Posts by: Katherine Morley


If you’re looking for yet another example of structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion, look no further than our traditional publishing system, which perpetuates inequitable restrictions on viewing, sharing, and building upon the research literature.  So, what opportunities exist to combat these forces?

For years, open access has been disrupting these norms and shattering the myth that locking articles behind paywalls is an effective means to communicate research.  Open access, in its most basic definition, is making research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restriction.  Open access journals take advantage of a variety of business models to financially support the value-added elements that publishing provides without sacrificing readership, collaboration, and innovation in its place.

We are celebrating Open Access Week October 19th – 25th this year.  In honor, join our open workshop, Where to Publish Open Access, and learn about finding open access journals to publish your work in (and do other things, like get involved in the editorial boards or become a peer reviewer).  We’ll talk about some general tips for identifying suitable journals, as well as specifically how to find appropriate open access publishing opportunities.

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz


In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, on Monday, 10/12, we will be having shortened online staffed hours. You can email, chat, or text us with any research, reference, or resource questions between 12pm and 8pm and we will have someone online available to assist you.

We hope everyone enjoys a healthy and safe long weekend!



During the Anti-Racism Tea held earlier this summer on June 19th, attendees voiced a need for a space to get together and learn more about how each of them could educate themselves and one another on how to be anti-racist in their communities. In response, Hirsh Health Sciences Library is launching our first ever Anti-Racism Reading Group!

The first session will be held on Friday, October 23 from 12pm – 1pm. The purpose and goals of the reading group will change over time based on needs. However, this first reading group session hopes to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue in acknowledging the problem and understanding the impact of specifically anti-Black racism in the health sciences. While this will be geared for those in the health sciences, anyone is welcome to attend and participate in the dialogue.

To prepare, please choose a reading from your own discipline. If you would like, you can choose an additional reading from another discipline (this is optional). You can find the reading list here.

Registration is now open! A Zoom invitation will be sent out to the email you registered with one hour before the event begins. We will also send out a copy of the community guidelines for the discussion closer to the event date.

We hope this will be an empowering space of learning and unlearning that will catalyze change in your respective departments, disciplines, and fields. We’re excited to see you all there!

Post contributed by Christina Heinrich, Andrea Kang, and Amanda Nevius


Dog sitting on an armchair with event information

The fall semester is in full swing, so why not take a paws for coffee and join us virtually for a casual study break on Wednesday, September 30th? Drop into our Zoom between  3:30 and 4:30pm to meet or catch up with Hirsh staff, ask any questions you have about using the library this semester, and hang out with our adorable pets! Zoom information will be sent the day of, so register here in advance. We’re pawsitively excited to see you!

Dog covering face with tail


September brings with it a ramp up in reading assignments, papers, exams…and a return to Writing Consultants appointments three days a week! All appointments this semester will be virtual and the schedule for the fall is as follows:

Tuesdays: 10am-12pm

Thursdays: 10am-2pm

Sundays: 1pm-5pm

Registration for September is open, so sign up now!

The service is available to all Health Sciences graduate students on the Boston Campus. Sessions are 45 minutes long and you may sign up for one session per day, and up to two sessions per week. For more information about the help our Writing Consultant provides and what to expect at your appointment, please visit the FAQ section of our Writing Consultants Guide.

Happy writing!


Happy Labor Day Weekend! In light of the University holiday on Monday, September 7th, we will be having shortened online staffed hours. You can email, chat, or text us with any research, reference, or resource questions between 12pm and 7pm and we will have someone online available to assist you.

We hope everyone enjoys a fun and safe long weekend!



While the usual offerings on our skull menu are unavailable, as we’re currently unable to lend physical anatomy models, we invite you to take advantage of the virtual anatomy tools in our collection during this time of distance learning. For medical neuroanatomy and dental anatomy, we have some excellent resources to explore the head and neck virtually!

A note about remote access: if you’re off campus, remember to access resources from the HHSL website. That way, you’ll be prompted to sign in whenever accessing a licensed resource available to you through the library.


Anatomy.TV by Primal Pictures is a database of images comprised of 3D, interactive anatomy and physiology models. The screen capture below is from Primal Pictures’ 3D Atlas.

Screenshot of oral cavity in Anatomy TV interface

Floor of oral cavity – from above © Informa UK Limited 2020. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 28 Aug 2020.


Net Anatomy contains a catalog of dissection images with labels and descriptions. The Test feature hides labels—a handy tool for doing self-assessments as you study.

Screenshot of the base of the skull in NetAnatomy interface

Base of the Skull – External Surface © Scholar Educational Systems, Inc 2001-2020. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 29 Aug 2020.

Investigate a more extensive list of Hirsh’s anatomy resources from our Anatomy Research Guide.

Post contributed by Christina Heinrich


We may not be physically in the library, but that doesn’t mean we’re not available to meet your information, research, and education needs!

  • Need some help? Library staff can answer any inquiries you may have during online staffed hours. Just Ask Us via email, chat, or text.
  • Have a question or a project that you know will require more in-depth assistance and expertise? Just fill out our schedule a consultation form and we’ll match you with one of our librarians.
  • Want to hone your skills or learn about a new resource or program? We’re still offering Open Workshops! While we’re just about done with our summer series, we’ll have our September workshops posted soon, so keep an eye out! You can also always schedule aWorkshop on Demand, if a topic you’re interested in isn’t being offered.
  • Want to be sure you can access online library resources when you’re not on campus? Visit our Get Started with Off Campus Access Page for instructions. We also have this handy guide on Library Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic. On it we share a list of publishers that are currently providing expanded or free access to their offerings.

Thank you for being understanding as we navigate the waters of the new normal and let us know if you think of any other ways in which we can assist you remotely. We are working on implementing some new services for fall, so stay tuned!

And if you must enter the library building for any reason, please remember to wear your mask and adhere to social distancing protocols!


All of us here at Hirsh Library would like to say hello and welcome to the new class of MBS students! While we’re not able to meet in person just yet, we’re excited that you are joining the Tufts health sciences community. Our website,, is the best starting place to learn more about the library’s services and resources. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to Ask Us by email, chat, or text! We are available to assist you virtually with any questions during online staffed hours and are always happy to help. You can also get in touch with your liaison librarian, Amy Lapidow–she’s a great resource for your specific needs as an MBS student!

Hope you enjoy your first weeks at Tufts and we look forward to helping you soon!


A big welcome to the TUSM class of 2024 from all of us here at Hirsh Library! While we’re not able to meet in person just yet, we’re excited that you are joining the Tufts health sciences community. We look forward to seeing you—virtually, at least—for PBL this month. We’ve developed some resources to acquaint you with the library and our staff, who will continue to meet your information needs at a distance.

Your pre-clinical liaison librarian is Christina Heinrich, so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions about the library. You can also contact library staff using Ask Us by email, chat, phone, or text–we’re always happy to help! To get you started with accessing library resources virtually, take a look at our Virtual Access Tip Sheet


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