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Some people are afraid of spiders, zombies and monsters…maybe you’re scared by PubMed, EndNote and critical appraisal! Well, you don’t have to be afraid anymore…if you take an October Workshop@Hirsh! This month’s workshop series is a treat that will show you some sweet tricks for mastering the critical resources and skills you need!

Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm and will via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. 

If you have any questions about October workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to see you!

Citation Tool Virtual Fair (October 1)
Your opportunity to learn about the most popular citation tools out there, including EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero – all in one place!

EndNote: the Basics (October 8)
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the citation management program EndNote. EndNote allows you to create a library of references, attach and read PDFs, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents. This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

Introduction to Critical Appraisal (October 15)
Are you struggling to get the most out of articles? Stymied by statistics? Confused by conclusions? Misled by methods? If so, this workshop is for you! Join us for a painless introduction to Critical Appraisal. We’ll go over the basics of reading research articles, offer some tips for teasing out the strengths and weaknesses of studies, and share some user-friendly resources for breaking down statistical analysis.

Where to Publish Open Access (October 22)
October 19-25th will be Open Access Week. In celebration, participate in our workshop to learn more about finding open access journals to publish your work in. We’ll talk about some general tips for finding suitable journals, as well as specifically how to find appropriate open access publishing opportunities.

PubMed: An Introduction (October 29)
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.


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Ah! Those crisp mornings and leaf-y smells are not the only signs that Fall is almost here…it’s also time for September Workshops@Hirsh! No matter where you are working and studying this September, you can attend a virtual workshop to learn a new skills.

Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm and will via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. 

If you have any questions about the September workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to see you!


Searching Basics: Strategic Searching using Concepts, Terms, & Boolean Operators (September 10)


With strategic searching, you can rapidly set yourself up to either find more articles and other resources that might potentially be useful or to narrow down a search that has an overwhelming number of results. Yes, basic search strategies can meet either need! Get your intro to search logic with this workshop.


Remote Resources and Services @Tufts (September 17)


Did you know that as a Tufts University student, faculty, or staff member you have access to Stata from home? Or that students have access to writing consultants to hone their voice and data lab assistants to consult with on stats or data-related projects? Come learn about remote resources and services such as Linked-In Learning videos, Mango Languages, and Library consultations that you can access from the comfort of your home. A list of online resources and services will be shared and discussed during this 1-hour intro workshop.


Approaching the Lit Review (September 24)


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.


All of us here at Hirsh Library would like to say hello and welcome to the new class of MBS students! While we’re not able to meet in person just yet, we’re excited that you are joining the Tufts health sciences community. Our website,, is the best starting place to learn more about the library’s services and resources. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to Ask Us by email, chat, or text! We are available to assist you virtually with any questions during online staffed hours and are always happy to help. You can also get in touch with your liaison librarian, Amy Lapidow–she’s a great resource for your specific needs as an MBS student!

Hope you enjoy your first weeks at Tufts and we look forward to helping you soon!


We hope everyone is staying healthy and out of the heat this summer! If you happen to find yourself in the library, please let us know if you see anything amiss, like hand sanitizer in need of refilling or lights that are out. Library staff is not on campus, but custodial and facilities staff are, so we can report anything in need of fixing to them. You can contact us by email, chat, or text.  And please remember if you choose to study in the library, you should adhere to the university’s social distancing and mask-wearing policies.



Need help navigating the new PubMed? Never fear, our summer workshop series is here! Every other Tuesday in July and August, we’re holding out “Introducing the New PubMed” workshop. We’ll get you up to speed on the new interface changes and how they will impact the way you search. Each workshop will cover the same content, so you can feel free to choose whatever date is most convenient for you.

The workshops are held from 12-1pm via Zoom on the following dates:
July 14th
July 28th
August 11th
August 25th

You can find the workshop calendar here. Registrants will be sent the Zoom link the day before the workshop.

And, as always, if you have any questions about PubMed or anything else, you can Ask Us!




