Category Archives: Scott Memorial News

New Features on Ovid

When was the last time you searched MEDLINE on the Ovid platform? If you are a regular Ovid user, jump down to the New Features section to discover recent improvements to Ovid. If you are unfamiliar with Ovid MEDLINE, start here to learn why it is an effective tool for searching the scholarly literature.

What Ovid MEDLINE is, and why you should use it

Ovid is a platform for searching some literature databases. Thomas Jefferson University has licensed Ovid searching for MEDLINE (biomedical sciences), PsycINFO (psychology), and ERIC (education). This post will focus on MEDLINE searching.

What is MEDLINE? MEDLINE is a database of scholarly literature created by the National Library of Medicine. Journals in MEDLINE are selected by a panel of experts using a series of quality assessment guidelines. Once selected for inclusion, new articles in those journals are added to MEDLINE and then indexed using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). Articles in MEDLINE also appear in PubMed search results.

Why search on Ovid? Ovid is great for complex searching. By default, it offers a more transparent search interface than PubMed. Understanding your searches and having reproducible searches is especially important when constructing search strategies for systematic reviews and similar projects. PubMed adds related terminology to your searches (e.g., a search for surgery includes the MeSH term “surgical procedures, operative” and the keyword surgical procedures). In contrast, Ovid searches keywords as entered, including phrase searching by default. Ovid searches in relevant text fields (title, abstract, etc.) rather than all fields (author names, affiliations, etc.). And Ovid provides an adjacency search option (e.g., emergency ADJ2 surgery would find “emergency abdominal surgery”). Each method can be beneficial depending on what you are looking for and your style of searching.

New Features!

Ovid has recently added some new features. A few of these features have been available for almost a year, but we wanted to highlight them here for those of you who may not have tried them yet.

Term Finder for MeSH terms (MEDLINE Searching only)
The Term Finder is a great new way to find MeSH terms and provides more flexible options for adding those MeSH terms to your search.  Expanding the Term Finder will overlay the window on your main search page. After searching for a MeSH term, you can easily view the MeSH tree for that term, Used For Terms (synonyms), the Scope Note (definition), and available Subheadings.

Adding Terms to your search is also easier. The “Add to Search Options” menu has options to Explode terms (include narrower terms in the MeSH tree), Focus your search (search as a major heading), and add the MeSH term as a keyword.

Terms are added to the main search box in Ovid. The “Used For Terms” are also an easy way to add multiple synonyms to your search.

For now, this feature is specific to MEDLINE on Ovid. However, there are plans to expand to other databases on Ovid, like PsycINFO, in the future.

Search sharing

If you are collaborating on a project, this is the feature for you. The improved search sharing is available through three simple buttons under your search history.

“Copy Search History Details” is a line-by-line representation of the search history as text, including the number of results. The “Search History Link” is a direct link that will re-run the entire search history for anyone clicking on the link. Note: Because this is a licensed database, these links will only work for other members of the TJU community. The “Email All Search History” option will send an email containing both the Search History Details and a Search History Link. Send the email to yourself to document search strategies, to collaborators for sharing, or to a librarian for feedback!

Saved Searches and Auto Alert updates

While the save search feature in Ovid has been available for a long time, the interface is greatly improved. To use this feature, you will need to register for an Ovid Personal Account. Once you have logged into your Ovid account, choose “Save All” or “Create Auto-Alert” from the options below your search history.

For a Permanent Saved Search, name the search and add optional notes. Click Save and return to this search at any time. Before saving, you can also switch to the AutoAlert option.

The AutoAlert feature sets up email alerts when new results fit your search. Alert frequency ranges from weekly to quarterly. Add multiple recipients if you are collaborating on a project. The new auto-alert options are still in Beta, so you may or may not see them at the moment.

All three of these new features are great additions to the Ovid search platform. For questions about using these features or searching the scholarly literature using Ovid, contact

October is National Physical Therapy Month: Celebrate with these 5 resources

October is National Physical Therapy Month and is a yearly opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy. The five resources below highlight evidence-based physical therapy practices, physical therapy in children, the history of physical therapy in America and more.

Evidence Based Physical Therapy

Guccione’s Geriatric Physical Therapy

Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children

National Physical Therapy Examination and Board Review

History of Physical Therapy in the United States [VIDEO]

Learn more about National Physical Therapy Month and ways you can get involved.

Fall 2021 Research Support Newsletter: Find tools & assistance now

The Fall 2021 edition of the Research Support Newsletter is here! In the report, you’ll find details on tools to assist with research and support available at every stage of the research and publication process. These resources are available to faculty, clinicians, students, and staff through a site-wide license paid for by the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries. 

