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.
2) Find all materials from the grant in these collections*:
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!
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 AskALibrarian@jefferson.edu for more details.
Another venue for student publishing is to choose a student-run or locally produced journal. A few to consider:
· 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.
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
Industry Historical Collection, & Materials Library
Textile and Costume
Collection at The Design Center
Senator Arlen Specter
Scott Memorial Library
Thomas Jefferson University Archives & Special
Jefferson Digital Commons
Educational Technology Support
Instructional Design Team
Graphics & Medical Illustration
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.
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
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
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Meet local author Steven Quigley at the Jefferson Center City Campus Bookstore on Wednesday, October 16, from 2-5pm. Bring a copy of his book “Unbreakable Mind: Channeling your Survival Instincts after Catastrophic Injury” to have it signed. Read about Steven’s story and background on the book here.
October 21 – 27, 2019 marks Open Access Week, a global event where advocates engage communities to teach them about the benefits of Open Access. What is Open Access? According to SPARC, Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.
Here at Jefferson, we celebrated Open Access throughout October, with events, documentary screenings, games and more. We hope you enjoyed it! Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@GutmanLibrary,@SMLibrary_TJU) and tell us why you support Open Access using the hashtag #openaccess2019.
This month, we added 25 titles to our e-Book collection. The additions cover topics ranging from nutrition and global health to traumatic brain injury and nervous system disorders. View the titles below, and check out the complete collection here.
Amidst recent legal action taken against predatory publishers, the Scott Memorial Library has updated its Predatory Publishing Guide.
In the Spring of 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it won a $50 million court judgment against one of the largest predatory publishing companies currently operating. The award amount was cited as being equal to the profit the predatory publisher had netted from its victims between 2011 and 20171. Yet this one court victory will unfortunately not solve a problem which has become pervasive in academic publishing over recent years.
The author of a recent article (published in the Journal of Human Lactation in July), on avoiding predatory journals nevertheless advised authors to “not be dismayed,” noting that “predatory publishers and journals know their audience and understand how to manipulate them.” The author goes on to note that “recognizing predatory journals and the consequences of publishing in them is crucial for evidence-based practice, education, and personal growth…The importance of verifying legitimate journals… cannot be overemphasized.”2
With that in mind, the SML updated its Predatory Publishing Guide and plans to offer workshops soon to help authors learn how to recognize predatory publishers and make informed decisions about which journals they choose to publish their work in.
Authors who have questions about the legitimacy of individual journals can email Larissa Gordon, the library’s Scholarly Communications Librarian, for a personal consultation before submitting an article for to a journal for review.