Research help

Our Public Service Desk is open during library hours to assist with your basic health sciences research questions, as well as help finding books and articles.

For immediate online help, check out our Virtual Help Desk, a live one-on-one chat service staffed by Gerstein research support.

Hours for services listed below may vary - please consult the links below for more information.

  • Find sources about a topic
  • Find a specific article or book
  • Use library tools effectively
  • More about Ask A Librarian Chat

Chat hours and service details

Email us

Email your questions to: ask.gerstein[at]

  • research questions
  • finding journal articles
  • citation management software
  • citation metrics & impact factors
  • open access
  • and much more

Note: You will receive a reply in 1-2 business days.

Click here to fill out our online Consultation Booking Form

To schedule a consultation: Consultation Request Form

  • Available online
  • Meet with a librarian to discuss research questions and search strategies
  • Open to all current U of T students, staff, and faculty

Note: You will get confirmation of receipt of your email in 1-2 business days. Wait times for consultations may be up to 1-3 weeks during busy periods.

Knowledge Synthesis Service
Systematic & Scoping Review Collaboration (SSRC)

a) Systematic/scoping reviews that are course, assignment, or degree-related:

b) Systematic/scoping or other types of reviews (non-course/degree-related):

Getting started? Consult our Systematic Reviews Guide.

Not affiliated with U of T? Consult these other literature seaching services instead