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(Dec 13/21) Hello, can we expand the online database t to include lexis nexis and/or westlaw? The reason being that most of the health law articles and journals are published in the LAW journals rather than HEALTH journals. However these are very relevant articles to healthcare. Seriously consider. Thanks.

Library response: Our HSL's website lists the databases that are most relevant to health, but the University Library's Databases list will have many additional sources. And we have good news for you: we subscribe to Lexis (Nexis Uni) - - and have some Canadian legal sources via Bestcase, on Westlaw - HeinOnline might also be worth a look - I hope these suggestions help: can also assist with searching. (Dec 13/21)
Answered by: Janice Adlington (Head, Collections & Content Strategy)

(Jul 6/18) My name is Dustin Burlet and I am a PhD student at McMaster Divinity College (Old Testament). I have received your email via your business card that was given to me by Kim at the McMaster Mills Library here at McMaster University. I expressed to Kim my concern about the BS section of the library on the fifth floor, in particular, the moveable stacks and the high degree of usage that that section receives. I voiced a desire to see if it might be possible to put these items in a non-moveable stack section of the library and Kim informed me that you, Anne, were the person to speak to with respect to this matter, hence this email. I wonder Anne, what might possibly be able to be done to help to facilitate a change in this area. I do not wish to petition the library, nor do I wish to start a campaign or a flood of emails and such. I only wish to know what possibly might be able to be done to begin (and expedite) the process of transferring the BS items on the fifth floor to a non-moveable stack section. Thank you very much for reading this email Anne and for any consideration that you might give to this request. Have a great day, Sincerely and with respect, Dustin Burlet

Library response: Good morning Dustin - I believe I have addressed this issue via email with you directly, but am happy to post the response here as well. Anne We understand that the books in the religion call number ranges are well used compared to many othother areas of the library, and we're glad that this collection is active. Currently, we're not able to relocate the religion call number ranges without disrupting the flow of the stacks floors, which would make them even more difficult for users to navigate. We are working internally to develop ways to make our print collections more welcoming and engaging for users. We may also have some opportunity to re-arrange the stacks in the future, but the collections spaces are just too tight to permit this at the present time I do want to make sure you are aware of our new virtual shelf browse feature which is available via the catalogue: Search/browse by call number. Here you can browse the books in a call number range, then if you wish to use one of them click the Request button and our staff will retrieve the items and bring them to the main floor service desk area for you. If you need only a single chapter, you can also request this via the catalogue, and Library Services staff will scan and send it to you electronically. We appreciate your patience as we work through various collections related issues in the library. (Jul 6/18)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services/Facilities/Learning Support/Collections)

(Oct 24/17) Hi Mac Libraries - Is it possible for us to get a subscription to The Financial times? Given the current state of our global economy, I think it would be beneficial for our students and faculty to have access to this credible resource. Thanks!

Library response: The library has online coverage from several providers with a one-month embargo, and our Innis library receives the print newspaper -  Unfortunately, pricing for digital access for libraries is very different than that provided for individuals - the papers want to stay in business! - and to date, our combined print/embargoed access is the best we can do.  Agreed that this is a good source! (Oct 26/17)
Answered by: Janice Adlington (Head, Collections & Content Strategy)

(Oct 12/17) Hello, I am very confused with the new catalogue on library computer. It only seems to show e-books and the regular library catalogue is blocked for some reason. Normally Id just go on my phone to the library catalogue, but the wifi coverage in the upper floors of Mills that even this is frustrating. Thank you

Library response: I'm sorry to hear that you're finding the new catalogue confusing.  There are three different kinds of searches that you can do: The Quick Search tab simultaneously searches the library catalogue and the contents of several subscription and open access databases. The search results on this tab do include the Library's catalogue of both print and online resources, but the additional databases being searched mean that you will often see many more online resources. The Catalogue tab provides the same interface, but searches only McMaster’s library catalogue. This tab will show you both print and online resources, but only those that we have added to the McMaster libraries' catalogue. The Classic Catalogue link on the Library homepage takes you to a different interface. This site supports browsing of the library catalogue by author, title, subject, and others, as well as a keyword search. The search results here will include both print and online resources from the Library's catalogue, presented in a more traditional interface.     You can move from Quick Search to Catalogue by clicking the appropriate tab on the Library's homepage or in the search results screen. The Classic Catalogue is separate from the other two. Follow the link on the Library's homepage to search there. I hope that helps to make the catalogue a little less confusing! There is much more information about the new catalogue and some of its extra features in the FAQ document linked from the Library homepage, or at  (Oct 12/17)
Answered by: Wade Wyckoff (Associate University Librarian, Collections)

(Aug 21/17) Ive been testing out the new catalogue pretty extensively this week and I have to say it falls short in a lot of ways. Unless Im totally missing it, the place of publication has been removed from the catalogue listings. And the search by text function is gone. Are these features that will be added back? I know any new system is going to have growing pains, but this is really frustrating.

Library response: Thanks for testing out the new catalogue and sharing your comments.  The place of publication information is on our list to add for the new discovery interface; it's not included in the "out of the box" display settings, but we agree it's useful information. It does appear in the Classic Catalogue record display. When you say "search by text", I'm guessing that you want to browse the catalogue. As with our previous catalogue, the main search box on the Library's website is all keyword searching. You can look for words together as a phrase in that interface by putting the phrase in quotes, but it won't present you with a browse result. The Classic Catalogue interface does support browsing. With the exception of Keyword, all of the Classic Catalogue indexes are phrase searches and will look for records with your search terms in the order that you entered them. Choose the index that you want to search--author, title, journal title, subject, etc.--from the dropdown to get started. I hope that helps. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to get in touch: Wade Wyckoff
Associate University Librarian, Collections (Aug 22/17)
Answered by: Wade Wyckoff (Associate University Librarian, Collections)