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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.

Faculty Orientation Sessions

Open Access and Grant Requirement (Dec 6, 2016) PDF

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy Handout PDF


Training & Orientation

  • Personalized orientation to the library, the services and resources
  • 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

  • Recommend information resources to support your research needs
  • Assist in developing your search strategies (fee may apply)
  • Demonstrate how to create Auto Alerts (automatic updates) and table of contents alerts for your research projects
  • Discuss potential sources of grey literature
  • Provide suggestions on publishing in Open Access journals or submitting a manuscript to MacSphere (McMaster University's Institutional Repository) to meet CIHR funding requirements
  • Support your use of RefWorks
  • Undertaking a systematic review? Check out the University of Newcastle quick guide to systematic reviews for a brief overview.

Photocopy Services

Important Links for Authors and Researchers

  • Open Access - is the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication... Learn more
  • 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 access to that research...
  • Know your Copy(rights) as an author - a McMaster presentation - December 2013
  • Copyright information at McMaster
  • Research Data Management at McMaster - guide to integrating RDM best practices within the research cycle
  • 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.

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.

March 2015