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Directory of Open Access Journals is one of the leading databases for you to find open access journal articles, and for those of you who already use DOAJ to find articles you most likely noticed it transitioned to a more search friendly interface.

DOAJ’s moved from their basic keyword search to be more robust, allowing users to find articles narrow and limit their searches. There is also the ability to search for publishers who have journals with a certain copyright license. So if you’re grant requires you to publish in a CC-BY journal, then DOAJ could help you out! And as also, if you can’t find what you are looking for get in contact with the library. We’re here to help you find what you need!

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6451_113414603068_4465910_n Debra Berlandstein, Associate Direct of HHSL

HHSL’s Associate Direct, Debra Berlanstein, was recently highlighted in TuftsNow for her involvement in a systematic review to find out if it is safe to exercise while undergoing cancer treatment.  Checkout the article to find out more about the study!

If you need assistance with your own systematic review, setup an appointment with a librarian at or stop by the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4!

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Thinking about undertaking a systematic review or wondering what they are?

Then check out our new research guide!

It provides an introduction to the requirements, search strategies and resources needed to conduct the literature review portion of a systematic review.


The guide contains links to major guidelines, provides information for formulating good searchable questions, tips & tricks for searching databases and extensive lists of databases and resources for your searching pleasure. We’d love for you to take some time and discover what the guide has to offer. Please contact us with suggestions and feedback!

Find it:

You can also find it linked from the portals and on the Research Guides page under “Services” on the Library homepage.

The following eJournals are now available for the Tufts community, most as a direct result from requests by faculty and students.

Check out the latest:

Coming soon: 

Food, Culture & Society


The Collections department is happy to hear from you with suggestions on what to purchase and we try to fill as many requests as budget and licensing considerations allow.

Like to suggest a purchase? Contact or fill out our request form.

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 “But does it really work?”  In our sound-bite saturated news media, it’s difficult to discern which health studies demonstrate effectiveness and which studies do not. How do we know when medical news is evidence worth paying attention to – or – when it is just ‘print noise’?

PubMed Health is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that was designed to help consumers and clinicians answer the question, “what works?” PubMed Health “specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports.” It provides information on how to assess the research results as well as how to read health news.

One of the most valuable features of PubMed Health is “Behind the Headlines,” a joint project of the National Health Service and the U.S. National Library of Medicine. “Behind the Headlines” evaluates current medical news for accuracy and also describes how medical news stories come to acquire their “spin”.

Check out PubMed Health – it works!

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In February,  Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Tufts University School of Medicine launched PROFILES, a free online networking tool for researchers. PROFILES is a free, online professional networking tool for researchers. In its first phase, nearly 1,400 people from 42 different institutions appear in Profiles, including Tufts CTSI and Tufts University faculty members. 

How can you as a researcher or student use Tufts CTSI Profiles? Well, if you are looking to find potential collaborators, co-authors, and mentors then this database is for you. It’s easy to access and navigate too! There are also instructional videos to help you get the most out of Tufts CTSI Profiles.

If you need additional assistance with using Profiles, please email


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Have a question about the Boston campus or library? Try searching our new collection of frequently asked questions!


Browse by topic to see all questions and answers related to that category, or type a question in the box. The system will automatically try to map you to a Q&A pair if it has already been asked and answered.


If your question does not already exist, you will be presented with a submission form. A librarian will receive your question via email and answer as soon as possible, but please keep in mind that it is not an immediate response.

You can always chat, call or visit us at the library if you require immediate assistance.
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hhsl homepage portals

You may have noticed something new on our redesigned homepage.

The images at the top of the homepage lead to resources to help different patrons on the Boston campus explore main topics of interest.


Each portal contains information specific to the topic, and should be treated as a “getting started” guide. At the top of every portal is the option to search the Tufts catalog for books, journals and other resources – as well as search for course reserves.

Explore the portals and let us know what you think HERE!

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Today is the last day of MDConsult for the Hirsh Health Sciences Library.

But do not fear for ClinicalKey is here. All e-books that were previously available via MDConsult are now available through ClinicalKey.

You can find ClinicalKey under Popular Links on the library homepage.

If you have any questions about using ClinicalKey, contact the library at or 617-636-6705. You can also stop by the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4.

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In celebration of African American History Month the library is highlighting biographies and autobiographies about African American physicians.

You can find these books and more on Sackler 4th floor.


Book Highlight

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson M.D.

“Dr. Ben Carson is known around the world for breakthroughs in neurosurgery that have brought hope where no hope existed. In ‘Gifted Hands’, he tells of his inspiring odyssey from his childhood in inner-city Detroit to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions at age thirty-three. Taking you into the operating room where he has saved countless lives, Ben Carson is a role model for anyone who attempts the seemingly impossible” –Cover, p. 4.

Do you have any book suggestions? Let us know what we should buy! Make a book recommendation here!

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