Info Bites: Spring/Summer 2018

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New Info Bites are here, now on Thursdays from 3:00-3:30 PM!

Info Bites are casual, short, informative sessions to introduce you to new resources, time-saving pro-tips, and to give you an afternoon break. Drop by the Information Commons (outside the library, 3rd floor LKSKI) or the Computer Lab (LKS 353) on Thursdays this May, June and July to enjoy hot tea and treats, and leave with some information to chew on. No registration required unless specified. Full Info Bites schedule below:

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID): What’s in it for you?
Thursday May 3, 3:00 PM (Information Commons)

Are you curious to learn more about ORCID? Are you responsible to maintain someone else’s ORCID profile?  The ORCID is becoming increasingly important as the publishers, funders, and various professional associations are integrating ORCID identifiers in their workflow. This Info Bite will provide some information about the benefits of ORCID for researchers and how to use it.

How to Find Information Faster: Library-Based Research Tips
Thursday May 10, 3:00 PM (Computer Lab, LKS 353)
Thursday July 5, 3:00 PM (Computer Lab, LKS 353)
Do you have a hard time navigating the library website? Are you familiar with the services available to you through your library? Join us in this Info Bite to learn techniques for using the library and retrieving information resources, including books, e-books, journal articles, and other materials more efficiently.

Systematic Review, Scoping Review, Realist Review… What IS the difference??
Thursday May 17, 3:00 PM (Information Commons)
What’s the difference between a systematic review, scoping review, and meta-analysis? When would I want to do a realist review? This InfoBite will introduce you to the methodologies behind different types of reviews and key points to consider before undertaking one.

Advanced Literature Searching: Top Tips & Tricks
Thursday June 7, 3:00 PM (Computer Lab, LKS 353)
Looking to search for health literature more proficiently? This session will discuss at least five advanced search techniques that will improve the quality of your results. Learn how to perform field searching, and apply truncation and wildcard symbols to improve your keyword searches; maximize the specificity of your results using the adjacency operator; use the MeSH database to pre-select your subject headings and more!

What You Need to Know About Predatory Journals
Thursday June 14, 3:00 PM (Computer Lab, LKS 353)
Finding a publisher for your work can take a lot of time and energy. This Infobite will talk about what journals you might want to avoid.

Webinar: Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN)
Thursday July 26, 12:00 – 12:30 PM (Computer Lab, LKS 353 & remotely)
This webinar will focus on the contents and resources, functionalities, and uses for the PEN (Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition) database. To request a link to participate in this webinar, please email osbornez@smh.ca, or attend in-person at the Computer Lab (LKS 353).

Library Link: April 2018

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Coming Soon: New policy and process for systematic & scoping review search services

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The Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a new policy and process for delivering systematic and scoping review search services, coming soon in 2018.

Due to high demand and the importance of systematic and scoping reviews to health and biomedical research, the Health Sciences Library has established a new policy to support research teams in planning and conducting systematic and scoping reviews. The implementation of our new policy will ensure the provision of search services is standardized and on par with colleagues at similar institutions supporting health sciences research.

The main objectives of this new policy are to:

  • harmonize services offered to all research teams;
  • ensure required project plans and protocols are in place before embarking on a new research study;
  • educate and support research teams with resources and background information to select the most appropriate methodology and review type for their research;
  • share successful factors associated with completion and publication of a systematic or scoping review;
  • adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and standards to enhance the quality and transparency of systematic and scoping reviews conducted at St. Michael’s Hospital;
  • uphold reputation of St. Michael’s Hospital researchers and research activities by supporting the delivery of high quality publications.

Stay tuned for more information about the new policy and process for delivering systematic and scoping review search services. In the meantime please share any questions with us by contacting the Health Sciences Library at hslibrary@smh.ca.

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New Info Bites Schedule: Winter 2018

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Due to the popularity of our fall programming, the Health Sciences Library is pleased to offer a new schedule of Info Bites this winter from January to April, 2018. Info Bites are casual, short, informative sessions to introduce you to new resources, time-saving pro-tips, and to give you an afternoon break.

Drop by the Information Commons (outside the library, 3rd floor LKSKI) Fridays this winter to enjoy hot tea and treats, and leave with some information to chew on. No registration required unless specified. Full Info Bites schedule below:

 

Finding Patient-Centred information: The Online Health Library – January 12, 3:00 PM
Learn how to use our Online Health Library to find quality patient education materials from St. Michael’s and trusted community resources.

Mendeley: The free reference manager – January 19, 3:00 PM
Mendeley is a free online and desktop reference manager that can help you save PDF articles, organize citations, create bibliographies, insert references into your papers, and connect with other Mendeley users. This Info Bite will introduce the main features of Mendeley and demonstrate how you can create your own Mendeley library. https://www.mendeley.com/

Predatory Journals: Some thoughts on where to publish – January 26, 3:00 PM
Finding a publisher for your work can take a lot of time and energy. This Info Bite will talk about what journals you might want to avoid.

Different Types of Literature Reviews – February 2, 3:00 PM
What’s the difference between a systematic review, meta-analysis and a scoping review? When would I want to do a realist review? This Info Bite will introduce you to the methodologies behind different types of reviews and key points to consider before undertaking one.

Advanced Literature Searching: Top tips & tricks! – February 9, 3:00 PM
Looking to search for health literature more proficiently? This session will discuss at least five advanced search techniques that will improve the quality of your results. Learn how to perform field searching, and apply truncation and wildcard symbols to improve your keyword searches; maximize the specificity of your results using the adjacency operator; use the MeSH database to pre-select your subject headings and more!

Password management – March 2, 3:00 PM
Tips and tools for managing passwords and keeping your information secure.

Webinar: Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) – March 16, 12:00-1:00 PM
In celebration of Nutrition month, this webinar will focus on the contents and resources, functionalities, and uses for the PEN (Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition) database. From on-site or through Citrix, visit http://www.pennutrition.com/ to access the PEN database.
NOTE: Please contact osbornez@smh.ca to request a link to participate in the webinar.

ORCID or Open Researcher and Contributor ID – March 23, 3:00 PM
Are you curious to learn more about ORCID? Do you need help populating your ORCID profile? Are you responsible to maintain someone else’s ORCID profile?  This Info Bite will provide some practical guidance on how to use ORCID.

Open Access Publishing – April 6, 3:00 PM
What you need to know about open access publishing before you write your grant.

Natural Medicines – April 20, 3:00 PM
Explore several authoritative databases which contain over 1000 monographs on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary alternative, sport medicine, and integrative therapies. Natural Medicines provides scientific, evidence-based information on chemical compounds, and foods safety, effectiveness, interactions, and more! Access Natural Medicines from on-site or through Citrix here: https://naturalmedicines.com

Getting what you need out of PubMed – April 27, 3:00 PM
Increase your comfort and skills using PubMed by applying search techniques and increasing awareness of additional features.