Posts by: Katherine Morley

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 Online Staffed Hours to assist remotely with all of your questions, no matter how big or how small. Feel free to email us at,  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!



This year, Tufts is observing Independence Day on Friday, July 3rd, and has declared Thursday, July 2nd as a bonus holiday. In light of this, Hirsh Library will not be holding online staffed hours from Thursday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 5th. We hope you enjoy a happy and safe holiday!


The university has designated this Friday, June 19, 2020 as a Day of Reflection, Commitment, and Action for Racial Justice. In observance of this, Hirsh Library will be closed. We encourage you to use the day to participate in the programming the University has put together. We also invite you to join us from 3-4pm for a virtual discussion on resources for learning about, addressing, and coping with racism in the health sciences. Registration is now open and a Zoom link will be sent out an hour before the event.

In addition, we would like to share this statement of solidarity and commitment from the Tufts Libraries Council.


June 17, 2020 is the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, an event we mark in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Bunker Hill Day. With in person celebrations and exploration is understandably off the table this year,  here are the Top Ten Things You Should Know About Charlestown and the Battle of Bunker Hill according to our Head of Research & Instruction and Charlestown denizen, Becky Morin

1) The Battle of Bunker Hill was mostly fought on Breed’s Hill. That’s where the Monument is. Bunker Hill is actually taller and steeper, and is home to the lovely Saint Francis de Sales, a beautiful Roman Catholic church dedicated in 1862. If you don’t know which hill is which, we know you’re a tourist.

Bunker Hill Monument and Col. William Prescott statue

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

2) Charlestown was actually not part of the City of Boston when the Battle took place. Charlestown is OLDER than Boston (as any proud Townie will gladly inform you), and did not become part of the City until 1874.

3) Charlestown is where Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride really kicked off. He was ferried in a rowboat from Boston, landing near the Charlestown Battery, where he picked up a horse from his friend Deacon John Larkin, a lifelong Charlestown resident.

4) There is debate as to why the Colonial forces fortified Breed’s Hill instead of Bunker Hill, although many think it is because Breed’s Hill is closer to Boston. The British had planned the siege to capture Bunker Hill, as they wanted to dig in fortifications on the area’s highest points.

5) It took the British three attempts to capture Breed’s Hill, even though their numbers were far greater than the Colonial forces.

6) Charlestown burned after the Battle, the first of two major fires to strike the community.

7) Proud Charlestown residents still fly the Bunker Hill Battle Flag.

Bunker Hill Flag

By DevinCook at English Wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons

8) While the British defeated the Colonists at the Battle of Bunker Hill, they suffered severe casualties and the Siege of Boston came to a stalemate.

9) The Bunker Hill Monument (which you now know is on Breed’s Hill) is 221 feet tall and was completed in 1842.

10) Beloved French hero of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette, is said to be buried beneath a sprinkling of soil from Bunker Hill, procured by his son.

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Two weekends ago, people in the United States and across the globe erupted with outrage not only at the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, but also at how Black lives have continued to be systemically devalued in all levels of society. Many people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as white co-conspirators have continued to fight for racial justice prior to these protests. However, many are only now learning that these deep inequities exist in our society.

In order to help aid the learning process, specifically about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and how anti-Blackness is deeply entrenched in the health sciences/medical professions, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library (HHSL) is launching this Anti-Racism Resource Guide. It includes:

  • Information about the BLM movement
  • Resources documenting and addressing racial discrimination in health/medical professions
  • Mental health and community resources for those who identify as BIPOC
  • Educational material for co-conspirators

If you think there is anything we are missing in the research guide or you would like to provide us with feedback, please fill out this survey. We hope that this guide will be a helpful resource for you to either share with your community/ies and/or use as a starting point.

In addition, HHSL will be hosting a “tea” over Zoom (bring your own tea!^^) to talk about this research guide, its importance, and any questions you may have. Please join us this Friday, June 19 from 3 – 4 PM and register at this link. A Zoom link will be sent out an hour before the event.

Many events are planned for Juneteenth and we acknowledge and honor that you may wish to attend another event at the same time. If you need to miss our event but have questions or would like a walk-through of the guide, please contact Andrea at

Disclaimer: This is intended for use as a resource guide. Departments and Libraries throughout Tufts University have made or are planning to make respective statements separate from this guide.

Post contributed by Andrea Kang, Amanda Nevius, and Christina Heinrich



Struggling with how to access library resources online? Trying to figure out how to navigate New PubMed? We have a workshop for that! Check out the workshops we have available for you below. All workshops will be online through Zoom. Once registered, a Zoom invitation will be sent out to you by the host closer to the workshop date.