Center City Newsletter
East Falls Newsletter

Check out the newsletter to learn more about:

  • Open Athens
  • NVivo 12
  • Sciwheel & RefWorks
  • Pivot-PR
  • LGBTQ+ Source
  • SAS
  • PRISMA 20

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: New Learning Resources Technician Abby

Our Learning Resources team is growing! Get to know Abby, our new Learning Resources Technician, who can help with library access services questions and assist with software and tech issues. Keep reading to learn about what brings Abby to Jefferson and how she can help you.

Welcome to the team, Abby!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I work for both Access Services and Learning Resources covering our two desks at Scott Memorial Library and Jeff Alumni Hall, respectively.

What are your responsibilities in the Learning Resources department? How can you assist students/staff?
You can find me at the front desk of the library to check out resources or to help with network access issues. I’ve also been known to solve some particularly annoying Microsoft Office formatting problems.

How long have you been working at Thomas Jefferson University?
As of writing this, I’m on my third week at Jefferson.

What do you like about it so far?
I get to explore a lot of different locations on campus, tinkering with computers and peeking into classrooms. I like being able to move around on the job.

When not working in the Learning Resources department, how do you like to spend your free time? What’s something you’d like your Academic Commons teammates to know about you?
If I’m not here, you will find me reading old fantasy books, taking embarrassing photos of my cat, or playing video games. Lately I’ve gotten into cocktail-making too, so please share if you know any interesting recipes!

Do you know what OER stands for? Learn about Open Educational Resources on October 26

Did you know that the average undergraduate student spends $1,240 on textbooks and learning materials per year? Or that 65% of students do NOT purchase a textbook because of the cost?

Open Educational Resources (OER) help solve the problems of inequity and inaccessibility in education. OER are open access educational materials, including textbooks, videos, etc., that instructors can use at no cost. OER makes courses more accessible to all students and offers faculty more flexibility and control over their course content.

Learn about how you can use OER in your curriculum at our upcoming workshop:

Leveraging Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Pedagogy to Support Students & Promote Educational Equity
Tuesday, October 26, 12-1pm

At this workshop, led by Daniel Verbit, MLIS, and Larissa Gordon, MSLIS, M.ED, M.A., of the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries, you’ll learn how to search for OER and how the library can help you find the right materials for your courses.

Read the complete workshop description and register here and learn more about OER here.

NEW ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP SERIES: Information Literacy Starter Pack (4 videos)

As Jefferson faculty, researchers, and staff, we know that you are busy. That’s why we recently created four (and more to come!) video recordings so that you can enjoy the Academic Commons and Thomas Jefferson University Libraries workshops at a convenient time.

These four videos make up a workshop series called Information Literacy Starter Pack, which highlights databases and resources to assist in your clinical and teaching practice. Resources discussed in the video series include ClinicalKey, DynaMed, Draw it to Know it, Statista, JoVE, and more.

Click a workshop title below to watch the videos or scroll down to read workshop descriptions and learning objectives.

Information Literacy Starter Pack: Clinical:
Evidence Based Practice (ClinicalKey)

Information Literacy Starter Pack: Clinical:
Evidence Based Practice (DynaMed)

Information Literacy Starter Pack: Sciences:
New Databases to Enhance Your Curriculum (Draw it to Know it, Statista)

Information Literacy Starter Pack
We Have a Video for That

Clinical: Evidence Based Practice (ClinicalKey)
The tools of evidence-based medicine are continually evolving. It is vital for those working with patients and in the healthcare field to keep up to date on how to interact with the current evidence-based tools.  One of the newest resources to Jefferson Health is ClinicalKey, which provides an array of literature, tools, and resources.

After completing the session, participants will be able to:

  • Search and access information in ClinicalKey for Nursing
  • Understand what resources are available
  • Successfully create a personal account in the platform

Watch Workshop Recording

Clinical: Evidence Based Practice (DynaMed)
The tools of evidence-based medicine are continually evolving. It is vital for those working with patients and in the healthcare field to keep up to date on how to interact with the current evidence-based tools.  One of the newest resources to Jefferson Health is DynaMed, a point of care resource. DynaMed is implemented within the EHR system EPIC at Jefferson Health and has a mobile app available. 

