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From all of us here at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, we wish you a safe and happy New Year. See you in 2018!

Looking for New Years Eve activities? Give some of these a try:

Do you knit or crochet? Are you looking for a way to give back this year? Join crafters around the word in the Octo Project.

Originating in a hospital in Denmark by the Danish Octo Project, the Octo Project provides crochet/knit octopuses for preemies. Started back in 2013, Nurses that the Danish Project work with say that the tentacles resemble the umbilical cord that they are used to holding on to in utero. When a preemie sized crocheted octopus is put with these tiny infants they are calmer, their oxygen level stabilizes and they are less likely to pull out their various tubes and monitors.

These items have been approved all over the world (with strict guidelines). So pick up some hyper allergenic cotton yarn, grab your hook or needles and get to it!

The knit pattern can be found here. The crochet pattern can be found here and this pattern has tutorial information. English not your first language? Check out this page to see patterns in different languages.

Join the US Facebook page or email for more information.


This semester is heading towards the final push! So, we are pleased to present workshops on EndNote, PubMed, Web of Science/Scopus, and Finding Drug Info, basically everything you need to”get it done!

See our Open Workshops page for more information, including complete workshop descriptions and schedules.

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Tuesdays from 9-10am and repeated on Wednesdays from 3-4pm.

EndNote: the Basics
Register: October 31 or November 1

This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the EndNote citation management program. EndNote allows you to create a personal database of references and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required!

PubMed: the Basics
Register: November 7 or November 8

This workshop will introduce you to PubMed. We will review the structure of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing down search results, finding full-text, and exporting citations into citation management programs such as EndNote.

Cross-disciplinary Research 101: Web of Science/Scopus
Register: November 14  | Can’t make attend in-person? Register to attend via WebEx.

Register: November 15  |Can’t make attend in-person? Register to attend via WebEx.

Cross disciplinary subject? Not sure of where to go after you search PubMed? We will learn how to construct a keyword search; show how finding one good article on a topic can lead to other articles on the same thing; and find out who is also working on your topic of interest.

Finding Drug Information
Register: November 28 | Can’t make attend in-person? Register to attend via WebEx.

Register: November  29 | Can’t make attend in-person? Register to attend via WebEx.

Need structural or property data for a drug or chemical?  Want clinical trial or approval information for drug?  Have a pill and need to identify what it is?  In this workshop, we will discuss resources for finding information on everything from drug development to dosing, and demonstrate techniques for searching these resources.


The Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to welcome this year’s incoming students at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy!

During your orientation, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Hirsh library and learn about the many ways we can support you.

During orientation, you’ll also get to meet your liaison librarian,  Amy LaVertu. If you have any questions, or need help, please don’t hesitate to contact  her (

Want to learn more about library resources for nutrition? Check out our Nutrition research guide:



Did you know that there’s a librarian at Hirsh just for you?

The Hirsh Library Liaison Program provides a “point person” for each of the academic programs and clinical departments on the Tufts’ health sciences campus.

What can a librarian liaison do for you? For starters, your librarian liaison can help you:

  • identify resources for your particular topic, especially resources beyond article databases
  • create effective and efficient search strategies for databases like PubMed and Web of Science
  • discern what tool is right for you to help manage your citations (i.e., EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley) and providing instructions to get you started
  • track down statistical data for research projects and help you manage your own data

Find out who the librarian liaison is for your program and then get in touch with them!

Hirsh Library Liaison Program


“Library in the Medical and Dental School Building”, 1907. From the Tufts Digital Library:

Everyone here at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to welcome the new medical class of 2021! We look forward to meeting you at library orientation today, August 8th, where you’ll get the chance to learn more about the library and all the resources that are available to you. (We’ve had a few renovations since the photo above was taken in 1907).

Your pre-clinical liaison librarian is Christina Heinrich, so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions or need any library help!


(c)Flickr user Josue Goge, licensed under Creative Commons

It’s never too late for learning! If you will be around campus this summer and would like to enhance your research skills, we’d be happy to help! The Hirsh Library offers “Workshops on Demand”. We will work with you to create a workshop to meet you (and your group’s) specific learning needs.

To learn more about “Workshops on Demand” visit:

Also, check out the following list of resources for learning new skills, or brushing up some old ones:


“Kanopy is a service providing streaming videos for educational purposes. Major subjects covered include: the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education. Users can search, browse, and see previews of videos.”

“6,001 courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.” To access a course, go to “Sign-In” on the upper right-side of the screen and select “Sign in with your organization portal.” Under “Enter your organization’s URL to log in through their portal” type, “”in the search box (not your UTLN!).

Mango languages
“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.”

“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. ”



Ever wonder what is lurking in the dark alcove behind the library service desk? What skeletons do we have in that space beneath the stairs? Here is a comprehensive list, all available for check-out:

  • 2 full (plastic) skeletons, named Leo and Theo
  • 1 head and neck model
  • 1 eyeball
  • 1 heart
  • 1 armarmleg
  • 1 leg
  • 1 set of lungs
  • 1 knee
  • 1 dental development model
  • 6 sets of teeth
  • 8 full (plastic) skulls
  • 2 full (real) skulls
  • 2 half (real) skulls with brains
  • 2 half (real) skulls
  • 1 lonely brain
  • 1  female pelvis
  • 1 male pelvis

You may also see a full list with pictures on our website.
As always, you can check any of these body parts and accessories out for four hours at a time. Just ask for the extremity of your choice!


Dental board and licensure prep books don’t come out very often but when they do it’s exciting. We’ve just completed acquiring and cataloging four new ones for you.

If you were planning to take the NERB licensure exam, please be sure to note that NERB has changed its name to the CDCA. As far as we are aware, you should be able to also prepare using the old NERB prep materials, but we got the brand-new CDCA prep book for you, because that’s just how we roll.

All board and licensure prep books that are not electronic are on reserve and may be checked out at the Service Desk on Sackler 4 for four hours at a time.

Our brand-new prep books are listed below, but you can also always check out our Dental Board Review Research Guide for the complete list.

As always, if you have any suggestions for prep books that you would like us to have, please feel free to suggest them to us by either filling out the form here or by letting your liaison librarian know. (The dental liaison is me, Amanda Nevius).



CDCA (formerly NERB):
ADEX Dentists: Superior Test Prep for the Computer-Based Diagnostic Skills Examination (DSE) by Rubin, Ricky J.
Call Number: HHSL Circ Desk Reserve WU 18.2 D414 2015
Publication Date: 2015





NBDE Part 1:
Dentin NBDE Part 1
Call Number: HHSL Circ Desk Reserve WU 18.2 D414n 2016 p.1
Publication Date: 2016




NBDE Part 2:
Dentin NBDE Part 2
Call Number: HHSL Circ Desk Reserve WU 18.2 D414n 2016 p.2
Publication Date: 2016




by Rick J. Rubin
Call Number: HHSL Circ Desk Reserve WU 18.2 D414w 2015 c.1
Publication Date: 2015

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Please note that in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the library service desk will have shortened hours. We will be open from 12pm to 7pm. Enjoy the long weekend!

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