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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,  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!


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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!


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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


Happy New Year from all of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library! Whether you’re excited to make 2022 the best year of your life or dreading 2020: Part 3, the library is always here to help. We have new books on display in the Leisure Reading section on the 4th floor that we hope you’ll find helpful for sticking to your resolution – or maybe they’ll inspire you to take on a new one.

Is there something we don’t have in our collection that you think we should? Let us know by recommending a purchase.

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Image source: Creative Commons – Calvin Teo, May 2006

Everyone knows that if you wait to long to do your holiday shopping, you will be gifts at the corner “7-11.” Trust us, “Slim Jims” and a gallon of blue anti-freeze are NOT on most folks’ holiday “wish lists”!  If you wait too long to start your research, you could be stuck using the resource equivalent of the corner “7-11”   – and yes, we’re looking at you Wikipedia and Google Books!

The good news is that you still have time to discover high-quality resources and to get help from the right people!  That is way we want to share with you  the following list of resources and services.  It’s not too late to get your research going in the right direction! Check out these resources and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help!


Research Guides by Subject
Need to subject specific resources, such as article databases, books and key web sites? Visit the Hirsh Library’s Research Guides by Subject to find the just right resource that has been carefully curated by the Hirsh’s research & instruction librarians.

Librarian Assistance
“Our Research & Instruction librarians provide a wide range of informational and instructional services to the Tufts community. We offer instruction on biomedical resources individually, in small groups, and through course-related instruction.”

Health Writing Consultants
“Free writing assistance is available to all current health sciences students at Tufts’ downtown campus. Health Sciences Writing Consultants support projects such as research papers, clinical articles, personal statements, theses, doctoral dissertations, conference papers, proposals, posters, and abstracts. ”

Data Lab Assistants
“Data Lab Assistants provide walk-up help at the Tufts Technology Services Support Desk on the 5th floor of the Medical Education Building.  Lab Assistants can answer questions about using GIS, statistical and data visualization software. “



College of head, teeth, and skull anatomical models

Working on learning anatomy above the shoulders? We’re here to help! We have a variety of physical and virtual resources to help you explore the head and neck.

Physical Models

Several anatomy models are on reserve and available for check out from the Library Service Desk, including real, plastic, and labeled skulls. (See our skull menu posted at the Service Desk!)Anatomical model with cross section of headVirtual Resources

A note about remote access: if you’re off campus, remember to access resources from the HHSL website. That way, you’ll be prompted to sign in whenever accessing a licensed resource available to you through the library.



Anatomy.TV by Primal Pictures is a database of images comprised of 3D, interactive anatomy and physiology models. The screen capture below is from Primal Pictures’ 3D Atlas.

Screenshot of oral cavity in Anatomy TV interface

Floor of oral cavity – from above © Informa UK Limited 2020. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 28 Aug 2020.


Net Anatomy contains a catalog of dissection images with labels and descriptions. The Test feature hides labels—a handy tool for doing self-assessments as you study.

Screenshot of the base of the skull in NetAnatomy interface

Base of the Skull – External Surface © Scholar Educational Systems, Inc 2001-2020. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 29 Aug 2020.

Investigate a more extensive list of Hirsh’s anatomy resources from our Anatomy Research Guide.


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