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We’re in the thick of the semester, so why not take a moment to de-stress and send some love? Next Thursday and Friday we’ll have a variety of supplies out at the Library Service Desk so you can make valentines for yourself, your friends, or that special someone (your favorite librarian, perhaps?). We’ll have all the glitter and doilies you need to let someone know how much you appreciate them! Supplies will go out at 12pm and stay up through the evening.




Thanks to Valentine’s Day, February is the month of love – and you are going to fall in love with February Workshops@Hirsh!!!!

February Workshops@Hirsh have a special focus on research projects, such as theses and dissertations. We will be reviewing everything from how to approach the literature review, to exploring copyright issues for theses/dissertations, and to how to format your theses/dissertation.

And because we love you , we have a very special workshops presented by Christine Smith, the Health Sciences Writing Consult, on personal statements. This one is not to be missed!

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 link to learn more about the workshop and to register .

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

Approaching the Lit Review
Date:     Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Time:     2:00pm – 3:00pm
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.

Beyond PubMed: Scopus and Web of Science
Date:     Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Time:     2:00pm – 3:00pm
Description: Learn why Scopus and Web of Science are worth adding to your search toolkit. In addition to extensive coverage of the biomedical literature these databases are a fantastic way to look at journal impact, gain insight into how many times an article has been cited, and identify potential collaborators. This workshop will also compare Web of Science and Scopus to help you decide which database is best for you.

Copyright & Your Thesis
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Description: This workshop will provide guidance navigating the various copyright questions and decisions that come up during the capstone, thesis, or dissertation process regarding your rights and the rights of others. Whether you are including other people’s content, such as adapting graphs or images, reusing some of your own work, or publishing all or part of your manuscript before or after submitting, there are copyright considerations that can seem challenging and daunting to address. We’re here to help!

Formatting Your Thesis/Dissertation 
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Description: You have not ‘crossed the finish line’ on your thesis or dissertation until it has been properly formatted for submission. Have questions or are unsure what formatting your thesis or dissertation entails? Then, this workshop is for you! In this workshop, we will review the most important elements of a properly formatted thesis or dissertation. We will reviewed using Word to format your manuscript as well as how to use citation management tools to works cited sections, including how to create chapter bibliographies. No matter where you are in the thesis/dissertation process, this is a workshop worth your time.

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Writing Personal Statements Online
Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
Time: 11:000m – 12:00pm
Description: Join us for a special workshop with Christine Smith, MS, RD, a Health Sciences Writing Consultant on the Boston Campus. Christine will provide advice on writing personal statements, as well as her top writing tips. We will also share resources on application writing and interviewing.



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The spring semester is underway and everyone is back from break! Come and catch up with a study break tea at the Library Service Desk on Tuesday, 1/31 at 2:30pm. We’ll have a variety of teas and treats. Grab a cup to go or stay and chat for a bit!



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Happy 2023! Welcome to Tufts if you are new student this semester – and – welcome back if you are returning student!

Let’s the new year’s enthusiasm go to waste! If you have told yourself that you’d like to get better at literature searching or learn to use a citation management tool, now is your chance. That’s way we are kicking this semester’s Workshops@Hirsh with workshops are guaranteed to  get you off on the right foot. We hope you can join us!

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 link to learn more about the workshop and to register .

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

PubMed: An Introduction
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
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.

Zotero: the Basics
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
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!


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Jaida Pinkett Smith sitting across from the library block at a table. The block has an angry face.

Avoid getting in an “entanglement” with the Block this Academic Year. Blocks stay on your account until the end of the year, July 1st. If you are running late to return an item, give us a call (617-636-6705) or email ( to avoid getting streamed on Facebook Live. 
As a reminder here are the block levels: 

  • 1st Offense – Suspension of all borrowing privileges, to be lifted 24 hours after item is returned  
  • 2nd Offense – Suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one week (7 days) after return  
  • 3rd Offense – Suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one month after return and notification to the dean  
  • 4th Offense – Suspension of all borrowing privileges for the remainder of the current semester and notification to the dean  



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The end of the semester is finally within reach! We will be closing at 5pm on Thursday, December 22nd and will remain closed throughout the university break.

Thursday, December 22nd: 7:45am-5pm

Friday, December 23rd- Monday, January 2nd.

We will reopen for regular hours at 7:45am on Tuesday, January 3rd. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from all of us here at Hirsh!


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The end of the semester is nigh! Take a moment to stretch your legs and join us down at Library Service Desk at 2:30pm on Tuesday 12/13 for a quick study break. Have a cup of tea, a snack, and celebrate (or commiserate) with your fellow students. Hope to see you there!


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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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Sarah will be sorely missed here at Hirsh, and we wish her luck at Harvard!

Que Sarah, Sarah. Our favorite, longtime library reference assistant, Sarah Passinhas-Bergman, is moving on to greener (crimson-er?) pastures as the student services coordinator for the Committee on the Study of Religion and German Languages Department at Harvard University.

Sarah has been with Hirsh for just over three years, and her presence at the circulation desk will be sorely missed. If you’ve checked something out at the circulation desk in the last three years, you’ve most likely interacted with her!

Throughout Sarah’s time here, she has mastered the management of our course reserves system, helped with a myriad of research questions, and fought with JumboPrint on a daily basis. We’re particularly thankful to Sarah for her hand in the meticulous upkeep of our course reserves.

Sarah’s last day will be tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9th. Be sure to wish her luck and say goodbye!

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