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Challenge your students to nail APA Style

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: March 17, 2017
  • Filed Under: Nursing
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Three self-grading quizzes are now available to help your students beat the APA Style blues.  Students may take each quiz as often as they like.  They will get a report of their scores and of which questions they answered correctly or incorrectly. Explanations are provided for many of the questions, along with references to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References. A list of other helpful APA resources available to students is also included in the results report.

The quiz covering APA Style for citing journal articles consists of ten items. The other two quizzes have five questions each, covering the basics.

Challenge Yourself! APA 6th Style for Journal Article References

Challenge Yourself! Formatting In-Text Citations According to APA 6th Style

Challenge Yourself! APA 6th Style for References to Books, Book Sections, Web Sources

Share the news with your students!

Comments and questions to Barbara Quintiliano


Two “Clinics” journals now available electronically

nursing_clinicsFalvey Library users now have electronic access through Elsevier Science Direct to the journals Nursing Clinics of North America and Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America.

Nursing Clinics had been received in paper form at the library since 1966. However, all issues from vol. 37, no. 1 (March 2002) to present are now available electronically, and print has been discontinued.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics is a new subscription with issues available from vol. 23, no. 1, (March 1996) to the present.

Users searching databases such as PubMed will be able to access individual articles by clicking the Find it button. Off-campus users must sign in with a valid Villanova LDAP ID and password.

New Careers in Nursing 2013 Alumni Survey data now available in ICPSR Database

Launched in 2008 by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) provided scholarships to a total of 3,517 students, many from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds, who desired to pursue a nursing career. The program awarded its last scholarships in 2015.  In 2013, a survey was conducted of scholarship recipients who graduated prior to September 2012, and the data collected are now available in the ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) database.

Alumni were queried on employment and career satisfaction. They were also asked to rate components of their nursing degree program and to comment on topics such as leadership and mentoring experiences.

The NCIN 2013 Alumni Survey can be accessed online. After logging into ICPSR, be sure to click Log in/Create Account to  register for an individual account allowing you to download data. Note that some of the data for this survey are restricted and require contacting ICPSR for permission to use. Off-campus users must sign in with a valid Villanova LDAP ID and password.

Questions? Comments? Contact Barbara Quintiliano, nursing librarian


Genomics and the Exoneration of Patient Zero

His name was Gaëtan Dugas. He was a Canadian flight attendant infected with the HIV virus who succumbed to AIDS in 1984. Through misinterpretation and shoddy reporting of early CDC research on the disease, Dugas came to be labeled Patient Zero and identified as “the man who gave us AIDS.” In 1987, reporter Randy Shilts vilified him as a sociopath in his book And the Band Played On. Soon the story was disseminated by 60 Minutes and other news sources.

However, researchers using cutting edge methods to sequence eight full-length viral genomes from the 1970s, have published their findings in Nature and cleared Dugas’ name. According to journal editors, analyses conducted by Michael Worobey and colleagues “suggest that the virus was introduced to New York City around 1970 and that by 1979 the epidemic was already relatively mature and genetically diverse.” While Dugas was at the center of a particular cluster of cases, thousands of men already had the misfortune of being infected with the virus in New York and San Francisco at the time.

Read more about it:

Worobey, M., Watts, T. D., McKay, R. A., Suchard, M. A., Granade, T., Teuwen, D. E.,… Jaffe, H. W. (2016). 1970s and
‘Patient 0’ HIV-1 genomes illuminate early HIV/AIDS history in North America.  Nature, 539(7627), 98-101.
Available at http://tinyurl.com/dugaszero
(Villanova LDAP ID and password required)

NPR Story




Shilts’ book available at Falvey Library.




APA Style giving you or your students problems?

These short videos can help:

APA Demystified: Citing Journal Articles

APA Demystified: In-Text Citations

APA Demystified: Citing Web Pages, Books, Book Sections

Questions? Need more help? Contact Barbara




Falvey Memorial Library Presents: Info to Go at Driscoll Hall

Robin Bowles, research help, info to go, Driscoll Hall

Librarian Robin Bowles is all smiles with the crash cart!

