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Over 4,500 digitized items from Gutman Library’s Special Collections now accessible through JSTOR

Gutman Library has joined JSTOR’s Open Community Collections, an initiative that makes content from Special Collections around the world discoverable alongside relevant books, articles, and primary source materials on JSTOR.

Visit the website to browse the five collections: Textile Industry Postcards, Textile Trade Postcards, Textile Woodblocks, Philadelphia Postcards, and Textile and Costume Collection.

Learn more about Special Collections, search for a specific item, or browse each collection’s materials.

Main Page:
Philadelphia Postcards:
Textile and Costume Collection:
Textile Industry Postcards:
Textile Trade Postcards:
Textile Woodblocks:

Learn more about Gutman Library’s Special Collections.

The New PubMed is Here

New PubMed is now the default. For those needing to finish a project, the National Library of Medicine is providing access to the legacy interface for a limited time. Please continue to submit feedback using the button on their site. Contact Scott Memorial Library for help at AskaLibrarian.

Take advantage of new features including:

  • Mobile friendly – Truly responsive design for a better mobile experience. Half of their users were 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.
  • 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 to verify the variations are relevant.
  • 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!

A Haiku & Podcast with Pam Walter

It started with a haiku.

Pam Walter, one half of the Academic Commons’ Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications, submitted a haiku to Jefferson’s COVID Stories website:

Pam Walter (second from right) with her three daughters and husband

Finding quiet space
Now a shared family dance
Tiptoes, muted steps

After reading the haiku, the team at Humans of the Hospital, a podcast series, reached out to learn more about Pam’s situation at home.

Listen to the podcast with Pam, “COVID STORIES: A Medical Writer’s Haiku. Her Daughters Home, Son Far, & Phone Calls in the Closet,” and many more at

PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps

PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps is a new, freely available application focused on answering crucial questions faced by communities dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Choose from predesigned maps with background blog posts or create your own.

They also provide a sneak peek at the beta platform coming soon to Jefferson’s PolicyMap (via Scott Library or Gutman Library). Improvements include data discovery, map customization, and increases in the number of zoom levels and layers in multilayer maps. Use Jefferson’s version for full access to proprietary indicators and to upload your own data.

Data in the COVID-19 maps, which are also available in the legacy app, include:

Read more about PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps.

Announcing a New Library Guide on Diversity & Inclusion

As part of Jefferson’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and collaboration with the Jefferson College of Life Sciences Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, the library has launched a new guide to resources on diversity and inclusion.

In the guide, you can find eBooks available in our collection on disability, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity.

You can also find videos on diversity & inclusion topics. The library has recently acquired access to Films on Demand, a collection of over 40,000 streaming videos, including many on topics such as LGBT, Race and Ethnicity, Sex and Gender, and Social Inequality. Additionally, the guide features videos on diversity & inclusion produced at Jefferson and archived in the Jefferson Digital Commons, Jefferson’s open access digital repository. These include recordings of the lecture series on Confronting Racism, Bias, and Social Injustice in Health Care.

In the guide’s section on research, you can learn how to search for diversity & inclusion-related research in PubMed. This section also includes a feed displaying the most recent articles appearing in PubMed on diversity & inclusion in medical education, health professions education, and life sciences education.

In the guide’s section on funding, you can find links to NIH diversity funding opportunities as well as tips for searching for diversity funding opportunities in the Pivot database.

You can also find in the guide links to diversity & inclusion resources available through Jefferson, the government, and in the community.

Over 2,200 medical & public health eBooks Join SML & Gutman Collections

The public health & medical eBook collection can be accessed anywhere and includes very recent publications from 2018 – 2020. The collection encompasses an extensive range of topics, including infectious diseases, health policy, forensic medicine, pharmacy, environmental health, child psychology, nutrition, and gender studies. Chances are if you are looking for an eBook on a medical or health topic, this collection has an eBook for you!

