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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’s the  librarian liaison for you program and then get in touch with them!

Hirsh Library Liaison Program


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From mid-February to mid-March, we asked what you would wish for if the Library Fairy could grant you three wishes. We were excited to learn what things, big or small, you wanted for Hirsh Library. In total, we received around 60 wishes!

Before delving into more detail, we want to note that a handful of the wishes were for maintenance issues. You don’t have to ask for a magical boon to get something fixed! Alert us right away if you notice something isn’t working and we’ll make sure it gets immediate attention.
You can report problems in a number of ways:
-Tell a staff member in person at the Library Service Desk
-Give us a call at 617-636-6705 or text us at 617-447-8439
-Send an email to
Send a chat
Use our problem reporting form 

Now, on to the fun stuff! While we received a wide variety of wishes, they fell into several overarching categories.

The most wished-for category was furniture. The most requested item overall? Standing desks! We’re pleased to announce that in the next few months we will be getting two more desks as well as adding a standing height counter on the 5th floor. The other furniture requests were all for non-traditional study furniture as well, items like yoga ball chairs and bicycle desks, massage chairs and nap pods. While we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to add some of these items, we’re exploring the feasibility of some more unique seating options.

Resources and Technology
We also received a number of wishes for different types of resources, both physical and electronic. We have granted a few of these wishes by purchasing plastic anatomical models for check-out and adding Skype and ArcGIS to our loaner laptops. Unfortunately, we were not able to grant the wish for a pet library bunny, but we will be bringing the therapy dogs back next semester!
You can recommend resource purchases throughout the year on our website.

We got some great ideas for workshops, seminars, and talks from the wishes. We’ll take these into consideration as we plan for the fall.

Second only to standing desks, we received a lot of wishes for free candy, specifically chocolate. While we unfortunately don’t have the funding to add an unlimited supply of candy to our collection, stop by the Library Service Desk today (Monday 5/9) and grab a piece of dark chocolate!

To recap:

Wishes granted
Two new standing desks and a standing height counter
Skype and ArcGis on loaner laptops
More plastic anatomical models

And a few wishes that were for things we already have: 
Board games to check out at the desk
One place to search electronic database content: JumboSearch
New public computers –an upgrade is already in progress for this summer!


Thank you to everyone who submitted wishes! Keep your eyes out, because the Library Fairy might return to grant more wishes in the future…

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For those of you not already familiar, MeSH or Medical Subject Headings are the standard terms used to describe biomedical topics in PubMed. Basically, a staff person at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) tags each article with the appropriate MeSH based on what the article is about. The great thing is you don’t have to worry about spelling variations, conjugation, or even synonyms with MeSH. If the article is about the concept, the NLM staffer will tag it with the right MeSH, even if the exact words used in the text are different.
So what made the list of new MeSH for 2016? Well, a few were surprising, such as the term Grandparents. How was that not already in there? Considering Antelope has been a MeSH since 1991, why did it take this long to add Giraffe? And, is it really that often that Legendary Creatures comes up in the biomedical literature that it deserves its own heading?
Well, check the list out yourself. Just keep in mind, these MeSH are brand-spanking new, so don’t expect to get a lot of articles tagged with them just yet–most are not retroactive.


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Some changes are afoot in the Library!

Smart Medicine, a clinical decision making resource from the American College of Physicians, will no longer be available via the Hirsh Health Sciences Library as of January 1, 2016.

We aren’t leaving you high and dry, so don’t despair. There are a variety of Point of Care tools available to you as a student, faculty, or staff member of Tufts University. We suggest checking out:

DynaMed:a comprehensive, evidence based resource, which you can also use via a free app on your smartphone. Visit this page for instructions.

BMJ Best Practice: a tool combining evidence, guidelines, research, and expert opinion, compiled by the BMJ Evidence Centre. This comprehensive and easy-to-use tool is also available on a mobile platform, which you can read more about here. Keep in mind, this is a UK resource, so some information (such as clinical practice guidelines) may differ slightly from US recommendations.

