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A big welcome to the TUSM class of 2024 from all of us here at Hirsh Library! While we’re not able to meet in person just yet, we’re excited that you are joining the Tufts health sciences community. We look forward to seeing you—virtually, at least—for PBL this month. We’ve developed some resources to acquaint you with the library and our staff, who will continue to meet your information needs at a distance.

Your pre-clinical liaison librarian is Christina Heinrich, so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions about the library. You can also contact library staff using Ask Us by email, chat, phone, or text–we’re always happy to help! To get you started with accessing library resources virtually, take a look at our Virtual Access Tip Sheet




We want to extend a warm welcome to the new UG students starting today and a belated but no less enthusiastic welcome to our new PG students! We are excited to meet you all virtually and introduce you to Hirsh Library’s services.

  • Have a question? Just Ask Us! Library staff are available during Online Staffed Hours to answer your questions via email, chat, or text.
  • Have a dentistry-specific question? Email your dental librarian, Amanda Nevius.
  • Speaking of Amanda, 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.

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


Post contributed by Amanda Nevius




Health Sciences Writing Consultants is back with a special summer schedule!

Registration for 45-minute appointments is now available for the following dates and times:
Monday, July 20th: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Monday, July 27th: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Monday, August 3rd: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Monday, August 10th: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Monday, August 24th: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Monday, August 31st: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

For more information or to register for a session, please visit our Health Sciences Writing Consultants guide.

Stay tuned for info about future dates!


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!




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!


This post will be updated with new information about Hirsh operations as needed. If you have any questions or concerns about the library, please contact us at

UPDATED Tuesday 4/7/20 with new resource guide

In light of directions from Tufts and public health authorities, Hirsh Library has shifted to remote operation during our normal hours. Virtual library information services are available during the following hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:45 am – 8 pm
Friday: 7:45 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: noon – 8 pm

As of 12pm on Thursday 3/19, the building is still open for normal hours, but this may be subject to change.  Please note the printers and scanners will not be serviced during this time.

Research & Instruction librarians will be available for consultations and assistance via phone and video conference. Feel free to request a consultation using our Schedule a Consultation form or to contact your Liaison directly.

Most of our resources are online and we have new access to materials not previously accessible online. We have created a guide, Library Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic to assist you with accessing resources and library services remotely. For general information about accessing resources off campus, please visit our Getting Started with Off Campus Access page.

We are temporarily suspending interlibrary loan requests for physical items, but are working hard to fulfill your requests for items that are available electronically.

Please visit the University’s official page for all Tufts-wide information and updates and check with your school/department for specific information about your program.

Thank you for helping us keep the Tufts Community healthy.


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Hello hello everyone. It’s about that time again: Affiliation Survey, March 2020 edition!

Twice a year, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library runs the Affiliation Survey, where we walk around and ask every one of our lovely patrons which program they are with (Dental, Medical, PHPD, etc). This is all we ask. We will not ask for your name or even which year you’re in! The numbers we collect are used in aggregate so we can get a snapshot of what the library usage is like. You can take a look at my post from this past December  to see how the data turns out.

Here’s how it goes: there are 7 days spread out over the whole month, randomly chosen to try and maximize the usefulness of the numbers (in other words, we’re trying not to get skewed by specific exam blocks too much). On those days, HHSL staff (you’ll probably recognize us!) will walk around 4 times over the course of the day to gather the totals of how many people from each school are in the library. There will be signs and posters up this month, so you’re not caught unaware.

Keep your eyes out for them!

We won’t announce ahead of time which days we’re counting (see our need to randomize, above), so it’s safe to assume that it could just happen any day this month.

Don’t panic!

If you don’t want to be bothered (or to speak out loud), you are welcome to leave your ID next to you while you study. If that is still not good enough, you can write your program down on a piece of paper and leave that next to you. If you’re in a group room, feel free to stick a note to the outside of the door (on the wood – the windows must remain clear!) telling us how many people of what program(s) are in the room. Done and done. We will add that number to our count, and we will move on to the next person!

There are pencils, pens, markers, scrap paper, and tape down at the Service Desk on the 4th floor, so you can even make your sign bright and cheerful! If you have any questions or concerns, let us know either in person at the desk, or through Ask Us on our website. We’re here to help and make this quick and easy.

But otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all next month and finding out just what our beloved HHSL looks like this fine spring.

Good luck on studying and I look forward to seeing you in the library!

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You may have noticed that we are downsizing our journal stacks on the 7th floor to make room for additional seating. This also includes the three major titles below that you are used to seeing on the 4th floor new journal wall, which we will no longer receive in print. But just to put your minds at ease, these are journals that we have perpetual access to electronically, and are available to you through our catalog. If you have troubling locating or accessing any of our journals, please stop by the circulation desk for assistance.



Modern Healthcare

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Happy 2020!

Each January brings an array of welcome changes…maybe you’re giving that whole Dry January thing a try (which might decrease alcohol consumption later in the year), or it’s a Whole30 for you, or maybe this is the year you run that marathon, since that new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that those training for their first marathon may experience a reduction in vascular age.

But why do any of that when you can simply revel in the Medline Data Changes for 2020! Cheers!

So what sort of changes does 2020 bring to Medical Subject Headings?

97 terms were changed or deleted and replaced with current terminology (for example, Swaziland is now Eswatini, reflecting the official name change of the nation in 2018).

293 new MeSH headings and 2 new publication types joined the thesaurus this year as well. Some new headings of particular note to HHSL researchers include:

You can review the full list here:

For more information about using MeSH, please visit our guide to Advanced Searching Techniques.

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