We hope you’re enjoying running your searches and managing your research and library account using JumboSearch, Tufts Libraries’ one-stop shop to search for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

Because JumboSearch does so much, and is a big change from the library catalogs you may be accustomed to using, we’ve built custom Search Help, by Tufts Librarians, for Tufts Users! You can find the link on the top menu of every JumboSearch page.

If you’re stuck searching for books on Reserve for your class, struggling to find a particular journal or a book, wishing to explore the holdings of the Tufts Digital Library, or wondering how to explore the collection in your local Tufts library, our Search Help is here to…help.

Of course, if you run into trouble using JumboSearch you can always stop by the Library Service Desk on  Sackler 4, give us a call at 617-636-6705, shoot us an email at  hhsl@tufts.edu, text us at 617-477-8439, or chat us up!

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It’s the start of a new semester! Hirsh Library would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new students and say “welcome back!” to our returning students. To help you start the semester off on the right foot, we invite you to join us for tea and treats on Tuesday 1/23 at 3pm down at the Library Service Desk! Be sure to stop by on Thursday 1/25 and Friday 1/26 as well–we’ll have puzzles out in honor of National Puzzle Day on 1/29. Hope to see you next week, but if we don’t, we’re sure we’ll see you soon!

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You know how sometimes all you need is a snack rather than a whole meal? Well, sometimes this true for learning opportunities, too!  Want to learn some tips, tricks and skills, but don’t have enough time to attend an hour long workshop? Then, Hirsh Library’s “Quick Bites” series will satisfy your cravings!

“Quick Bites” are 20 minute(-ish) mini-workshops held on Mondays at 12noon in Sackler 510. No registration required – just bring your lunch and yourself!

Topics to be featured include:

Be on the lookout for “Quick Bites” schedule, which is coming soon!

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Resolve to learn something new this year and attend an Open Workshop!

We kick off a new semester of Hirsh Open Workshops with a two part workshop on R, an open source programming language used to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data.

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

Introduction to R
Register: Tuesday, January 23, 2018  – 9:00am – 10:00am

Register: Wednesday, January 24, 2018  – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Description: R is an open source programming language used to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. Researchers and health professionals can use it to convey complex information in a manner that is easy to understand.  The flexibility of R allows large amounts of data to be processed and represented in ways that spreadsheet programs cannot.  This introductory, hands-on workshop provides a brief overview of how R works and what it is capable of. No prior experience with R or programming languages is required.

Visualizing Data with R
Register: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – 9:00am – 10:00am

Register: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Description: In this hands-on workshop, users will be introduced to R packages used for data visualization. This session includes data visualization exercises utilizing a sample data set.  Prior experience with R or completion of the Hirsh Library’s “Introduction to “R” open workshop is recommended.



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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will have shortened hours on Monday, January 15th. We will be open 12 pm to 7 pm.

We will be open regular hours on Sunday and again on Tuesday.

We hope you have a great weekend!


Springer Nature Experiments is a new platform that searches four protocol and method resources simultaneously: Springer Protocols, Nature Protocols, Nature Methods, and Protocol Exchange, providing easy access to more than 50,000 protocols and methods.

Unique indexing means that you can quickly find protocols and methods for a particular organism, common and emerging techniques, or videos.

The summary page for each protocol and method provides an abstract, version history, figures and videos from the article, and the number of citations the article has received.  This information helps you choose the best protocol or method for your work without scanning multiple articles on different sites.  When you find one that works, then you can click through to the full text, available through Tufts Libraries.


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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 https://www.facebook.com/octoforapreemieus/ or email octoforapreemieus@gmail.com for more information.


We’ll be closed for a few days next week due to the holidays! Here’s a refresher on our upcoming hours:


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The holiday season is the perfect time for some leisure reading. Whether you need something to read on the plane, train or bus ride home, or if you get to stay in town and rest, there’s plenty here at Hirsh for you to choose from. Make sure to stop by our newly expanded leisure reading section the next time you’re on the 4th floor of the Sackler building. Below are the latest titles to be added to our collection:






As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you think we should own, please do let us know by recommending a purchase.

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