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APA Demystified: New Videos Series Available!

videoapa Is APA 6th Style a source of mystification for you or your students?  Were you unable to attend the APA Demystified sessions recently held at Falvey and Driscoll?  You haven’t missed out. The sessions have been turned into a series of three short videos (just four minutes each!) located on Falvey’s YouTube channel.  They even include a self-grading, anonymous quiz you can take at the end of each video, and a downloadable file of sample citations formatted in APA 6th Style.  Consult them whenever you’re feeling mystified. Here’s where you can find them:

 –Citing Journal Articles

http://tinyurl.com/apacitearticles

–In-Text Citations
http://tinyurl.com/apaciteintext

–Citing Web Pages, Books, Book Sections
http://tinyurl.com/apacitebooksweb

 

Which counties in PA are the healthiest?

county_health_rankings  Check out the latest County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Find out how PA counties rank in terms of health outcomes and behaviors.
Questions and comments to barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu

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Find a target journal for your manuscript

cabells4Looking for a publishing outlet for your next article on nursing or health administration? Find a list of target journals by using Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities. For each journal profiled, Cabell’s provides the submission address, review information (turnaround time, type of review, acceptance rate) and types of articles accepted (current issues, literature reviews, etc.).

To access Cabell’s start at the library homepage.

Click Databases A-Z and choose Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities

Choose journals in Nursing or Health Administration.

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At the next screen choose your specialty area (or leave it blank to see a list of all nursing or health administration journals covered). You can also select other criteria such as type of review, number of external reviewers, acceptance rate (or leave blank).

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Your results will be provided in tabular form.  Click Display for more information on each journal.

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APA Style Assistance

Are your students struggling with APA style?  Here are some resources to share with them:

APA 6th Style for Citing Journal Articles (YouTube video)
http://youtu.be/8e2pmjM0YPI

Essentials of APA Style (downloadable PowerPoint) – Covers in-text citations, as well as format for citing books, book chapters, websites
http://tinyurl.com/o7h5q63

APA Formatting and Style Guide (Online Writing Lab at Purdue)
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Questions? Contact barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu

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Finding the evidence: Something to sing about!

Here are two fun music videos I recently found on the Web to get everyone singing about evidence-based practice. These imaginative and humorous videos were produced by James McCormack, BSc(Pharm), Pharm D, Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC, Vancouver, Canada.

Viva la Evidence clinical_studies_sm

 

 Some Studies That I Like to Quote some_studies_sm

Want to find some RCTs (randomized controlled trials) and other studies to quote? Try these databases:

Cochrane Library  – Systematic reviews of health care interventions in support of evidence based practice.

PubMed – Use the “Article types” filter to focus your search on the type of study you need:

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You can even watch a video to learn how to find systematic reviews and other evidence-packed resources in PubMed:
http://youtu.be/yFfV2k2zVCY

Need more help? contact barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu

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What’s cookin’? Try a healthy recipe from Natural Standard

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Natural Standard, our new integrative therapies database, now has an extensive recipe section.

In addition to regular exercise, well-balanced meals and sensible portions are important to overall health. The Natural Standard Recipe Database, launched in May 2012, features a wide range of healthy recipes in the following categories: Beans & Legumes, Dairy, Eggs, Fruit, Meat, Pasta, Poultry, Rice & Grains, Seafood, Vegetables and Nuts, Fats & Oils.

Each recipe provides details on preparation time, difficulty, special diet and nutrition information, as well as direct links to Natural Standard evidence-based systematic reviews for studied ingredients.

The new advanced search interface allows users to quickly narrow results by various filters, including servings, cook time, difficulty, main ingredient, meal, cuisine, and special diet, simplifying the search process as the database continues to grow. Users may also continue to scroll through the complete list of available recipes if desired.

To access Natural Standard, start at the library’s homepage: http://library.villanova.edu
Click Databases A-Z and choose Natural Standard.
At the top of the page, click Tools, then Recipe Finder.

Have a journal article citation? Find the full text in a snap!

You’ve noted a reference in the bibliography of an article , and you’d like to get the full text, preferably for free.  Drop in Driscoll 305 anytime between 11:30 and 1:30 on April 11 or April 16, and Barbara will show you how.

Here’s a guide you can download right now.

Questions? Contact barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu

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Natural Standard: Your Source for Information on Complementary Therapies

natural_standard_logo  Collect valuable data on natural and complementary therapies by searching them in our newest data base Natural Standard.
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You can begin by searching a medical condition, such as high cholesterol. The article will list known integrative therapies and indicate the level of evidence  of their efficacy. Click the name of a substance for more information.

 

 

referencesReferences to published studies are included and links are provided to PubMed abstracts, where these exist.

 

 

 

Or, search the natural remedy by name to access information on evidence, countraindications, references, etc.
To access Natural Standard:
• Start at the library homepage (http://library.villanova.edu)
• Click Databases A-Z
• Choose Natural Standard

Questions? Contact Barbara Quintiliano.

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Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell to Speak at Falvey on Child Internet Safety

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: November 2, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1:00 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner (1st floor), as Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN, presents “A Multi-prong Approach to Child Internet Safety.”