UpToDate: an accessible point-of-care resource with continually-updated research in 22 clinical specialties. Available ON CAMPUS ONLY.

Don’t let our changes bring you down! Check out these great resources, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Now that Thanksgiving break is behind us, we are entering… “Crunch Time”!!  Do you listen to music when furiously studying for exams or drafting those final papers? If yes, did you know that you have access to Tufts’ streaming audio databases that feature Classical, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Motown, Roots, and World music?

Check out this fabulous guide to Tufts’ streaming audio databases:

Tufts Libraries Guide to Streaming Audio & Video Databases

Now put those headphones* on and get to work!


*FYI: Hirsh Library loans headphones – just ask at the 4th floor desk!

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Get Published! Tools for Managing your Writing

Join us Thursday 3/13 at noon in Sackler 510 for the next installment of our Open Workshops series. During this hour-long 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

Space is limited–be sure to arrive on time for a seat! Food and lidded drinks are allowed in the computer labs so feel free to bring your lunch or a snack.

 HHSL Open Workshops are open to ANY Tufts community member. We welcome students, faculty, staff, clinicians and members of our affiliate hospitals. 

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Public health encompasses such a wide range of topics that it can be challenging to know where to begin! The public health portal is designed to be your first stop for locating resources focused on epidemiology and public health.


This portal contains sections that will connect you to key public health journals, article databases, and critical sources of statistical data on the health and well-being of populations.

Because ‘local is global’ (and vice versa!) when it comes to public health, this portal contains both a section featuring United States-specific public health resources and a section featuring resources offering a global perspective on public health-related topics.

The public health portal will also point you towards guides on research writing and using the Hirsh Health Sciences Library.

Have you explored the public health portal? Is something missing? Let us know what you think by giving us an email or call!

To quote an old Sesame Street song, “Everybody eats.” Consequently, just about every discipline within the health sciences has a stake in food and nutrition! It is for this very reason that the Hirsh Health Sciences Library has created the nutrition portal.


The nutrition portal will introduce you to key resources related to food and nutrition. These resources have been selected, not only for people who are specifically engaged in the study of nutrition, but also for those seeking nutrition-related information for application in their own field of study.

Looking for resources that provide a global perspective on issues related to food and nutrition? Check out the “Global” tab, which features resource created by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and USAID.  Want to know which parts of the USA have limited access to healthy food?  Take a look at the USDA’s “Food Environment Atlas,” which is featured on the “United States” tab.

The nutrition portal will also point you towards policy resources, article databases (including PubMed@Tufts and Web of Knowledge), and guides on research writing and using the Hirsh Health Sciences Library.

Have you explored the nutrition portal? Is something missing? Let us know what you think by giving us an email or call!

Here are a few quick informational tidbits on how the government shutdown may affect you and your research:

  • HNRCA is closed
  • PubMed, Ovid, NIH Reporter, NCBI, the CDC, Agricola and other databases relying on government data are not being updated and are not able to respond to inquiries
  • DOCLINE is down (no direct ordering of articles from PubMed/NLM)
  • and other non-essential websites are shut down, for accessing data, try Data Citation Index through Web of Knowledge
  • Many government services are not being maintained or no longer allow access. Resources like PubMed are still running, but not being updated; and if hacked or broken, they may not be fixed in a timely manner. The libraries subscribe to many databases that provide access to the same information, but will be maintained and staffed since they are not government-run. For more on alternative resources to use in order to access government information, see the Tisch Library guide here:
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Have you noticed Leo the Skeleton on the HHSL homepage?


Click on Leo and get the skinny on top article databases, point of care resources, and electronic books and journals in clinical medicine, as well as drug information and research writing tips and guides.  It’s a quick way for clinicians, medical students, hospital staff and others to access all the clinical medicine favorites, like DynaMed, PubMed, UpToDate, and more.

Any suggestions, questions, or feedback about this portal?  Let us know!