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We are pleased to share that an art exhibit will be on display throughout the month of May down on the 4th floor. The exhibit, I Am More, is the work of artist Amy Kerr and is being hosted by the Office of Student Wellness in concert with Mental Health Awareness Month. There will be an opening reception down by the exhibit on 5/11 at 2:30pm.

Here’s some information from Student Wellness about the exhibit:

“The exhibit features pastel and colored pencil portraits by artist Amy Kerr, accompanied by essays written by subjects describing how they are more than their life challenges. The portraits address mental illness and addiction recovery, coping with medical diagnoses, and surviving trauma. Despite the challenging topics, the message is one of hope and resilience, and sometimes even humor and joy. The exhibit includes mental health resources and emergency number cards.Since 2018, I Am More has traveled to universities, shopping malls, hospitals, libraries, and government buildings around the northeast, including the Massachusetts State House, as a reminder that despite our challenges we all have gifts, loves, and triumphs to celebrate.”

We hope you will come take a moment to check it out!


The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is proud to unveil its newest curated collection: the Writing & Citation section. Our librarians have been hard at work putting together a new section of resources to help students with all their writing needs.

The Writing & Citation section is located on the bookshelf to the right of the 4th floor circulation desk.

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Writing & Citation books are marked with white tape with blue lettering.

What’s it all about?

These resources are tailored to help students write academic papers, journal articles, grant applications, and more. In addition to helping students succeed in their academic writing and prepare for publication, the resources in the Writing & Citation section will help students write succinctly and clearly.

The collection features a number of citation style guides, including:

Don’t know where to start?

Our Research & Instruction librarians are available to assist students with their research and to help them navigate the resources in the Writing & Citation section. Schedule a librarian consultation today.

As always, writing consultations with Christine Smith, MS, RD will continue to be available. The 45-minute consultations are free to all current Tufts health sciences students and can be scheduled here or by scanning the QR code stationed in the Writing & Citation section.


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.

A laptop stand on display against a white background. The stand is made of plastic and allows the user to prop up their laptop at an angle.

Prop your laptop at a more comfortable angle for your wrists with this laptop stand…

A laptop stand on display against a white and green background. The stand is made of metal and allows the user to place their laptop at a raised height above the table.

…or raise it to your eye level with this one!

By popular demand, the circulation desk now has laptop stands available for checkout. There are two varieties available: an angled laptop riser, and a laptop pedestal with adjustable height.

We encourage students to check these out at the circulation desk rather than using the books in the library’s collection to prop up their laptops while working.

Ergonomic support is proven to be good for your spine, but unfortunately the use of our books for non-research purposes increases the wear and tear on their spines. The next time you prepare for a long study session by checking out a laptop or phone charger from the circulation desk, ask us about the new laptop stands!


The MedOne Education ebook collection is now available to access through the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. You can easily find it by searching “MedOne collection” on our homepage. With this ebook collection, you have online access to a wide range of medical textbooks from Thieme Medical Publishers and a host of tools to customize your learning or teaching experience. These textbooks cover subjects which include:

  • Anatomy
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology & Venerology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics & Traumatology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiology

For students, a useful tool that the MedOne collecti0n features is a customizable Questions & Answers section that lets you track your performance statistics as you study at your pace. You can create a review session to see your results as you go, or take a practice exam to put yourself to the test.

For instructors, the MedOne ebook collection allows you to create customizable “playlists” to feature chapters and materials across different textbooks to better suit the needs of your class. This can also be useful for students who want to create personal study guides.

We hope you’ll take advantage of everything this ebook collection has to offer!


New adapters have arrived at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library circulation desk…or should we say dongles? If you’re using wired headphones but your phone or laptop doesn’t have a 35mm headphone jack, these are the dongles for you!

Apple dropped the headphone jack on their iPhones in 2016, and in recent years many cell phone manufacturers including Google have followed suit. Luckily, we have both the USB-C and Lightning variety of headphone dongle available for 4-hour loans at the circulation desk. We also have wired headphones available to check out, so if you lost your AirPods on the Orange Line, we’ve got the complete package for you here at Hirsh.

Speaking of dongles – why do we call them that? I hadn’t really thought about the origin of the word “dongle” until I sat down to write this post. I learned that the etymology of the word is disputed, but it first appeared in the 1980s as a catch-all for a small external piece of hardware that provides another device with enhanced functionality when plugged into an access port. That’s some word salad, isn’t it? And so the word “dongle” was invented – possibly by a Mr. Don Gall, and probably because the dongle dangled – and we still use it today.

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…and we’re back! Physically in the library that is, which also means we can get back to adding print books to the collection. It has been too long since our last new books update. We have lots of catching up to do. Let’s start with these heavy-hitters that were released during lockdown:

You can find the titles above and all other new releases on the 4th floor of HHSL across from the Library Service Desk. As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you would like to recommend for purchase, please let us know by filling out the form at this link.

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Recent updates to the LWW Health Library include a long list of new editions. Below are just some of these titles that are available to you now. For a complete listing, you can search the LWW Health Library via the following collections: Medical Education, Clerkship/Clinical Rotations, PA Rotations/Specialties, or PA Core Education.


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E-access to the McGraw-Hill First Aid USMLE Collection is NOW AVAILABLE! The collection includes the following titles:


First aid for the USMLE step 1 2021

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2020

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2018

First aid Q & A for the USMLE Step 1

First aid cases for the USMLE step 1 2019

First aid cases for the USMLE step 1 2018

First aid for the USMLE step 1 2019 : a student-to-student guide

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS 2018

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS 2014

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK

First aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK : clinical knowledge

First aid Q & A for the USMLE Step 2 CK

First aid cases for the USMLE step 2 CK

First aid for the USMLE Step 3 2019

First aid for the USMLE Step 3 2016

USMLE road map: Pathology

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The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that you will soon have access to VisualDx, a diagnostic clinical decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy and aid therapeutic decisions. VisualDx is a database that uses images of common and rare medical conditions to assist with diagnosis. It can be used to build patient-specific differentials and conduct searches by disease, medication, or travel. But perhaps the most exciting feature is the ability to filter dermatological images by skin pigmentation to see how lesions present on different skin types and compare them side by side.

The database includes more than 3,000 diagnoses and over 41,000 images, to aid in diagnosing infectious, immunologic, metabolic, nutritional, psychiatric, and genetic diseases.

The enhanced visualization capabilities of this tool support Tufts’ goals to bring you resources that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and patient care.

VisualDX and #ProjectIMPACT:

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