Category Archives: Students

It’s Cancer Awareness Month: Check out our eBooks & videos on cancer topics

September marks Cancer Awareness Month and to honor that we’re highlighting some of our digital resources focused on cancer treatments, oncology, and how things like social justice, climate change, and artificial intelligence are connected to cancer. Check out the resources below:

Cancer and Society: A Multidisciplinary Assessment and Strategies for Action

Encyclopedia of Cancer

Herbs for Cancer Treatment

Oncology in the Precision Medicine Era: Value-based Medicine

Kennedie and Zebrafish Fight Cancer Together [Video]



New eBooks this September: Topics include Clinical Research, Epidemiology, and More

We’re kicking off September by highlighting 25 new eBooks we added to our digital library. The books span a range of topics, so there’s something for everyone! Resources cover epidemiology, clinical research, occupational therapy, and more.

Adaptive Health Management Information Systems: Concepts, Cases, and Practical Applications

Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing

Biosimilars in Hematology and Oncology

A Clinical Approach to Geriatric Rehabilitation

Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making in Physical Therapy: Facilitation, Assessment, and Implementation

Cognition, Occupation, and Participation Across the Life Span: Neuroscience, Neurorehabilitation, and Models of Intervention in Occupational Therapy

Communication and Care Coordination for the Palliative Care Team: A Handbook for Building and Maintaining Optimal Teams

Concept Mapping: A Clinical Judgment Approach to Patient Care

Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

Cross Sectional Anatomy CT & MRI

Epidemiology for Public Health Practice

Evidence-based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice

The Failure of Risk Management

Family Practice and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination

Foundations of Clinical Research

Global Politics

Handbook of Musculoskeletal Tumors

Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions

Introduction to Epidemiology

Midwifery & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Guide

Neonatology for Primary Care

Occupational Therapy for Adults with Intellectual Disability

PCCN Certification Review

Pediatric Mental Health: A Compendium of AAP Clinical Practice Guidelines and Policies

State and Local Taxation: Principles and Practices

The Pivot funding database has a new look

Pivot, the funding database, has upgraded its look and feel. Beginning September 9, when you log into Pivot (via Gutman Library or Scott Library), you will see a new “home dashboard” page that looks like the screenshot below. The site is now mobile-friendly. “Papers Invited” was re-named “Conferences.” The “Active” list was retired; any opportunities saved there are now in “Tracked Opps” with a tag to help you identify them.

New user interface benefits:

  • User friendly – more intuitive access to the most important and most used features.
  • More helpful – additional on-screen links to guide users to available help and resources.
  • Responsive – designed to be used and displayed fully across any device, desktop, or mobile.
  • Accessibility – provides a database that is accessible for all users.

For help making the best use of Pivot, please schedule an appointment with a librarian at Gutman or Scott.

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month: Celebrate with our videos and eBooks

Did you know that August is National Immunization Awareness Month? The goal of the month is to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. Check out the resources below to learn more about vaccine regulations, the impact of vaccines on culture and knowledge gaps on vaccines, and how to encourage patients to get vaccines.

Adult Vaccinations: Changing the Immunization Paradigm

Gideon Guide to Vaccines

Let’s Talk Vaccines: A Clinician’s Guide to Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Saving Lives

Prelinger Archives: Babies and Breadwinners [VIDEO]

FALL 2020 BOOK CLUB: Academia Next, The Futures of Higher Education

This semester, we invite you to join a virtual book to explore the many changes at play in higher education. Starting Thursday, August 27, Daniel Verbit of The Academic Commons & Paul J. Gutman Library and Christopher Pastore of The Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning will host the virtual book club. The club will meet virtually each Thursday of the Fall Semester from 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Each week, we’ll meet with colleagues and discuss a chapter from “Academia Next, The Futures of Higher Education” by futurist & Georgetown senior scholar, Dr. Bryan Alexander.

From the Publisher: 

The outlook for the future of colleges and universities is uncertain. Financial stresses, changing student populations, and rapidly developing technologies all pose significant challenges to the nation’s colleges and universities. In Academia Next, The Futures of Higher Education,” futurist and higher education expert Bryan Alexander addresses these evolving trends to better understand higher education’s next generation.

