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The fall semester is in full swing, so why not take a paws for coffee and join us virtually for a casual study break on Wednesday, September 30th? Drop into our Zoom between  3:30 and 4:30pm to meet or catch up with Hirsh staff, ask any questions you have about using the library this semester, and hang out with our adorable pets! Zoom information will be sent the day of, so register here in advance. We’re pawsitively excited to see you!

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Book cover of So You Want to Talk About Race

Here is a quick update on newly acquired eBooks that are now ready for use. A mixed bag of valuable and important titles which needed to be highlighted. Hope there is one that interests you. As always, if there is a book we don’t have that you think should be in our collection, please let us know by recommending a purchase.


So You Want to Talk About Race

Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction (2nd Edition)

Grammar Smart

Statistics at Square One

50 Studies Every Neurologist Should Know

Debating Cancer : The Paradox in Cancer Research


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With the new term beginning, Hirsh Library has implemented “curbside pickup.”  Students, faculty, and staff are able to request books from any Tufts library to pick up at Hirsh Library during our opening hours.  

In keeping with the University guidelines, if you plan to visit the Library you must observe rules regarding physical distancing, wearing masks, and completing a screening survey prior to arrival. Currently, only Tufts University IDs are permitted into the building. Once you enter the building, you will need to show the security officer a completed Tufts Symptoms survey on your phone (or printed copy).  The survey can be accessed via, the Tufts mobile app, or the Healthy @ Tufts portal. You will not be admitted into the building until you have completed this survey and get the All Clear sign. You need to complete the screening survey any day you come to the School. 

Search for and request books through JumboSearch and choose a pickup location. When the request is fulfilled, you’ll get an email saying the book is available for pickup. If you choose another library pickup location other than Hirsh Library to pick books up at, that library may have a different procedure, and you will want to contact them. Books requested to pick up at Hirsh Library will be on the Library Service Desk in a bag labeled with your name and checked out to you for contactless pickup. You will have a week to pick up your item. 

You can renew your books twice by logging into your library account or contacting us from the options below. If you do not pick up your books within a week, they will get checked back in and returned to the owning library. 

Please only take books labeled with your own name. Taking other students’ books would be in violation of the Hirsh Health Sciences Honor Code.  

For reference, below are a list of Tufts libraries 

  • Boston Medical Campus: Hirsh Health Sciences Library 
  • Boston SMFA Campus: SMFA Library 
  • Grafton Campus: Veterinary Library 
  • Medford Campus: Tisch Library  
  • Medford Campus: Ginn Library 
  • Medford Campus: Music Library

If you have any questions, need to make alternative arrangements, or no longer need the books you have requested, please contact us below! 


Phone: (617) 636-6705 (to leave a voice message) 

Text the library: (617) 477-8439  



All of the above ways to contact us are monitored by our staff during our online staffed hours. 






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September brings with it a ramp up in reading assignments, papers, exams…and a return to Writing Consultants appointments three days a week! All appointments this semester will be virtual and the schedule for the fall is as follows:

Tuesdays: 10am-12pm

Thursdays: 10am-2pm

Sundays: 1pm-5pm

Registration for September is open, so sign up now!

The service is available to all Health Sciences graduate students on the Boston Campus. Sessions are 45 minutes long and you may sign up for one session per day, and up to two sessions per week. For more information about the help our Writing Consultant provides and what to expect at your appointment, please visit the FAQ section of our Writing Consultants Guide.

Happy writing!


Happy Labor Day Weekend! In light of the University holiday on Monday, September 7th, we will be having shortened online staffed hours. You can email, chat, or text us with any research, reference, or resource questions between 12pm and 7pm and we will have someone online available to assist you.

We hope everyone enjoys a fun and safe long weekend!



While the usual offerings on our skull menu are unavailable, as we’re currently unable to lend physical anatomy models, we invite you to take advantage of the virtual anatomy tools in our collection during this time of distance learning. For medical neuroanatomy and dental anatomy, we have some excellent resources to explore the head and neck virtually!

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.

Post contributed by Christina Heinrich


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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.


Screenshot of the textbook Nutritional Epidemiology on the Oxford platform


Hello everyone!

We hope you are well, staying safe, and healthy out there. Below is another set of newly acquired electronic books that are now ready for use. This list focuses on Nutrition reserve titles. Please take notice of the Public Notes that are under the platform link in JumboSearch, as they will provide you with important access information.


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We may not be physically in the library, but that doesn’t mean we’re not available to meet your information, research, and education needs!

  • Need some help? Library staff can answer any inquiries you may have during online staffed hours. Just Ask Us via email, chat, or text.
  • Have a question or a project that you know will require more in-depth assistance and expertise? Just fill out our schedule a consultation form and we’ll match you with one of our librarians.
  • Want to hone your skills or learn about a new resource or program? We’re still offering Open Workshops! While we’re just about done with our summer series, we’ll have our September workshops posted soon, so keep an eye out! You can also always schedule aWorkshop on Demand, if a topic you’re interested in isn’t being offered.
  • Want to be sure you can access online library resources when you’re not on campus? Visit our Get Started with Off Campus Access Page for instructions. We also have this handy guide on Library Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic. On it we share a list of publishers that are currently providing expanded or free access to their offerings.

Thank you for being understanding as we navigate the waters of the new normal and let us know if you think of any other ways in which we can assist you remotely. We are working on implementing some new services for fall, so stay tuned!

And if you must enter the library building for any reason, please remember to wear your mask and adhere to social distancing protocols!


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!

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