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Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine (at Scott, 9/29-11/8)

September 18th, 2014

Potter exhibitFrom September 29 – November 8, 2014, Scott Library will host Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, an exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine.

A reception was held on Tuesday, Sept. 30th featuring TJU’s Nicole Salomone speaking on the topic, “How Magic Became Science.” View the presentation.

For more information, contact Pat Wynne, (215) 503-7815.

From the exhibition website:

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

 The exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Curated by Elizabeth J. Bland.

image: Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

Medical Instruments in the Archives: How Were These Used?

September 17th, 2014

Welcome back to Medical Instrument Monday from the Archives and Special Collections Twitter page!

This week’s question:What were the items in this case used for?

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Two Million Downloads for the Jefferson Digital Commons

September 16th, 2014


Strike up the band, turn up the tunes, and break out your dancing shoes! On September 14, 2014 the Jefferson Digital Commons surpassed 2 million downloads. As of Monday September 15, 2014 the JDC has 2,000,842 total downloads.

The lucky asset that registered the 2 millionth download was: A 47-Year Old Female with Muscular Rigidity, New-Onset Diabetes and Hypothyroidism from The Medicine Forum.

The top 10 most-downloaded assets in the JDC include:

1. Part IV: University Components and Activities — Chapter 58: The Women’s Board (pages 991-1018)
2. Multiple Pregnancies: Determining Chorionicity and Amnionicity
3. Understanding “sports hernia” (athletic pubalgia) – The anatomic and pathophysiologic basis for abdominal and groin pain in athletes
4. Photo quiz – pruritic rash after ocean swim
5. A Case Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Some Diagnostic Considerations
6. Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal meningoceles and arachnoid cysts
7. Acute proximal hamstring rupture
8. Metastatic disease to the pancreas and spleen
9. Simple linear measurements of the normal liver: Interobserver agreement and correlation with hepatic volume on MRI
10. Using the Infant/Toddler Sensory Profile in Early Intervention Services

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Blackboard Replaces Pulse on University Web

September 15th, 2014

Have you been using Pulse as your primary site for accessing campus information? TJU is now officially using Blackboard Learn (originally introduced in July 2013) in place of Pulse. The same information resources can be found in Blackboard, which is faster, up to date, and performs better on mobile devices.

Remember, Pulse is now Blackboard. The address is easy to remember, too: Be sure to update your browser favorites and/or bookmarks!


JournalGuide Verifies That Journals Are Legitimate

September 12th, 2014

JournalGuide helps researchers find the best journal for their manuscript. Now the free online database has added a verification service to make it easier to evaluate whether journals are not only suitable, but also trustworthy.

This verification service can be particularly helpful when researchers receive emails from unfamiliar journals asking them to submit papers, review papers, or join the editorial board. With JournalGuide, they can quickly check whether the journal has been verified and learn other details about the journal, such as any costs associated with publication.

JournalGuide introduced the verification process to help researchers sift through new journals and avoid any that follow predatory or fraudulent practices. In the past 10 years, the number of open access journals has grown from a few hundred to more than 10,000, according to the Directory of Open Access Journals, so it can be hard to keep track.

The database determines if a journal is verified by confirming whether it is included in a high-value index or vetted by more than one subject-specialized index. Journals that are not verified are not excluded because JournalGuide is a comprehensive database. A detailed white paper on the criteria and process of the verified designation is available here.

Medical Instruments in the Archives: What was this used for?

September 9th, 2014

Welcome back to Medical Instrument Monday from the Archives and Special Collections Twitter page!

This week’s question:What were the items in this case used for?

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Drug Information Guide

September 8th, 2014

Scott Library’s new Drug Information guide highlights resources from our collection and trusted sources located on the Web. The guide provides an excellent starting point for your research, whether you’re searching for recent journal articles or electronic books.

In addition to the two articles cited in the guide from the Jefferson School of Pharmacy Faculty Papers, multiple works can be browsed within the Jefferson Digital Commons’ Works in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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New Scott Library Tour on SML Website

September 8th, 2014

New around here? Our brief tour will help you find your way around Scott Library.

Tour screen 1

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New Mapping Tool from the Community Health Data Base (CHDB)

September 3rd, 2014

The Community Health Data Base (CHDB) from the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) announced the release of a new mapping tool in partnership with PolicyMap.

Jefferson users will find the tool by logging into the Web-based access to PHMC’s Online Data Analysis Tool, then choosing mapping from the find data menu.


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19 E-Books New to Scott Library in August

September 2nd, 2014

Book covers

Scott Library added these 19 e-books in August to the growing collection:




Center for Teaching and Learning: Open House, 9/23

September 2nd, 2014

Join us for an open house to learn more about the new Center for Teaching and Learning. We’re here to develop and share good teaching practices, promote innovation, and support you in doing your best work.

  • When: Tuesday, September 23rd, noon – 2:00 pm (lunch/refreshments will be served)
  • Where: Scott Library, Room 200A

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Medical Instruments in the Archives: What is it?

August 26th, 2014

Welcome to the fifth week of Medical Instrument Monday from the Archives and Special Collections Twitter page!

This week’s question: What is this item?


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Pivot Adds ORCID Integration

August 25th, 2014

Pivot, the database of funding opportunities, now allows researchers to add their Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) to their profiles, and allow Pivot to receive automated updates in the future. Stronger profiles improve its ability to suggest funding opportunities and potential collaborators.

For more information read the August 2014 release notes.

Many stakeholders from across the research lifecycle have been integrating ORCID into their products—NIH, journal publishers, figshare, PubMed, Scopus, Altmetric, ImpactStory, etc.—ensuring that researchers get credit for their work.

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Medical Instruments in the Archives: What are these?

August 19th, 2014

Welcome to the fourth week of Medical Instrument Monday from the Archives and Special Collections Twitter page!

This week’s question: What are these items and how were they used?

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Expanded Drug Shortage Information and New Calculators in Lexicomp

August 13th, 2014

Lexicomp, the drug information database, released an update earlier this month with two features of interest to Jeffersonians.

Drug Shortage Information

Lexicomp has partnered with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Drug Shortages Task Force, adding to sources including ASHP, ASPEN and FDA. Specific Lexicomp monographs for drugs with existing shortage issues now include direct links to SCCM’s recommendations for therapeutic alternatives.

New calculators

Lexicomp has expanded its Medical Calculators module (Lexi-CALC™) by adding more than 40 new calculators covering various formulae and conversions requested by customers. This brings the grand total of available calculators to over 130. Among the additions are:

  • TPN Osmolarity Determination
  • APGAR Scoring
  • Benzodiazepine Dosing Conversion
  • Child Pugh Classification for Severity of Liver Disease
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate Estimate by CKD-EPI Equation

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