Year in Review: Most searched, borrowed, watched titles of 2020

2020 will go down as a year filled with flux and firsts. One of the few things that remained tried and true was that the Library’s electronic resources continued to be available 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Articles, e-books, e-journals, newspapers, databases – you name it, we probably have it and McGill students, faculty, and staff members have access to it all. We hope you will access our online video and film libguide and the online audio & discographies libguide for some great streaming resources to enjoy over the holiday period. If you are curious or need some inspiration for work or play, check out the roundup below. Special thanks to Associate Dean of Collection Services Joseph Hafner & Louis Houle, Director of Collections for their help in bringing this information together.


20 most borrowed titles on McGill OverDrive (e-books & audiobooks)

  1. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know (e-audiobook)
  2. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  3. Becoming
  4. Becoming (e-audiobook)
  5. Outliers: The Story of Success (e-audiobook)
  6. The Testaments: A Novel
  7. Normal People: A Novel
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale
  9. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
  10. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
  11. How to Be an Antiracist
  12. Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel
  13. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (e-audiobook)
  14. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (e-audiobook)
  15. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (e-audiobook)
  16. Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel
  17. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1 (e-audiobook)
  18. Thinking, Fast and Slow
  19. When Breath Becomes Air
  20. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

10 most borrowed films on McGill Kanopy (video)

  1. Rashomon
  2. Forest of Bliss
  3. Vivre sa vie
  4. Depression and Anxiety
  5. M
  6. La Notte
  7. Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
  8. Call Me By Your Name
  9. Assessment and Engagement in Family Therapy
  10. Tres Madres

Top 20 searches in the McGill catalogue

  1. Uptodate
  2. Pubmed
  3. Web of science
  4. Scopus
  5. Kanopy
  6. Oxford English Dictionary
  7. JSTOR
  8. Criterion-on-demand
  9. Bolognia
  10. New York Times
  11. New England Journal of Medicine
  12. The Economist
  13. Chicago Manual of Style
  14. DSM 5
  15. PressReader
  16. Globe and Mail
  17. Hidden Riches
  18. Geographic information science and systems
  19. Nature
  20. Science

20 most borrowed e-books from the McGill catalogue

  1. The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak : Five Notebooks from the Lodz Ghetto
  2. A Companion to Latin American History
  3. Indigenous Writes : A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada
  4. The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios, First Edition
  5. A History of Modern Latin America : 1800 to the Present
  6. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice (Ninth Edition)
  7. Anthropology and Development : Challenges for the Twenty-First Century
  8. Introduction to Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  9. The Third Reich Sourcebook
  10. Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications (Second Edition)
  11. Medical-Surgical Nursing in Canada – E-Book
  12. Lais bretons (XIIe-XIIIe siècles) : Marie de France et ses contemporains
  13. The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism
  14. Robinson Crusoe
  15. A History of Byzantium
  16. Hidden Riches : A Sourcebook for the Comparative Study of the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East
  17. Dermatology: 2-Volume Set (Fourth Edition)
  18. Current Surgical Therapy (Thirteenth Edition)
  19. Introduction to Stochastic Processes With R
  20. Our Beloved Kin

20 most accessed e-journals

  1. Nature
  2. The Lancet
  3. Nature Communications
  4. Science
  5. Scientific Reports
  6. Journal of the American Chemical Society
  7. PNAS
  8. New England Journal of Medicine
  9. Science of The Total Environment
  10. Cell
  11. Journal of Chemical Education
  12. Nature Neuroscience
  13. Angewandte Chemie International Edition
  14. The BMJ
  15. Nature Biotechnology
  16. NeuroImage
  17. JAMA
  18. Journal of Cleaner Production
  19. Applied Surface Science
  20. Neuron

Top 10 McGill theses that were viewed by people around the world

  1. Psychological distress after abortion among university students: Developing an intervention Curley, Maureen; 2011
  2. Transgender: A study of quality of life Seidl, Helma; 2008
  3. Video Games and Japaneseness: An Analysis of Localization and Circulation of Japanese Video Games in North America Pelletier-Gagnon, Jeremie; 2011
  4. Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of an Adapted Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Health Care Professionals Irving, Julie Anne; 2011
  5. Medication administration complexity, work interruptions, and nurses’ workload as predictors of medication administration errors Biron, Alain; 2009
  6. Understanding the Many Shades of Corporate Social Responsibility—Corporate and Product Evaluations Chen, Xiaoye; 2012
  7. All negotiations are not perceived equal: The impact of culture and personality on cognitions, behaviors, and outcomes Ma, Zhenzhong; 2005
  8. From ethnographic film to indigenous media: Communications and the evolution of the ethnographic subject Cohen, Hart Kenneth; 1989
  9. The economic and social roles of janissaries in a 17th century Ottoman city: The case of Istanbul Yilmaz, Gulay; 2011
  10. “Genji monogatari”: The subject of woman Mills, Heather Lee; 2005

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