Reopening the Scott Memorial Library: FAQ

Last updated on September 8, 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 library is open to all current Jeffersonians. The library is not open to the public.

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

The service desk is open:
Mondays – Fridays: 8 a.m. – 10 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  

Can I borrow materials?
Yes, physical materials may be loaned out of the library. Complete the same process to request materials as you always have. All returned materials will be quarantined for two days before being re-entered to the collections.

Don’t forget, we add resources to our digital collections every month! Access these resources like databases, e-Books, and journals on our website. Check out this step-by-step guide, which walks you through the options for accessing full-text journal articles and e-books remotely.

How do I return materials?
Return borrowed materials may be returned at the Service Desk. When the Service Desk is closed, a book drop is located to the side of the window. When materials are returned, they will be quarantined for two days before being re-added to the available collections.

Is InterLibrary Loan available?
InterLibrary Loan services are slightly limited at this time, but if you order a book or article, we will try our best to fulfill your requests. Email with any questions regarding InterLibrary Loan.

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.

A Preprint Trial for PubMed Central

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has begun including preprints* deriving from NIH-funded research in its PubMed Central (PMC) and PubMed databases, beginning on June 8th. The goal of the NIH in adding preprints is to enable faster discovery and dissemination of research, all while continuing to work to keep trust in the reliability and usability of NIH research resources. 

*As a reminder, a preprint is a:

  • scholarly manuscript
  • posted on an open access platform
  • before or in parallel with the peer review process

For Searchers and Readers
Preprints can be specifically searched:

Or, to exclude preprints, use the Boolean NOT operator, for example:

Starting with Covid-19 related preprints, the NLM will expand its pilot test after workflows are established to include preprints from other NIH-funded research. This pilot test will last a year, after which the NLM will review results and decide if they feel it is beneficial to continue to archive preprints. An NIH workshop on the topic called this a “controlled” approach to integrating preprints, as their use in the biomedical discipline is still evolving. It is also useful to note for context that Europe PMC has been adding preprints to its database since 2018.

The preprints that are added to PMC will be clearly labeled (similar to the image below), making it obvious to readers that this article has not yet undergone peer review. This banner announcement will also be present in preprints that are found while searching PubMed.

For Authors and NIH Grantees

This NLM project comes a few years after the NIH published a notice that strongly encourages the citation of preprints in award applications and progress reports. The NLM is not planning to add any new requirements for NIH awardees related to preprints, and PMC will not become a comprehensive preprint discovery resource, as it will only include NIH funded work.

In their effort to maintain the quality of their database, it is useful to note that the NLM will not be searching for and pulling NIH funded preprints from everywhere. Instead, they will be focusing on gathering preprints only from active awards, and they will search a small and carefully curated list of preprint servers that meet their reliability criteria.

The NLM will be permanently archiving the preprints it includes during this pilot session, and item records will include a visible link to other versions of the preprint article, and to the eventual published version of the article. However, NLM staff also encourage authors to make sure they notify journals they submit to if they have posted a preprint version of the article anywhere online. This is the surest way for authors to make sure that their preprint stays linked with the final peer reviewed copy of an article.

As the pilot project grows over the summer, and the focus switches to archiving non-Covid related preprints, the NLM will also be encouraging authors to include their preprints in their My Bibliography account, and to link their grant award to those preprints in ERA commons, to make sure that their preprint does not get missed.

Learn more about the NLM’s trial at:

Learn more about preprints from the Scott Library’s Online Guide:

You can also provide direct feedback about this pilot by e-mailing 

Scott Memorial Library Resources on Racism in Healthcare

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking & inhumane.” –

Martin Luther King Jr.

Like other American institutions, racism is entrenched in the healthcare system.

Things like implicit racial bias and the underrepresentation of Black voices in healthcare contribute to this country’s alarming health disparities.

The medical field has helped perpetuate inequity, and it is the responsibility of all of us to educate ourselves on racism in healthcare and actively work to dismantle it.

The Scott Memorial Library’s Diversity & Inclusion LibGuide shares many resources on diversity in the medical field. Topics include Sex and Gender, Disability, and more. In the list below, we call special attention to the resources that specifically address systematic racism in healthcare. This list* is not complete, but we hope acts as an introduction to the topic of racism as a health issue. Find a complete list of anti-racist resources in the Anti-Racism Resource Guide.

Articles & eBooks

Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism
John Hoberman

Blacks in Medicine: Clinical, Demographic, And Socioeconomic Correlations
Richard Allen Williams

Changing How Race is Portrayed in Medical Education: Recommendations From Medical Students
Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla, Brianna Christophers, Naomi Nkinsi, Paul Schumann, Elizabeth Stein

Diversity & Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Systems Approach
Janice Dreachslin

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
Patrick L. Mason

Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Healthcare
Dayna Bowen Matthew

Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional
Chandra Ford, Derek Griffith, Marino Bruce, Keon Gilbert

Structural Competency in Mental Health and Medicine
Jonathan Metzl & Helena Hansen

Video & Presentations

Confronting Racism, Bias, and Social Injustice in Healthcare: Five-Part Lecture Series
Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Thomas Jefferson University  

On Race in Medicine: Does it Really Matter?
Dr. Traci Trice, Thomas Jefferson University 

The Problem with Race-Based Medicine (TED Talk)
Dorothy Roberts

**Videos and presentations on the list are freely-accessible. Books and articles are available to Jefferson faculty, on-campus and distance students, employees, residents, postdocs, and fellows of TJU, Jefferson Hospital, and Methodist Division. Find a list of freely-accessible anit-racism resources here. **

25 new eBooks for June: Topics including nursing ethics, brain injuries, and health inequities

In June, we added 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics range from nursing ethics and best practices to brain injury and health inequities due to racism. Read the new titles below and browse our complete eBook collection on our website.

A Comprehensive Guide to Toxicology in Nonclinical Drug Development

Academic Pain Medicine: A Practical Guide to Rotations, Fellowship, and Beyond

Advances in Treatment and Management in Surgical Endocrinology

The Anxiety & Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution

Autonomic Testing

Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide (CGRP) Mechanisms: Focus on Migraine

Cardiac Surgery Essentials for Critical Care Nursing

Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research

Comprehensive Neurosurgery Board Review

Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing

The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide

Fetal and Neonatal Brain Injury

Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide

Lehne’s Pharmacology for Nursing Care

Management and Leadership for Nurse Administrators

Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

Moderate Procedural Sedation and Analgesia: A Question and Answer Approach

Neuroteach: Brian Science and the Future of Education

Nursing Care and Management of the Second Stage of Labor: Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline

Nursing Deans on Leading: Lessons for Novice and Aspiring Deans and Directors

Nursing Ethics

Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography

Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare: Theory, Practice, and Management

Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional

Understanding Healthcare Delivery Science

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.