Please register online to join us as we discuss key topics with other Jeffersonians. All are welcome to join, but limited slots will be available in order to facilitate small group discussions. After capacity is reached, the sessions will be locked, so please register in advance.

The book is available online or purchase a copy at https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/academia-next or the bookseller of your choice. 

Library Resources for Finding Diversity & Inclusion Funding

Dr. Edith Mitchell, director of Jefferson’s  Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, was recently interviewed in Philadelphia Magazine’s NextHealthPHL series: “Black Scientists Still Face an Uphill Battle in Securing NIH Research Grants.” Asked about racial disparities in research funding, particularly in NIH R01 awards, Dr. Mitchell said: “When you look at the disparities in grant funding, they are like what we see in any other area of medical research practice.” Dr. Mitchell discusses in the interview ways of transforming these disparities, such as diverse recruitment, dedicated resources, and mentoring. 

You can read more about racial disparities in research funding, in the library’s Diversity and Inclusion guide. The guide also features resources for finding diversity-related funding opportunities.

Jefferson faculty, students, employees, residents, postdocs, and fellows of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH, JHN, and Methodist Division) have access to Pivot, a database of funding opportunities from all types of funders: governments, nonprofits, and foundations. Pivot can be specifically searched for diversity & inclusion funding opportunities.

Librarians can assist faculty, staff, and student researchers identity research funding sources and find appropriate support staff and tools on campus. Request a consultation to meet with a librarian to learn how to use Pivot and other grants information resources.  

FACULTY WORKSHOPS: Preparing for Fall 2020

Are you ready to teach this fall? Regardless of what the classroom will look like for you, the Academic Commons has the tools and support to help you (and your students) succeed. Join us for workshops this August on tools like Canvas and Panopto, which will help you best teach online and in-person.

Download the August 2020 Workshop Flyer for details on each workshop. Read workshop titles and times below. To register, click on a workshop title below or visit this page.

Streaming Media in Canvas- Panopto & Studio
Thursday, August 6 | 9-10 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m.

Canvas Camp (4 sessions)
Tuesday, August 11 | 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Course Overview & Syllabus
Managing Content
Using and Organizing Modules
Creating and Grading Assignments

Canvas Basics: Sneak Peek (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Sneak Peek (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Monday, August 31 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Monday, August 31 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) with our eBooks & Videos

August 1-7 marks World Breastfeeding Week, which is a global campaign to raise awareness and encourage action on themes related to breastfeeding.  

Check out the following e-resources on the topic of breastfeeding. Resources discuss a range of breastfeeding subjects, including a practical guide for medical professionals navigating breastfeeding problems in their practice, donor human milk banks, and public policies and cultural norms related to breastfeeding.

Banking on Milk: An Ethnography of Donor Human Milk Relations

The Bottle, The Breast, and the State: The Politics of Infant Feeding in the United States

Breastfeeding and Culture: Discourses and Representations

A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession

The Milky Way: Every Mother Has a Story

New Ebooks for August: Topics Include Occupational Therapy, Teaching Online, Climate Refugees, and Queer & Trans Voices in Healthcare

This August, the Scott Memorial Library added 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics include teaching online, climate refugees, and queer and trans voices in healthcare. Read the list of new titles below or browse our complete eBook collection on our website.

Adult Physical Conditions: Intervention Strategies for Occupational Therapy Assistants

Asher’s Occupational Therapy Assessment Tools

Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices

Climate Refugees: Beyond the Legal Impasse?

The Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing

Clinical Prediction Models: A Practical Approach to Development, Validation, and Updating

The Cultural Dimension of Global Business

Defects in T Cell Trafficking and Resistance to Cancer Immunotherapy

Diagnostic Imaging: Breast

Dopamine Handbook

Evaluation in Occupational Therapy: Obtaining and Interpreting Data

First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery

Handbook of Materials for Nanomedicine: Polymeric Nanomaterials

Individual Motivation Within Groups: Social Loafing and Motivation Gains in Work, Academic, and Sports Teams

Interviewing for Qualitative Inquiry: A Relational Approach

Occupational Therapy with Aging Adults

Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness

Psychosocial Well-being of Children and Adolescents in Latin America: Evidence-based Interventions

Qualitative Research in the Health Professions

Quality Caring in Nursing and Health Systems: Implications for Clinicians, Educators, and Leaders

The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Telephone Triage for Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Yale Swallow Protocol: An Evidence-based Approach to Decision Making


STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Razie Joins the Academic Commons

If Razie Amzovski, the new Academic Commons (AC) employee, looks familiar that’s because she isn’t new to Thomas Jefferson University. Amzovski joins our team after working in the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center. We sat down with the new Educational Technologies team member to learn a bit about why she wanted to join the AC, what educational technology tools she geeks out over, and her favorite place to be when not at work. HINT: passport required!

What is your title at the Academic Commons?
I am an Instructional Support Specialist.

What does that title mean to you?
The title means that I am here to support faculty, staff, and students with any help that they may need accessing the teaching and learning resources that Jefferson has to offer. 

How long have you been working at Thomas Jefferson University?
I began working for Thomas Jefferson University in December 2019 at the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center and transferred over to the Academic Commons team in July 2020.

What made you want to join the Academic Commons team?
Academics, technology, and helping people have always been in my life in some way. The Academic Commons has given me a place where I can have all three of my passions in one career. I am able to use my knowledge as an educator, mix it with technology, and help people navigate the tools and create their best work.

What do you like about working at Thomas Jefferson University?
There are many things I like about working at Thomas Jefferson University, but what is the most intriguing is the room for growth. Jefferson offers many benefits to faculty, students, and staff to grow in their careers, and they have a great support system to help through that journey.  

What is something you want students and faculty to know about the Educational Technologies team at the Academic Commons?
The Educational Technologies team is always available to help with anything that you may need. We have a very diverse staff that can help with virtually anything.

What is your favorite educational technology software or tool that the Academic Commons supports that you would encourage faculty to use?
One of my favorite educational tools that the Academic Commons support is Nearpod. This is a great tool that all faculty can use when creating lessons, assignments, and/or discussions for their courses. It will help faculty create more dynamic lessons by incorporating different content and activities offered by Nearpod into their teaching.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a 1st generation Albanian and the first girl in my family to graduate from college. I love to travel and to be outdoors. My most favorite place to go is my second home, Tetovo, Macedonia, where I can see all my family and friends that I do not get to see all year-round. 

Learn more about the Educational Technologies team at the Academic Commons and how they can help you.

LabArchives for Researchers: Virtual Sessions Led by Jefferson’s Dr. Tim Mosca & Christine Fisher

Looking for the best practices to use LabArchives in your research lab? Not quite yet ready to dive into the electronic lab notebook (ELN) and have some questions? Join us on Wednesday, July 29, for two virtual sessions on how you can use LabArchives in your lab.

LabArchives has assembled a group of researchers to share their experiences getting started and adapting the ELN to their workflows. You will be able to ask questions and hear from colleagues around North America.

LabArchives Virtual User Group for Researchers
Wednesday, July 29

Session 1: How We Got Started Using LabArchives
1-2:30pm
This session will give a brief introduction from the LabArchives team, including recent updates followed by presentations from current LabArchives users on how they transitioned from paper to an ELN (electronic lab notebook), organize their notebooks, collaborate and share with other researchers, and other insights.
Register for Session 1

Session 2: Creative Use Cases and Adjusting Research in the Time of COVID (presentation from Jefferson’s Dr. Tim Mosca & Christine Fisher!)
3-4:30pm
Hear how researchers are using LabArchives ELN in various environments, their creative use cases and customizations, its use outside of the traditional wet bench setting, and, in particular, its use during these unusual times. 
Register for Session 2

Can’t make it? Sign up for an introductory LabArchives workshop. The next session will be on Wednesday, August 12:

Wednesday, 8/12, 10:00 am ET
Professional Edition Intro Webinar

Wednesday, 8/12, 11:00 am ET
Classroom Edition Intro Webinar

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 ill@jefferson.edu 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.