Annie Colby McKeon

Please join us in welcoming our new Senior Reference Assistant, Annie Colby-McKeon!  She previously worked in circulation at the Cambridge Public Library and will be pursuing a library degree at Simmons in the fall. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting and roller-skating. We’re so happy to have her on staff!



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In a study rut? Join us down at the Library Service Desk today at 2:30pm for a break! We’ll have tea and treats to help fuel your afternoon. And while you’re there, submit a few wishes to our Library Fairy box!


The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is proud to unveil its newest curated collection: the Writing & Citation section. Our librarians have been hard at work putting together a new section of resources to help students with all their writing needs.

The Writing & Citation section is located on the bookshelf to the right of the 4th floor circulation desk.

A photo of the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition featuring the white tape and blue lettering of the Writing & Citation section

Writing & Citation books are marked with white tape with blue lettering.

What’s it all about?

These resources are tailored to help students write academic papers, journal articles, grant applications, and more. In addition to helping students succeed in their academic writing and prepare for publication, the resources in the Writing & Citation section will help students write succinctly and clearly.

The collection features a number of citation style guides, including:

Don’t know where to start?

Our Research & Instruction librarians are available to assist students with their research and to help them navigate the resources in the Writing & Citation section. Schedule a librarian consultation today.

As always, writing consultations with Christine Smith, MS, RD will continue to be available. The 45-minute consultations are free to all current Tufts health sciences students and can be scheduled here or by scanning the QR code stationed in the Writing & Citation section.



Congratulations on your match, Class of 2023!  We can’t wait to celebrate with you this Friday on Match Day and learn where you’re headed!

For those of you not in the know, Match Day is an annual event that began in 1952 where medical students learn where they will go for their residency program.  On Friday, March 17th the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor will be closed from 11am-2pm to accommodate celebrations for this event.  All other floors will be open for study.  Please plan on obtaining laptops and reserve items prior to 11am if you need them. In addition,  the Food4Thought Cafe’s kitchen and coffee station will be closed Thursday afternoon and evening, for preparations, and all day Friday, but the usual self check-out items will be available.

Thank you!


Collage of Study Buddies

Study carrel feeling lonely? Assignments got you down? Why not make a little buddy to help cheer you up? That’s right, Hirsh’s favorite pom pom critters are back for two days only! Stop by the Library Service Desk this Thursday 3/9 and Friday 3/10 starting at noon and make a fluffy friend for yourself or someone else. Nothing lifts the spirits like staring into an adoring pair of googly eyes.

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Forsythia, photo by A. LaVertu, 2022

Hard to believe that spring is just around the corner…but here comes March…and more workshops@Hirsh! This month’s workshops have a focus on skills for larger, more complex literature review projects, such as systematic reviews. If you are at the beginning of such a project, or contemplating one, then March workshops@Hirsh are not to be missed!

Workshops are  held on Wednesdays from 2-3pm via Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants.
Click on the workshop link to learn more about the workshop and to register .

Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

Systematic, narrative, scoping… oh my!: Selecting a Literature Review Project Online

Date:     Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Time:     2:00pm – 3:00pm


Description: Systematic, narrative, scoping… oh my! This workshop will provide an introduction to various types of scientific literature review projects and help you decide which is the best fit for your own research. Open to researchers of all experience levels.

Documenting your literature search methods

Date:     Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Time:     2:00pm – 3:00pm


Description: There are many reasons to document your literature search methods, including:

  • Some publication types require it (i.e., systematic and scoping reviews)
  • Having a record for future search updates
  • Transparency and increased understanding of one’s discovery process

This workshop will discuss the reasons why it is important document your literature search methods. It will also review how to draft a narrative description of one’s search methods, tools for documenting one’s search strategy and results, including PRISMA flowcharts.

Python for Data Visualization Online

Date:     Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Time:     2:00pm – 3:00pm


Description: Python is a powerful, open-source and popular programming language with a wide variety of applications. In this workshop, we’ll cover everything you need to know in order to create graphs – no previous experience required!

Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork

Date:     Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Time:     2:00pm – 3:00pm


Description: 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.

Essentials of Data Management

Date:     Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Time:     2:00pm – 3:00pm


Description: 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.


Teapot in front of booksHelp ease back in from the long weekend and join us for a study break tea on Tuesday 2/21 at 2:30pm down at the Library Service Desk! We’ll have some treats to make your Tuesday easier.



Effective today, (February 15, 2023) items that are returned more than 30 minutes after their due time will be considered overdue and you will receive a block. If you are having an issue with returning an item on time, please contact the Library Service Desk as soon as possible and we can do our best to accommodate. We can be reached at, 617-636-6705 (phone), or 617-477-8439 (text). Please visit our Policy for Overdue Items page for more information about this policy.


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In observance of Presidents Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, February 20th. 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. Enjoy the mild weather and have a good weekend!

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Photo by Craig Curtis on Unsplash

Believe it or not, it’s time to start applying for summer internships and other opportunities that require a personal statement. Are  panicking about your personal statement? Worry not! Help is on the way!

Join us for a special Zoom workshop with Christine Smith, MS, RD, a Health Sciences Writing Consultant on the Boston Campus. Christine will provide advice on writing personal statements, as well as her top writing tips. We will also share resources on application writing and interviewing.

Writing Personal Statements 
Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
Time: 11:000m – 12:00pm
Description: Join us for a special workshop with Christine Smith, MS, RD, a Health Sciences Writing Consultant on the Boston Campus. Christine will provide advice on writing personal statements, as well as her top writing tips. We will also share resources on application writing and interviewing.


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