Category Archives: Students

New & Improved: Check out the Tapestry website of over 10,000 fabric swatches!

Tapestry is an online catalog of over 10,000 historic fabric swatches from the university’s vast Textile & Costume Collection. Tapestry allows users to easily browse and search swatches by motif, design category, color, and other keywords. This catalog focuses on our Zane Collection, which documents textile design at the turn of the 20th century.

Explore the swatches by either browsing swatches numerically from the homepage or by searching using a specific keyword. Search terms can include motif, category, color, and more. Learn details about a particular swatch by clicking on its thumbnail for information, including manufacturer and city/country of origin.

Easily share swatches with colleagues via email, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

We hope you enjoy the updated Tapestry website and start sharing swatches now!

Conducting Qualitative Research? Join the NVivo Community

NVivo Community is an opportunity for qualitative and mixed methods researchers who use NVivo to connect with and learn from each other. In addition to the NVivo resources already available, you can learn about qualitative research methods from the NVivo podcast Beyond the Data. Hear from researchers in their Spring Qualitative Research and Innovations Webinar Series. By joining the Nvivo Community, you can connect with other researchers through NVivo Research Networks, share your research, and find new funding.

Learn more about Nvivo Community

Download and install NVivo 12 through the Scott Memorial Library

If you are a newer to NVivo, check out the Resource Guides for Windows and Mac.

DynaMed to Replace UpToDate: Trainings, Videos, FAQ

DynaMed will replace UpToDate as Jefferson’s clinical decision support tool on Monday, February 1. It combines the highest quality evidence-based information, expert guidance, and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. Check out our helpful DynaMed guide for more information.

If you were tracking CME with UpToDate, you may continue to process previously earned credit by logging in directly to your account. Download this PDF for instructions. Contact UpToDate customer service for assistance.

Features of DynaMed

  • Covers 36 specialties.
  • Includes summary-level drug information powered by IBM Micromedex.
  • Includes calculators, clinical criteria, and decision trees organized by specialty.
  • Create your personal account to follow topics, access the mobile app, and track CME.
    Creating a Personal User Account – Tutorial
  • Track and claim CME/CE/CPD when logged into your personal account
    Claiming CME Credits and Hours – Tutorial
  • Install mobile apps for iOS or Android on up to three devices with storage options to balance offline access with file size. Log in with your personal account.
    Mobile app tutorial
  • Follow topics when signed into your personal account to receive either all or just practice-changing updates by email or within the app.
    Following Topics in DynaMed – Tutorial

DynaMed Trainings

DynaMed experts will offer training sessions and quick consults to provide answers to your DynaMed questions.

DynaMed Overview: Clinical Decision Support Tool, Evidence-Based Medicine
Monday, January 25, 12 – 12:30 pm, Register Here
Tuesday, January 26, 12 – 12:30 pm, Register Here

Earning CME/MOC Credits & the Mobile App
Monday, January 25, 2 – 2:15 pm, Register Here
Wednesday, January 27, 2 – 2:15 pm, Register Here
Friday, January 29, 2 – 2:15 pm, Register Here

Searching to Find an Answer & Content Variety
Monday, January 25, 4 – 4:15 pm, Register Here
Wednesday, January 27, 4 – 4:15 pm, Register Here
Friday, January 29, 4 – 4:15 pm, Register Here

Updates & Alerts
Tuesday, January 26, 1 – 1:15 pm, Register Here
Thursday, January 28, 1 – 1:15 pm, Register Here

Medications: Drug Monograms and Drug Interaction Checker
Tuesday, January 26, 2 – 2:15 pm, Register Here
Thursday, January 28, 2 – 2:15 pm, Register Here

Watch a brief tutorial video, a recent webinar, or a case challenge:

Check out our DynaMed guide for more information.

Questions? Contact AskALibrarian.

NCBI Account Changes: Action to Take

Do you use the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website to manage your PubMed MyNCBI collections, saved searches, email alerts, MyBibliography, or SciENcv profiles?  You may need to make a small change to your account to ensure that you can continue to login after June 1, 2021.

To increase security, NCBI will be getting rid of their native usernames and passwords in favor of federated account credentials. The preferred option for NIH-funded researchers is the eRA Commons account. For others, options include your Jefferson campus key, Google, or ORCID.

To get a head start on this transition, we recommend that you take a moment to link one of the accounts mentioned above. Doing so will ensure that you will be able to access your NCBI account after June 1. 