Explore the Collection
There are a few ways you can access the collection:

  1. View the entire collection

  2. Then, you can browse by sub-discipline via the left-hand side menu

  3. Or, search for a specific eBook via the library website search: 

Highlights of the Collection 
Highlights include over 300 eBooks on the topic of oncology, over 200 on neurology, 180 covering cardiology, 100 on infectious diseases, and more.

Need Help? 
If you need help accessing the collection or a specific eBook, contact us via email or Live Chat.

Gutman: or Live Chat
Scott: or Live Chat

Gutman Librarian Publishes Article in Medical Reference Services Quarterly!

Congratulations to Daniel Verbit, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at Paul J Gutman Library for recently getting published in the Medical Reference Services Quarterly journal.

The article, “Graduate Occupational Therapy Students: Communication and Research Preferences from Three university Libraries,” discusses findings regarding how graduate occupational therapy students conduct research.

Type “Medical Reference Services Quarterly” in the journal search on the Gutman Library search, or Scott Memorial Library search to find the article. The article is in Volume 39, Issue 2 of the journal.

Read the abstract below:

Library liaisons from three universities distributed an anonymous survey to graduate occupational therapy students to gauge preferred methods of communication when conducting research. This article discusses three findings: whom the students prefer to turn to when seeking research assistance, which methods of communication students prefer, and how long students spend searching before asking for assistance. From 193 responses, the liaisons reasoned that students prefer consulting with their peers before seeking help from librarians or faculty or instructors and they prefer assistance face-to-face. Additionally, the majority are willing to research from 30 min to one hour before seeking research help.

Congrats, Daniel!

The COVID-19 Archive: Jefferson Papers, Personal Stories, Presentations, & More

As the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis continues, it is essential to capture and preserve related research, academic and scholarly work, and personal stories crafted by our Jefferson community. Archiving this material will help researchers and historians learn and reflect, and allow public health experts to prepare for the future. 

By preserving the work of our Jefferson family, we can study the pandemic’s impact on our healthcare system, teaching and learning institution, and the broader community. 

Jefferson Libraries (Paul J Gutman Library & Scott Memorial Library) is already preserving COVID-19-related content by archiving Jefferson websites and social media content, capturing Jefferson’s official internal and external communications, and accepting Jefferson-produced research and scholarship on COVID-19. The latter is all publicly available in the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC).

Browse COVID-19 Content on the JDC 
The Jefferson Digital Commons COVID-19 page is continually growing. Some highlights include:

  • Spread the Science, NOT the Virus:
    An interactive seminar series organized by Drs. Frasso & Patel and Robert Wilson of Jefferson College of Population Health’s Master of Public Health Program
  • Coronavirus Papers
    A growing collection of papers written by faculty in Jefferson’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies 

The JDC is a place to hear the stories, recount the milestones, capture the breakthroughs, and remember the voices of this pandemic. Stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 stories by visiting the JDC and clicking on the COVID-19 button often. 

Submit Your COVID-19 Content 
To submit your scholarly work or research focused on COVID-19, contact us

Contact the archives for all other potential COVID-19 donations.

SML Adds 25 eBooks to Collection in May

This May, the SML added 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics include biostatistics, pharmacology, and workplace ergonomics. One eBook is even co-authored by Dr. Anthony Fauci (Harrison’s Manual of Medicine)! Check out the list of new titles below or browse our complete eBook collection.

Adams and Victor’s Principles of Neurology

The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences

The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry

Anesthesia Oral Review: Knocking Out the Boards

Basic & Clinical Biostatistics

Biopharmaceutical Processing: Development, Design, and Implementation of Manufacturing Processes

Color Atlas and Text of Histology

Comprehensive Neonatal Nursing Care

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2020

Harrison’s Manual of Medicine

Histology: A Text and Atlas

Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Cell and Molecular Biology

Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Microbiology

Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Physiology

MRI In Practice

Pain Medicine Board Review

Patient Management in the Telemetry/Cardiac Step-Dpwn Unit

Principles of Pharmacology

Prosthetics & Orthotics in Clinical Practice

Renal Pathophysiology

Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians

Schatzberg’s Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Symptom to Diagnosis: An evidence- based guide

Transforming Ergonomics with Personalized Health and Intelligent Workplaces

West’s Pulmonary Pathophysiology: The Essentials

FACULTY: Join us for “Reimagined Canvas Camp” (May & June dates)

Reminder: Blackboard shuts down at Jefferson on June 30, 2020. Let the Academic Commons help transfer courses from Blackboard to Canvas at Canvas Camp workshops.

We originally conceived of Canvas Camp as an in-person event where you could focus on building a single course in Canvas over the course of one day. The pandemic forced us back the drawing board to reimagine Canvas Camp. Rather than a day-long event, we have imagined the event as a series of four scaffolded online workshops that build upon one another and provide participants with hands-on development of specific skills. Online workshops will be held on:

Tuesday, May 19
Friday, May 29
Monday, June 8
Tuesday, June 9

While the skills addressed in the workshops build upon previous workshops, you are free to treat them as stand-alone workshops when you register. For all workshops in the Re-imagined Canvas Camp, participants should focus on a single specific course. Course materials should be available from Blackboard, in the cloud, or on the participant’s personal computer.

Read each workshop description below and register for workshops HERE.

Canvas Camp: The Course Overview & Syllabus (Recommended order: 1 of 4)
This workshop focuses on the first course components your students will see in a Canvas course: the home page, course overview, syllabus, and instructor information.

Participants will:

  • Update basic course details, instructor information, and post the syllabus
  • Learn to effectively use the features of the Rich Content Editor

Canvas Camp: Migrating Content from Blackboard to Canvas (Recommended order: 2 of 4)
This workshop focuses on getting course content from Blackboard to Canvas, with attention to different approaches to migration depending on which elements of the course need to be copied and whether there are any issues with the size of course files. 

Participants will:

  • Learn about characteristics of Blackboard courses that might complicate the migration of content to Canvas
  • Practice using a bulk file download or export to copy course content and/or files to Canvas

Canvas Camp: Using and Organizing Modules (Recommended order: 3 of 4)
This workshop focuses on Modules, the basic organizing mechanism for all Canvas content. Based on how you structure your course (e.g. by week, topic, unit, etc.), you will practice setting up Modules to present and sequence your content for students.

Participants will:

  • Use Modules to contextualize and organize course content for easy access by the student
  • Learn about adaptive release features such as prerequisites and requirements to further customize students’ trajectory through the course

Canvas Camp: Creating and Grading Assignments (Recommended order: 4 of 4)
This workshop focuses on the tools available to collect student work and assess student learning, including Assignments, Quizzes, and Rubrics. In addition to practice creating these components, you will explore the Gradebook and Canvas’ grading interface, SpeedGrader.

Participants will:

  • Practice creating an Assignment, Quiz, and Rubric
  • Explore the Gradebook and SpeedGrader

Read more about the workshops an register HERE.

Download Thomas Jefferson University stock photos for free!

The Photography Services team of the Academic Commons is proud to present all Jeffersonians with a library of free stock images. The library includes photographs of people (students, faculty, etc.), places, and things (medical equipment, Jefferson branded items). Note: Not all images found on the PHOTO SERVICES website are free to download. Only images found in the free stock image gallery are accessible for free.

To browse:
To view the image gallery of free stock photos, visit this website:

To download images from the free stock library:
1. Click on an image to enlarge
2. Hover over the upper left-hand corner of the image
3. Click on the last choice in the drop-down menu “DOWNLOAD” to download the image to your desktop

Please credit “Thomas Jefferson University Photography Services” when using these images.

Learn more about the Photography Services team at the Academic Commons and how they can help you! Services include medical, surgical, and research photography, studio and special event photography, photo retouching, passport photos, and more!

Celebrate Preservation Week (April 26 – May 2) by diving into Jefferson’s Archives!

Today kicks off Preservation Week, a public awareness initiative that works to promote preservation and conservation. Preservation Week highlights the value that libraries and museums play in sharing history and providing perspective.  

Celebrate Preservation Week by checking out Thomas Jefferson University’s Center City Archives & Special Collections. The collection, managed by Scott Memorial Library archivists and librarians, is vast and includes materials you can explore online. Digital archives and online collections range from oral histories to videos of anatomical flap books and Jefferson Medical College yearbooks.

