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Working on a cover letter? Stumped about starting your personal statement? Finishing up your thesis? Never fear, Health Sciences Writing Consultants is here! We will be interrupting our usual summer hiatus to bring you two special Thursdays in July where our consultant will be available to advise you on your writing projects.

On 7/19 and 7/26, there will be four appointments available between 11am and 2pm. Registration will open on July 2nd and close at 5pm the day before the sessions. Be sure to mark your calendar and check back next month to register! For more information, please visit our Writing Consultants LibGuide.

Regular sessions will resume in mid-August so stay tuned! In the meantime, you can visit our Resources page for recommended books and websites that will help you with a variety of writing projects.

 

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The semester may be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to learn. If you’re on campus this summer and would like to enhance your research skills, we’re here to help! We offer Workshops on Demand for groups of two or more. Let us know what skill or resource you are interested in learning more about and we will work with you to create a workshop to meet your group’s specific learning needs. Visit our Workshops on Demand page to learn more about the areas in which we can offer workshops or to request a workshop.

Want to do something on your own time? Tufts offers a number of resources of self-directed learning.

Here is a selection of our favorites:

Kanopy

“Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies and provides access to more than 26, 000 films and documentaries across diverse subjects and disciplines. Major subjects covered include: the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.’

Lynda.com

Lynda offers online video courses and tutorials in a wide variety of subjects, from Excel to excelling at public speaking. You can watch one video to learn how to do a specific task or follow a multi-course learning path to gain skills in a broader topic.

Mango Languages
“Mango Languages is designed to give users comprehensive conversational language and grammar skills. The basic course (10 lessons) focuses on polite greetings and small talk and is perfect for patrons who are planning a short trip to a foreign country, or for those who want to get a taste of a foreign language and culture.” You can complete lessons on the website or download a free app for your mobile device.

Safari
“Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library providing over 43347 technology, digital media, and business books and videos online to academic and library users. ”

 

Happy learning!

 

Here at Hirsh, we’re fans of unusual national holidays–particularly when there’s a sweet treat involved! May 31ist is National Macaroon Day, apparently, and since our Associate Director Debbie makes a mean macaroon, we wanted to share the recipe she uses. She got it from a friend, who uses this recipe from Food & Wine Magazine. With only 5 ingredients, it’s easy to put together and even easier to eat!

Coconut Macaroons
One 14-ounce bag sweetened shredded coconut
One 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted (baker’s note: I use Callebaut)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut with the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the salt until firm peaks form. Fold the beaten whites into the coconut mixture.
  2. Scoop tablespoon-size mounds of the mixture onto the baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake in the upper and middle thirds of the oven for about 25 minutes, until golden; shift the sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Transfer the baking sheets to racks and let the cookies cool completely
  3. Dip the bottoms of the macaroons into the melted chocolate, letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Return the cookies to the lined baking sheets. Drizzle any remaining chocolate on top and refrigerate for about 5 minutes, until set or leave some plain.

Before you bake, read up on the history of macaroons over on the UC Davis Integrative Medicine website.

Bon appetit!

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We are sad to share the news that tomorrow, Friday 5/25, will be Paige’s last day at Hirsh!

Paige completed her MS in Library and Information Sciences at Simmons this past winter and we are excited to announce that she has accepted a full time research & instruction librarian position at the Dartmouth College Biomedical Libraries!

Since joining the staff at Hirsh in March 2017, she has been not only a friendly face at the Library Service Desk but has served as a valued member of the PR committee and has been an essential contributor to the development and revision of curriculum in several programs. She has also led workshops and helped to improve policies and procedures on the Service Desk.

We wish her all the best as she takes this big step forward in her career! We will miss having her on our staff  but look forward to working with her as a member of the greater New England health sciences library community.

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Graduates Applauding at Commencement, 1990. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/35160

Congratulations Class of 2018! 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 hearing about all the great work you will do.

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 19, as there will be a reception for the graduates taking place.

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Stress Less Week has come just in time to help ease the pain of finals! We’ll be celebrating by providing coloring pages and origami paper at the Library Service Desk all week–everything you need for an easy study break.

You can also join us at 3pm on Wednesday, 4/25, down at the Desk for Afternoon Tea. We’ll have a variety of teas and treats, so take a break and commiserate with your colleagues or grab a quick cup to bring back to your carrel!

Student Wellness Advising is also hosting a number of relaxing events, so be sure to check them out as well:

Friday 4/20, 3-4:30pm: Ice Cream and Furry Friends, Jaharis Courtyard (rain location: SK 507)

Monday 4/23, 12pm: Lunchtime Walk, Meet in front of 145 Harrison Ave

Tuesday 4/24, 3-4pm: Zumba, SK216A

Can’t make it to any events? Visit the Student Wellness Advising Resources page for some tips on how to mitigate your stress.


