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What is the recipe for making a successful cookbook? Join HHSL and Friedman Masters student Suzi Gerber, aka Chef Suzi, for a discussion and Q&A about her new cookbook, Plant-Based Gourmet.

Join us as we explore what goes into making a successful cookbook, how Suzi’s Friedman education impacts her work as an author/chef, and, of course, FOOD ! We’ll also learn more about how Suzi’s life experiences have shaped her perspectives on cooking, health and the power of plant-based eating. We will open the floor to any questions you might have!

Two lucky attendees (the first to sign up and attend, and a random attendee) will win a complimentary copy of Plant-Based Gourmet. As an “appetizer,”  we hope you enjoy Suzi’s *fabulous* “Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie” recipe!

To register for this event, please visit:

A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the event. Join us at the table!


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What is mail delivery, and who can request it?

Hirsh Library has implemented a mail delivery service.  Students, faculty, and staff are able to request books from any Tufts library to be delivered to them by UPS. This service is meant to serve users who cannot come to campus to pick up their own requests during this time of COVID-19.

We are limited in providing this service to only mailing addresses in the United States. Because of issues with customs and the expense involved, we cannot ship to international destinations. If you need delivery internationally please contact us to discuss your needs further.

How do I request mail delivery?

Begin by searching for a book in JumboSearch. Once you have located your book, select Request Item (you will need to log in to see the Request Item button). Using the dropdown arrow under Pickup Location, select Home Address.

Requesting a book online in the library catalogUsing the dropdown menu to choose a delivery location of a library book from the online catalog

Once we have prepared your books for delivery, we will email you to ask you for your current mailing address, phone number, and email. We need this information to create a shipment for you in UPS. We will save your contact information in your library account until the end of the semester in order to facilitate any future deliveries we make to you. If your contact information changes at any point, please contact us at before you make your next request. When you are finished with your books, just use the enclosed return mailing label and drop the book off at the UPS near you.

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The smell of pumpkin pie from the oven…mashed potatoes…stuffing…and…WORKSHOPS!! Well, ok, maybe no food at this feast, but we do have a feast of workshops this November for you! We hope you’ll make yourself a heaping plate of delicious educational offerings this November!!

Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm and will via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. 

If you have any questions about November workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to see you!

Essentials of Data Management (November 5)
In this workshop, we will review best practices for naming, organizing, storing, depositing your research data, and creating a Data Management Plan. Managing your data before you begin your research and throughout its life cycle is essential to ensure its current usability and long-run preservation and access.

Zotero: the Basics (November 12)
This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. With Zotero, you can:

•    collect references from web sites via your browser of choice
•    drag and drop PDFs to create references
•    generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents
This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

Copyright & Your Thesis (October 19)
This workshop will provide guidance navigating the various copyright questions and decisions that come up during the capstone, thesis, or dissertation process regarding your rights and the rights of others. Whether you are including other people’s content, such as adapting graphs or images, reusing some of your own work, or publishing all or part of your manuscript before or after submitting, there are copyright considerations that can seem challenging and daunting to address. We’re here to help!


Mini pumpkins in box that looks like a pumpkin patch

Although the Hirsh Pumpkin Patch is closed this year and we won’t be painting pumpkins together, we’d like to invite you to join us for a crafty study break over Zoom on Tuesday 10/27 at 4pm!

Pick up a pumpkin to decorate over the weekend or print out one of these coloring pages we’ve gathered and we can chat and craft along together. Have another project you’re working on or just want to socialize? You’re more than welcome to join us too! And if enough people are interested, perhaps we’ll play some Halloween trivia. Register here to get the Zoom link. 

Is something spookier more your speed? Join us on Thursday, 10/29 at 6pm for Scary Stories to Tell Over Zoom! Gather ’round our virtual campfire to hear some thrilling tales or regale everyone with your own ghostly yarn.






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.

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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!

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Some people are afraid of spiders, zombies and monsters…maybe you’re scared by PubMed, EndNote and critical appraisal! Well, you don’t have to be afraid anymore…if you take an October Workshop@Hirsh! This month’s workshop series is a treat that will show you some sweet tricks for mastering the critical resources and skills you need!

Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm and will via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. 

If you have any questions about October workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to see you!

Citation Tool Virtual Fair (October 1)
Your opportunity to learn about the most popular citation tools out there, including EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero – all in one place!

EndNote: the Basics (October 8)
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the citation management program EndNote. EndNote allows you to create a library of references, attach and read PDFs, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents. This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

Introduction to Critical Appraisal (October 15)
Are you struggling to get the most out of articles? Stymied by statistics? Confused by conclusions? Misled by methods? If so, this workshop is for you! Join us for a painless introduction to Critical Appraisal. We’ll go over the basics of reading research articles, offer some tips for teasing out the strengths and weaknesses of studies, and share some user-friendly resources for breaking down statistical analysis.

Where to Publish Open Access (October 22)
October 19-25th will be Open Access Week. In celebration, participate in our workshop to learn more about finding open access journals to publish your work in. We’ll talk about some general tips for finding suitable journals, as well as specifically how to find appropriate open access publishing opportunities.

PubMed: An Introduction (October 29)
This workshop will introduce you to PubMed, the world’s premiere biomedical literature database. We will review the content of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.


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!

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autumn leaves

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Ah! Those crisp mornings and leaf-y smells are not the only signs that Fall is almost here…it’s also time for September Workshops@Hirsh! No matter where you are working and studying this September, you can attend a virtual workshop to learn a new skills.

Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm and will via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. 

If you have any questions about the September workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to see you!


Searching Basics: Strategic Searching using Concepts, Terms, & Boolean Operators (September 10)


With strategic searching, you can rapidly set yourself up to either find more articles and other resources that might potentially be useful or to narrow down a search that has an overwhelming number of results. Yes, basic search strategies can meet either need! Get your intro to search logic with this workshop.


Remote Resources and Services @Tufts (September 17)


Did you know that as a Tufts University student, faculty, or staff member you have access to Stata from home? Or that students have access to writing consultants to hone their voice and data lab assistants to consult with on stats or data-related projects? Come learn about remote resources and services such as Linked-In Learning videos, Mango Languages, and Library consultations that you can access from the comfort of your home. A list of online resources and services will be shared and discussed during this 1-hour intro workshop.


Approaching the Lit Review (September 24)


In this workshop, students will learn how to approach the literature review. Topics covered include database selection, devising effective search techniques, limiting articles to relevant study-types, and tools for keeping track of results.



Need help navigating the new PubMed? Never fear, our summer workshop series is here! Every other Tuesday in July and August, we’re holding out “Introducing the New PubMed” workshop. We’ll get you up to speed on the new interface changes and how they will impact the way you search. Each workshop will cover the same content, so you can feel free to choose whatever date is most convenient for you.

The workshops are held from 12-1pm via Zoom on the following dates:
July 14th
July 28th
August 11th
August 25th

You can find the workshop calendar here. Registrants will be sent the Zoom link the day before the workshop.

And, as always, if you have any questions about PubMed or anything else, you can Ask Us!


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