Thanks to Valentine’s Day, February is the month of love – and you are going to fall in love with February Workshops@Hirsh!!!!

February Workshops@Hirsh have a special focus on research projects, such as theses and dissertations. We will be reviewing everything from how to approach the literature review, to exploring copyright issues for theses/dissertations, and to how to format your theses/dissertation.

And because we love you , we have a very special workshops presented by Christine Smith, the Health Sciences Writing Consult, on personal statements. This one is 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.

Approaching the Lit Review
Date:     Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Time:     2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/10104549?hs=a
Description: 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.

Beyond PubMed: Scopus and Web of Science
Date:     Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Time:     2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/10110657?hs=a
Description: Learn why Scopus and Web of Science are worth adding to your search toolkit. In addition to extensive coverage of the biomedical literature these databases are a fantastic way to look at journal impact, gain insight into how many times an article has been cited, and identify potential collaborators. This workshop will also compare Web of Science and Scopus to help you decide which database is best for you.

Copyright & Your Thesis
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/10103761
Description: This workshop will provide guidance navigating the various copyright questions and decisions that come up during the capstone, thesis, or dissertation process regarding your rights and the rights of others. Whether you are including other people’s content, such as adapting graphs or images, reusing some of your own work, or publishing all or part of your manuscript before or after submitting, there are copyright considerations that can seem challenging and daunting to address. We’re here to help!

Formatting Your Thesis/Dissertation 
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/10110826
Description: You have not ‘crossed the finish line’ on your thesis or dissertation until it has been properly formatted for submission. Have questions or are unsure what formatting your thesis or dissertation entails? Then, this workshop is for you! In this workshop, we will review the most important elements of a properly formatted thesis or dissertation. We will reviewed using Word to format your manuscript as well as how to use citation management tools to works cited sections, including how to create chapter bibliographies. No matter where you are in the thesis/dissertation process, this is a workshop worth your time.

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Writing Personal Statements Online
Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
Time: 11:000m – 12:00pm
Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/10117693
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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We’re offering a new service this semester: Virtual data management office hours! Our librarians Allie and Paige are here to help with your tricky data management questions at any stage of the research cycle. Whether you have to write a data management plan for a grant, find somewhere to share the data you’ve collected, or just realized you need a better system for organizing your files, come chat with us for ideas and guidance.

We will be holding office hours at 11am on the first and third Fridays of every month up to June. Office hours are open for anyone affiliated with Tufts Health Sciences – students, faculty, and staff. Once you register, you will receive a link to the Zoom room. If the room is empty when you join, don’t worry – we’ll get an email that you’re waiting and be right there!

If you have a complex question that might need more time to untangle, or just want to make sure that you have our undivided attention, you can always book a private appointment with Allie or Paige.


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The spring semester is underway and everyone is back from break! Come and catch up with a study break tea at the Library Service Desk on Tuesday, 1/31 at 2:30pm. We’ll have a variety of teas and treats. Grab a cup to go or stay and chat for a bit!


The Hirsh Health Sciences Library offers full online access to The CRISPR Journal, a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to cutting-edge research in the field of gene editing. The bimonthly journal features research articles, perspectives and commentaries, editorials, and more written by experts in the field.

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Topics covered by The CRISPR Journal include:

  • Bioethics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Embryonic development
  • Gene drives
  • Gene therapy
  • Genetic diseases
  • Genetically modified foods
  • IP and patenting
  • Microbial immunity
  • Organ transplantation
  • Synthetic biology

Recent articles discuss the ongoing ethical debate around editing the genomes of human embryos, the merits of genetically modifying fish to meet food supply demands, and the development of a breed of hypoallergenic cat.

If you are interested in submitting an article to be published by CRISPR, you can find more information here.

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Thank you for your time and help in collecting data for the affiliation survey, we truly appreciate it! This survey is what helps us get funding to make the library as helpful as possible to you lovely patron. Onto the statistics!


The 7th floor is our most popular floor with more than twice the number of visitors that our other floors. This data is consistent with the traffic on each floor from October 2021 and March 2022.


Weekday and Time



Monday and Tuesday are our busiest days of the week, which is different from previous surveys where Monday and Thursday were the most popular weekdays. In comparison to previous surveys, Sunday and Monday are more popular than in March 2022 and October 2021. Thursday is a much less popular day than from previous surveys. Some of the evening data for Thursday was lost, so this may also influence the low numbers.


Time of Day

Traffic by time of day has not significantly changed. 3 pm has remained the busiest time of day at the library since October 2021 followed by 11 am.



As with previous years, the dental program is the largest user of the library followed by the medical program. While MBS program usage grew in October 2021 and March 2022, it dropped by more than half this most recent survey. It is unclear why this happened!


In conclusion, the library has bounced back from early COVID-19 numbers! Thanks so much for your patronage. We are happy to be helping you in your academic journey.



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Happy 2023! Welcome to Tufts if you are new student this semester – and – welcome back if you are returning student!

Let’s the new year’s enthusiasm go to waste! If you have told yourself that you’d like to get better at literature searching or learn to use a citation management tool, now is your chance. That’s way we are kicking this semester’s Workshops@Hirsh with workshops are guaranteed to  get you off on the right foot. We hope you can join us!

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.

PubMed: An Introduction
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
This workshop will introduce you to PubMed, the world’s premiere biomedical literature database. We will review the content of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

Zotero: the Basics
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. With Zotero, you can:
• collect references from web sites via your browser of choice
• drag and drop PDFs to create references
• generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents
This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!


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In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, January 16th. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm and the Library Offices will be closed. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Stay warm and have a great long weekend!


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Avoid getting in an “entanglement” with the Block this Academic Year. Blocks stay on your account until the end of the year, July 1st. If you are running late to return an item, give us a call (617-636-6705) or email (hhslcirc@tufts.edu) to avoid getting streamed on Facebook Live. 
As a reminder here are the block levels: 

  • 1st Offense – Suspension of all borrowing privileges, to be lifted 24 hours after item is returned  
  • 2nd Offense – Suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one week (7 days) after return  
  • 3rd Offense – Suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one month after return and notification to the dean  
  • 4th Offense – Suspension of all borrowing privileges for the remainder of the current semester and notification to the dean  



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The end of the semester is finally within reach! We will be closing at 5pm on Thursday, December 22nd and will remain closed throughout the university break.

Thursday, December 22nd: 7:45am-5pm

Friday, December 23rd- Monday, January 2nd.

We will reopen for regular hours at 7:45am on Tuesday, January 3rd. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from all of us here at Hirsh!


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The end of the semester is nigh! Take a moment to stretch your legs and join us down at Library Service Desk at 2:30pm on Tuesday 12/13 for a quick study break. Have a cup of tea, a snack, and celebrate (or commiserate) with your fellow students. Hope to see you there!

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