Deceptive publishing: Be aware

The University of Toronto Libraries recently released an informative checklist to help researchers identify deceptive publishers, also known as ‘predatory journals’.  These publishers are for-profit entities that “purport to publish high quality academic research, but who do not follow accepted scholarly publishing best practices. Their ultimate goal is to make money, not publish quality research. Being associated with a deceptive publisher can lead to financial loss as a result of inappropriate fees, or be harmful to your reputation and that of your institution, even impeding the promotion and tenure process.”

For more information and to access the checklist see:


Library Link: September 2018

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September 2018 Library Link

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Our new Systematic Search Services Policy is here!


Back in March we shared the news about the development of a new library policy for delivering systematic and scoping review search services. The Health Sciences Library is thrilled to announce the completion of the Systematic Search Services Policy, now in effect.

Please find the Health Sciences Library Systematic Search Services Policy here as a PDF, and in the St. Michael’s Hospital Corporate Policies & Procedures System (CPPS) here (internal link for on-site users).

The 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.

Please share any feedback or questions with us about our new policy by contacting or 416-864-5059.

September Workshops & Info Bites

H.S. Library workshops resume in September with four new classes: Planning your Systematic Review; Systematic Review, Scoping Review and Realist Review…What is the Difference ?; Credible Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Resources, and Systematic Grey Literature Searching.

Register through the Learning Centre, or by emailing us.

HSL workshops flyer_September 2018




Library Link: July 2018

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July 2018 Library Link

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Now available: CABI’s Global Health database


The CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) Global Health database is now available to you from the Health Sciences Library. With coverage from 1973 to present, Global Health provides an alternative, complementary point of reference with a broad analysis of foreign language journals, books, research reports, patents and standards, dissertations, conference proceedings, annual reports, public health, developing country information, and other difficult to obtain material.

The database is updated on a weekly basis and covers many areas of human health and disease including:

  • communicable diseases (including HIV/AIDS)
  • parasitic diseases and parasitology – medical entomology
  • human nutrition (including food composition, food poisoning, effects of diet on health, nutritional disorders, and experimental aspects)
  • community and public health (including chronic diseases, occupational health, health status indicators, the impact of agriculture on health, and cancer epidemiology)
  • medicinal and poisonous plants (including pharmacology, tissue culture, animal studies, plant composition, allergens, and toxins)
  • tropical diseases (including field and experimental studies)

Visit to access Global Health today!

If you have any questions or comments about the CABI Global Health database, please contact the Health Sciences Library at or 416-864-5059.