The process of linking accounts is simple:

1) Go to and log in using your existing NCBI username and password.

2) Click on your username in the top bar to load your NCBI Account Settings. 

3) Click the “Change” button under “Linked Accounts.” (see image below)

4) Search for the name of your preferred partner organization and then log into that account. (see image below)

If you need further assistance, contact the library by emailing or writing to the NCBI help desk

Staff Spotlight: Matt Cockerell, Instructional Designer

We sat down with Matt Cockerell, a new Instructional Designer working predominately on the East Falls campus, to get to know how he’s enjoyed working at Thomas Jefferson University so far. Read our Q&A to learn more about Matt and find out how he can assist faculty.

Welcome to Thomas Jefferson University! Tell us a little bit about your background: how long have you been working at Jefferson and what brings you here?

I began working at Thomas Jefferson University at the beginning of November 2020. I come most recently from Drexel University (2018-2020) where I served as a senior instructional designer. At Drexel, I worked closely with faculty and administrators in the College of Engineering and the Kline School of Law.  Before Drexel, I was an instructional designer with the University of Kentucky (2011-2018).  While with the University of Kentucky, I was part of the College of Communication and Information, specifically the School of Information Science.   

What is your title?  How do you see your role within the university and who do you serve/work with?

My title is Curriculum and Instructional Design Specialist. My role is partnering with administrators, faculty and other subject-matter experts to design high-quality educational experiences. These experiences fall across a wide spectrum. They can be as broad as a degree program or as narrow as a particular learning activity. The middle of this spectrum can include an individual course or a single learning module.

I use evidence-based based practices and adult learning theory to guide my advice. I strive to ensure that materials, activities, and assessments are aligned with the respective learning goals and objectives. I also advise and train faculty on the implementation of technology into the classroom.

What interested you in joining the team at Thomas Jefferson University?

The strength of the Jefferson brand was undoubtedly a factor! I initially discovered Thomas Jefferson University while searching for new challenges and opportunities in my career. Upon learning more about TJU, I found a unique combination of campuses, a wide variety of technical resources, and a large community of talented individuals. It seemed like a great environment to join.

How has it been so far? It must be challenging – or at least very different – starting a new job in the middle of a pandemic!

It has been very different! From contactless laptop pickup outside of Search Hall to regular Zoom meetings with my coworkers, it has not mirrored my experience starting a new job during “normal” times. However, I would not characterize it as challenging.  Everyone has been accommodating and understanding. I felt welcome from the start and know I can reach out for assistance and collaboration opportunities.  

What is something you want faculty to know about how you can support them? Why should they work with an instructional designer?

I want faculty to know that I can support them in a variety of ways. I desire for faculty not to be hesitant to partner with an instructional designer. We are not here to pass judgment or scold. By training faculty on proper technology implementation and advising on course design, we help faculty excel in one of their most substantial areas – teaching.

What is your favorite educational technology tool and why?

One of my favorite tools is a product called Articulate, in particular an app named Storyline. It is a powerful software that allows you to create a wide range of learning activities. Storyline enables the learner to interact with the presentation. 

For example, we can present the learner with a video lesson or a PowerPoint presentation. After introducing particular concepts, we can submit questions to the learner for a knowledge check to reinforce learning. The learner can choose an answer by responding in various ways: clicking, dragging and dropping, ranking, etc. 

With Storyline, you can employ branching and flow logic allowing the learner to experience a custom path. These paths can help automate access to further readings or remediation activities. Storyline can also create graded assessments and integrates well with Canvas. You may have experienced a Storyline product during a web-based HR training at some point in your career.

What advice do you have for faculty members trying to adjust to teaching online?

Two meme-like phrases come to mind: “You’ve got this!” and “Stay Calm and Teach On.” Although faculty may feel like the entire classroom environment changes when moving online, they are still the subject-matter experts and they still know how to teach.  By partnering with an instructional designer to identify the proper technics and tools for their course, they can focus more on teaching.

I also recommend that faculty reach out to their peers with experience in the online environment.  These personal connections can be a wealth of knowledge.    

If a faculty member wants support from an instruction designer, how can they get in touch with you?

The easiest way to get in contact with me directly is via email at  When campus activities ramp back up, I will have a presence on the East Falls and Center City Campus.  Until then, we can always connect through Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate.

When you’re not helping faculty and students at Jefferson, how do you like to spend your time?

