Category Archives: Students

Fair Use in Seven Words [Video]

Use Fairly. Not too much. Have reasons.

This video from the University of Virginal highlights the goal of fair use in US copyright law, emphasizing that this provision allows creators to build on what came before them. Fair use protects the ability of individuals to add to the culture without impacting normal commercial use of the work.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow, February 27, from 1-2 p.m. in JAH 207 for “Behind the Scenes at Cell Press,” as we sit down with Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief, Cell Reports. Learn more about the event.

It’s #FairUseWeek: Celebrate with us all week long!

Fair Use Week celebrates the important doctrine of “fair use” in US Copyright Law. It is a time to explain the doctrine and discuss how fair use offers authors and creators opportunities to reuse work in novel ways.

–Fair use is an “essential limitation and exception to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances” 

–Fair use is “a flexible ­­doctrine, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.”

Look for posts throughout the week where we’ll explain more about what fair use is and why it is important, and join us on Thursday, February 27, from 1-2 p.m. in JAH 207 for “Behind the Scenes at Cell Press.” Learn more about the event.

And read the poster at the link below to learn more about the fundamentals of fair use.

Fair Use Fundamentals

Behind the Scenes at Cell Press: A Discussion with Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief, Cell Reports (2/27)

Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief, Cell Reports

To celebrate Fair Use Week, February 23 – 29, the Scott Memorial Library is proud to participate in “Behind the Scenes at Cell Press” a presentation organized by Dr. Tim Mosca.

Join us on Thursday, February 27, to hear from Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief of Cell Reports. Dr. Matheson will share what it’s like to publish in a major scientific journal, giving tips and best practices to submit articles. Ask questions about publishing and open access. Connect with SML librarians to learn about the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund and other tools available to help with publishing efforts.

Thursday, February 27, 1-2 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall (JAH) 207

All Jefferson students, staff, and faculty are invited. Organized by Dr. Tim Mosca. Light refreshments will be provided by the Scott Memorial Library. Registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Dr. Mosca at

Panopto Migration: Previous Recordings Unavailable the Week of March 9th

During the week of March 9th, access to previous Panopto recordings will be unavailable, as the Academic Commons completes an upgrade on the Panopto software.  

During this time, we will continue to record lectures, so new recordings will not be missed. But, please be patient, as it may take a day or two to access these new recordings.

Once the upgrade is complete, Jefferson will begin using the latest version of Panopto, providing students and faculty with the newest features available.  

Following this migration, we will start phase two, which will integrate Panopto within Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system (LMS). Phase two will begin later in March.

For updates on the Panopto migration process, visit Updates will be provided as we get closer to March 9th, as well as during the migration week.

This Valentine’s Day, We’re Crushing On . . .

Peanut butter and jelly. Wine and cheese. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Some things just go together. And nothing seems quite as perfect a pair as Jefferson and Canvas!

Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system (LMS), is intuitive, learner-centered, and efficient. What else could you look for in an LMS? It’s reliable and plays well with others – like Nearpod, ExamSoft, and AEFIS, just to name a few.

And with a convenient Mobile App, busy students and faculty members can access Canvas on the go.

But don’t just take our word for it! Get to know Canvas by visiting Canvas.Jefferson.Edu. Sign up for a Canvas Consultation or attend a workshop to get started.

Canvas replaces Blackboard at Jefferson on June 30, 2020. If your courses aren’t yet on Canvas, contact the Academic Commons today!

Eakins Writers’ Workshop: A writing workshop dedicated to injury & its victims

Share your stories and personal experiences with injury at the Eakins Writers’ Workshop. Led by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention, the hands-on writing workshop sessions are dedicated to stories of injury and all its victims. All are welcome to join. Sign up now.

Session 1: Tuesday, February 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Scott Memorial Library, Room 308

Session 2: Tuesday, March 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Scott Memorial Library, Room 308

The workshops are led by student editors of Evanescent, the literary journal that provides a forum for people to explore and share stories about their personal experiences with injury. Learn more about Eakins Writers’ Workshop.

Join the Jefferson Book Club & Discuss Educated: A Memoir on 2/24

All Jefferson students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Jefferson Book Club! Our next selection is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

Discuss the book on Monday, February 24, at 12 p.m. in Room 308, Scott Memorial Library, Center City Campus.

For more information about the Jefferson Book Club, contact

New February E-Books: Pediatric Care & Child Development, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Midwifery, & More

This February, we added 25 E-Books to our ever-growing digital collection. Topics include Neurodegenerative diseases, Midwifery, and Thyroid cancer, among others. Check out the new titles below, and browse our full online collection here.