Falvey Memorial Library is on the move. Research and Instruction Librarian Robin Bowles and Nursing Librarian Barbara Quintiliano are offering research assistance in Driscoll Hall to students! So, grab some research help with that cup of coffee. Look for the crash cart staffed by Robin or Barbara on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Driscoll Hall café from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The rest of the day they can be found in Driscoll Hall room 343. Ask them anything. Seriously. They can get you stats, pertinent journal articles for a paper or just help you find the odd fact from a reputable source. Research life support is their specialty! (Added bonus: they always have free chocolate and pens!)

Barbara and Crash Cart

Librarian Barbara Quintiliano helps two students find the resources they need.

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Nursing students & social media / Hunting for drugs to combat Zika

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, text messaging….so many ways to stay in touch and share information with friends.  However, nursing students need to be aware of the ethical and legal ramifications surrounding the use of social media during their clinical experience.  Patient confidentiality is only one of several important factors to consider.  The ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2015 e-book ed. available through Falvey Library) specifically addresses the issue of social media use.  Court cases have ensued!

Here’s an article on the topic you may wish to share with your students:

Westrick, S. J. (2016). Nursing students’ use of electronic and social mMedia: Law, ethics, and e-professionalism. Nursing Education Perspectives, (1), 16-22. doi:10.5480/14-1358

Click to access.

Fighting the Zika Virus

Read a recent article in Nature Medicine reporting on the hunt for antivirals to combat the Zika virus:

Kincaid, E. (2016). A second look: Efforts to repurpose old drugs against Zika cast a wide net. Nature Medicine, 22, 822-825. doi:10.1038/nm0816-824

Click to access.

Here’s a research article, also from Nature Medicine, on investigators’ discovery that niclosamide, a medication commonly used to treat tapeworm, has shown promise in preventing the replication of the Zika virus in the fetal brain.

Research questions?  Contact Barbara


An Author of Few Words

Barbara Quintiliano with Some Favorite Things

Barbara Quintiliano with Some Favorite Things

What kind of story can you tell in six words? Just ask Barbara Quintiliano, nursing/life sciences and instructional services librarian. She’s an expert at this, having posted 2,225 memoirs so far under her pen name, liberata. Smith Magazine selected Quintiliano as their March 2016 memoirist of the month. March marks her third anniversary with Six Word Memoirs, a project of the online Smith Magazine.

Quintiliano says, “I mean, who can’t write six words? It’s easy and so much fun … Gotta keep on sixing!” One of her six-word memoirs, “Don’t make life a preemptive strike,” is published in The Best Advice in Six Words (released November 2015). The book includes 1,000 contributions including those of celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Molly Ringwald and Lemony Snicket, and Falvey’s own celebrity writer.

Some examples of her other six-word memoirs: “OK, putting my self-doubt to bed,” “Seeking hardcover-wisdom in a Kindle world,” “Progress. Said no to someone today,” “Coffee’s the only weapon I need,” and most appropriate for the six-word format, “I’m really good at doing succinct.” She explains her interest in the Six-Word Memoirs as an outgrowth of her life-long interest in writing in journals, having pen pals and, more recently cyber pals (email).

Quintiliano and Rob LeBlanc, first-year experience/humanities librarian, recently published an article, “Recycling C.R.A.P.:  Reframing a Popular Mnemonic for Library Instruction,” in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice, volume 3, number 2 (Fall 2015). In 2009 Quintiliano won the Facultas Award.

What is Smith Magazine? It is an online magazine founded and edited by Larry Smith. The magazine is best known for its Six-Word Memoir® project, which Smith launched in November 2006 by asking, “Can you tell your life story in six words?” The challenge became popular with more than one million Six-Word Memoirs published to date.

Before creating Smith Magazine, Larry Smith was an articles editor of Men’s Journal. He had also held other editorial positions and has published articles in The New York Times, Popular Science, Men’s Health, and others.

Who really wrote the first six word memoir? Actually Julius Caesar did it in three words: “Veni, vidi, vici” which translates into six English words: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Was this Smith’s inspiration? Perhaps, but there is also a legend that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a six word story. His answer, “For sale:  baby shoes, never worn.” What ever the answer, the challenge is popular!

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Zika Virus News & Data You Can Reuse

Recent articles on the Zika virus

zika_womanBrasil, P., Pereira, J. P.,Jr, Raja Gabaglia, C., Damasceno, L., Wakimoto, M., Ribeiro Nogueira, R. M., . . . Nielsen-Saines, K. (2016, March 4). Zika virus infection in pregnant women in Rio de Janeiro – preliminary report. New England Journal of Medicine, doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1602412 [doi]

Marrs, C., Olson, G., Saade, G., Hankins, G., Wen, T., Patel, J., & Weaver, S. (2016).
Zika virus and pregnancy: A review of the literature and clinical considerations.
American Journal of Perinatology, doi:10.1055/s-0036-1580089 [doi]

Other recent articles listed in RefWorks format.

