CLOSED Thanksgiving MondayWe’ll be closed Thanksgiving Monday, October 10th.

Beginning Tuesday October 11th we’ll be closing earlier for the Mid-term Recess.

Thanksgiving Weekend and Mid-term Recess Hours

Oct 8: 10am – 5:45pm

Oct 9: 10am – 5:45pm

Oct 10: CLOSED

Oct 11: 8am – 7:45pm

Oct 12: 8am – 7:45pm

Oct 13: 8am – 7:45pm

Oct 14: 8am – 7:45pm



We’lll be closed this coming weekend, Sept 3-5. Beginning Sept 6 we will be open longer for the new school year.

The Fall/Winter 2016-17 hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 8 – 10:45
Friday: 8 – 9:45
Saturday: 10 – 5:45
Sunday: 10 – 10:45

Have a safe and enjoyable Labour Day Weekend, from the staff at HSL.







Happy Civic Holiday from the staff at the Health Sciences Library! The HSL is closed July 30-Aug 1. See you on Aug 2! Enjoy a safe long weekend.


Civic Long Weekend closure




We’ve switched to our summer hours as of Mon, Jul 4.

We’ll be closing earlier all week and opening later on Saturday and Sunday.

Mon – Thurs         8 – 7:45
Fri                         8 – 4:45
Sat                        12 – 4:45
Sun                       12 – 4:45

See a complete listing of all of our summer hours and closures.






Happy Canada Day from the staff at the Health Sciences Library! The HSL is closed July 1-3. See you on the 4th! Enjoy a safe long weekend.

Happy Canada Day - Library Closed Canada Day Weekend


Long weekend hours



The Health Sciences Library will be closed for the upcoming Victoria Day Weekend May 21-23, 2016. 

Health Sciences Library Spring/Summer hours


What it is: Clinical Key is a convenient and fast search engine that supports clinical decisions by making it easier to find and apply high quality, relevant knowledge.

What is included: Clinical Key provides access to over 1,100 electronic books; over 600 medical journals; over 300 procedures content and associated videos; over 850 point-of-care monographs; and much more.

How to download the app:

  1. Go to Clinical Key from HSL’s homepage
  2. Register to make an account
  3. Download Clinical Key on your mobile device
  4. Login using the username and password you created when making your account on Clinical Key

Navigating the app:

The easiest way to begin is by typing in a condition, drug, known book or journal in the main search box. Your search may retrieve a lot of results and you may want to filter it further. To do so, click on the “Filter By: None” arrow to filter your results to a preferred content type, specialties, study type, or time period. Once you have decided on a topic that you want to read, use the same arrow at the bottom (this time it will say “Outline”) and you can jump to a specific section of the document. Are you interested in saving content or downloading the PDF? Once in a document click on the three dots in the top right hand corner to find those options.



Benefits: Clinical Key presents key sources to users such as guidelines, drug information, procedural videos, images and more. The Google like interface makes searching the resource easy and intuitive.  There are CME credits available but to claim them you must use the Desktop version.

Downsides: The relative size and scope of this resource is both a strength and weakness. The size of this resource makes it valuable as there is a lot of information contained in Clinical Key. On the other hand, this can cause user frustration because there is a lot to review.  It is best to filter based on the content you want to see. You will find abstracts when searching within Clinical Key but getting to the full text is difficult, as our McMaster “get it” button may not show up. The best way to search for journal articles on a topic is to go directly to Medline or PubMed.

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We will be closed Friday, March 25, 2016 for Good Friday. Our hours will return to normal Saturday, March 26th and we are open Monday, March 28th.

Happy Easter




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