Have you ever struggled with how to properly cite and reference research? Or how to ask a research question that will set you up for success, and avoid hours of directionless journal searches? Glyneva Bradley-Ridout, Education and Liaison Librarian with the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy can help students and faculty alike to maximize U of T’s research resources. With the largest academic library system in Canada, and third in North America just behind Yale and Harvard, understanding how to navigate this immense system is key.
Learn more about Glyneva’s work in this Q&A:
Explain what your role is and why students and faculty should connect with you?
As the librarian for the Faculty of Pharmacy, think of me as your first contact for all things library!
I offer 1 on 1 consultations to help you find the information you need, including creating and executing a successful search, and how to navigate tricky (but useful!) databases such as Medline. I can provide support over email or in person to assist you in locating full text, advise you on reference management software, assist with grey literature searching and more! I also work with faculty to improve student information literacy through guest workshops and course-embedded instruction. Finally, I am available to partner on graduate and faculty research projects, including systematic and scoping reviews, grant proposals and other publications!
What is your favourite search “hack”?
This one might seem obvious but it’s something that people forget to do all the time! Whenever you need to access a resource (for example, PubMed), get to it through our website instead of googling it. This way, you will have access to all of the full text that we subscribe too! There is even a way to connect the library to google scholar, so you can find full text there too.
Why did you choose to be a health sciences librarian?
Health sciences librarianship combines two things that I am really passionate about: improving information literacy, and advocating for evidence based and transparent research. I also love teaching, and I enjoy embracing the challenge of figuring out how to make these and other library topics interesting and engaging for students.
What do you like most about your job?
My favourite part about my role is having the opportunity to meet and interact with so many students and faculty in different ways. There is so much incredibly interesting research and learning happening at the Faculty of Pharmacy, and I love being able to play a small part in it.
How can students and faculty get in touch with you?
The best way to reach me is through email! firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not hesitate to reach out – and I look forward to working with you!