Lately, I find myself spending most of my time at home with my wife and dog.  We still enjoy walks in the nearby Pennypack Preserve and the accompanying trails. We go down the shore whenever we get the chance. Our favorite quiet beach is Bayhead, NJ.  I spend time gardening, cooking, and listening to music. Before the pandemic, we loved to travel and experience live music. Here’s hoping those activities can resume safely soon!

Welcome to the team, Matt!


2021 is Here: Let Us Help with Your Goals!

2021 is finally here! Most of us start a new year thinking about goals – both personally and professionally. What are your professional goals? Maybe you’d like to get published in a journal. Or finish that manuscript you’ve been working on since 2019. Or perhaps you want to learn a new educational tool to master your online teaching skills or present at a virtual conference confidently. No matter what your goals are for 2021, we’re here to help.

Join us at a workshop or schedule a one-on-one consultation with our experts in instructional design, educational technologies, writing and communication, and more. Check out our workshops below and find out more about our one-on-one support and get in touch with us on our website.

Winter Writing Retreat
Friday, January 29
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register Here

Join us this winter at our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

It’s All About Posters
Thursday, February 18
2 – 3 p.m.
Register Here

This workshop is part of the Science Communication Series. Learn how to nail the virtual poster presentation and how to create the new #betterposter layout.

APA Style, 7th ed. – What’s new?
Tuesday, February 23
12:45 – 2 p.m.
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The seventh edition of the APA Publication Manual contains a number of updates and additions designed to make the APA style more useful for students, teachers, and researchers. Please join us to discover how these changes could be applied to writing assignments or your own publications.

Winter Writing Retreat
Friday, February 26
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register Here

Join us this winter at our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

Science on Social Media
Thursday, March 11
1 – 2 p.m.
Registration Coming Soon

This workshop is part of the Science Communication Series. Learn how to use various social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram) to boost your career and Sci-Comm skills.

Patents: Where to find them and what it takes to get one
Friday, March 12
1-2 p.m.
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Patents are one of the four primary types of intellectual property. We will explain the patent process from research to application and beyond as well as how to find help along the way. Former US Patent and Trademark office fellow, now our regional Patent & Trademark Resource Center Representative, will lead the session and answer your patent searching and application questions.

Winter Writing Retreat
Friday, March 26
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register Here

Join us this winter at our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

Animate Your Science
Thursday, April 8
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Registration Coming Soon

This workshop is part of the Science Communication Series. Express your science in narrative form and create an animation depicting your favorite research.

Learn about Visible Body Courseware—A new virtual anatomy software
Tuesday, April 13
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Register Here

Visible Body has created educational 3D medical apps that can help your students to understand human anatomy and physiology better. 

EndNote 20 for Mac Now Available

EndNote 20 for Mac was just released, and so far it has been successfully tested with MacOS Catalina and Big Sur.

EndNote 20 has a new interface design that is more intuitive for users to operate. In addition to the interface update, EndNote 20 has focused on making it easier to read and annotate PDFs and the search functionality has been improved to help users find references with ease, both from within their reference library and from online databases, such as PubMed. Finally, EndNote has made the deduplication of references easier by allowing users to search by DOI and PMCID during the deduplication process.

Visit our library guide for detailed installation instructions, including how to obtain a product key that you will need to gain access to the new version of EndNote. Instructional materials and information about how to access help with EndNote are also available.

eLife Switches to a New Peer Review & Publication Model

Launched by a small group of biomedical research organizations and charities, the journal eLife began in 2012 to improve the traditional biomedical publishing landscape by creating a faster and more efficient online publishing model, where information could be made openly accessible to researchers and the public. 

Last week eLife announced that it was taking a new step in its ongoing quest to improve the peer review and publishing process by becoming the first journals to commit to reviewing only preprint publications. 

Starting in July of 2021, the journal will begin to only accept manuscripts for review that have been posted to a preprint server before submission. Going further, because the manuscripts they review will be openly accessible as preprints, peer reviews will be made public, even for those declined by the journal. To give everyone time to adjust to this new model, eLife will offer submitting authors the option to opt-out of submitting preprints for the next six months. After that, if a submitted paper has not been posted to a preprint server at the time of submission, the journal will post it to bioRxiv or medRxiv on behalf of the authors. 

