Unity Health Toronto Library Closures

Effective Tuesday March 17 at 3PM, the Health Sciences Library spaces at Unity Health Toronto will be closed until further notice. Library services such as literature searches, research/information inquiries, and interlibrary loan requests (articles only) will continue to be available remotely for all Unity Health Staff from Monday to Friday, 8AM to 6PM. All online Library resources are still available 24/7. Due dates for borrowed materials will be suspended indefinitely.

Please find contact information for each site below:

St. Joseph’s:

St. Michael’s:




If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Zack Osborne, Manager of Health Information & Knowledge Mobilization at zachary.osborne@unityhealth.to or 647-521-9397.

Freedom to Read Week- February 23-29

Freedom to Read KitThis week is Freedom to Read Week, an annual event that encourages Canadians to reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom as guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Unity Health Toronto Library Services invite you to participate in defending your right to access information. In medical research selective reporting practices can result in information being censored, or misleading. By learning more you can increase your awareness of selective reporting practices, and identify resources that can be used to find unpublished trial results. 


In biomedical literature, reporting practices that distort the interpretation of results to present results in more a more favorable light are referred to as “spin”. Spin refers to a biased presentation of data, such as an over extrapolation or selective interpretation of results, or the use of unwarranted casual language.  Due to the incentive to publish positive results, spin is especially prevalent in clinical trials. Therefore, spin can negatively impact further research, health practice, and policy.  Users of biomedical literature should be aware of the prevalence and manifestations of spin within their area of research in order to ensure accurate interpretation of results and avoid misinformation.  


Selective reporting practices are also prevalent in drug trials. “Drug repositionings” are methods that drug companies use in a trial to repurpose and remarket previously approved drugs. Repositioning is used to position a drug for a specific outcome within a trial, to obtain expedited approval or reduced cost. Selective reporting methods, such as a single over extrapolated example and omission of other data, are used in order to position drugs favorably. Negative or unfavorable results from drug trials often remain unpublished. This results in incomplete and misleading published information about a drug. In response to this, AS Brown and CJ Patel created the  RepoDB Drug Repositioning Database, a publicly available database containing comprehensive results from drug trials, including negative or failed drugs. You can use this database to find complete information about trials of a specific drug.


Works Cited

Chiu, K. Grundy Q. Bero, L. ‘Spin’ in published  biomedical literature: A methodological systematic review. PLoS Biology 15(9) (2017).


Brown, AS. Patel, CJ. A standard database for drug repositioning. Scientific Data; 4 (170029) (2017).


Further Reading

Korevaar, DA. Salameh, J‐P. Vali, Y, et al. Searching practices and inclusion of unpublished studies in systematic reviews of diagnostic accuracy. Res Syn Meth 2020; 1– 11 (2020).


Ioannidis, John PA, Caplan, Arthur L, et al. Outcome reporting bias in clinical trials: why monitoring matters. BMJ 2017; 356 (j408) (2017).  



Library Open House!

Hello Unity Health Toronto!

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Unity Health Toronto Library Services invites you to our Open House! We will be having an Open House at each of our locations. Come and explore the collections, services, and resources the library team can offer you. There will be treats and refreshments to enjoy!

See you there!

Improved Access to Research at Providence’s Health Sciences Library

Hello, Library Linkers!

The Health Sciences Library at Providence Healthcare has launched a new website with new and improved functions, features, and services. This new platform facilitates improved discovery and access to research both in print and electronic, which will greatly benefit your professional development! In addition to the new research and discovery functions of the library website, our new platform also offers great information on the new services and workshops that will be held at the Health Sciences Library. Please take some time to browse our new website to discover its many new abilities, our services, and the workshops that the library will be offering for our Providence users! We are always looking to improve our services and resources, so if you would like a custom workshop, a new resource, or if you have general feedback we would love to hear from you, either by emailing library@providence.on.ca or by using our various feedback forms on our website.

How to Access the Website:

There are several easy ways to access the library website!

1.) Use our short URL,

Type in our short link bit.ly/providencelib, into any browsers’ search bar.

2.) Through Providence’s Intranet site

  • To find the new Health Sciences Library’s website through Providence’s Intranet select the “Learning and Development” tab on the top bar of the page.
  • Under this tab, you will see four sub-headings, select “Health Sciences Library”




  • After selecting “Health Sciences Library” you will be brought to our Intranet landing page. This page provides access to our site through the link at the bottom of the paragraph, as well as some basic information about the library including hours, and location.


  • After selecting the link you will be brought to Providence’s Health Sciences Library website.
    • we recommend bookmarking our homepage so that all future access will be quick and easy!



If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email, library@providence.on.ca.

Library Link: January 2020

Hello, Library Linkers!

We hope you had a marvelous holiday season and are as excited as we are to welcome in the new year! This issue of Library Links highlights the Library’s impact in the Unity Health Toronto community, displaying our dedication and drive to provide excellence across the board!

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If you have any questions feel free to reach out to hslibrary@smh.ca

Thanks so much!

Winter Workshop Schedule: 2020

Hello Library Friends,

Unity Health Toronto Library will be hosting skill-building workshops site-wide all winter long! We offer classes to help you and your team improve their skills in,

  • Research and searching,
  • Microsoft Office programs,
  • Reference management software.

To register for a workshop check out our registration and policies page here.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Library Link: Holiday Edition 2019

Hello, Library Linkers!

Welcome to Unity Health Toronto Libraries Holiday Library Link newsletter! We invite you to peruse our achievements over this past year, help us commemorate our beloved Danuta who is retiring this month, and much more!

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As always if you have any questions comments or concerns please feel free to reach out to us at, Hslibrary@smh.ca