Year in Review: Most searched & borrowed titles of 2021

Whether you are staying in or heading out, the Library’s electronic resources continue to be available to you, 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. Take advantage of 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 2021 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.

30 most borrowed titles on McGill Overdrive (e-books & audiobooks)

  1. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know (audiobook) 
  1. Becoming (audiobook) 
  1. Becoming 
  1. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism 
  1. The Handmaid’s Tale 
  1. Outliers: The Story of Success (audiobook) 
  1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind 
  1. Thinking, Fast and Slow 
  1. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (audiobook) 
  1. Thinking, Fast and Slow (audiobook) 
  1. When Breath Becomes Air 
  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (audiobook)  
  1. Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel  
  1. Educated: A Memoir  
  1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (audiobook)  
  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1 (audiobook)  
  1. Normal People: A Novel  
  1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (audiobook)  
  1. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos  
  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Harry Potter Series, Book 5 (audiobook)  
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1 (audiobook)  
  1. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel (audiobook)  
  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life 
  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harry Potter Series, Book 2 (audiobook) 
  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing 
  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking 
  1. Outliers: The Story of Success 
  1. A Promised Land (audiobook) 
  1. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism 
  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry Potter Series, Book 4 (audiobook) 

20 most accessed e-journals

  1. Nature 
  1. Journal of the American Chemical Society 
  1. New England Journal of Medicine 
  1. Nature Neuroscience 
  1. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 
  1. The Lancet 
  1. Cell 
  1. Science 
  1. NeuroImage 
  1. Science of The Total Environment 
  1. Nature Genetics 
  1. Nature Medicine 
  1. Neuron 
  1. Nature Methods 
  1. The BMJ 
  1. Journal of Cleaner Production 
  1. The Journal of Organic Chemistry 
  1. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 
  1. Nature Biotechnology 
  1. Organic Letters 

20 most accessed e-books from the McGill catalogue

  1. Oxford English Dictionary 
  1. Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications (Second Edition) 
  1. A History of Spain 
  1. Perspectives on World Politics 
  1. Oxford World’s Classics: Catullus: The Complete Poems 
  1. Cold Wars 
  1. Oxford World’s Classics: Cicero: Selected Letters 
  1. The Age of the Sages 
  1. Oxford World’s Classics: Pliny the Younger: Complete Letters 
  1. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory 
  1. The Cambridge History of Russia 
  1. Measurement and Instrumentation (Third Edition) 
  1. A History of Modern Latin America 
  1. Oxford World’s Classics: Sallust: Catiline’s Conspiracy; The Jugurthine War; Histories 
  1. Sustainability Ethics and Sustainability Research 
  1. Oxford World’s Classics: Livy: The Rise of Rome: Books One to Five 
  1. Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition (Second Edition) 
  1. Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine (Sixth Edition) 
  1. Archaeology of East Asia 
  1. Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law 

25 top search terms in the McGill catalogue

  1. Uptodate
  2. Pubmed
  3. Criterion-on-Demand
  4. Scopus
  5. Kanopy
  6. Web of science
  7. Jstor
  8. New England Journal of Medicine
  9. The Economist
  10. New York Times
  11. Oxford English Dictionary
  12. Globe and Mail
  13. DSM 5
  14. Bolognia
  15. Chicago manual of style
  16. Analyzing Politics: Rationality, Behavior and Institutions
  17. Medline
  18. Juan Valera Pepita Jiménez
  19. Statista
  20. Development Economics Roland
  21. Dynamed
  22. Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color
  23. Ancient medicine AND Nutton
  24. Child AND witness AND (abuse OR maltreatment) AND support
  25. Nature

Leave a Reply

Library Matters seeks to exchange and encourage ideas, innovations and information from McGill Library staff for our on-campus readers and beyond.

Contact Us!

If you have any questions, comments, or even an idea for a story, let us know!