Extra Office Hours Added

For May, June and July 2018, the Health Sciences Library has added an extra Office Hours date and time to our calendar of events. In addition to our regular Wednesday Office Hours from 3:00-4:00PM, we’re pleased to offer a second Office Hours on Mondays from 12:00-1:00PM in the Computer Lab (LKS 353).

Office Hours are a fantastic opportunity to meet one-on-one with a health sciences information specialist to discuss any specific question(s) you have about search strategies, finding articles, research problems, using the library, familiarizing yourself with databases or research tools, and more. Just drop by the Computer Lab with your questions and we’ll be ready to help!

For more information please contact us at hslibrary@smh.ca or call 416-864-5059.

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Info Bites: Spring/Summer 2018


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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