The Aging Networks: A Guide to Policy, Programs, and Services

The Clinician’s Guide to Treatment and Management of Youth with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

Complications of Urologic Surgery E-Book: Prevention and Management

The Diabetic Foot: Medical and Surgical Management

The Epigenome and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Underlying Mechanisms

The New Midwifery E-Book: Science and Sensitivity in Practice

OB/GYN Hospital Medicine: Principals and Practice

Obesity Medicine: Management of Obesity in Women’s Health Care

Obstetric Intensive Care Manual

The Parathyroids: Basic and Clinical Concepts

Pediatric Physical Examination E-Book: An Illustrated Handbook

Pediatric Primary Care

Pediatric Urology for Primary Care

The Pituitary

Play Therapy: A Psychodynamic Primer for the Treatment of Young Children

Practical Endocrinology and Diabetes in Children

Principles and Practice of Research in Midwifery

Samour & King’s Pediatric Nutrition in Clinical Care

Thyroid Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management

Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

Treatment of Cerebral Palsy and Motor Delay

Understanding Child Development: Psychological Perspectives and Applications

Visual Guide to Neonatal Cardiology

Working with High-Risk Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Approach

Honor Black History Month: African American Graduates of JMC Digital Exhibit

Dr. Algernon Brashear Jackson (class of 1901)

Celebrate Black History Month by visiting the SML’s online exhibit “African American Graduates of Jefferson Medical College.” The exhibit tells the story of Jefferson’s first African American graduates, years of changes and challenges at the university, and the faces of Jefferson today.

Dr. Cora LeEthel Christian (class of 1971)

The exhibit’s story begins in the 18th century with James Derham, who is recognized as the first African American medical doctor.  

Learn about the accomplishments of Dr. Algernon Brashear Jackson, the first African American graduate of Jefferson, Dr. Cora LeEthel Christian, the first African American woman graduate, and other graduates who paved the way for many others.

Check out the online exhibit now. 

RefWorks Down for Maintenance: Starting 10 p.m. Saturday, February 8 until Sunday, February 9

Both legacy Refworks and (new) RefWorks will experience downtime between Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9. Starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, access to RefWorks and Write-n-Cite will be disabled. RefWorks hopes that maintenance will be completed within 12 hours, and usage will resume on Sunday, February 9.

If you have any questions, please contact RefWorks support team:

Operation Beautiful: support national eating disorder awareness week (February 24 – March 1)

Join Jefferson’s Counseling Center in supporting National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 24 – March 1) by participating in a project called Operation Beautiful. The mission of this project is to leave positive, encouraging notes about body image in public places like bathroom mirrors.

Selfie Signs will be available in the library that reflects positive body messaging, so take a photo and share your positive messages using #JeffOperationBeautiful and tag the library (@SMLibrary_TJU) and Jefferson (@JeffersonUniv).

Post-it notes will be set aside in the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center and the Student Personal Counseling Center waiting area.  Use the post-its to create positive and encouraging notes about body appreciation. Share your positive body messages with us by using #JeffOperationBeautiful and tagging us in your photos. 

History Made: An interview with Jefferson’s Dr. Greco, a member of the surgical team that performed the first open-heart surgery

Dr. Victor Greco (left) speaks with Ryan Baumuller (right) in the One Button Studio (OBS)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) recently added an interview with alumnus Dr. Victor Greco to its collection. In the recorded interview, Dr. Greco reflected on his notable career and told stories about his historical time at Jefferson and experiences after leaving the university, which included being the personal physician for boxer Muhammad Ali. Watch the interview here.

Dr. Greco was a member of the Jefferson team that performed the first successful open-heart surgery in 1953 using the Heart-Lung Machine developed at Jefferson by John H. Gibbon, Jr., M.D. ‘27.

During his distinguished career as a Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Greco was the recipient of numerous accolades. He was a member of the advisory council to the director of the National Institutes of Health, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and a member of the State Board of Medicine appointed by then-Governor Casey. Dr. Greco was also nominated to serve on President Clinton’s National Health Board and received UNICO’s prestigious Marconi Science Award in 2012.

Watch the interview to learn more about Dr. Greco’s story and browse other oral histories.

Clinical Researchers: Attend “A Roadmap to Clinical Research” on February 25

Register here!

If you conduct clinical research at Jefferson, attend this half-day course, organized by the Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI).

Tuesday, February 25, 8 am – 12:30 pm, JAH Eakins Lounge

At “A Roadmap to Clinical Research,” you’ll learn:

– the responsibilities of the research team
– how to navigate the university’s systems
– the necessary approvals and requirements for study implementation

Learn more & register here.

Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run (2/8) for FREE!

Interested in working on a political campaign? Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run Philadelphia for FREE on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Ready to Run
Saturday, February 8, 2020
8am – 5pm
Thomas Jefferson University, East Falls Campus

The event costs $75, but all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty can register for FREE by using code R2RC20 at registration. Learn more about the event here. Sign up here.

This event is sponsored by Jefferson’s Arlen Specter Center.

New Plagiarism Tool: iThenticate Joins Jefferson

iThenticate is now available to all Jefferson researchers, faculty, and students. The tool is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology and is used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research institutions to ensure the originality of written work before publication. With an easy to use submission process that checks for similarity against the world’s top published works, you can feel confident that your academic reputation will be protected!

Register for an account. For help with iThenticate, check out their QuickStart guide.