Dr. John Deadman will be giving a presentation on his recent publication, Moving Out of the Shadows: A History of Forensic Psychiatry in Hamilton.

His book “tells the story of the people and institutions that have served the mentally ill who had committed crimes in the Hamilton area. And it puts this local history in perspective, telling the story of mental health care throughout the ages in the Western world, in Canada and in Ontario. It makes the case that mental health care has gone through cycles, from punitive to permissive, from the public’s rights to patients’ rights. In the second part of the book, the voices of the people who built Hamilton’s innovative and caring forensic psychiatry program are featured. Moving Out of the Shadows is a history of an institution, and yet much more than that: it is also the history of how we care for the marginalized in our society.”

The presentation will be on Wednesday, February 22nd from 2pm -4pm in the C. Barber Mueller History of Health and Medicine Room in the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University.


Need a little stress relief? The always adorable Liam the Library dog, one of McMaster’s certified therapy dogs, will be visiting the Health Sciences Library again this term.

Don’t miss him!

Jan 31, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
March 1, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
April 5, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Liam the Library Dog



Natural Medicines is an evidence-based resource for dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary therapies.  It includes product monographs, patient handouts, and tools for identifying interactions, nutrition depletion, and adverse effects.



We’ll be shortening our hours Dec. 22 and 23, and will be closed from Dec. 24 – Jan. 1. We’ll open again on Jan. 2 with shortened hours on Jan. 2 and 3. Regular hours resume on Jan. 4.

Dec. 22 8 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Dec. 23 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Dec. 24 – Jan. 1 CLOSED
Jan. 2 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Jan. 3 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Jan. 4 Regular hours

Snowmen in reading pavilion


Attention Canadian researchers! Publish open access for free until June 30, 2017

Canadian Science Publishing (publisher of the NRC Research Press journals) launched FACETS (www.facetsjournal.com) earlier in 2016. It is the first multidisciplinary open access science journal and is designed to provide a trusted option for Canadian researchers interested in publishing interdisciplinary open access research. FACETS is waiving the author fee ($1,350) until June 2017.  For more information on their subject coverage, visit their website: http://facetsjournal.com/subjects/.


The Libraries’ 40th annual Frances McCrone Toy & Food Drive will be held Nov. 18—Dec. 14, in support of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Bureau. Toys for girls and boys up to the age of 16, non-perishable food items, gift certificates/cards for teens, and items for family pets are needed. Over the years, the McMaster community has supported this cause generously. Your continued support is very much appreciated!
Why not start a toy-drive in your office, residence or department? Donations can be dropped off at a collection box at the Health Sciences Library, or your nearest campus library, MSU Office in MUSC, Service Kiosks at Mary Keyes Residence or at the Commons.Looking for ideas? Infants and toddlers might like:

  • toys
  • books
  • games
  • craft kits
  • colouring books, crayons and/or markers
  • building blocks
  • puzzles
  • dolls, popular Barbie(s), action characters/figures and accessories
  • gift certificates for toy stores

Older children might like

  • sports items, equipment, accessories
  • model kits
  • make-up, hair essentials and accessories
  • gift certificates/cards (movie passes, video & music stores, shopping malls)
  • electronics (MP3 players, etc.).

Inquiries should be directed to Louise Caravaggio (x27521) at the Health Sciences Library.

Toy and Food Drive Nov 18 - Dec 14


The Faculty of Health Sciences is hosting an event in the Ewart Angus Centre today from 4pm-6pm. Access from the 1st floor of the Health Sciences Centre, going up the stairs to the library, will be closed off.

"Come in, We're open!" sign






But, we’re still open! Please use the elevator or another staircase in either the red, blue or yellow sections of the building to first get to the 2nd floor, and then make your way to the library.



Access to journal article PDFs (often referred to as full text) through PubMed, recently underwent a change.

When searching PubMed, many of the abstracts you’ll see have an image to “Full text links” and a get it! McMaster Libraries image like the one you see below. Click this image and it will open a pop-up window providing a list of all access points to the article. If it’s available online through McMaster Libraries, you’ll see at least one access link, possibly more.

If it’s not available online, you’ll see an option to find it in print through the library catalogue.

get full-text as McMaster Libraries image




Still not sure how to find McMaster Libraries’ journal article PDFs through PubMed? Watch a short video




Open Access Week BannerInternational Open Access Week is fast-approaching! Now in its 9th year, Open Access Week is an annual event that mobilizes researchers, students, teachers and librarians to discuss, evaluate and understand the importance of Open Access (OA). The Health Sciences Library, in collaboration with McMaster University Libraries, invites you to a series of events scheduled from October 24 to 28. Check the Schedule at a Glance for an overview of the week’s activities, or the Full Schedule for more detailed event information.

Open Access is a movement that supports the open dissemination of information, expanding participation in the scholarly conversation to a broader community. A variety of OA models now exist, provided by both dedicated OA publishers or repositories and commercial publishers. Increasingly, OA includes not only completed research but also research data and intermediate research products. Through its various forms, Open Access broadens the accessibility of research and research outcomes to those who may not have the institutional affiliations or individual subscriptions that continue to be required for access to much of the scholarly record.

This year’s theme, “Open in Action”, encourages the individual to take concrete steps towards supporting OA. Everyone in the scholarly community has an active part in supporting the growth and development of Open Access research and scholarship. To see the different ways that you may support OA, visit the new Open Access Week Action Portal.

Interested in learning more? Join in the events hosted by McMaster University Libraries during Open Access Week!

– Madeline Donnelly, Library Intern


Liam the Library Dog will be visiting the Health Sciences Library throughout the fall semester. He is a certified therapy dog who loves attention from students!

Liam the library dog

Oct 5: 2pm – 3pm
Nov 2: 2pm – 3pm
Dec 7: 2pm – 3pm

Stop by and visit for a stress-relieving study break.


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