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Ready, set, search! Upcoming database searching workshops in the HSL.

16 Jan 2020

They're back! 

If you're struggling with database searching or you want to improve on your existing search skills, be sure to register for one of our upcoming workshops.

Good News! Riley is Back!

14 Jan 2020

If you were around last term you may have noticed a new face in the Health Sciences Library. A little smaller and fuzzier than most of the library staff, Riley has been a wonderful addition to our team!

Top 10: The Faculty of Health Sciences' Most Attention-Grabbing Articles of 2019

10 Jan 2020

To celebrate another fruitful year of health research at McMaster, the Health Science Library counts down the Faculty of Health Sciences' top 10 most attention grabbing articles from the past year (as calculated by

HSL Holiday Donation Drive

4 Dec 2019

The HSL is collecting pre-packaged snacks (granola bars, dried fruit, fruit snacks, crackers, snack-sized bags of chips, juice boxes, etc.) to be donated to our neighbours at Ronald McDonald House. These donations will help ensure their kitchens stay stocked during the busy holiday season.

Women in STEM: Changing the Conversation

1 Nov 2019

Please join us for a symposium hosted by McMaster Health Sciences Library, University Library, and the McMaster WISE Initiative to support, celebrate and advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and math. The afternoon will feature a keynote address, a panel discussion, as well as informal round-table discussions led by members of the McMaster community.

Feeling stressed? Come meet Riley!

8 Oct 2019

We are thrilled to present Riley, our new HSL library dog!

Looking to improve your database searching skills? We’ve got a workshop for that!

16 Sep 2019

This fall, HSL is offering workshops on the fundamentals of searching literature to assist with your research papers. Designed for students new to literature searching or who are in need of honing their existing skills.

Update: Renovations at the Health Sciences Library

5 Sep 2019

Construction hoarding has been erected in the Health Sciences Library for our renovation project. Once the renovation space has been contained behind the walls, demolition will begin.

“Great News for Systematic Reviews”: HSL Subscribes to Covidence

14 Aug 2019

The systematic review management tool makes it easy for review teams to screen citations, assess risk of bias, extract study characteristics, and export data and references.

Renovations at the Health Sciences Library

30 Jul 2019

If you have visited the Health Sciences Library lately, you probably noticed some major changes. You might have asked yourself, “What’s going on?”

New Mobile Phone Charging Station at HSL!

22 Jul 2019

Sometimes your phone just needs a little juice to get you to your next class and HSL's got you covered with a brand spanking new charging station!

Celebrate National Nursing Week with the Health Sciences Archives and a Guest Blog Post!

9 May 2019

We are so pleased to welcome a guest post on our blog today. David Rayside is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science, and was founding director of the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, at the University of Toronto. His writing has included books on sexual diversity, political conservatism, and the role of religion in Canadian public life. He has paired this writing with an activist engagement on issues related to gender and sexual diversity. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. 

David's current research has brought him to the Health Sciences Archives where he has been delving into the life and career of his great-aunt, Edith Rayside, who was Superintendent of Nurses at Hamilton General Hospital from 1924-1934. Edith's story is a fascinating one and we asked David to recount it for us here, in celebration of National Nursing Week. While we take time to celebrate the nurses who work tirelessly today, it is also important to remember and honour the nurses who paved the way into modern times.

Our thanks to David for sharing this excellent profile of a trailblazer with us. Enjoy!