This change is especially timely as an increasing number of preprints have been published in the biomedical literature during the pandemic. According to the journal’s chief editor, Michael Eisen, COVID has “highlighted the power of preprints to speed and democratize access to the latest science….but it al–=so highlights the need for an organized system to provide feedback and scrutiny of author-published manuscripts.” In recent years, many researchers and research advocacy groups, such as ASAPbio, have been calling for more experimentation and participation by journals in open peer review models to increase both the rigor and the transparency of science scholarship. 

In an editorial published on eLife, Eisen noted that he is excited by the opportunity to begin to “replace the traditional ‘review, then publish’ model developed in the age of the printing press with a ‘publish, then review’ model optimized for the age of the internet.” 

For more information about eLife’s publishing philosophy, and for details on how this new model will operate, read Eisen’s editorial. 

Winter 2020 Popular Reading List

The holidays will look a little different this year. Whether you’re Zooming with family and friends, celebrating with a smaller group, or just boycotting the whole thing (we wouldn’t blame you), there is one tradition we can all keep — curling up on the couch with a good book. And, what better time than now to escape into a faraway world in your mind with a great book?  

Listed below are some of our popular reading eBooks. We hope you enjoy these books this holiday season, no matter how you plan to celebrate.

Check out the SML’s full popular reading collection.
Check out the Gutman Library’s full popular reading collection.

Graphic Novels

7 Generations: A Plain Cree Saga

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2016 30th Anniversary Special

Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal Vol. 1

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theatre

Short Reads

The Book of Endings

A Christmas Carol

Fantastic Short Stories by Women Authors from Spain and Latin America

Haunted Holidays

Scientific Romance: An International Anthology of Pioneering Science Fiction

Classic Literature

The Age of Innocence

Anna Karenina

Jane Eyre

Les Misérables

Pride and Prejudice


The Enchanted Clock


La Bastarda

The Lake on Fire

Pretty Things

Still in Love  


Though I Get Home

Training School for Negro Girls

The White Girl

A YEAR IN REVIEW: Academic Commons Annual Report 2019-2020

Celebrating our 125th anniversary. Announcing a name change. Managing an enterprise-wide technology transition with significant implications for teaching and learning practices. Adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and shifting to supporting Jefferson students, faculty, clinicians, and staff in an online environment.

Academic Year 2019-2020 was a year unlike any other for the Academic Commons. In this year’s Annual Report, we highlight our major accomplishments and milestones. Enjoy photos from our events and exhibits and read testimonials from students, faculty, and staff who we supported.

Check out the Academic Commons 2019-2020 Annual Report website or download the PDF version.

It’s December and You Know What That Means: 25 New eBooks to Enjoy!

Congrats, you’ve almost made it through 2020! To help you get through the last month of the longest year of all time, we’re sharing 25 new eBooks we just added to our digital shelves.

Topics include negotiation and business tips, safety checklists for health care workers, stroke management, PTSD in teens, and more. Check out the new titles below or browse our complete collection.

It’s About Damn Time: How to Turn Being Underestimated into Your Greatest Advantage

Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything

The Biomedical Writer: What You Need to Succeed in Academic Medicine

Capitalism at Risk, Updated and Expanded: How Business Can Lead

The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir

Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage

The Functional Areas of Business

Give Yourself a Nudge: Helping Smart People Make Smarter Personal and Business Decisions

The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution

 Hamric and Hanson’s Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach

Health Care Worker Safety Checklists: Protecting Those Who Serve

The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time

Ischemic Stroke Management: Medical, Interventional and Surgical Management

Joint Commission Big Book of Checklists for Infection Prevention and Control

Principles of Global Supply Chain Management

Project Management in Health and Community Services: Getting Good Ideas to Work

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Coping with Trauma Information for Teens: Health Tips About the Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment of PTSD

Reading Graphic Design in Cultural Context

Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers

Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep

Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion  

Type Matters: The Rhetoricity of Letter Forms  

Typographic Knitting: From Pixel to Pattern

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Wildpreneurs: A Practical Guide to Pursuing Your Passion as a Business

Scopus Introduces Preprints into its Author Profiles

Scopus now includes preprints posted since 2017 in its author profiles. At present, it includes preprints from arXiv, bioRxiv, and ChemRxiv. They plan to add SSRN and medRxiv by early 2021. 

Scopus states that it is making this change because it views preprints as an important part of the research lifecycle, one that allows other scholars to “identify potential collaboration partners” who are “performing cutting edge” research. The addition of preprints will also help provide a more “comprehensive” overview of a researcher’s portfolio as it allows them to share the early stages of their scholarship. 

