It’s July, so it’s time to welcome our new crop of Interns, Residents, and Fellows of Tufts Medical Center and our affiliated programs!

Remember, House Staff of TMC and affiliated hospitals have full access to the research collections of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library (for questions about access, visit this page. We are happy to assist you with all of your library research needs, including access to Point of Care Tools, access to Guidelines, access to ebooks, and much more! We can help you with your literature searches, and work with you on bigger research projects as well (just fill out this Consultation form and we’ll get right back to you).

We are available during Staffed Hours to assist remotely with all of your questions, no matter how big or how small. Feel free to email us at hhsl@tufts.edu,  or use our Chat feature to reach someone right away.

Welcome to Tufts, and we look forward to helping you navigate the next phase of your medical education!

 

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We here at Hirsh Library have been so thrilled to spend the last full academic year with you all. And, more activity in the library means more books have been circulating among our student body.

If you or a friend have checked out library books and have not returned them yet, please return them now! We would really appreciate having them back. You can turn them in here (at Hirsh), or at any Tufts Library– Medford, Grafton, SMFA.

If you need to mail them back for any reason, just contact us at hhsl@tufts.edu, and we can give you all the information and labels to bring them back to the Boston Campus.

Returning your books not only clears your accounts– it also eases the strain on our Acquisitions department, who buy replacements for lost books.

We hope you enjoy your summer break, however long it may be, and hope to see you all soon!

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June 17th 2022 marks 247 years since the Battle of Bunker Hill (aka How Many Kids From New England Learned About the Concept of a Pyrrhic Victory). Considered by many to be the first true battle of the American Revolution, many thought the events starting the evening of June 16th would not result in a battle at all.

Bunker Hill Monument and Col. William Prescott statue

By Siddharth Mallya. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

British Army Commander General Thomas Gage was under pressure to end the colonial rebellion once and for all. Along with his fellow Commanders, he decided that the best plan of action would be to seize the high grounds surrounding Boston and use the positions to strategically crush and uprisings in occupied Boston. The plan was leaked and 1,000 colonial soldiers mobilized to seize the high ground in Charlestown, and fortify both Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill (the hill where the Bunker Hill Monument stands is actually Breed’s Hill; Bunker Hill is a few blocks away and is home to the Roman Catholic church St. Francis de Sales). While colonial revolutionaries worked through the night to reinforce their hold on the hills, well over 2,000 British soldiers were mobilized to Charlestown.

When the time came to engage, it is estimated that approximately 2,400 trained British soldiers faced off against 1,500 colonists, a mix of militiamen and locals. The bloody battle that ensued lasted approximately two hours, and resulted in massive casualties, numbering over 1,000 British fighters and more than 400 Revolutionaries. While British forces did seize the hills, the casualties they suffered facing off against the colonists were devastating, and led to substantial rethinking of how the occupying British would engage with colonial forces in battle.

There is so much more to tell about this pivotal battle of American Revolution, so if you are interested, check out this National Park Service article, this Timeline of the Revolution, and this Smithsonian Magazine piece debunking some of the tales you may have learned about the battle in history class.

Of course, the best way to learn about the Battle of Bunker Hill is to visit the Boston National Historic Park sites in Charlestown! There is major renovation work taking place in the Monument and Lodge, but you can still visit the site and the Museum across the street.

 

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Juneteenth hours

On Monday, June 20th, the Library Service Desk and Library Offices will be closed for the observance of Juneteenth. We will be open for our regular hours on Saturday and Sunday.

The university will be holding a Juneteenth Observance Ceremony on Friday, June 17th. The ceremony will be held on the Medford campus and livestreamed for those who would like to attend remotely. For more information or to register, please visit the University’s Juneteenth website. 

 

 

With commencement now a fond memory and summer sessions in full swing, you might be wondering when you can visit the library during the summer. The answer? The same time as the rest of the year! We keep the same hours year round so that you can access all the resources and support you need, regardless of the temperature. We will have modified hours on Juneteenth, 4th of July weekend, and Labor Day weekend, but besides that we are here for our normal hours 7 days a week! Our hours and any holiday modifications are posted on our website.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Hours

In observance of Memorial Day, Hirsh Library will be closed on Monday, May 30th. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and will be closing at 8pm on Sunday. Hope you have a sunny and relaxing long weekend!

 

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Congratulations Class of 2022! All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! We look forward hearing about all the great work you will do.

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 21, as there will be a reception for the graduates taking place on the 4th floor.

On Friday, May 20th, preparations will begin for Saturday’s event so there will be some disruption on the 4th floor and the Food4Thought cafe will be closing at 2pm.

 

The MedOne Education ebook collection is now available to access through the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. You can easily find it by searching “MedOne collection” on our homepage. With this ebook collection, you have online access to a wide range of medical textbooks from Thieme Medical Publishers and a host of tools to customize your learning or teaching experience. These textbooks cover subjects which include:

  • Anatomy
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology & Venerology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics & Traumatology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiology

For students, a useful tool that the MedOne collecti0n features is a customizable Questions & Answers section that lets you track your performance statistics as you study at your pace. You can create a review session to see your results as you go, or take a practice exam to put yourself to the test.

For instructors, the MedOne ebook collection allows you to create customizable “playlists” to feature chapters and materials across different textbooks to better suit the needs of your class. This can also be useful for students who want to create personal study guides.

We hope you’ll take advantage of everything this ebook collection has to offer!

 
Magically Floating Dental Supplies

Photo by Daniel Frank on Unsplash

Congratulations to all dental students graduating!

We at Hirsh Library just wanted to remind you that clearing from the library is among your responsibilities in order to be cleared for graduation. This means all books must be returned and all fines must be paid. If you have any questions, you can send us a chat or give us a call at 617-636-6705 . We have loved working with you all through your research projects and presentations, and we are excited to see you off to the next portion of your career. Good luck (and please remember to return your books!).

 

It’s Stress Less Week and we’re here to help! Join us at the Library Service Desk on Tuesday 4/26 from 2:30-3:30pm for a study break. We’ll have tea and snacks so you can take a moment to relax and refuel before retiring to your study carrel.

 
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