After completing the session, participants will be able to:

  • Search and access information in DynaMed
  • Understand what resources are available
  • Successfully create a personal account in the platform

Watch Workshop Recording

Sciences: New Databases to Enhance Your Curriculum (Draw it to Know it, Statista)
Are you frustrated with curriculum planning or looking for new ways to get students engaged in learning? Want to know more about what resources are available to you at Jefferson? This portion of our series will take you on a detailed tour of the Draw It to Know It and Statista resources. Draw it to Know it: Medical & Biological Sciences is a multimodal database for interacting with biological science materials with illustrated and narrated tutorials. Statista is a resource with data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform that you can use for a variety of subjects.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Access and utilize Draw it to know it and Statista resources
  • Effectively implement these resources into their course instruction
  • Inform others about these resources

Watch Workshop Recording

We Have a Video for That
Did you know that there are a variety of resources that can help enhance your curriculum? Found easily on our library database menu are all the resources needed to help your students learn in a variety of ways. Let’s take a deeper dive into how FA Davis and JoVE can make a difference in your courses.

FA Davis is a comprehensive resource with searchable texts and in-depth multimedia materials that covers a variety of topics from athletic injuries to rehabilitation techniques. JoVE is a scientific and peer-reviewed journal with publications in video format.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Access and utilize FA Davis and JoVE resources
  • Effectively implement these resources into their course instruction
  • Inform others about these resources

Watch Workshop Recording

Check out our other workshops, including live sessions on professional writing, instructional design and educational technologies, and open educational resources.

LabArchives Research Edition Virtual User Group and Bootcamp: October 25 – 29

LabArchives will be holding their popular Virtual User Group for researchers on Monday, October 25, 2 PM ET. Ask questions and hear from researchers at other institutions on how they use the electronic research notebook.

During LabArchives Research Edition Bootcamp, pick and choose from several topics offered multiple times to learn how you can organize your research, control access to your data, and get Notebook fit in one week!

Learn more and register for the Bootcamp Training Sessions and the Virtual User Group Event.

Can’t make it? Regularly scheduled trainings and recordings of past sessions are available. Would you like to present at a future user group event? Contact

Check out these 5 resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, people worldwide celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a chance to show their support for those affected by breast cancer and bring awareness to breast cancer symptoms, care, and research.

To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, check out these five resources available via the University Libraries.

Breast Cancer in Young Women

Breast MRI Interpretation: Text and Online Case Analysis for Screening and Diagnosis

Common Issues in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Management

Management of Early Stage Breast Cancer: Basics and Controversies

Treatment for Two: Breast Cancer during Pregnancy

Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) Quarterly Report: July – September 2021 Now Available

Another quarter has passed, which means it is time to look back at what we accomplished this summer. Check out the latest quarterly report to view the work of your colleagues.

Over the last three months the JDC had:

  • 330 works posted
  • 4,808 streams
  • 197 countries visit the site
  • 6,628 institutions access content

This quarterly report includes:

  • Articles
  • Data Sets
  • Dissertations
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • JCPH Capstone Presentations
  • Jefferson Research Newsletter
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Posters
  • What People are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

Check out the quarterly report now!

Point Papers from the 1930s-1970s join Gutman’s Textile Industry Historical Collection

New collection alert! Check out the new additions to the Gutman Library’s Textile Industry Historical Collection – the Point Papers. The Point Papers collection includes over 1,000 swatches of hand-drawn, hand-painted point papers, croquis, and design repeats from the 1930s-1970s. The materials were donated by the Northampton Textile Company, a textile manufacturer once located in Mount Holly, New Jersey.  

“Point papers” refer to a type of design painted by textile designers on graph paper or hand-drawn grids and translated into woven fabric by textile manufacturers before the advent of computer assisted design. The items fall into the two main categories of “point papers” (on graph paper) and design croquis (painted sketches), and all have been executed by hand, often with penciled-in notes about weave patterns, pattern repeats, or other instructions.  Learn more about point papers and Edna Leonhardt, one of the designers featured in the collection, on the Follow the Thread blog.

Browse the collection to view the point papers and, when available, learn information about a point paper’s creation date (estimates), designer’s name, and a brief description. We encourage you to check back often as we’ll continue to upload more point papers in the future.

Jefferson Humanities Forum: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi on October 12

Join Jefferson Humanities on Tuesday, October 12, for a special event with author Yaa Gyasi:

Jefferson Humanities Forum “Origins” presents Yaa Gyasi 
Tuesday, October 12, 7-8 p.m., via Zoom
Register at  

Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homegoing, one of the most celebrated debuts of 2016. A riveting, kaleidoscopic novel, Homegoing is a story of race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America. Her follow-up novel, Transcendent Kingdom, is a raw and intimate novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama that layers themes of loss, mental illness, and representation in STEM fields––challenging our notions of who or what a scientist is, and how they might look or think. Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Gyasi is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and lives in Berkeley, California. She is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. 

Check out this flyer to learn more.

Visit the Jefferson Libraries to access a copy of Yaa Gyasi’s books:

This event is free and open to the public. The event is co-presented with the Philadelphia University Honors Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. 

