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Library Services

PHO provides a range of library and related services to support  applied research, program evaluation, professional development, and knowledge exchange in Ontario’s public health units:

  • Access to the Virtual Library, a collection of online research databases, many of which provide access to full text content of hundreds of public health journals.
  • Funding, coordination and oversight of the  the Shared Library Services Partnership (SLSP), in which four health unit libraries act as “hubs,” providing library services and supports to 24 client health units without an in-house library.
  • Ongoing collaboration with the Ontario Public Health Libraries Association (OPHLA),  a community of information professionals who work in partnership to deliver library and information services to the public health workforce in Ontario. 

MetaQAT - Critical Appraisal Tool

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The MetaQAT is a tool for appraising public health evidence. It helps you assess quality and detailed bias within public health evidence, and consists of a background document, user guide, fillable form, as well as links to companion tools.




Shared Library Services Partnership

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The Shared Library Services Partnership (SLSP) was launched to ensure that staff in all of Ontario's 36 local public health units have access to library services. If you are a public health unit employee with in-house library services, please contact your library directly. If your public health unit does not have in-house library services, you can access library services through the SLSP.


Virtual Library

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The Virtual Library is a collection of online research databases which can provide access to full text content of hundreds of public health journals. 

Access to the Virtual Library is limited to the staff in Ontario's 36 local public health units, the Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Public Health Ontario.


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