The trees are changing colors and fall is on its way! Join us at the Library Service Desk this Thurs 9/21 and Fri 9/22, starting at 12pm, for our first FunLab of the year and make a custom cozy to adorn your favorite seasonally-spiced drink. We’ll have all the supplies you need to protect your hand from hot beverages in style!


A September to Remember…at the Leisure Lounge!

Hello, and Happy Fall from Hirsh Library!

For September, please visit the Leisure Lounge on the 4th floor and check out our selection of memoirs! Whether you are looking for something action-packed, full of laughs, or thoughtful and contemplative for the cool days of fall, we have books to match any interest.

Here are a few suggestions, which can be found on display by the window (near the printers!):

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Epic: Stories of Survival from the World’s Highest Peaks by Clint Willis


Suggestions? Recommendations? Let us know!

–Megan Uberti, Collections Assistant






September brings with it a ramp up in reading assignments, papers, exams…and our writing consultant is here to help! The service is available to all Health Sciences graduate students on the Boston Campus. Sessions are held remotely on Zoom and are 45 minutes long.

The fall schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays: 10am-3pm

Thursdays: 10am-3pm

Sundays: 12pm-5pm

Registration for September is open, so sign up now!

For more information about the help our Writing Consultant provides and what to expect at your appointment, please visit the FAQ section of our Writing Consultants Guide.

Happy writing!


In observance of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 4th, the Hirsh Library Service Desk will have shortened hours of 12pm – 7pm with no online chat. The building access remains unchanged, and the service desk will have regular hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Hope you enjoy the weekend and a little bit of history about Labor Day, an annual celebration of the American labor movement!

Photograph of women in the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Local 62 marching in a Labor Day parade

Women of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Local 62 marching in a Labor Day parade. Courtesy of the Kheel Center at Cornell University, CC by 2.0,



Leaves will be dropping and so are Autumn Workshops@Hirsh! Our  workshops will be focusing on exactly the skills you need to embark on your research, whether it be the first required paper for your course or a much anticipated grant application.

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 title to register .

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

Approaching the Literature Review – September 6, 2023

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.
Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Data Management Essentials for Grants – September 13, 2023

Description: 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.
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

PubMed: An Introduction – September 20, 2023

Description: 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.
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

JumboSearch: Your Gateway to Library Resources at Tufts – September 27, 2023

Description: In this workshop, you will learn how to use JumboSearch, Tufts Libraries’ discovery tool. JumboSearch is your gateway to full-text articles, books, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, and more!
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Time:2:00pm – 3:00pm

Zotero: The Basics – October 4, 2023

Description: This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. Attendees will learn about and practice:

  • Adding references to a Zotero library from websites, article databases, and PDFs
  • Generating in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents
  • Setting up Zotero groups to share references with collaborators

While this session is for beginners–no previous experience required!–it’s helpful for attendees to download and install Zotero in advance.
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Which Review is Right for You? How to Select Your Literature Review Project – October 11, 2023

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.
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

EndNote: the Basics – October 18, 2023

Description: This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the citation management program EndNote.   EndNote allows you to create a library of references, attach and read PDFs, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents.  This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Open Access Publishing Support @Tufts – October 25, 2023

Description: Ready to publish, but short on funds to make it a reality?  In honor of Open Access Week, we’ll spotlight the different ways Tufts supports and sustains open access and other forms of publishing.  The library’s here to help broaden your research reach!
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

M1s and M2s: it’s a whole new academic year, a fresh start. Maybe you’re resolving to embark on that ambitious new study schedule. The library has some resources to help you stick to your new-academic-year resolutions. Before—or in addition to—shelling out for q-bank subscriptions to study for Step 1 (looking at you, Boards&Beyond, UWorld, et al), zhuzh up your study strategy with these q-banks you can access for free through the library.


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Board Vitals

  • Requires a free individual account
  • Format similar to UWorld
  • Access USMLE-style questions and comprehensive explanations
  • Apple and Android mobile app available


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MedOne Adaptive Learner: Step 1

  • Requires a free individual account
  • Compatible with mobile devices
  • Access thousands of questions divided by 11 USMLE disciplines
  • Designed to help identify misconceptions and gaps in knowledge based on user data and metacognitive prompts that ask users to rate how well they know material
  • One USMLE Step 1 Practice Test included



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LWW Health Library

  • Requires a free individual account
  • Quizzes based on textbook content organized by the following subjects: Anatomy, Bedside diagnosis, Behavioral science, Biochemistry, Embryology, Epidemiology, Human genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Neuroanatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology

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First Aid eBook Collection

Our q-banks require authenticating as a Tufts user in addition to setting up a free individual account. If you have trouble getting started, we’re happy to help!


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JumboCash and printing operations will be offline from 10am August 14 until 4pm August 15, 2023.

During this time you will not be able to add money to JumboCash or print using JumboCash at Library printers.

We apologize for the interruption and inconvenience. Please check for updates, or inquire at the Library Service Desk or use AskUs.

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Please join us in welcoming our new Collections Assistant, Megan Uberti! She is an MIT grad who brings with her a number of years of experience as an engineer in the biotech industry. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and collecting postcards. She will be splitting her time between the library offices and the Library Service Desk, so she will be working on all fronts to help you connect with the resources you need!


We want to officially welcome all of our new Dental students! We enjoyed meeting you during your orientation last week and look forward to helping you throughout your years here at Tufts. If last week passed by in a blur, we’d like to remind you that the library has quiet places for studying (and naps), collaboration space, and you are welcome to eat and drink while you are here (we even have microwaves you can use).

  • Have a question? Drop by the Service Desk on the 4th floor and chat to the librarian on call.
  • Want more extended one-on-one help? Schedule an appointment with the dental librarian, Hannah Ellingson
  • Speaking of Hannah, be sure to bookmark the Dental Resources she’s put together for TUSDM. It includes goodies like information on Board and Licensure Exam study resources, how to find Materials Research, and tips on conducting excellent EBD searches.
  • Forget your charger and your phone’s about to die? Check one out at the Service Desk. For that matter, check out a laptop, a VGI cable, model teeth, real skulls, and more!

We wish you nothing but success here at Tufts and everyone at the library looks forward to getting to know you better!





“Library in the Medical and Dental School Building”, 1907. From the Tufts Digital Library:

A big welcome to the TUSM class of 2027 from all of us here at Hirsh Library! We can’t wait to meet you at library orientation today, July 25th, where you’ll get the chance to learn more about the library and all the resources that are available to you. (We’ve had a few renovations since the photo above was taken in 1907). We’re also looking forward to seeing you at PBL Library Skills Workshops on August 21st!

Your pre-clerkship liaison librarian is Christina Heinrich, so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions or need any library help! You can also stop by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of MedEd to talk to one of our staff members, or Ask Us by email, chat, phone, or text–we’re always happy to help!

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