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The “Anatomy Roadshow” is baaaack and coming to a TUSM Learning Community near you! For the next few weeks, the Hirsh Library will be taking some bones, and other assorted anatomy resources “on the road”!

What is the “Anatomy Roadshow” you ask?  The “Anatomy Roadshow” is an opportunity for TUSM students to learn more about Hirsh Library supported 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.

When it comes to preparing for gross anatomy, you definitely want to know what resources will be a good bet for you! We know that you’re busy, so we’re bringing these tools directly to you!

Here’s where we’ll be in the coming weeks:

10/17 – Fenway Learning Community (rooms 311-315)

10/19 – Park Street Learning Community (rooms 205-209) 

10/26 – Aquarium Learning Community (rooms 305-309)

10/30 – Haymarket Learning Community (rooms 211-215)

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

Hope to see you there!

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You’ve got first year down, M26s, and it’s just about that time to settle into a study strategy for Step 1. We’ve got review books, of course—just library things—but you can also access question banks and practice exams through the library!

MedOne Adaptive Learner: Step 1 is a platform with thousands of practice questions and explanations that creates a personalized learning path based on how well you know the material.


Landing Page for Adaptive Learner: Step 1

MedOne Adaptive Learner: Step 1 landing page. Thieme.

Board Vitals is another practice question platform where you can make custom quizzes.

To get started with both of those resources, you’ll need to create a free account—different from your Tufts account. Just make sure you’re on campus when you sign in the first time so you’re recognized as a Tufts user! This video demonstrates how to set up an account the first time you sign into MedOne.

Both MedOne and Board Vitals are compatible on mobile as well!

For a more complete list of board review resources, see our research guide Board Prep for Medicine Step 1 Comprehensive Review, and don’t hesitate to ask us at the Desk if you’re looking for something in particular.

Happy studying—you’ve got this!


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Phew! Another term almost finished! With the end of the term rapidly approaching, Workshops@Hirsh will be taking a Spring break for the next couple of weeks.

If you can’t wait that long to learn something, no worries, we’ve got you covered!  You can always request a Workshop on Demand.  Here’s how it  works:

Gather a few friends or colleagues, find some times that work for a group session, and tell the Library what you want to learn about.

We will provide the content, and expert librarian instructor. Choose from the list of topics, or suggest your own.  All you need to do is complete the form and we will be in touch to set up your custom workshop.

These sessions are a great way to maximize learning and interaction with an instructor and your classroom peers, and ideal for those embarking on group projects. Workshops on Demand can be scheduled M-F, depending on the availability of librarians, and we can conduct them via Zoom.

You can learn more about the topics we offer and set up a session here:


A photo of Career Options for Biomedical Students featuring the green tape of the Business & Career section

Business & Career books can be identified by the green tape at the top of their spines.

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library has specific resources to guide students to success in their careers post-graduation. From writing their resumes to starting their own private practice, the Business & Careers section at Hirsh has students covered.

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

Looking to research next steps?

Because our students study a wide range of topics, the resources in the Business & Career section cover a wide range of subjects in specific career and business fields. Popular titles include:

Need a helping hand?

Our Research & Instruction librarians would be happy to assist students in navigating the resources in the Business & Careers section. Schedule a consultation with a librarian today.


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.

Rainbow Snowflakes

Image by Rachel Burkum from Pixabay

Dark nights and holiday lights! It’s December in Boston and studying for finals won’t be forever, so…time to start thinking about enjoying all the Boston-area has to offer to celebrate the December holidays!

Not sure what there is to do? Let us help you find the perfect way to enjoy this holiday season by sharing some fabulous guides!

Boston Holiday Events (from bostoncentral)
“Our December list of holiday kids and family activities guide gives you a one-stop shop to find fun things to do in and around Boston with the family. This handy list is organized by region to make it easy to find something fun to do no matter where you are in the Greater Boston area.”

Boston Holiday Performances (from bostoncentral)
“Many cherished holiday traditions are back, after a challenging year+. From the twinkling lights, festive concerts, shows, & celebrations taking place throughout the city, Boston really comes alive during the holidays.”

December Events at Seaport
There’s a lot going on just a mile from the Boston campus, including…curling!!!! From curling to holiday markets, check out all there is to do this month in Seaport.

Annual Kwanzaa Concert and Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa
The OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center will presenting two Kwanzaa events this December at the Main Stage Theater at Roxbury Community College. The Annual Kwanzaa Concert will be on Saturday December 10th at 3pm featuring “students from OrigiNation’s Performing Arts Academy and our Professional Dance Division.”  A performance of Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa will be held on Saturday December 17that  3pm. Ticketing information for the events is available at the links above.

Menorah Lighting
“Join Chabad of Downtown Boston for their annual Menorah lighting ceremony at One Seaport on Thursday, December 22 at 6:00pm. The event will include lighting a tall 9′ Menorah, individually packaged Chanukkah treats, and more!” There will also be a lighting on December 18th in Copley Square. Both events are free.

 Candlelight Carols and Handel’s Messiah
Two “treasured Advent-Christmas traditions” presented by Trinity Church Copley Square: Candlelight Carols and Handel’s Messiah. Learn more about times and tickets for these events at the link above.



bones and book

“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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Please enjoy this guest post from our Judy Rabinowitz, our Scholarly Communication Librarian

October 24th-30th, we celebrate Open Access Week, a time to focus on what we can do to improve how scholarly research is shared, utilized, and discovered.  Open Access (OA), at its core, makes research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restriction.  This year’s theme, “Open for Climate Justice,” highlights the power open access can have on boosting innovation, discovery, and improvements in our world.

Image of a polluting factory with the Open Access lock logo

As SPARC, a non-profit open access advocacy group, notes, “Openness can create pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them.”  As a globally pervasive issue, the climate crisis demands the unbarred and swift exchange of information and data across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries in order to tackle it comprehensively, which open access can facilitate.

And, we can choose to ensure open access is the norm in scholarly publishing.  We can publish our research in open access journals, become peer reviewers in open access publications, and advocate and promote with our colleagues and networks effective and equitable OA business models, such as those that utilize low or no article processing charges and have no embargoes on contents.

Ask Us how you can do more for open access.  Happy Open Access Week!

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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!


Now that classes are in full swing, we’re highlighting some library resources for M1s to help you get in a good headspace so you can set off on the right foot!

Skull model and visualization of ankle and foot for anatomy study

Dissection: ankle and foot superficial dissection © Informa UK Limited 2019. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 2 Jan 2019.

Study Tools

Covering content across Step 1 subjects, these question banks are useful self-assessment tools even starting in your first year of medical school. We’re excited about our new subscription to Thieme MedOne, a question bank designed for M1 and M2 students that uses adaptive learning technology to help you identify gaps in knowledge and prepare for Step 1. Through the library, you also have access to LWW Health Library’s self assessment tools. For a list of Step 1 review books on reserve, see our medical board prep research guide.


The PBL Guide is a great place to start! For some LQs, you may need to look beyond the resources encompassed in the guide (for example, physical examination resources!). If you get stuck with a particularly tricky LQ, don’t forget that your PBL group’s librarian is available to help. See the M26 PBL Group Assignments on Canvas for your librarian’s name and email address. We also drop by your group once each semester, so that’s a great time to ask questions as well.


Anatomy will be here before you know it, and we’ve got you covered with a variety of study tools. Browse anatomy models available for 4-hour check out from the Library Service Desk. We have anatomy books and virtual anatomy models available online or for check out from reserve as well.


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