Scopus is careful to note they will not use preprints for any impact metric calculations.  The final published version will be included in metric calculations, and it will be listed in the author profile as a separate document from its earlier preprint. They are currently evaluating the possibility of linking preprints to their published versions. 

Please note that preprints are not included in the Scopus document search. This addition is just occurring in the Scopus author profiles. 

More about Author Profiles: Every author of a paper published in Scopus has an author profile automatically created. You can view your author profile, or the profile of other researchers, by using their limited, freely accessible author profile search, or by using the author search in Scopus via Scott Library or Scopus via Gutman Library. While authors may request edits to their profile using the Scopus Author Feedback Wizard, preprints cannot be corrected using that tool. Authors can, however, contact the Scopus Support Center with questions or feedback. 

Learn more about Scopus’s decision to add preprints to its author profiles in their support center. 

For more general information on preprints, including a definition and description of the role of preprints in the scholarly communications lifecycle, please visit: 

November is American Diabetes Month: Check Out These 4 Resources on the Topic

November is American Diabetes Month, and we’re honoring that by highlighting four resources that cover diabetes self-management, patient care, and exercise. Check out these eBooks and videos:

App Use and Patient Empowerment in Diabetes Self-Management: Advancing Theory-Guided mHealth Research

Diabetes and Exercise [Video]

Diabetes in Pregnancy: The Complete Guide to Management

Diabetes Management: A Manual for Patient-Centred Care

EndNote update makes popular citation management system more user friendly!

Clarivate has released a new version of EndNote for Windows. The new version, called EndNote 20 is an update to the X9 version that has been in use for the past several years. A Mac version will be released later this year.

The primary goal of the update was to create a new interface design that would be more intuitive for users to operate. In making changes to their interface, EndNote modernized the look and feel of the tool and reorganized many of the menus. They have also worked to improve and simplify their reference editing interface.

While these changes do mean that experienced users will need to take a bit of time to get used to the new system, as many commonly used buttons and menu options have been relocated, overall, the interface has the potential to be a substantial improvement to the product.

EndNote X9 Interface
EndNote 20 Interface

In addition to the interface update, EndNote 20 has also focused on making it easier to read and annotate PDFs and they have improved the search functionality to help users find references with more ease, both from within their reference library and from online databases, such as PubMed. Finally, EndNote has made deduplication of references easier by allowing users to search by DOI and PMCID during the deduplication process.

Upgrading from EndNote X9 to EndNote 20

If you’re in the middle of a paper or project, consider waiting to upgrade until you have time to learn the new version.

Before upgrading to EndNote 20, make sure to save a backup copy of your reference library. You can do this by opening EndNote X9, clicking on “File” on the top left menu, and then choosing the option to create a Compressed Library.

It is not required to delete the older version to install EndNote 20. You can have both versions on the same computer. However, once you have decided to use the new version, uninstalling the old one is recommended.

Visit our library guide for more detailed installation instructions, including how to obtain a product key that you will need to gain access to the new version of EndNote. Instructional materials and information about how to access help with EndNote are also available.

SML COVID-19 Update: Building Open 8 am – 10 pm daily, services available remotely

last updated: Monday, January 18, 2021

The Scott Memorial Library building will be open daily 8 am – 10 pm. Visit our website for service desk hours.

Chat with a Librarian
Virtual librarian consultations can be scheduled and held online via Zoom. Request a consultation.

For quick questions, contact us via Live Chat on our homepage or email us at

Remote Access to Resources
Access digital resources like databases, e-Books, and journals from our website. Check out our step-by-step guide, which walks you through the options for accessing full-text journal articles and e-books remotely.

InterLibrary LoanRequests
Our InterLibrary Loan services are limited at this time, but if you order a book or article, we will try our best to fulfill your requests.

Book & Book Chapter Requests: If we are able to locate an electronic copy of the requested book, we will deliver it to you electronically (via ILLiad). If we are unable to locate an electronic copy of the book, we will not be able to mail you a physical copy at this time.

Journal Article Requests: If we are able to access the requested article from another library, we will deliver it to you electronically (via iLLIad).

Email with questions.

Returning Materials & Due Dates
Once the library reopens, you can return any borrowed materials without penalty. Email us at with questions about returning materials.

For the most up-to-date information about the library’s services and resources, visit our website and follow us on Twitter. If you have any questions, contact us at