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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!


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!



Last Modified: August 21, 2009