Dr. Dowdell will share key findings of of her grant-supported research involving middle school, high school and college students, as well as over 400 adult offenders defined primarily by having an Internet sexual offense or a hands-on sexual offense and/or prior Internet experience. She will offer ideas for policy recommendations, such as designing technologies and/or educational programs to identify suspicious online behaviors, strengthening Internet filters for student online protection, and school outreach for students who are harassed, threatened or assault from meeting someone online. Part of the Scholarship@Villanova series.

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Need research assistance?  Contact Barbara Quintiliano, liaison librarian to College of Nursing

 

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Info to Go

Need research assistance stat? Look for the crash cart staffed by Robin or Barbara on Tuesdays and Thursdays at varying locations in Driscoll Hall.

Ask us anything. Seriously. We 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 our specialty!

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Lexi-Comp Drug Interactions Database/Full-Text Mysteries Solved

Did you know that UpToDate, the evidence-based, peer-reviewed information resource for health practitioners, makes it easy to check for drug interactions?  Just start at the library homepage (http://library.villanova.edu) and click Databases A-Z.  Then choose UpToDate.

At the UpToDate search page, click drug interactions.

 

 

 

This will take you to the Lexi-Comp comprehensive drug-to-drug, drug-to-herb, and herb-to-herb analysis software.

 

Type in the name of two or more medications and/or herbal remedies for which you’d like to check possible interactions.  The database will respond with a list of generic and brand names.  Check off your choices and click Analyze.

 

 

 

The database responds with one of the following risk ratings:

A:  No known interaction.
B:  No action needed.
C.  Monitor therapy.
D.  Consider therapy modification.

Give Lexi-Comp on UpToDate a try!

 

KNOW HOW TO FIND FULL TEXT? DROP IN FOR A DEMO

You’re reading an interesting journal article and see this intriguing study in the list of references at the end:

K. Harrison, A.L. Marske. Nutritional content of foods advertised during the television programs children watch most.
Am J Public Health, 95 (2005): 1568–1574.

Do you know how to determine if this article is available full text through a Falvey subscription? (HINT: It’s easier than you think!). And how would you find articles by other authors doing similar research? Drop in anytime between 12:00 and 1:00 and see how it’s done. Dates and locations for these drop-in sessions are as follows:
Tues., Oct. 23, Driscoll 305
Thurs., Oct. 25, Driscoll 376

Questions welcome!  Contact barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu
Or call X 95207

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Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database – Try it out until Sept. 14!

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: August 29, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

A warm welcome back to everyone at the College of Nursing!

We’re starting off the semester with trial access to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, and we’d love to have your feedback. This Database is the most comprehensive resource available for evidence-based, reliable information on natural ingredients, commercial products, and alternative therapies. Please take a few moments to review the Database by going directly to the website (http://www.naturaldatabase.com) from any Villanova University computer. You will be automatically logged in. From off-campus use

http://ezproxy.villanova.edu/login?url=http://www.naturaldatabase.com

Major features of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database:

  • Up-to-date information on over 85,000 natural medicines (safety, effectiveness, adverse reactions, etc)
  • Access to feature articles on over 1,200 ingredients
  • Printable patient handouts (available in English, Spanish, & French)
  • Natural Medicines Brand Evidence-based Ratings (NMBERTM). Each brand name product on their website has been assigned an evidence-based overall product rating (on a scale of 1 to 10). This rating is based on a rigorous, systematic process that synthesizes data on safety, effectiveness, and product quality.
    • The “Natural Product / Drug Interaction Checker” tool to test for dangerous interactions
    • “Natural Medicines Effectiveness Checker” tool to find out what is recommended for certain conditions
    • “Nutrient Depletion Checker” to identify potential nutrient depletion issues caused by medications (includes a rating of the clinical significance)

The Database editors use the same evidence-based standards to evaluate alternative therapies that they use to evaluate conventional drug therapies.
Put the Database through its paces until Sept. 14.  Comments to barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu

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Designer data sets at bargain prices

OK, soon there will be no more excuses.  Classes and exams will be over, grades handed in.  Summer break is a great time to explore the wonderful world of health data sets available to you for FREE (beat that price if you can!) from ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.  Here are just a few of the data collections available in the area of the health sciences.

How could you use some of these data sets for your research?  For projects for your classes?

Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA) – preserves and disseminates data collected by research projects funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) – offers data and tools for examining issues related to families and fertility in the United States spanning five decades. IFSS encompasses the Growth of American Families (GAF), National Fertility Surveys (NFS), and National Surveys of Family Growth (NSFG), as well as a single dataset of harmonized variables across all ten surveys. Analytic tools make it possible to quickly and easily explore the data and obtain information about changes in behaviors and attitudes across time.

National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program – NAHDAP acquires, preserves and disseminates data relevant to drug addiction and HIV research. By preserving and making available an easily accessible library of electronic data on drug addiction and HIV infection in the United States, NAHDAP offers scholars the opportunity to conduct secondary analysis on major issues of social and behavioral sciences and public policy.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) -  provides public data access and online analysis for important substance abuse and mental health data collections. The project offers variable-level searching, an archive of survey instruments, related literature for data collections, a listserv, disclosure analysis, and traditional data products. SAMHDA was established at ICPSR in 1995 by the Office of Applied Studies (OAS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

To access ICPSR, start at the library homepage

  • Click Databases A-Z
  • Choose ICPSR
  • Log in with your LDAP ID and password

Questions? Need help? Contact Barbara

 

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Last Modified: April 30, 2012