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Ten thousand birds : ornithology since Darwin /
Urban ecology : science of cities /
Urban Peregrines /
The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness /


Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

This is part of the Maximize Your Research Impact Series

Where: Robarts Library, 4th floor Electronic Classroom (4033)

Understanding how your researcher identity and your research outputs (articles, books, patents, conference proceedings, posters, data contributions, videos, blog posts, etc.) are measured and quantified is crucial for researchers at all stages to understand. How is your work found and used by others? What type of citation and usage footprint is your published work creating? What is the impact of your research and contribution to your community over time?

Your researcher identity is formed by combining all of your research output and its impact. Taking charge of your researcher identity can help distinguish your work from other authors, giving more accurate insight into your impact and helping create a portfolio of your contributions.

After attending and participating in this hands-on workshop you will understand the importance of tracking the impact of your output and how this is done. You will also learn how to take charge of and manage your researcher identity so that you are uniquely identified and connected to all of your contributions over time.

Part 2: Maximize Your Research Impact: Researcher Identity

​Part two addresses the management of your researcher identity, focusing on: 

  1. The importance of a researcher identifier (e.g. ORCID iD, author profiles, etc.) to distinguish you and your work from others;
  2. Taking ownership of and managing your researcher identity (e.g. Impactstory, Google Scholar Profiles, ResearcherID)

You will also learn how to increase the visibility of your research, as well as assess the strengths and weaknesses of research quantification strategies.You will leave with the following outputs: ORCID iD (author identifier) as well as the beginning of a personal research impact summary. Bring your current CV or examples of your scholarly output (helpful, but not required).

** Bring your own laptop or use a PC provided. 

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter: Information Commons
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Learn how to safely operate the LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printers. You must complete this safety training session before you can use our 3D printers. You must also pass our 3D printing knowledge test.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Part 2: Beyond MEDLINE: Translating Search Strategies for Knowledge Syntheses

Audience: University of Toronto graduate students and faculty engaged in health science research

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Time: 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: Robarts Library Electronic Classroom  (4th floor)

Note: this course may be taken as part of the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

In order to minimize bias and base your research on as much evidence as possible, you will have to search more than one journal article database for published literature. A search strategy often has to be revised for different databases and resources to take advantage of the strengths and unique features of each.

Building on the structured approach we practiced in Part 1, in this hands-on workshop students will:

  • Review Medline strategy from Part 1 and prepare it for translation
  • Delve deeper into the advanced features of interfaces and databases which allow for editing and refining a search strategy
  • Identify potential sources for bias in their search and develop strategies to mitigate them
  • Translate and execute structured search strategies using different databases, including OVID Embase, Ebsco CINAHL, and Cochrane Central
  • Prepare database search strategies and compose search methods, such that they can be repeated and to ensure proper reporting


Erica Lenton, MA, MLIS, is the rehabilitation and kinesiology librarian with the Gerstein Science Information Centre. Prior to arriving at Gerstein, Erica worked in continuing medical education and more recently, as a solo hospital librarian at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta. Through her experience in hospital and academic health science libraries, she has been involved in a number of systematic and scoping reviews and has provided expert searching and systematic review training for clinicians, students, and faculty.

Kaitlin Fuller, MLIS, is one of the medicine librarians with the Gerstein Science Information Centre. She coordinates the information literacy education of students enrolled in the MD Program. She also supports faculty and student research at the University of Toronto. Kaitlin has supported a number of knowledge synthesis projects by providing training and/or searches. Kaitlin joined the University of Toronto from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Sudbury, where she was an education librarian.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Presenter: Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx)
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Time: 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Location: Blackburn Room - 4th Floor, Robarts Library, 130 St George St, Toronto, ON

Organizer: Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx)

With exams coming up, now is the time to consider the best ways to study material to enhance comprehension and recall. We will explore strategies for effective time and stress management during the test or exam.

Click here to register (student login is required).

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