Posts by: Amy LaVertu

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They’re baaaack…..PINECONE TURKEYS!!!!!!!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/17 and Friday 11/18, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered, freaky friend!!!  There will be googly-eyes galore, fabulous feather and all the hot glue you can handle! Please stop by and make one of these beauties!

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It’s never too late for learning here at Hirsh Library! As approach the end of the Fall Workshops@Hirsh Library series, we want to draw your attention to two excellent workshops coming your way!  These two workshops on topics of critical importance to researchers here on the Health Sciences campus: the use of ORCID ids and the updated NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. If you engaged in research or grant writing, then these are two must attend workshops! We hope we see you there!

Bolstering your research identity with ORCID

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Gain a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of your research impact, streamline maintenance of your research profiles, and distinguish your scholarly presence all through ORCID, a non-proprietary researcher identifier and set of tools to maximize connections in research scholarship.  As part of this workshop, we’ll walk through setting up an ORCID account (if you don’t already have one), populating your profile, auto-updating other research profiles, and more.



NIH Data Sharing Policy Update

**Thursday, November 17, 2022**

12:00pm – 1:00pm

In January 2023 the NIH will be updating their Data Management and Sharing Policy, which will affect both applicants and recipients of NIH grants. In this workshop, we will discuss the upcoming changes to the NIH policy, why data sharing is important, and data management strategies that will help you stay compliant throughout the lifecycle of your research project.



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“Dem bones, dem bones…” are coming to a TUSM Learning Community near you! For the next three weeks, the Hirsh Library will be taking some bones (and other assorted anatomy resources “on the road”)! Yes, it’s time for the “Anatomy Roadshow”!

What is the “Anatomy Roadshow” you ask?  The “Anatomy Roadshow” is an opportunity for TUSM students to learn about invaluable tools for studying gross anatomy. These tools include actual bones (!),  online self-assessment modules and  exclusive photographic atlases that aren’t available on the web. With gross anatomy, you definitely want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to discerning how best to study. We know that students are busy, so we’re bringing these tools directly to you!

We will be visiting the TUSM Learning Communities on Tuesdays from 12noon – 1pm. Here’s where we’ll be in the coming weeks:

10/25 – Park Street Learning Community (rooms 205-209) 

11/1 – Haymarket Learning Community (rooms 211-215)

11/8 – Aquarium Learning Community (rooms 305-309)

11/15 – Fenway Learning Community (rooms 311-315)

In the meantime, you can learn about anatomy resources at Hirsh Library at:  and

Hope to see you there!

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Election Day 2022 is less than a month away, folks! If you haven’t yet registered to vote in Massachusetts – or – have not yet requested an absentee ballot to vote in another state, then the time is now! That is why this blog post is focusing on how to getting the information you need to get your vote counted this year!

If you are a resident of the state of Massachusetts and intend to vote in next month’s election, please check out the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ “Elections and Voting” site:

Registered to vote in Massachusetts and mystified by this year’s ballot questions? Then, check out this primer:

Are you registered to vote in another state and need to complete an absentee ballot?  Luckily, we can direct you to all the information you need! Information for every state is available at ( You might also want to check out the “How to Vote in Every State” YouTube series, which is a collection of quick 2 minute videos that tells you everything you need to know in order to vote for every state:

Now, get out there and VOTE!


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October is knocking on your door – and – so our workshops@Hirsh! This is a month to ‘treat’ yourself  by learning new ‘tricks’ to enhance your skills! This month we’ll be introducing you to Zotero,  tools to help you and your patients make decisions, the world of pre-prints, and statistical sources that you need. Don’t be scared – join us!

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom.

Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be emailed to you after you register.   Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

Zotero: the Basics

Date:     Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm


Description: 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!


Tools for Shared Decision Making

Date:     Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm


Description: Shared decision making is a key component of patient-centered health care, where clinicians and patients work together to make decisions, select tests, choose treatments and create care plans. The goal of shared decision making is to balance risks and expected outcomes with patient preferences and values.  This workshop will highlight quality tools that you can equip patients with to enable and encourage these valuable conversations.


