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  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: January 29, 2015
  • Filed Under: data sets, ICPSR

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Did you know that Falvey Library subscribes to ICPSR, a resource that is just chock full of data collected from time  series, surveys, polls and other research? Don’t be put off by its name. The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research contains a wealth of recent and historical data sets of interest to researchers in the areas of nursing and medicine. Most can be imported in SAS, Stata and SPSS. Here are just a few examples:

Health Reform Monitoring Survey, First Quarter 2014 (ICPSR 35614) and  Fourth Quarter 2013 (ICPSR 35621)

National Profile of Local Health Departments, 2013

Text Message Outreach for Complex Patients with Diabetes in Denver, CO, 2011-2012

National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), 2012 (ICPSR 34968)

Treatment Episode Data Set — Admissions (TEDS-A), 2012 (and past years)

National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2007 (and past years)

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2008 (and past years to 1992)

Active for Life: Translation of Physical Activity Programs for Mid-Life and Older Adults, 2003-2007

National Longitudinal Survey of Local Public Health Systems, 1998-2006

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), 1994-2008

Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS), 1991-2006

Maternal Lifestyle Study in Four Sites in the United States, 1993-2011

International studies available too.

To access:
Start at the Falvey homepage.
Click Databases A-Z
Choose the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

For more information: barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu

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Thoughts in Motion

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: December 5, 2014
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

We’re so happy that our nursing students feel welcome and comfortable prepping for exams in the “Old” Falvey Lobby Study Space.  Here’s evidence left on the white board of  their thoughts in motion:

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We wish CON students the best of success in their finals! Falvey will have extended hours till 3am from Dec. 8 through Dec. 18 (till midnight on Dec.13) to provide students with some extra study space.

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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

Start by clicking Search Journals in all Directories

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At the next screen type in a specific topic. 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.  Clicking the journal title will take you to the homepage of the journal. Choosing a directory group from the dropdown menu will display Cabell’s publishing information for the journal. 

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APA Style Assistance

Are your students struggling with APA style?  Here are three brief videos to share with them.  The videos also have a link to self-grading quizzes at the end.

–Citing Journal Articles
http://tinyurl.com/apacitearticles

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

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

Questions? Contact barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu

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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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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.

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 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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