Blind date with a book is happening now in the libraries!
We want to set you up with the book of your dreams – find love in a library near you.
Find our book displays at the Killam, Kellogg, Sexton, and Dunn libraries.
We are pleased to share our recently published 2022-2023 annual report, which contains stories about our programs and collections, project updates, event information, and library news.
Our annual report is a celebration of students, staff, and the Dalhousie community. In it, you will read about how we are leading the way in developing citation guidance for artificial intelligence, preserving critical works like the Stirling County Study by Alexander H. Leighton, and providing space for learning about and celebrating Mi’kmaw language and culture. You will read about critical systems updates, as well as the retirement of several dedicated library staff – five of whom worked at Dalhousie Libraries for more than 40 years.
We hope you enjoy our 2022-2023 annual report.
In honour of ICPSR’s International Love Data Week 2024, which has the theme of “My Kind of Data”, Dal Libraries is hosting a series of presentations open to everyone, aimed at providing insights into varied aspects of working with data. Whether your kind of data is easy to digest or complex, you may very well find the right tool or approach that you need during a Love Data Week event.
Taking place from February 12-16, these (free) presentations include:
To register for more online sessions presented by Dalhousie Libraries and other organizations in Atlantic Canada – including a great talk for faculty and staff from Dalhousie’s Dr. Margaret Robinson hosted on Monday, February 12, from 2 pm to 3 pm by the Council of Atlantic Academic Libraries CAAL-CBPA – check out our Love Data Week Research Guide. You will find registration links with more information in our Events section.
Please note, as part of the Killam Library Deep Energy Retrofit, the McNab Reading Room and Upper Learning Commons on the second floor of the Killam will be closed from January 29 until March 16, 2024.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Students are encouraged to find alternative study space at the Killam or any of our other Halifax campus locations:
You can now log in to ORCID using your NetID and password – one less password to remember!
Why an ORCID? Why a researcher profile?
ORCID provides a unique, personal identification number (like a DOI, but for you as an author) as well as the option to have a publicly available web profile highlighting your professional activities. An ORCID is useful for many reasons:
How to Register or Link an Existing Account to Your NetID
Registration for an ORCID identifier is free and fast:
1) Go to https://orcid.org/signin and you and select “Access through your institution.”
2) Identify your institution as Dalhousie University and log in using your NetID and password.
3) If you are brand new to ORCID, select “Register now” and it will walk you through the short steps to create an account.
4) If you are not new to ORCID, enter your ORCID number and password where indicated to link to your existing Dalhousie NetID for easier logging in.
For more information on ORCID, please see the Scholarly Communications LibGuide.
Please contact the Scholarly Communications team at email@example.com if you have any questions about ORCID or the sign-on options.
The theme for this year’s Tamil Heritage Month is Our Memories, Our Truths, Our Paths Forward: Tamil Identity.
இந்த ஆண்டின் தமிழ் மரபு மாதத்திற்கான கருப்பொருள், “எங்கள் நினைவுகள், நமது உண்மைகள், நமது முன்னோக்கி செல்ல வேண்டிய பாதைகள்: தமிழர் அடையாளம்.”
From the statement from the Government of Canada: “Canada’s Tamil community is one of the largest outside Asia, thanks in part to the Canadian government’s initiatives and policies, starting in 1983, that helped people fleeing violence find safety and security here in Canada. Ever since, Tamil Canadians have helped build the Canada we know and love today. They saw Canada as a place of opportunity, and got right to work opening businesses, starting media outlets and running grassroots organizations to serve their communities and strengthen our country. Their contributions in academia, literature and science have made our communities and our country stronger.”
Learn more about Tamil Canadian communities and culture, and how a significant number of Tamils arrived to Canada as refugees in this year’s Dal Read’s selection The Boat People by Sharon Bala.
We have also created a book display at the Killam Library across from the service point desk with books about Tamil culture, language, and heritage. Check it out in person or visit our the Tamil Heritage Month resources in our catalogue.
Stay tuned for more info about our upcoming author event!
By Catherine Gracey and Hailey Wills
Now that the school year is well underway, the W.K. Kellogg Health Science Library is pleased to highlight resources that can help you prepare for learning and clinical placements, as well as practice for upcoming licensing exams. The Clinical Specialties Guide contains a study tools section that details many of the key resources across the Health Sciences, including media resources, a list of reference books, calculators, fast facts, and clinical practice guidelines. Listed in the guide is The Secrets Series, comprised of books containing question-and-answer content on numerous clinical specialties and topics. In our print collection, there are several physiology and anatomy-focused colouring books that can supplement your studying. These can be found by searching the Novanet catalogue for “colouring book” and narrowing the search to “DAL Health Science Library” using the filters on the left side of the screen, or by visiting us in-person at the Tupper Medical Building.
