Posts by: Stephen Gabrielson

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Calling all 2nd year medical students!  This is a reminder that next week on November 9th there will be a “Step One Fair” that will help you start preparing for the first step of the medical boards.  If you want to learn more about USMLE Easy, there will be a representative from McGraw-Hill attending, as well as a few friendly librarians, who can fill you in on the resources the library has to help you prepare for the first board exam.

See you there!

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Have you heard about BrowZine yet?  Here’s a little background info: BrowZine is a mobile app designed for Apple and Android devices.  It has a great interface that is designed for browsing journals that the library has access to, and it also allows you to download articles straight to your device!

If you prefer to use your desktop or laptop computer for this kind of thing, BrowZine has just released a version designed for your web browser!  Check it out at  If you’re on campus, you’ll be brought straight into the BrowZine library.  If you’re at home, select Tufts University and login with your normal Tufts username and password to start using BrowZine on your computer.

Don’t have BrowZine on your phone or tablet yet?  Click here to get started!

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It doesn’t seem too long ago the last time we shared what new books the library had acquired…but since then, we’ve added even more to our collection! There’s not much in the way of new leisure reading books this time around, but rest assured–we’ve got some more fiction titles coming soon. In the meantime…

Did we miss something? If there’s a book out there that the library doesn’t own, and you think we should, let us know!

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The library is offering several different open workshops this semester on topics like PubMed, Point-of-Care/Mobile Resources, and Open Access Week, just to name a few! These open workshops are a great opportunity to learn about a new research tool or to brush up on your research skills. Take a look at the HHSL Open Workshops Calendar for dates, descriptions, and to register for one (or many!) workshops. Sessions are held most Wednesdays and Thursdays in Sackler 510 at 12pm.

See you there!

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It’s that time again for an update on the new books we’ve recently put out there on the shelves! This time it’s a mixed bag of non-fiction and health sciences related materials. We have also received some very nice donations, so check out some of the new public health books that we have, including the Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health, which you can find in the stacks! Here are some other books that you might also find interesting:

If you think we’re missing something important, please let us know by recommending a purchase.

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It’s time for an update on some of the new reads we’ve got here at the Hirsh Library! These books cover a wide range of topics, so stop by the library and pick up something new to read this summer.

Is there a book you think the library should have?  Let us know by recommending a purchase.

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nature-reviews-disease-primersThe library has recently acquired a new journal, Nature Reviews Disease Primers, which you can now access electronically through the catalog. Here’s some information about this resource from the publisher’s website:

“Each Primer provides a global overview of the field and outlines key open research questions. Primers have a modular structure, covering epidemiology; disease mechanisms; diagnosis, screening and prevention; management; and quality of life.

Authored by an international panel of academic scientists, translational researchers and clinicians, new Primers are published every week.”

Happy reading and researching!

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Taking the dental boards this summer? Get up to speed with Board Vitals!

The Hirsh Library has recently licensed a study tool for Parts I & II of the National Dental Board Examination. Its question bank is comprised of questions with answers (this many) in the following sections:

Part I

  • Anatomy, Embryology & Histology (199)
  • Biochemistry (110)
  • Dental Anatomy & Occlusion (247)
  • Microbiology (103)
  • Pathology (131)
  • Physiology (123)

Part II

  • Endodontics (97)
  • Operative Dentistry (154)
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pain Control (158)
  • Oral Diagnosis (137)
  • Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry (171)
  • Patient Management, Behavioral Science, Dental Public Health & Occupational Safety (85)
  • Periodontics (63)
  • Pharmacology (120)
  • Prosthodontics (103)

Design Options

  • Select categories or specialties to cover
  • Set a timer (or not)
  • Display questions randomly or ranked by question difficulty.

Cool Features

  • If your answer is incorrect, you can guess again until you click Show Explanation.
  • Your account will keep track of your scores for each category, so you can focus on your weaknesses.
  • You can search for questions by keywords.
  • You can flag and rank questions for further study.
  • Its explanations refer to chapters in textbooks we license or hold, so you can study in more depth.
  • Its Exam Review shows the explanation, your answer, the correct answer, and the percentage of exam takers who got each question right.


  • Go to
  • Click Sign Up and register with your Tufts email.
  • Check your email for its activation link.
  • Board Vitals should launch with Go buttons for NBDE I & II above trials you can ignore.

Faculty may request administrative accounts by contacting elizabeth . richardson @ tufts . edu.  Elizabeth Richardson will also be presenting this resource to D’18 students at the Board Review session this Friday, 5/8/15, at 12pm in Merritt Auditorium.

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The month of April was a busy one for us, with much time spent getting new books to add to our ever-growing collection. Here’s a sampling of some of our new reads for you to enjoy, so stop by the library and check out the new book section on the 4th floor!

We’re always looking for book and resource suggestions, so if you’ve got one please let us know by recommending a purchase.

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Looking for a new way to read journals? Ovid has a new journal app called OvidToday that will allow you to read articles on your iPad! With this app you’ll be able to browse through Ovid journal titles, download ahead of print articles, and add article PDFs to personal lists for easy retrieval. The best thing of all—it’s FREE! Read more about OvidToday here.