Posts by: Katherine Morley

Please join us in welcoming our newest Research and Instruction Librarian, Christina Heinrich! Christina just moved to Boston from Chicago and has previously worked at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She is also a recent graduate of the University of Illinois School of Information. Christina will be the primary outreach liaison to the pre-clinical medical students.  Please say hello if you see her around the library!

June 17, 2017 is the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, an event we mark in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Bunker Hill Day. It falls on a Saturday this year, so why not take the opportunity to visit some historic sites and learn more?

  • Visit the Bunker Hill Monument for the “Decisive Day” guided tour offered by the Boston National Historic Park, which departs daily every half hour.
  • There are also special Bunker Hill Day tours at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy.

If you don’t have time to get out this weekend, here are the Top Ten Things You Should Know About Charlestown and the Battle of Bunker Hill according to our Head of Research & Instruction and Charlestown denizen, Becky Morin

1) The Battle of Bunker Hill was mostly fought on Breed’s Hill. That’s where the Monument is. Bunker Hill is actually taller and steeper, and is home to the lovely Saint Francis de Sales, a beautiful Roman Catholic church dedicated in 1862. If you don’t know which hill is which, we know you’re a tourist.

Bunker Hill Monument and Col. William Prescott statue

By Siddharth Mallya. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

2) Charlestown was actually not part of the City of Boston when the Battle took place. Charlestown is OLDER than Boston (as any proud Townie will gladly inform you), and did not become part of the City until 1874.

3) Charlestown is where Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride really kicked off. He was ferried in a rowboat from Boston, landing near the Charlestown Battery, and picking up a horse from his friend Deacon John Larkin, a lifelong Charlestown resident.

4) There is debate as to why the Colonial forces fortified Breed’s Hill instead of Bunker Hill, although many think it is because Breed’s Hill is closer to Boston. The British had planned the siege to capture Bunker Hill, as they wanted to dig in fortifications on the area’s highest points.

5) It took the British three attempts to capture Breed’s Hill, even though their numbers were far greater than the Colonial forces.

6) Charlestown burns during the Battle, the first of two major fires to strike the community.

7) Proud Charlestown residents still fly the Bunker Hill Battle Flag.

Bunker Hill Flag

By DevinCook at English Wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons

8) While the British defeat the Colonists at the Battle of Bunker Hill, they suffer severe casualties and the Siege of Boston comes to a stalemate.

9) The Bunker Hill Monument (which you now know is on Breed’s Hill) is 221 feet tall and was completed in 1842.

10) Beloved French hero of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette, is said to be buried beneath a sprinkling of soil from Bunker Hill, procured by his son.

Want More?

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-true-story-of-the-battle-of-bunker-hill-36721984/
http://charlestownhistoricalsociety.org/history/historic-timeline/
https://www.masshist.org/revolution/bunkerhill.php
https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun17.html


Studying abroad or plan to travel overseas for research or vacation? The Tufts University community has access to Mango Languages, which you can use to learn over 70 different languages! You can complete lessons on the website or download the free app on your mobile device to practice on the go.

To access, log in here with your Tufts credentials, then choose quick start to use the web interface as a guest, or create your own personal profile with a separate Mango login to save your customized language tutorials.

To use the mobile app, download it from the App store or Play store and log in using the login you used to create your personal profile.

 

Post contributed by Berika Williams

Herwig, Ellis. “Commencement, 1978.” Historical Materials Collection, Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/1735

Congratulations Class of 2017! All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! We look forward to all the great work you will do.

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 20, as there will be a reception for the graduates taking place.

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Tisch Library in Medford recently subscribed to The New York Times academic pass program.  This means that Tufts students, faculty and staff can register for a personal account to access The New York Times from their computer or mobile device, on and off campus.  For instructions on creating a personal account using the Tufts academic pass and answers to FAQ about our access, see this page: http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/nytimes.

Note: When creating an account, be sure to choose the correct link based on your location when registering (i.e. on or off campus).

 

Post contributed by Laura Pavlech

Unpaywall is a free web browser extension, presently available for Chrome and Firefox, which quickly finds free and legal versions of paywalled research papers.  As you search for articles online, an “open lock” tab will instantly appear on the right side of your browser for articles where an open access version is available.  Click the tab to reach the full text.  More information?  Check out UnPaywall’s FAQ.

 

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It’s Stress Less Week and we’re here to help! Join us at the Library Service Desk on Wednesday 4/26 from 3-4:30pm for a relaxing study break. Afternoon Tea won our Library March Madness Tournament last month, so what better way to help you de-stress than with your favorite thing?

 

The Wellness Advisor is also holding a number of other events this week, be sure to check them out!
Tuesday 4/25 at 4pm: Intro to Meditation, Sackler 812
Thursday 4/27 from 12-1pm: How to Live With Less Stress, Sackler 316
Friday 4/28 from 3-4:30pm: Ice Cream and Furry Friends, Jaharis Courtyard

Need a good luck charm to get you through finals? Want to give a friend a boost while they’re in a marathon study session? Then stop by the Library Service Desk on Thursday 4/13 and Friday 4/14 starting at noon! We’ll have all the supplies you need to make some motivational tokens for yourself or your friends. We have round and square glass gems, colored papers, paint pens, and Mod Podge. What more could you need? We may even drag out the button maker…

Hope to see you there!

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On Sunday, April 23, 2017, a history of your ILLiad (interlibrary loan) requests older than January 1, 2014 will be deleted from your ILLiad account.

Please take a moment to look through your ILLiad Request history and save any requests that you would like to keep. To do this, log into your account and on the left-hand side menu, choose Request History. Click on the requests you would like to keep and either print out or copy the information to your own files.

Transaction deletions occur annually every spring semester. If you have any questions, please contact hhsl-docdel@tufts.edu.

 

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The busiest time of the semester is here and Paws for People is coming to help you de-stress! On Thurs 4/6 from 3-5pm Hirsh will be hosting some of our favorite furry friends in the glass-walled room behind the cafe on Sackler 4. And, a a special treat, our canine visitors will be joined by some rabbits and a guinea pig! Hope to see you there!

 

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