How Can I Access That? Finding Full Text from Off-Campus

Date | Wednesday, June 10

Time | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Are you finding it more difficult to find and read full-text of articles, books, and other resources now that you are largely off-campus? Never fear! With quick tips and tricks demonstrated in this workshop, you can once again access the full-text of resources you’re used to using on-campus.


Searching Basics: Strategic Searching using Concepts, Terms, & Boolean Operators

Date | Wednesday, June 17

Time | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

With strategic searching, you can rapidly set yourself up to either find more articles and other resources that might potentially be useful or to narrow down a search that has an overwhelming number of results. Yes, basic search strategies can meet either need! Get your intro to search logic with this workshop.


The Literature Review for Dental Protocols & Papers

Date | Wednesday, June 24

Time | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Whether you are writing a protocol for a research project or you’re starting to write a paper with the hopes of publication, you need to complete a literature review. Learn why a literature review is needed for both scenarios and a framework for conducting one, as well as when you might want to ask a librarian for help. Please note this workshop is targeted specifically for dental protocol and publication needs, but all are welcome to attend.


Introducing New PubMed Series

Dates | Tuesdays, June 16 & 30, July 14 & 28, August 11 & 25

Time | 12:00pm – 1:00pm (for all workshops)

This will be an ongoing series of introducing the New PubMed and how to navigate the fresh interface and features. Feel free to join whichever workshop that works best for you!



In observance of Patriots’ Day and the University holiday, Hirsh Library will not be having online staffed hours on Monday, April 20th. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, April 21st. We hope everyone has a restful and healthy long weekend!


Need help accessing or troubleshooting software now that you’ve gone remote? Not to worry! The Tufts Technology Services 24/7 Support Desk is still available to assist you. Just call 617-627-3376 or email with your request. The Support Desk can help with software installations and troubleshooting software issues.

Need some software? Tufts offers free or discounted access to a variety of programs. If you can’t install something yourself, just contact the Support Desk. Some available programs you might find useful are:

Adobe Creative Cloud (free access for Tufts students through May 31, 2020)




STATA (temporary licenses are available for students using STATA in a course through June 1, 2020)

Need access to specialized software or don’t want something installed on your computer? Don’t forget about the Tufts Virtual Lab! Many programs are available for remote access, including:

  • ArcGIS
  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • Tableau Desktop (Lab license)



Writing is hard; writing about yourself can be even harder.  If you are preparing a personal statement for your medical school or other application, then this workshop is for you.

Join us virtually on Tuesday, 3/31 from 11am-12pm for Writing Personal Statements.  Christine Smith, MS, RD, the writing consultant at our library, adjunct lecturer at the Friedman School and former Senior Editor of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, will provide advice on crafting the perfect personal statement and will share her top writing tips.  We will also share resources on application writing and interviewing. Registration is available now! 



Couldn’t face the grocery store? Braved it but the shelves were bare? We asked our staff what they do when they’re in a pinch, and so we’re bringing you some suggestions, tips, and tools for how to eat well with what you already have in the house.

Our favorite recipes:

Pasta Carbonara: Easy, classic, and cheesy

Pasta con Ceci: A comforting meal Becky makes even when she can leave the house

Adas Polow: Persian comfort food–simple and delicious, lentils and rice (raisins, dates, saffron optional)

Egg substitution ideas from Amanda:

  • Don’t have eggs? You can bake without them. Substitute applesauce (1/4 cup per egg) or bananas (1 mashed banana per egg). This works particularly well in muffins and brownies.
  • If you wanted an egg as a glaze in a sweet/baked good recipe, make a sugar glaze instead. You don’t even need confectioner’s sugar to do it – just put your regular sugar in a food processor to chop it up more finely.
  • Wanted to make meatballs and think you have to have egg as a binder? Au contraire! The meat will hold together without it. If you want a more similar texture, you can use any protein powder you have at home as a binder (just make sure if it’s flavored the flavor won’t be weird). You can also use flour and a little water or breadcrumbs.
  • Wanted eggs for breakfast? Sadly, there’s no good substitute for a sunny-side up or poached egg, but you can use tofu to make a tofu scramble. Tofu picks up the flavor of whatever it’s cooked with, so just add whatever flavorings you think will make it taste awesome.

And a fun tool to help you brainstorm!

The site and app SuperCook lets you enter the ingredients you have and it will generate recipes you can make.

Buon appetito!

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