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

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New Info Bites Schedule: Winter 2018


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.

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 to access the PEN database.
NOTE: Please contact 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:

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.

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!

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