Acland’s Video Atlas and Anatomy.tv are both tools that can be useful for studying anatomy. Acland’s has 5 volumes of anatomy videos that feature real human cadavers, and an affiliated quiz for each volume. To access the quizzes, simply create a personal account using your Dalhousie email. Anatomy.tv has an extensive and interactive 3D atlas of the human body and a quiz with various settings for question types and difficulty. You can also download a variety of Health Mobile Apps, including Medscape, which contains simulations and quizzes.
Of particular interest to students in Medicine, you have access to BoardVitals, an effective medical exam review tool. After registering register with your Dalhousie email address, browse questions by clicking on “My Dashboard” on the top right-hand corner of the screen and select either USMLE Step 1, 2, or 3, or choose from specialized question banks in various specialties. Once you have selected your question bank, you can browse, start a quiz, and track your performance.
Access Medicine is another popular resource that also offers practice questions. With its Clinical Practice & Board Review questions and flashcards on multiple topics (found under the Study Tools dropdown menu), there are a variety of options to help with your studies. You can design custom questions based on Katzung & Trevor’s Pharmacology: Examination and Board Review, a key textbook in Pharmacology, among many other core texts. To do this, navigate to the book and locate “Go to Review Questions” under the title. From there, you can generate a random quiz, or build a custom version by selecting the number of questions you would like from various topics.
Bates’ Visual Guide and Jarvis Physical Assessment Video series can also support your studies, specifically in physical examination and assessment preparation, including for OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). Finally, Mosby’s Video Series and Films on Demand will be of particular interest to those in nursing, as they contain useful nursing skill demonstrations.
No matter your program or year of study, we are here to support you in your learning and research endeavours. Don’t hesitate to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone at (902) 717-5244, or by stopping into our locations in the Collaborative Health Education Building or the Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building. Happy studying!
As of December 31, 2023, Dalhousie ended its subscription to UNIWeb. UNIWeb was implemented in 2019 as an information repository for researchers’ academic activity, intended to simplify the management of curriculum vitae (CVs including CCV), annual reports, promotion packages, and funding applications. It also allowed researchers to connect with colleagues and collaborators on topics of interest and to share information about their research.
Following a procurement and consultation process in 2022-23, Dalhousie decided to end its subscription to UNIWeb and encourage the use of other tools to maintain researcher profiles, such as ORCID iD, a permanent digital identifier system supported by Dalhousie through our membership of the ORCID Consortium in Canada.
“I am pleased to support Dal Libraries’ recommendation of the full use of ORCID as an alternative platform for our research community,” says Dr. Alice Aiken, Dalhousie’s vice president, research and innovation. “ORCID provides flexibility that allows scholars of all disciplines to choose how they share their activities and achievements, ensuring recognition for their work effectively and consistently over time, and it is recognized and used worldwide, including by Dalhousie scholars.”
More about ORCID and other tools that provide similar features:
1) ORCID iD – A unique identifier that ensures your research is correctly attributed to you, ORCID also provides a space to collect your research outputs, grant awards, different professional activities and links to social media and web profiles.
ORCID makes it easy to add works to your profile and determine their level of visibility. ORCID’s auto-update feature allows you to link your ORCID profile to trusted third-party sources to have it updated automatically with information from those sources to save you time.
If you don’t have an ORCID iD, registration is simple, and free. Find out more about the benefits of ORCID, and how to register or link an existing ORCID account to your Dalhousie NetID in our LibGuide.
We will also be holding an Introduction to ORCID webinar in January 2024, so stay tuned and watch our events calendar.
2) Google Scholar – If you have published in an electronic journal, information about that article, including your name as author, is probably available in Google Scholar. Google Scholar groups works by the same author together, but these profiles may be inaccurate or incomplete as Google doesn’t read the bibliographic metadata the way databases do. Because this information is already available to searchers, authors are advised to claim their Google Scholar profiles to ensure their information is accurate.
3) Scopus – Like Google Scholar, if you have published articles they are indexed in Scopus. The database creates a profile and list of your articles which may not be fully accurate. These profiles are not publicly available but they are widely consulted within academia. If you are thinking about your publicly available web profiles and haven’t already claimed and cleaned your Scopus profile, now is an ideal time. Information on how to update your Scopus profile so it is accurate and complete is available on the Author Profiles/IDs LibGuide.
As always, the Scholarly Communications team is happy to assist with any questions at email@example.com.
Dal Libraries exam and holiday hours are now available on our website. Today’s Hours are highlighted on our homepage, and each location page has the current week’s schedule.
Please note: the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room hours: