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APA 6th, health care reform and rankings of the inevitable

apa6APA 6th is here!

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, is now available at the library.  Consultation copies are located at the Information Desk and in the Reference Collection, and one copy is available for borrowing. Call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010.

Other APA 6th ed. resources:

  • –APA even has its own blog! Post questions and read more about APA style.
  • –RefWorks has already updated its software. Access RefWorks at the library homepage. Under “Databases, A-Z ” choose RefWorks.
  • –EndNote promises a revised APA output style very soon.

Visit the blog later for announcements of more APA 6th resources.

Making sense of health care reform

Having trouble understanding the dozen or so different health care proposals? Check out the resources on the Kaiser Health Reform Gateway at http://healthreform.kff.org

Especially helpful: the side-by-side comparisons of bills currently under consideration in the Senate and House.

A portion of the interactive comparative resource

A portion of the interactive comparative feature

The Kaiser Family Foundation “is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy” and “is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.”  Learn more about the Kaiser Foundation.

“The report of my death is an exaggeration.”

…what’s more, Mark Twain could have demonstrated why with Carnegie Mellon’s Death Risk Rankings.

A project coordinated through the Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation at Carnegie Mellon University, deathriskrankings.org mines European mortality data available from Eurostat and U.S. data  available from CDC Wonder.

Learn about micromorts, find the risk of death from 66 different causes and create comparative charts.  Data can also be exported to Excel.

Best of all, if you’re using deathriskrankings.org, you know you’re still alive!


Fully described: Irish Catholic Benevolent Society papers.

Digitized last year, the Irish Catholic Benevolent Society papers is now fully described. This collection is part of the Historic Papers owned by the American Catholic Historic Society and housed at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center.

Containing both printed and manuscript materials, this 122 item collection documents the activities of a number of Philadelphia-based Irish societies. These voluntary associations brought together new immigrants and citizens of Irish ancestory for fellowship as well as mutual economic aid often in the form of group insurance. The bulk of the material covers the years 1885-1892 and contains correspondence, proceedings, reports, circulars, and even invitation cards to social events, like this one to a 1873 banquet in honor of Martin Griffin.

ICBA Invitation


Feedback Friday!

firstfloorThe library was bursting with activity this week! Students all over campus were searching for classrooms and meeting old and new friends. Are there any highlights that you’d like to share? Tell us about your first week of school!


Have a question? Ask us!

The Falvey Memorial Library Question Center is an interactive knowledge base containing answers to questions asked by library patrons, students, faculty and staff. Questions can be asked by anyone in the University community and are answered by professional librarians and library staff members, as well as others at the University.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions site too. Your answer may be there already!

Another contact point is our online Ask A Librarian, or just stop by the main information desk during library hours.


ReferenceUSA Off Campus Access Interrupted

ReferenceUSA is temporarily inaccessable to off campus researchers. The links found on the library home page may also give on campus users problems.  Until we can resolve this problem, from on campus you can use ReferenceUSA by opening the following URL in your browser www.referenceusa.com.  You will not be promted for any kind of user name or password from this pages.


Check out the Kindle

The Bartley Business Info Center has a Kindle for loan!  If you’re not sure that you want to take the plunge and buy one for yourself or want to read a popular business book not in our collection NOW, checking out our Kindle may be just the thing.  I’ll load any business related book to our Kindle for your reading pleasure.  Here’s how….http://library.villanova.edu/about/librariesandcollections/vbl/kindle/


Welcome back, College of Nursing students and faculty!

New for fall 2009…

Expanded office hours in Driscoll 313



Nursing librarian Barbara Quintiliano



and new life sciences librarian Robin Bowles

have teamed up to staff the librarian’s office almost all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Our hours in Driscoll 313 are listed below.  Stop in and say Hi!

10am to 1pm                          Barbara
1pm to 4pm                             Robin

10am to 12pm                        Robin
12pm to 4pm                         Barbara

For an uninterrupted research consultation, we recommend that you make an appointment by phone:  X96231 (610-519-6231) or email


Of course, we’re also available by appointment at Falvey:
Barbara Quintiliano – x95207 (610-519-5207)
Robin Bowles – x98129 (610-519-8129)

Tips and skills classes in Driscoll

Barbara and Robin will periodically offer short sessions on RefWorks, EndNote, PubMed,  journal alert services, and other useful resources. Watch for announcements on the blog as well as on the Driscoll announcements screen.

Announcing the APA 6th edition

Keep in style with these APA 6th ed. resources:

  • –APA even has its own blog! Post questions and read more about APA style.
  • –RefWorks has already updated its software. Access RefWorks at the library homepage. Under “Databases, A-Z ” choose RefWorks.

To install EndNote on an off-campus computer, come to the Falvey front desk and borrow a CD to take home for 3 days.

New Resources


Why trust Wikipedia? Sage specialized encyclopedias can provide the authoritative overview and background information you need.  Topics covered include multicultural psychology, qualitative research, counseling, global health, death & dying, and so much more. Give Sage a try!

Featured new acquisition

being_present1Being Present: A Nurse’s Resource for End-of-Life Communication, by Marjorie Schaeffer and Linda Norlander. Published by Sigma Theta Tau International, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1-930538-82-5.

Available at Falvey: RT 87 .T45S33 2009.

Also online.

A valuable guide for nurses who strive to serve and comfort dying patients and their families.  Each chapter includes reflections, evidence-based practice resources, stories from nurses in the field, ethical issues and questions for further discussion.

A warm welcome and welcome back to one and all!

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Welcome & Good Luck, Class of '13: Falvey Presents Unique and Unusual Superstitions

What do Maneki Nekos, dragons, crows, coins, horseshoes, rabbits’ feet, acorns, rice, crickets, salt, pigs, jade, bamboo, ladybugs, broken mirrors, dragons, four leaf clovers, stars and umbrellas have in common? They are all part of a large, colorful window display to welcome the Class of 2013.

Because thirteen is considered a lucky number in some countries and unlucky in others, Joanne Quinn, the cultural windows designer, decided to focus on superstitions, a fun and fascinating subject to research. Each item noted above is associated with a superstition, and Joanne accompanied all with informative cards.

cats_edlh3Joanne even broke the mirrors included in the display but said she limited herself to two; she couldn’t afford more than fourteen years of bad luck!

She collects Maneki Neko cats, Japanese cats which are also known as Welcoming Cats, Lucky Cats, Money Cats and Fortune Cats. These cats are good luck charms, and the ones in the window are part of her own collection.

In addition to the objects, Joanne included numerous books from Falvey’s collections.ladybugs01_edlh2 Pot of Gold and Other Stories, Shamrock and Spear, How Superstition Won and Science Lost, The Encyclopedia of Superstitions and Amulets and Superstitions are a few of the books included in the exhibit. Joanne noted that there are many more on Falvey’s shelves.

Kathleen O’Connor, Systems librarian, and Marie Roman, Resource Management specialist, also loaned objects for the display. Ann Stango, Interlibrary Loan specialist, helped mount the display.

This fascinating exhibit has a wealth of colorful objects, large and small, to please the eye and information to satisfy the mind – a wonderful welcome to both our new and returning students.

By Alice Bampton


LVJ Summer Institute 2009: Facebook, Blogs and Toolkits?

Barbara Quintiliano welcomes librarians and staff members from St. Joseph, LaSalle and Villanova universities.

Barbara Quintiliano welcomes librarians and staff members from St. Joseph's, LaSalle and Villanova universities.

Participants from the university libraries at Villanova, LaSalle and St. Joseph’s gathered on July 16 at Falvey Memorial Library to talk about “Electronic Outreach for Orientation, Instruction and Just Plain Fun.”

Topics on the program included newsletters and blogs, digital projects, library guides and toolkits, Facebook, video tours, classroom technology and in-house statistics. Barbara Quintiliano, Falvey’s instructional services librarian, served on the program’s organizational team and demonstrated SynchronEyes, a software for classroom management.

Other Falvey presenters included Michael Foight, Alfred Fry, Linda Hauck, Laura Hutelmyer, Jackie Mirabile, Jutta Seibert and Natalie Tomasco

Linda Kubala, web resources/reference librarian at the Francis A. Drexel library at St. Joseph's explains how to use "Library Toolkits" to create course guides.
Linda Kubala, web resources/reference librarian at St. Joseph’s University library, explains how to use “Library Toolkits” to create course guides.


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Last Modified: August 20, 2009