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 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, 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 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

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,

Library Link: November

Hello Library Linkers!

This month we have several exciting announcements!

  • St. Michael’s Hospital’s Library catalogue is now indexed on Google Scholar!
  • We have our new literature search forms available across the sites
  • Research Month is November!

Check out the PDF version of the newsletter below to access the clickable links!

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How To: Set-up St. Michael’s Hospital Library on Google Scholar

Hello Library users!

Great news! The Health Sciences Library’s collection has been indexed on Google Scholar.


What Does This Mean? 

Those with access to St. Michael’s resources can now access all of our collections through Google Scholar in just 4 easy steps!



Step 1

Open Google Scholar.

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Step 2

Go to the settings tab by clicking on the three horizontal  lines next to Google Scholar’s logo on the top left corner of your screen.

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Step 3

Under the Settings tab you’ll see a short list; Languages, Library Links, Account, and Button. Select Library links.

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Step 4

In the search bar type in St. Michael’s Hospital, and select the adjacent box then hit save to have St. Michael’s Hospital as your default library on Google Scholar. By selecting St. Michael’s Hospital you will be able to access articles available through St. Michael’s Hospital while searching through Google Scholar on-site.

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If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to,

Happy Searching!

Need more evidence?

In a systematic review study, conducted by our very own librarian, David Lightfoot, the authors assess the effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings on patient, healthcare provider, and researcher outcomes. In this study, the authors included 22 primary publications and three companion reports. It is available in an open-access journal. Happy reading!

Perrier L, Farrell A, Ayala AP, Lightfoot D, Kenny T, Aaronson E, Allee N, Brigham T, Connor E, Constantinescu T, Muellenbach J. Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2014 May 28;21(6):1118-24.

Creating evidence? Do it right! Talk to your librarian!

Systematic reviews are very important because many clinical guidelines and standard clinical practices are informed by and/or based on them. There is ample literature assessing the quality of systematic reviews across many disciplines, and a common theme that has emerged from a number of these studies has been the need for improving the conduct and reporting of systematic reviews. Two studies by Rethlefsen et al. (2015) and Meert et al. (2016) have looked at and compared systematic reviews with and without a librarian as co-authors. Both studies have found that having a librarian as part of the team correlated with a higher quality of reported search strategies in general internal medicine and pediatric systematic reviews respectively.

  • Rethlefsen ML, Farrell AM, Trzasko LC, Brigham TJ. Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. Journal of clinical epidemiology. 2015 Jun 1;68(6):617-26.
  • Meert D, Torabi N, Costella J. Impact of librarians on reporting of the literature searching component of pediatric systematic reviews. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA. 2016 Oct;104(4):267.

An Embedded Librarian: What it could mean to health care professionals

Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center has introduced an embedded librarian position as part of the research team that attends the morbidity & mortality and difficult problem sessions. These sessions are designed for specific, difficult, and complicated cases in which the patient is examined by multiple doctors and fellows, followed by a discussion of treatment options. The advantages of having the librarian as an integral part of the research team are to reinforce evidence-based practice by preparing literature reviews, create Google Scholar Alerts for individual clinicians, and introduce developing technologies and online access to non-traditional resources. This is not the first and only example of an embedded librarian program in the health care setting.

  • Brahmi FA, Kaplan FT. Embedded librarian as research team member. The Journal of hand surgery. 2017 Mar 1;42(3):210-2.