Currently viewing the category: "resources"
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: https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/anatomy  and  https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/find/equipment

Hope to see you there!

Tagged with:
 

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!

Tagged with:
 
tiles that spell out the word election

By Marco Verch under Creative Commons 2.0 https://foto.wuestenigel.com/political-elections-coming-soon/

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:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm

Registered to vote in Massachusetts and mystified by this year’s ballot questions? Then, check out this primer: https://www.necn.com/news/local/a-closer-look-at-the-2022-massachusetts-ballot-questions/2832683/

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 Vote.org (https://www.vote.org/). 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: https://www.youtube.com/c/howtovoteineverystate/featured

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.

PBL

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

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.

 

Tagged with:
 

Image: Giant smug Capybara standing in a hoolahoop in a pool | https://imgur.com/gallery/7ZsSf

As you well know, it has been HOT lately! So, it’s the perfect time to re-up this post about finding places to go swim in the Boston-Area

You don’t have to be the world’s largest rodent to stay chill this summer! The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the City of Boston  maintains dozens of pools, spray parks and beaches in and around the greater Boston-area for free. So, go grab a suit, some sunblock and get swimming (but leave the cabybara at home)!

 

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

 

Tagged with:
 

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!

 
Sarah, holding textbooks we have on reserve

The books Sarah is holding? These are some of our course reserve collection!

All I, Sarah, ever talk about is course reserves. What in the world are course reserves?

Every semester, we scour syllabi to bring you the latest and greatest editions of your required textbooks to our Library Service Desk. These books are available for checkout for four hours at a time.

But if you need them while we’re closed, you can check them out an hour before we close and return it the next day an hour after we open. Just ask someone at the desk if we have your textbook available for checkout overnight.

We don’t just have textbooks: we have test prep for MCAT, INDBE, and the Steps. We also have the DSM-5 and the AMA Manual of Style!

We can’t wait to see you at the Library Service Desk, especially the next time you need Grant’s Dissector, Essentials of Epidemiology, or Fundamentals of Fixed Prosthodontics!

 

Tagged with:
 

 

Did you know that you have access to study materials for the Step exams through the library? We’ve got digital and print books (of course we’ve got books) such as First Aid, but we also have interactive online tools like question banks and flashcards. Here are a few highlights!

The Board Review Series collection contains a database of questions and texts covering topics addressed in Step 1. Create a free personal account in LWW Health Library and then click the Self-Assessment tab to access thousands of questions from Board Review Series.

Several of the textbooks in the AccessMedicine eBook collection include digital flashcards in addition to review questions. Create a free personal account in AccessMedicine to access flashcards.

Last but certainly not least, is our Case Files Collection, which now includes Case Files Podcasts in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, and Surgery. HHSL subscribes to the fill collection of cases, with explanations and quizzes.

Looking for something else for board prep? Stop by the desk or send us an email to hear more about other study materials in the library’s collection.

 

Post contributed by Christina Heinrich

 
Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.