And we’re not the only ones talking about Jefferson’s archives! Billy Penn, a WHYY-owned website with original and curated stories about Philadelphia, recently highlighted the Jefferson archives! Read the article, Inside the Jefferson medical archives, where the most popular item is 1840’s ‘Anatomy of the Breast,‘ for an overview of the archives and details on the most popular items.

Highlights of the archives:

  • The history of Jefferson and African American graduates 
  • Stories from Jefferson’s first women graduates 
  • Genealogy resources

Celebrate Preservation Week by investigating your family history at Jefferson, discovering what Philadelphia was like in the 1800s, and exploring papers and notes from medical greats like Thomas Mütter, Samuel Gross, and George McClellan.

Thomas Jefferson University – Center City Archives & Special Collections is part of the Scott Memorial Library and is maintained by university archivists and librarians.

APA Manual 7th edition: Notable changes & highlights

In the fall of 2019, the American Psychological Association (APA) introduced the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual.

Significant changes in the 7th edition include details about citing online materials and the use of inclusive language. Continue reading for more highlights of the new APA manual and important comparisons to note from the earlier 6th edition.

First citation, number of authors

APA 7th:

  • Three or more, use et al. after first author name

APA 6th:

  • Three to five: list all authors, using & between last two authors
  • Six or more: first author name followed by et al.

Note: it may be necessary to spell out author names to disambiguate citations with et al.

Reference List:
Digital object identifiers

APA 7th:

  • Format: preceded by to complete URL
  • Hyperlink URL

APA 6th:

  • Format could vary, but consistent throughout a document
  • Hyperlinking was optional

Maximum number of authors before requiring an ellipsis:

  • APA 7th: 20 authors
  • APA 6th: six authors

Title page for students: running head

  • APA 7th: not required
  • APA 6th: required


  • APA 7th: choice of six, exceptions apply (e.g., figures)
  • APA 6th: Times New Roman, 12-pt (preferred)

Select APA 7th Resources

APA Style Blog & Style and Grammar Guidelines
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: The Official Guide to APA style
Purdue Owl
Reference Guide
Resources for Student Writers
Sample Papers for Both Students and Professionals
The Changes You Need to Know
What’s New

Note for students: departments and instructors may still be requiring the 6th edition. Please consult your instructor if you are unsure which edition to use for assignments.

Have Questions? Contact Learn more about the SML’s style guides.

It’s National Library Week: Celebrate and You Could Win a $100 Visa gift card!

Every April, we celebrate National Library Week, an annual event that highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

Help Jefferson Libraries (Scott Memorial Library & Paul J Gutman Library) celebrate this year’s theme – Find the Library at Your Place – and you could win a $100 Visa gift card!

How to Celebrate & Enter the Challenge
Give the libraries a shout out on Twitter (@SMLibrary_TJU & @GutmanLibrary)!

Post about a favorite resource, helpful library worker, book club, etc., or share about how the library has made a difference while you’ve been social distancing at home. Tag the Jefferson Libraries in your post and use hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #ThankYouLibraries.

Not on Twitter? Post on the ALA’s Facebook page and make sure to tag the Scott Memorial Library (@scottmemoriallibrary) and use the hashtags.

At the end of National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) will pick one post, and the contributor will win a $100 Visa gift card. The promotion ends Saturday, April 25, at noon. A winner will be announced on

History of National Library Week
Created by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers, National Library Week started in 1957. The first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event.

Meet Sciwheel: F1000Workspace has got a new name!

F1000Workspace, a citation manager, has been renamed to Sciwheel. 

  • This change is effective on April 12th, 2020. For a few months after this date, the web address of your account domain will automatically redirect.
  • The product won’t change; so, you won’t lose any of your references, notes or libraries — the only thing that is changing is the name and logo.

Access Sciwheel and learn more about the tool on our LibGuide. Watch How-to videos, download the Sciwheel mobile app, read a helpful guide.

Learn more about the name change.