – 5 pm

Looking for ways to assess student competency and showcase major projects or milestones within a program or department? Portfolium can help! Explore ways Jefferson is leveraging Portfolium to support curriculum assessment and meet accreditation needs. Register here!

Managing Change: Where Do I Start? Wednesday, July 22
9 – 10:30 am
1:30 – 3 pm

Canvas is one of the many changes happening across Jefferson and across all of education. Feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to begin with all of the changes? You are not alone. This session is meant to help you evaluate where you are amidst all the change, set goals for how to begin working through these challenges, and think about how to accomplish those goals. It will be reflection and discussion-driven so bring your thinking caps. Register here!

Managing Change: How Can Canvas Help? Wednesday, July 22
11 – 12:30 pm
3:30 – 5 pm     
The classroom as we know it is changing and for many, the abrupt shift to online delivery has really upended courses and teaching strategies that took years to build. This session focuses on ways Canvas can help faculty adapt current course materials and classroom activities into the online environment in a way that will also benefit their face to face delivery (when the world returns to normal). Register here!

Up Your Zoom Game with These Historic Jefferson Zoom Backgrounds!

Share some Jefferson history by adding your own virtual background from the Archives collection to your Zoom meetings*!

Choose from: Current Scott Memorial Library; Drawing of the 1929 College Building; Architect’s blueprint for the entry to the College Building.

Download the Zoom Backgrounds:
Scott Memorial Library
Drawing of the 1929 College Building
Architect’s blueprint for the entry to the College Building

Find instructions to add a virtual background to Zoom here.

*NOTE: These Zoom backgrounds are for internal use only. For external-facing Zoom backgrounds, visit the Creative Services website.