Click the Find it button to check for full text. Click the double helix icon to the right of the title to read the PubMed abstract.
Image credit: http://www.paho.org/

Data you can use and reuse

Data want to be free, and as members of the Villanova University community, you
have access to entire series of health-related data via the ICPSR database.


Most of these data sets are available in SPSS, SAS, STATA and other data formats. Check them out!

Health and Medical Care Archive (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

AHRQ MCC Research Network Data Archive

National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH)

Integrated Fertility Survey Series (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health
& Human Development,
Population Studies Center)

National Archive on Computerized Data on Aging (National Institute on Aging, NIH)

Genomic Data and Biomarkers (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health
& Human Development)
Image credit: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu

Questions? Comments? Contact Barbara


Zika Virus Information

Video from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Zika, a New Threat. What Is It (in Spanish with English subtitles)


Excerpt from Zika virus spreads across Americas as concerns mount over birth defects. (2015). BMJ, 315, h6983.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6983

Zika’s rapid geographic spread would be causing less concern to public health authorities were it not for worrying evidence that the disease is less benign than initially thought. Hundreds of cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome have sprung up in the wake of Zika infection, but it is an explosion of microcephaly among infants born to infected women that has caused Brazil to declare Zika a “public health emergency of national importance.”


Basic info on Zika

According to PAHO, “Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by Zika virus (ZIKV), consisting of mild fever, rash (mostly maculo-papular), headaches…and non-purulent conjunctivitis, occurring about three to twelve days after the mosquito vector bite. One out of four people may develop symptoms, but in those who are affected the disease is usually mild with symptoms that can last between two and seven days. Its clinical manifestation is often similar to dengue, also a mosquito-borne illness.”

There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika virus infection. Therefore, treatment for everyone, including pregnant women, is directed at alleviating symptoms.

Factsheet from the World Health Organization (WHO)

How does Zika virus affect pregnant women and fetuses?

Fetuses exposed in utero to the Zika virus are at risk for microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected. Babies with microcephaly can suffer from various problems, such as developmental delay, intellectual disability, hearing loss, and vision problems.

More about microcephaly

Travel Alert (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant. These women should consider postponing visits to countries currently affected by Zika virus transmission. Included are the countries of Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

CDC Zika Website

Journal articles available on the topic of the Zika virus outbreak (Click Find it to check for full text availability.)

Barbara Quintiliano, Nursing/Life Sciences Librarian
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Find out who’s talking about you

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: November 19, 2015
  • Filed Under: Nursing
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Want to know who is citing articles that you’ve written?  Here are three ways to find out who’s talking about you: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, and Google Scholar. (more…)


PDA is Pretty Darned Awesome!

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: October 6, 2015
  • Filed Under: Nursing
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It’s the latest thing in library collection development: PDA or patron-driven acquisition, also called DDA (demand-driven acquisition). Instead of purchasing materials “just in case” users may wish to read them in the future, materials are acquired “just in time,” that is, at point of demand. Many PDA plans are automatic. If one or more users try to access portions of an ebook beyond the table of contents, a purchase is triggered and the content is instantaneously available.  Other plans are mediated.  This means that the librarian is sent a report of attempts to access content, allowing her to gauge interest in the title. She can then decide whether or not to place an order for the ebook.

Falvey Library has recently instituted a mediated PDA plan through Rittenhouse Book Distributors for the more than 150 ebooks comprising the Doody’s Core Nursing Collection. A Doody’s Core title “is a book or software title that represents essential knowledge needed by professionals or students in a given discipline and is highly recommended for the collection of a library that serves health sciences specialists.”

For the list of Doody’s Core Titles in nursing, click here.

The plan works like this:
Metadata for the items are preloaded into the library’s online catalog.  “Connect to this resource online” allows users to view the table of contents and to attempt to access portions of the book. The nursing librarian receives weekly email notifications of these attempts. From the number of attempts reported she can decide whether or not to order the ebook as a permanent addition to the collection.

Pretty darned amazing when you think about it!

Questions? Comments! Contact Barbara.















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