Library Open House

The Health Sciences Library today, yesterday and tomorrow. Please join us on Friday October 20, from 1:00-3:00PM for an open house in celebration of St. Michael’s Hospital’s 125th Anniversary.

Meet today’s modern library

  • Learn about the impact and outcomes of the library’s many services to staff, students, and researchers
  • Highlight collections of e-books, e-journals and other electronic tools
  • Explore conference and research posters by our staff representing contributions to library scholarship
  • Put a face to a name: meet staff you have liaised or worked with in person

Celebrate our library’s legacy and what has not changed

  • While over 90% of our collection is digital, we still have hard copies of key texts, and the widely-used Popular Science collection and the new Leadership Development collections
  • Look back with nostalgia at the Health Sciences Library’s history at St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Take home a bargain at our book sale: $2 per item, or three items for $5

Talk to us about our future

  • Join us for cake and coffee
  • Share your vision for the library, and tell us how it can better serve your needs

We look forward to seeing you there!

open house poster

New series from the Health Sciences Library: Info Bites!


The Health Sciences Library is excited to announce a new series called Info Bites; 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 fall to enjoy tea and treats, and leave with some information to chew on. No registration required unless specified. Full Info Bites schedule below:

Point of Care Tools
Sept. 15, 3:00-3:30pm
Find evidence based medicine in a flash! Point of care tools contain synthesized evidence, usually optimized for mobile devices, so clinicians can make frontline decisions confidently and quickly. This Info Bite will introduce you to the point of care tools available to St. Michael’s Hospital staff, and demonstrate specific features from the Access Medicine and Lexicomp apps.

Demo: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Sept. 22, 2:30-3:30pm
Wolters Kluwer Health’s Lee-Anne Ufholz leads an introduction demonstration to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. This Info Bite session is sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Health and attendance is limited, you don’t want to miss it!

Types of Literature Reviews—What’s the difference?
Sept. 29, 3:00-3:30pm
What’s the difference between a systematic review, meta-analyis and a scoping review? 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!
Oct. 13, 3:00-3:30pm
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!

Intro to Covidence Systematic Review Software
Oct. 27, 3:00-3:30pm
Covidence is an online platform recommended by the Cochrane Collaboration that enables you to streamline the systematic review process, making it easier to collaborate and manage your data. This InfoBite will introduce you to Covidence and demonstrate a few of its top features.

DistillerSR Systematic Review Software: a webinar
Nov. 1, 12:00-1:15pm
Join us in the library for a webinar demonstration to learn about DistillerSR, the world’s most-used systematic review software. Distiller helps research teams conduct better, faster systematic reviews to deliver transparent, reproducible and audit-ready reviews. See for more information about Distiller.
NOTE: Please contact to request a link to participate in the webinar.

Keeping Your Reviews Up to Date
Nov. 24, 3:00-3:30pm
Keeping your Reviews Up-to-Date: This short workshop will show tricks, tools and library magic to keep your searches up to date.

BrowZine: the easy way to search for journals
Dec. 8, 3:00-3:30pm
Have you met BrowZine? This session will introduce you to BrowZine, a handy tool available to help you easily find, read, and monitor thousands of scholarly journals from the Health Sciences Library on your mobile device and web browser.

We hope to see you there! For a list of all library workshops and office hours, please see our Workshop Schedule calendar. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us by email at or give us a call, 416-864-5059.


NEW! JAMA Evidence

JAMA Evidence is an online resource to help identify the best available evidence by providing guides to the systematic consideration of the validity, importance, and applicability of claims about the assessment of health problems and the outcomes of health care.

Features of JAMA Evidence:

  • Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, 3rd Edition
  • The Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis
  • Care at the Close of Life: Evidence and Experience

Others tools and resources include:

  • Calculators: Calculators are functional, interactive tools designed to enhance the user’s understanding of statistical and mathematical relationships in EBM. Review the Risk Reduction Calculator for free.
  • Education Guides: A robust library of PowerPoint slide sets aimed at instruction and learning of EBM concepts. They are linked to related content and are available through search.
  • Glossary: Browse more than 900 EBM terms and definitions from the global navigation button.

Try JAMA Evidence now until September 20, 2017, and share your feedback to let us know what you think.