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Services for Researchers

Research Support

Research Support Services is intended for McMaster Health Sciences researchers and research assistants.  These services can be tailored to meet your needs. For students seeking research assistance associated with course work, education programs, research projects or thesis work, please contact your liaison librarian.

Training & Orientation

  • Personalized orientation to the library, the services and resources or take a virtual tour of the library.
  • Customized training sessions for your research group on our health databases including, OVID Medline, Embase; Ebsco CINAHL, and Cochrane Library; alternatively, you can teach yourself using our online tutorials.
  • Sessions on using RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic management software; alternatively teach yourself using the online tutorial.

Research Consultation

Book a research consultation

  • Recommend information resources to support your research needs
  • Advise on developing your search strategies and make recommendations for improvment
  • Demonstrate how to create Auto Alerts (automatic updates) and table of contents alerts for your research projects
  • Discuss potential sources of grey literature
  • Support your use of RefWorks
  • Undertaking a systematic review? Check out the University of Newcastle - quick guide to systematic reviews for a brief overview
  • Research Data Management at McMaster - guide to integrating RDM best practices within the research cycle. Learn how develop a data management plan (DMP) at the beginning of a research project to ensure future usability, preservation and access

Publishing Support

  • Open Access - The world of publishing is evoling in many ways. Learn more about open access journals, your rights as an author, trends in open access publishing and how the library can assist you to meet Tri-Agency publishing requirements.
  • MacSphere - McMaster University's Institutional Repository (IR) - purpose is to bring together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide free and open access to that research including dissertations. Consider adding your own research to the collection.
  • Know your Copy(rights) as an author - a McMaster presentation - December 2013
  • Copyright information at McMaster
  • Author and Research Metrics - learn more about: the benefits of research metrics; how to establish an author identity in ORCID and Google Scholar; and the different types of research metrics including h-index, Altmetrics and more.

Important Links for McMaster Researchers

  • Inventory of Science (IOS) - Faculty of Health Sciences - resource to assist new and established faculty members seeking collaboration or advice on research expertise and methodologies... Learn more

  • MacFACTS - McMaster Faculty Academic Contribution Tracking System - web based program to help create Curriculum Vitae in the McMaster format
  • Health Research Services Office
  • ROADS - Research Office for Administration, Development and Support

Off Campus Access to Our Online Resources

  • Access our online resources and databases using MacID. You must be affiliated with McMaster University to obtain a MacID account.

Photocopy Services

  • Use our Photocopy Service to have the library photocopy articles from journals held in the Health Sciences Library¬†(fee based)

Obtaining items not held at McMaster

Technical Support

  • Troubleshoot technical problems related to accessing library resources.


Contact Neera Bhatnagar, Head of Systems & Public Services / Coordinator of Research & Graduate Education Support for more information.

October 2017