Jill Boruff

Jill Boruff

jill.boruff [at] mcgill.ca 514-398-6272

McLennan Library Building
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C9

Associate Librarian

Liaison Librarian to the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the Department of Psychiatry.

  • Supporting the teaching, learning, and research needs of faculty and students in the Rehabilitation Sciences and Psychiatry via instruction, consultations, reference service, and development of collections and website content
  • Providing expertise in searching and workflow management in knowledge syntheses


  • Master of Library and Information Studies, McGill University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and French Literature, University of Notre Dame, 2002

Areas of Interest

  • Information Literacy
  • Expert searching
  • Role of librarians in knowledge syntheses

Professional Activities


Selected Publications

Health Sciences Librarianship

Kloda, L. A., Boruff, J. T., & Cavalcante, A. S. (2020). A comparison of patient, intervention, comparison, outcome (PICO) to a new, alternative clinical question framework for search skills, search results, and self-efficacy: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 108(2), 185-194. http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2020.739

Boruff, JT., & Harrison, P. (2018). Assessment of knowledge and skills in information literacy instruction for rehabilitation sciences students: A scoping review. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 106(1), 15-37. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5764589/

Morris, M., Boruff, J.T., Gore, G.C. (2016). Scoping reviews: establishing the role of the librarian. Journal of the Medical Library Association , 104(4), 346–354. http://dx.doi.org/10.3163/1536-5050.104.4.020

Boruff, JT. and Storie, D. (2014). Mobile devices in medicine: a survey of how medical students, residents, and faculty use smartphones and other mobile devices to find information, Journal of the Medical Library Association, 102 (1). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3878932/

Boruff, JT. and Bilodeau, E. (2012). Creating a mobile subject guide to improve access to point-of-care resources for medical students: a case study, Journal of the Medical Library Association, 100 (1), 55-60. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257489/

Boruff, JT. and Thomas, A. (2011). Integrating evidence-based practice and information literacy skills in teaching physical and occupational therapy students, Health Information and Libraries Journal, 28 (4), 264-272. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2011.00953.x

Knowledge Syntheses

Gholizadeh, S., Rice, D. B., Carboni-Jiménez, A., Kwakkenbos, L., Boruff, J., Krishnan, A., . . . Thombs, B. D. (2021). Effects of cosmetic and other camouflage interventions on appearance-related and psychological outcomes among adults with visible differences in appearance: a systematic review. BMJ Open, 11(3), e046634. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046634

Zaccagnini, M., Bussières, A., West, A., Boruff, J., & Thomas, A. (2020). Features of scholarly practice in health care professionals: A scoping review protocol. Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy, 56, 38-41.

Turner, K., Carboni-Jiménez, A., Benea, C., Elder, K., Levis, B., Boruff, J., . . . Thombs, B. D. (2020). Reporting of drug trial funding sources and author financial conflicts of interest in Cochrane and non-Cochrane meta-analyses: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 10(5), e035633. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035633

Thombs, B. D., Bonardi, O., Rice, D. B., Boruff, J. T., Azar, M., He, C., . . . Benedetti, A. (2020). Curating evidence on mental health during COVID-19: A living systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 133, 110113. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110113

Pesce de Souza, F., Massierer, D., Anand Raje, U., Tansey, C. M., Boruff, J., & Janaudis-Ferreira, T. (2020). Exercise interventions in solid organ transplant candidates: A systematic review. Clinical Transplantation, e13900. doi:10.1111/ctr.13900

Gobbi, G., Atkin, T., Zytynski, T., Wang, S., Askari, S., Boruff, J., . . . Mayo, N. (2019). Association of Cannabis Use in Adolescence and Risk of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidality in Young Adulthood: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry, 76(4), 426-434. http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.4500

Bussières, A.E., Al Zoubi, D. F., Stuber, K., French, S.D., Boruff, J., Corrigan, J., Thomas, A. (2016). Evidence-based practice, research utilization, and knowledge translation in chiropractic: A scoping review. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 16 (216). http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/16/216

Nedelec, B., Carter, A., Forbes, L., Hsu, S. C. C., McMahon, M., Parry, I., Ryan, C.M., Serghiou, M.A., Schneider, J.C., Sharp, P.A., de Oliveira, A., Boruff, J. (2015). Practice guidelines for the application of nonsilicone or silicone gels and gel sheets after burn injury. Journal of Burn Care and Research, 36 (3). http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/BCR.0000000000000124

Thomas, A., Menon, A., Boruff, J., Rodriguez, A. M., & Ahmed, S. (2014). Applications of social constructivist learning theories in knowledge translation for healthcare professionals: A scoping review. Implementation Science, 9 (1). http://www.implementationscience.com/content/9/1/54

Selected Presentations

Chojecki, D. and Boruff, J. (2013). Navigating the rough waters of knowledge translation (KT) research: developing effective search strategies for systematic reviews with a KT focus. Poster presented at the Cochrane Collaboration International Colloquium, Quebec City, QC, September 21, 2013.PDF icon Knowledge Translation Searching Poster

Boruff, J., Storie, D., Chojecki, D., Robertson, H., and Ufholz, L. (2012). Knowledge on the go: a survey of mobile device usage in medicine. Paper presented at the Canadian Health Libraries Association conference, Hamilton, ON, June 14, 2012.

Boruff, J. (2011). New learning spaces: collaborating with faculty to align course outcomes with information literacy objectives. Paper presented at the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use, Regina, SK, June 3, 2011.

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