This is the fourth in a series of six posts about preparing for the USMLE Step 1.

Our previous post in the Step 1 Study Prep Series covered resources on behavioral science. To continue to showcase our systems-based resources, the table below covers top-rated review resources in biochemistry, cell biology, and histology according to First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2018 edition. We have quite a few excellent resources for these tricky topics!

Some of the review books in our collection are available online. For print copies of resources, some are available on reserve behind the 4th floor service desk and can be checked out for 4 hours at a time. The books in the 5th floor stacks can be checked out for 4 weeks.

What does it look like?TitleFirst AuthorYear of PublicationWhere can I find it?
Rapid Review: BiochemistryPelley2011One copy on reserve behind 4th floor service desk
Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: BiochemistryFerrier2014Full Text Online
Biochemistry and Genetics: PreTest Self-Assessment and ReviewWilson2007One copy available in the 5th floor bookstacks (call number QU 18.2 W748b 2007)
BRS Cell Biology and HistologyGartner2014Full Text Online
Crash Course: Cell Biology and GeneticsStubbs2015One copy on reserve behind 4th floor service desk

For more board prep resources, see our Research Guide: Board Prep for Medicine.

Feel free to ask us if you’re having trouble finding a resource or need a recommendation. Happy studying!

 

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Time to break out of the winter funk and spring into some new skills with March Workshops at Hirsh!

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm, unless otherwise stated. Learn more about Workshops@Hirsh at: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

EndNote: the Basics
March 5
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!

Essentials of Data Management
March 12
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.

Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork
March 19
Come to this workshop to learn about systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and other types of high-level research reviews. We will discuss topics such as the elements of a systematic review, protocols, resources, timelines, and suggested databases.

 

This is the third in a series of six posts about preparing for the USMLE Step 1.

Our last post in the Step 1 Study Prep Series covered Anatomy, Physiology, Embryology, and Neuroscience resources. To continue to showcase our systems-based resources, the table below covers top-rated review resources in behavioral science according to First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2018 edition.

Some of the review books in our collection are available online. For print copies of resources, some are available on reserve behind the 4th floor service desk and can be checked out for 4 hours at a time. The books in the 5th floor stacks can be checked out for 4 weeks.

What does it look like?TitleFirst AuthorYear of PublicationWhere can I find it?
BRS BehavioralFadem2017Full text online
High-Yield Behavioral ScienceFadem2009Two copies available in the 5th floor bookstacks (call number WM 18.2 F114h 2009)
High-Yield BiostatisticsGlaser2005One copy available in the 5th floor bookstacks (call number WA 950 G548h 2005)

For more board prep resources, see our Research Guide: Board Prep for Medicine.

Feel free to ask us if you’re having trouble finding a resource or need a recommendation. Happy studying!

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You may have noticed that we are downsizing our journal stacks on the 7th floor to make room for additional seating. This also includes the three major titles below that you are used to seeing on the 4th floor new journal wall, which we will no longer receive in print. But just to put your minds at ease, these are journals that we have perpetual access to electronically, and are available to you through our catalog. If you have troubling locating or accessing any of our journals, please stop by the circulation desk for assistance.

Neurology

Nature

Modern Healthcare

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What: Hirsh Library “Citation Tool Fair”

When: Thursday, February 27th  from 12noon-1pm

Where: Room 516.

We hope to see you there!

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In observance of Presidents Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, February 17th. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm – 7pm and Library Offices will be closed. We will open for our usual hours on Tuesday. Stay warm and have a good weekend!

 

This is the second in a series of six posts about preparing for the USMLE Step 1.

Last week we posted about comprehensive Step 1 resources such as books, question banks, and online practice tests available at the library. For our first post on systems-based resources, the table below covers top-rated review resources in anatomy, embryology and neuroscience according to First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2018 edition.

Some of the review books in our collection are available online. For print copies of resources, some are available in the 5th floor stacks can be checked out for 4 weeks; the loan period for reserve books is 4 hours. To check out a book on reserve, just stop by the 4th floor Library Service Desk and ask us to grab it for you from behind the desk.

What does it look like?TitleFirst AuthorYear of PublicationWhere can I find it?
High-Yield Gross AnatomyDudek2015On reserve behind 4th Floor Service Desk
Anatomy: an Essential TextbookGilroy2017One copy on reserve and another copy in the 5th floor bookstacks (call number QS. 18.2 G489 2017)
Atlas of AnatomyGilroy2012On reserve behind 4th floor service desk
BRS PhysiologyCostanzo2019Full text online
BRS EmbryologyDudek2014Full text online
High-Yield NeuroanatomyGould2016Two copies available in the 5th floor bookstacks (call number WL0101 G696 2016)

For more board prep resources, see our Research Guide: Board Prep for Medicine.

Feel free to ask us if you’re having trouble finding a resource or need a recommendation. Happy studying!

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We’re in the thick of the semester, so why not take a moment to de-stress and send some love? This Thursday and Friday we’ll have a variety of supplies out at the Library Service Desk so you can make valentines for yourself, your friends, or that special someone (your favorite librarian, perhaps?). We’ll have all the glitter and doilies you need to let someone know how much you appreciate them!

 

This is the first in a series of six posts about preparing for the USMLE Step 1.

Did you know that you can access study materials for Step 1 through the library? Our resources include books and question banks, both online and in print.

Most print test prep books are on reserve and can be checked out from the Service Desk on the 4th floor, with a 4-hour loan period. Some print books with a 4-week loan period are also available in the 5th floor stacks.

Comprehensive resources and self-assessment tools are a good place to begin preparing for Step 1 to identify strengths and weaknesses and create a study strategy.

USMLE Easy and Board Vitals are two resources you can use to create personalized practice tests online. Kalpan and First Aid comprehensive study books are also on reserve and available for check out from the 4th floor Library Service Desk.

For more medical board prep resources, see our Research Guide: Board Prep for Medicine. Keep an eye out for future blog posts about systems-based resources in our collection. Happy studying!

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Winter got you a bit out of shape? Well, how about those “writing muscles”? Could they use a good workout,too? If yes, then February workshops at Hirsh are for you!

We’re calling this February’s workshops “Writing Project Boot Camp.” Workshops will focus on critical skills and tools to improve your research process.

Workshops will be held in Sackler 510 on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm, unless otherwise stated. Learn more about Workshops@Hirsh at: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

Approaching the Lit Review
February 6
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.

Plagiarism, Citing Information, Turnitin – Oh my!
February 13
Questions about plagiarism, citing references and accessing Turnitin are the most frequently asked at Hirsh Library! Perhaps you have nagging questions about how to avoid accidental plagiarism or how to cite that weird reference? Come to this open workshop to get some answers, and make your research life, a little easier (or at least, a little less scary!).

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Introducing the *New* PubMed
February 18 (Tuesday)
Did you know that PubMed has just undergone a major “facelift”? Come to this workshop and learn more about the “new” PubMed and how these changes will impact the way you search.

Tools for Managing Your Writing
February 20
In this workshop you will learn how to use library resources and tools to manage your writing from conception to publication.  Resources covered include making effective use of citation management tools, databases to find journal impact factors, suggested apps, guidelines, and tips to keep track of your research.

Citation Management Tool Fair
February 27 – Room 516
Your opportunity to learn about the most popular citation tools out there, including EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero – all in one place!

 
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