In observance of Patriots’ Day and the University holiday, Hirsh Library will not be having online staffed hours on Monday, April 20th. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, April 21st. We hope everyone has a restful and healthy long weekend!


Couldn’t face the grocery store? Braved it but the shelves were bare? We asked our staff what they do when they’re in a pinch, and so we’re bringing you some suggestions, tips, and tools for how to eat well with what you already have in the house.

Our favorite recipes:

Pasta Carbonara: Easy, classic, and cheesy

Pasta con Ceci: A comforting meal Becky makes even when she can leave the house

Adas Polow: Persian comfort food–simple and delicious, lentils and rice (raisins, dates, saffron optional)

Egg substitution ideas from Amanda:

  • Don’t have eggs? You can bake without them. Substitute applesauce (1/4 cup per egg) or bananas (1 mashed banana per egg). This works particularly well in muffins and brownies.
  • If you wanted an egg as a glaze in a sweet/baked good recipe, make a sugar glaze instead. You don’t even need confectioner’s sugar to do it – just put your regular sugar in a food processor to chop it up more finely.
  • Wanted to make meatballs and think you have to have egg as a binder? Au contraire! The meat will hold together without it. If you want a more similar texture, you can use any protein powder you have at home as a binder (just make sure if it’s flavored the flavor won’t be weird). You can also use flour and a little water or breadcrumbs.
  • Wanted eggs for breakfast? Sadly, there’s no good substitute for a sunny-side up or poached egg, but you can use tofu to make a tofu scramble. Tofu picks up the flavor of whatever it’s cooked with, so just add whatever flavorings you think will make it taste awesome.

And a fun tool to help you brainstorm!

The site and app SuperCook lets you enter the ingredients you have and it will generate recipes you can make.

Buon appetito!


This is the fourth in a series of six posts about preparing for the USMLE Step 1.

Our previous post in the Step 1 Study Prep Series covered resources on behavioral science. To continue to showcase our systems-based resources, the table below covers top-rated review resources in biochemistry, cell biology, and histology according to First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2018 edition. We have quite a few excellent resources for these tricky topics!

Some of the review books in our collection are available online. For print copies of resources, some are available on reserve behind the 4th floor service desk and can be checked out for 4 hours at a time. The books in the 5th floor stacks can be checked out for 4 weeks.

What does it look like?TitleFirst AuthorYear of PublicationWhere can I find it?
Rapid Review: BiochemistryPelley2011One copy on reserve behind 4th floor service desk
Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: BiochemistryFerrier2014Full Text Online
Biochemistry and Genetics: PreTest Self-Assessment and ReviewWilson2007One copy available in the 5th floor bookstacks (call number QU 18.2 W748b 2007)
BRS Cell Biology and HistologyGartner2014Full Text Online
Crash Course: Cell Biology and GeneticsStubbs2015One copy on reserve behind 4th floor service desk

For more board prep resources, see our Research Guide: Board Prep for Medicine.

Feel free to ask us if you’re having trouble finding a resource or need a recommendation. Happy studying!


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This Saturday (January 25th) marks the first day of the Chinese Calendar and the beginning of the Year of the Rat.  For the next two weeks, there will fireworks, feasts, family reunions and parades to celebrate the Lunar New Year. There are also a great many traditions associated with the Lunar New Year that are centuries old, such as the hanging of traditional ‘new years’ poems, cleaning the home, the receiving new clothes and getting one’s haircut.

And because our campus is located very conveniently in Chinatown, be sure to check out the Chinese New Year Parade! It’s the largest annual celebration in Boston’s Chinatown with lion dancers, music, and firecrackers—and if you haven’t tried the plethora of food options in our neighborhood, what a better time to venture out and celebrate? This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, February 2, at 11:00 am starting at the John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road . Here’s some more information about Lunar New Year festivities around Boston.

If you are celebrating Lunar New Year, we wish safe travels and  much joy and prosperity this year! 恭贺新禧  Happy New Year!

Further reading:

About the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year Traditions

Stories about Chinese New Year (National Public Radio)

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