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PDA is Pretty Darned Awesome!

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: October 6, 2015
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

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.















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:




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.


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:







You can even watch a video to learn how to find systematic reviews and other evidence-packed resources in PubMed:

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


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.


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



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


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


BioDigital Human

  • Posted by: Robin Bowles
  • Posted Date: March 12, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

BioDigital Human is the latest in interactive, detailed maps of the human body available on the Internet. This free web tool centers around a static model of a human figure beginning with just a skeleton visible which can be rotated and scaled to view from any angle. You can control the visibility of not just the many top level systems (skeletal, digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, and many others) but also the individual components of those systems down to the individual muscles, organs, and nerves on the right and left sides.

BioDigital Human Screenshot

With the dissection tool you can remove just the muscles that are in your way while leaving the rest visible.

Each piece can be highlighted, has a label of its full name with an audio pronunciation and an information window with links to related conditions from Medline Plus and further anatomical information from Wikipedia. A search box allows you to search for a structure by name so if you don’t remember where the pronator quadratus muscle is it quickly gives you the choice of left or right before making the muscle visible and zooming to its location.

The viewer also provides tools like “dissection mode” which allows you to remove structures one at a time, delving into the body from the outside in, an “x-ray” view that shows all structures transparently allowing you to see through them to what lies beneath, and isolation view that temporarily singles out a structure you have highlighted without losing your other visible structures.

Using these tools you can easily create your own personalized views with the exact choice of structures visible and angle of view. You can even “bookmark” these views for later and view bookmarks others have made public as well as take snapshots of interesting views that can be saved to your computer for later.

Today the BioDigital Human tool is in a free Beta testing mode and free for anyone to use. You can find it at http://www.biodigitalhuman.com using either the Firefox or Chrome web browser.

MORE NEWS: Falvey Membership to Hindawi Benefits Villanova Scholarly Community


Do I need that DOI?

Yes, you do!

So, what is a DOI anyway? In the words of Chelsea Lee, a contributor to the APA Style Blog, “A DOI, or digital object identifier, is like a social security number for a document online. It’s a unique and permanent identifier that will take you straight to a document no matter where it’s located on the Internet.” Read more at her blog post, “A DOI Primer”.

In other words, even if a journal moves to a new Internet home, the DOI numbers will provide a permanent link to its articles. No more broken links. Just copy and paste the DOI number into Google and you will be taken to the web page where the article is located.

Of course, viewing the full text of an article will usually require a subscription to the journal in which it has been published. Villanova University community users may use our Citation Locator to search for and access the full text of an article via the library’s subscription source. A rather circuitous route, to be sure. But such is the current world of electronic publishing and DRI or digital rights management…but that’s a topic for another day!

If you are creating a bibliography of resources according to APA 6th Style, the DOI is required as the last element of the citation:

And if there is no DOI number? You can try looking it up using the Simple Text Query Form at http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery/ If unable to find a DOI number, then APA 6th Style recommends noting Retrieved from followed by the URL of the journal’s homepage.

More information on DOI numbers as required by APA 6th Style can be found on pp. 188–192 of the Publication Manual.

Questions? Feel free to contact Barbara.


“The Basics” – Easy-to-read patient education guides

UpToDate, the evidence based, peer reviewed information resource for clinicians, now features The Basics, short (1-3 page) patient education articles written at a 5th-6th grade reading level.  These easy-to-read guides are designed to answer the most important questions a person might have about a medical condition. You can find an information page on asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and more. At present available in English only.

If your patients can read and assimilate information written at a high-school level, choose from the Beyond the Basics collection.

How to access:

  • Start at the library homepage – http://library.villanova.edu
  • At Databases A-Z, choose UpToDate
  • Log in with your Villanova LDAP (email) ID and password.
  • Click “Begin New Search”

(If you haven’t  searched UpToDate in awhile, you may have to confirm your agreement to the usage license.)

  • At the search screen, click the Patient Info tab.

  • Then choose The Basics.

Looking for professional-level and patient materials in Spanish? Try the Spanish-language version of NLM’s MedlinePlus:




Learn how the new Health Care Affordability Act will affect your organization. Discover the 10 steps to success and get tips on designing an effective community needs assessment.   The workshop will be held at the headquarters of the Public Health Management Corporation (producers of the Community Health Data Base) on January 26, 2011, 9:00am- 11:00am. PHMC is located at 260 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Admission is free and includes a continental breakfast.  If you wish to attend, contact Johanna Towbridge at 215-731-2199 or johannat@phmc.org


Questions or comments about today’s blog post?  contact Barbara


Joanna Briggs Institute trial until Nov. 24

The Joanna Briggs Institute specializes in promoting and supporting evidence-based healthcare by providing access to resources for professionals in nursing, midwifery, medicine, and allied health. With over 64 collaborating centres and groups, servicing over 90 countries, the Institute is a recognized global leader in evidence-based healthcare. Try the Joanna Briggs collection until November 24!

Here’s how to access the collection during the special trial period:

  • Go to http://connect.jbiconnectplus.org/
  • Click “Login” in upper left-hand corner of page
  • At next screen enter (all lower case) user name: villanova   / password: villanova


Also available for trial until October 31: the Cochrane Library.  Compare the two.  Which would be more useful for your research?  For your course preparation?
Let Barbara know what you think.


Psychiatry Online – with online access to the DSM-IV– now a Falvey Library subscription resource!

Access the DSM-IV online, as well as psychiatric textbooks, APA practice guidelines, a selection of psychiatry journals, and more. To access:

  • Start at the library: http://library.villanova.edu
  • Click “subject guides” and choose Nursing.
  • Choose “Psychiatry Online” from the list of resources

Happy 2nd half of the semester!


Cochrane Library Trial till Oct. 31

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: September 28, 2010
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Try out the Cochrane Library including full text of reviews until October 31!


The Cochrane Library contains systematic reviews of health care interventions in support of evidence based practice. The reviews are prepared by members of the Cochrane Collaboration, “an international network of people helping healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about human health care.”  The database has the following specialty components:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (also includes Cochrane Methodology Reviews) – the heart of the Cochrane Library
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
  • Health Technology Assessment Database
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database

While you’re at it, compare the information in Cochrane with that in UpToDate, the evidence-based, peer-reviewed resource for finding the latest in clinical practice, to which Falvey already subscribes.

Click to try the Cochrane Library. Tell Barbara what you think.

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Last Modified: September 28, 2010