October eBooks: 25 new titles on the climate crisis and environmental health, labor and delivery nursing, MRI pathology, and more

Happy October! This month we added 25 eBooks to our electronic collection and the new additions span a range of topics, including climate change and the impact of the environment on social justice, midwifery and nursing care, public health administration, and more.

Browse the additions below or check out our complete eBook collection online here (Gutman/East Falls) and here (Scott/Center City).

100 Questions & Answers About Coronaviruses

Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession

Crowley’s an Introduction to Human Disease: Pathology and Pathophysiology

CT and MRI Pathology

Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children

Equipment for Respiratory Care

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

Health Insurance and Managed Care: What They Are and How They Work

Health Program Planning and Evaluation: A Practical, Systematic Approach for Community Health

Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method

Labor and Delivery Nursing: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice

Maxwell’s Understanding Environmental Health: How We Live in the World

Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us and Them

Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear

Novick & Morrow’s Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management

Nursing Diagnosis Manual: Planning, Individualizing, and Documenting Client Care

Pathophysiology: A Practical Approach

Philosophy and Occupational Therapy: Informing Education, Research, and Practice

Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life

Professional Ethics in Athletic Training: Practicing and Leading with Integrity

Top 100 Drugs in Midwifery and Women’s Health

The Undocumented Americans

Unsustainable Inequalities: Social Justice and the Environment

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Where is the Mango Princess?

DynaMed Tips: Searching for Radiology Content

DynaMed replaced UpToDate as Jefferson’s clinical decision support tool earlier this year. Here are tips to browse or search for radiology content.

DynaMed offers a Specialties tab, located on the upper left:

Five Categories of Radiology Resources:

Each category’s drop-down menu provides a streamlined method for discovery of Radiology content:

Alternatively, DynaMed search may be implemented for additional results:

  • Include terms such as imaging, computed tomography, abbreviations (e.g., mri) in a search will retrieve Condition articles or Evaluation topics.
  • Example Search:

Questions about searching for clinical content in DynaMed?

Celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with these short stories, eBooks, and journals (Sept 15 – Oct 15)

It’s National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month! The goal of the month-long celebration is to honor the respective cultures and histories of the Latinx/Hispanic community and appreciate the positive impact and influence that Hispanic Americans have on our country. It’s a time to recognize, educate, and celebrate Latinx culture. At the library, we’re highlighting resources to educate our community around Latinx authors and issues. 

Articles & Short Stories

All Her Names

The Complexity of the “x” in Latinx: How Latinx/a/o Students Relate to, Identify With, and Understand the Term Latinx

The Latino-ness of type: making design identities socially significant

Mauro and Elena

Sugar Works

Jefferson authors

Barrio art: Telling the story of Latino Philadelphia through murals

Ensuring Racial Equity in Midwifery Education Programs: Beginning Steps for Midwifery Education

The Role of Different TV Storytelling Approaches in Engaging U.S. Hispanic Parents and Caregivers Around Early Childhood Development


Cosmopolitanism in Mexican visual culture

Digital Humanities in Latin America

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

Latinx Literature Unbound: Undoing Ethnic Expectation

Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History

Learning to Be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics

Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets

Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia

Understanding the Latinx Experience: Developmental and Contextual Influences

Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora


Centro Journal

The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

Journal of Latinx Psychology

Latino Studies

FALL BOOK CLUB: Learn how to bring your scholarship to the masses as we read “The Engaged Scholar” Thursdays this fall

“Society and democracy are ever threatened by the fall of fact. Rigorous analysis of facts, the hard boundary between truth and opinion, and fidelity to reputable sources of factual information are all in alarming decline.”

 – Andrew Hoffman, The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World, 2021

How do we fix this and bring your scholarship to the masses?

Join Daniel Verbit of the Academic Commons and Gutman Library and Chris Pastore of the Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning as we continue our scholarly reading group. This fall, we’ll be reading and discussing The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World (Andrew Hoffman, Stanford University Press, 2021) on Thursdays from 1:30-2:15 p.m. via Zoom. Each week, starting October 7, we will discuss a chapter and how to be a more engaged scholar. The book club will run consecutively until Thursday, November 18.

Taking the lead from the book, we will discuss ways to bring your area of research outside the silos of your discipline. Other topics will focus on the limitations of the academic reward system and the scholarly uses of social media. We anticipate book club discussions will facilitate critical self-reflection and promote professional vitality.

All are welcome to join, but limited slots will be available to facilitate small group discussions. After capacity is reached, the sessions will be locked, so please register in advance by emailing to save your spot. If you are committed to attending, we will have a limited number of copies of the book available to pick up in East Falls in October. Participants may also purchase a copy on their own from any bookseller.