The weather may still be grey, but we have several fun things going on to brighten up your week! On Thursday 4/12, we will have a visit from Tufts Paws for People. From 3-5pm in the room behind the cafe on Sackler 4, you can cuddle up with a dog, a guinea pig, or a rabbit! You deserve a study break.

We also have our monthly Library Fun Lab this week! Starting at noon on Thursday 4/12 and Friday 4/13, we’ll have craft supplies out at the Library Service Desk. This month, we’re making good luck charms to help you get motivated, relax, or just crack a smile. Paint a glass gem or make a button to keep for yourself or give to a friend.

Hope to see you later this week!

 

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As we enter the busiest part of the semester, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of our Collaboration Room policies. The Collaboration Rooms are the seven rooms on the 5th floor that groups can reserve in advance for collaborative work. They all have whiteboards and monitors for you to connect to your laptop… and most of them have windows! Since we have a limited number of rooms, we have policies in place to make sure that as many groups as possible have the opportunity to reserve a room.

Here are the basics:

  1. The rooms can only be reserved by groups of 2 or more. If you’re planning to study alone, you are welcome to use the rooms on a first-come, first-served basis, but you cannot reserve one just for yourself.
  2. Each room can be booked up to 4 hours a day and up to 3 times a week per group.
  3. You must provide the names of all group members when you make a reservation.
  4. If the room is left empty for more than 15 minutes during the reservation period, it will be made available to others on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can find the full room reservation policy on the Collaboration Room page. Please take time to read through it before you book a room, as violations may result in forfeited reservations or booking privileges. You can always email us at hhsl@tufts.edu if you have any questions. Happy collaborating!

 

We have recently acquired 14 new electronic textbooks through the Stat!Ref platform. The Stat!Ref platform lets you search simultaneously across multiple textbooks. To get to it, simply go to the Hirsh Library website, click on the “Books” tab then click on “Stat!Ref.” Of course, you can also access these books individually by searching for them by title on JumboSearch.

If you’ve done dental searches on Stat!Ref or JumboSearch in the past the results will now look different – in a good way! All 14 of our new purchases were published within the last 5 years, and they cover everything from exercises to maintain or improve hand dexterity to dental codes to caries to implants to periodontitis and TMD. Here are a few titles we want to highlight in particular. You can find the full list at the end of the post.

First our most unique purchase, Dancing Hands. This book from 2013 looks at ways to improve ergonomics in the treatment room and improve manual dexterity of the dentist.

Need an introduction to materials used in restorative dentistry and how to select what? Check out Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry: Material Selection and Technique with entire chapters on composites, ceramics, impression taking, adhesives, posts, and more.

Treatment of TMDs: Bridging the Gap Between Advances in Research and Clinical Patient Management looks at orofacial pain, particularly in relation to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).  The biology of orofacial pain, as well as the biomechanics of the TMJ are established first, followed by diagnostic technology and therapeutic options ranging from injectables to pharmacologic management, including responsible use of opioids.

Here are all fourteen new acquisitions in alphabetical order. Just click on the title to browse the book on the Stat!Ref platform.

  1. Behavioral Dentistry, 2nd edition, 2014
  2. Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature, 2018
  3. Dancing Hands, 2013
  4. Essentials of Dental Caries, 4th edition, 2016
  5. Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry: Material Selection and Technique, 2nd edition, 2013
  6. Hall’s Critical Decisions in Periodontology and Dental Implantology, 5th edition, 2013
  7. Head, Neck, and Dental Anatomy, 4th edition, 2013
  8. Implant Therapy: The Integrated Treatment Plan – Volume 1: Diagnosis and Surgical Therapy, 2013
  9. An Introduction to Orthodontics, 4th edition, 2013
  10. Oral Microbiology and Immunology, 2nd edition, 2014
  11. The Oral-Systemic Health Connection: A Guide to Patient Care, 2014
  12. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Dentistry, 6th edition, 2014
  13. Pickard’s Guide to Minimally Invasive Operative Dentistry, 10th edition, 2015
  14. Treatment of TMDs: Bridging the Gap Between Advances in Research and Clinical Patient Management, 2013

We hope you enjoy our new purchases! Feel free to give feedback on our dental collection to Amanda Nevius, our library liaison to TUSDM.

 

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Match Day 2014

Congratulations on your match, Class of 2018! For those of you not in the know, Match Day is an annual event that began in 1952 where medical students learn their residency destinations. We expect that the 4th floor will be abuzz with celebrations from 11am-2pm, so plan to study on floors 5-7 during that frame. Please note as well that the Food4Thought cafe will be closed all day. 

 

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