The Power of Preprints

Date:     Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm


Description:  Preprints are scholarly manuscripts that have been posted prior to becoming published articles.  With the increased demand to accelerate research, preprints have become a more common part of the publishing process, despite the fact that these drafts have not yet been submitted to a journal nor have they undergone the peer review and editorial process.  This workshop will discuss the benefits and concerns to consider when publishing and utilizing preprints. It will also address where to locate preprints involving health sciences research.


Get That Stat Source: Locating U.S. Health Data

Date:     Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm


Description: This workshop will introduce you to major sources of health data for the United States. Topics will include: data collection stakeholders and methods, tips & tricks for locating health data, and an introduction to the Hirsh Library “Health Data and Statistics” guide.



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Join us on Wednesday, September 14 for the first study break of the semester! Starting at 2:30pm at the Library Service Desk (4th floor, opposite the café).

We’ll have tea, cocoa, and some sweet treats to help you power through the rest of the week. We hope to see you there!

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Welcome to Tufts – and welcome to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library! We are so glad you’re here!

The Hirsh Library looks forward to supporting you during your time at Tufts. We also want to share some tips to get you started right now:

We wish you a most fabulous Fall semester and hope that you will explore the wealth of resources available to you at Hirsh. Welcome!



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Welcome back! We missed you! Start off this academic year on the right note and enhance your research skills with workshops@Hirsh. This month, we are kicking off our Fall workshop series by presenting three workshops that cover fundamental skills and resources.  If you need a refresher or feel overwhelmed, these workshops are for you. We hope you will join us!

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom.

Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be emailed to you after you register.   Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

September 14 – Approaching the Lit Review

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.

Amy E. LaVertu (she/her) is the librarian liaison to the Friedman School of Nutrition, as well as the departments of Geographic Medicine & Infectious Disease, and Psychiatry at the Tufts Medical Center. 


September 21 – PubMed: An Introduction

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.

Allie Tatarian (they/them) is a data librarian, liaison for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and former biologist with over 5 years of wet lab experience. Their experience as a researcher sparked an interest in scientific communication, particularly in the ways scientists communicate with each other (and their future selves). Contact them for help with search strategies, data management, or finding molecular biology tools.



September 28 – EndNote: the Basics 

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!

Paige Scudder (she/her) is Hirsh Library’s Data and Educational Technology Librarian.



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In this post, we want to focus on two alternative transit modes that you may (or may not!) be as familiar with: “rails and sails,” aka, Commuter rail and Ferry service.

“Ridin’ the Rails”: the Commuter Rail

MBTA commuter train

By MBTafan2011 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

According to the MBTA’s A Rider’s Guide to Planning Ahead:

“Riders can simply show their CharlieCard or CharlieTicket to conductors to ride the Commuter Rail in Zones 1A, 1, and 2 on ALL Commuter Rail lines at no charge.”

The Commuter Rail stops at the following Orange Line stations:

  • Forest Hills > South Station
  • Ruggles > South Station
  • Back Bay > South Station
  • Oak Grove > North Station (with connecting shuttle bus to Government Center)
  • Malden Center > North Station (with connecting shuttle bus to Government Center)

Because the MBTA providing service to Zones 1A, 1, and 2 on ALL Commuter Rail (with your CharlieCard or CharlieTicket), you might also want to do a bit of exploring! Check out which stations in Zones 1A, 1, and 2 are accessible at:

“Ships Ahoy!:” the Charlestown Ferry

MBTA boat

By Eric Kilby from Somerville, MA, USA – Glory, CC BY-SA 2.0,

If you live in Charlestown, there’s another transit option available to you: the Ferry. Ferries have run between the Boston’s North End and Charlestown since colonial times…and they’re still going strong!

The Charlestown Ferry makes frequent trips (about 10 minutes in duration) between the Charlestown Navy Yard and Rowes Wharf near the New England Aquarium.  Fares are $3.70 one way and you can ride the Ferry using your monthly subway or commuter rail pass.  Plus, the harbor views are GORGEOUS!

To learn more about the Charlestown Ferry, visit the MBTA’s Beginner’s Guide to the Ferry.


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As you well know, it has been HOT lately! So, it’s the perfect time to re-up this post about finding places to go swim in the Boston-Area

You don’t have to be the world’s largest rodent to stay chill this summer! The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the City of Boston  maintains dozens of pools, spray parks and beaches in and around the greater Boston-area for free. So, go grab a suit, some sunblock and get swimming (but leave the cabybara at home)!

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