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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

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Falvey Membership to Hindawi Benefits Villanova Scholarly Community

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Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to have an institutional membership to Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Launched in 1997, Hindawi publishes a growing number of open access journals in engineering, medicine and the sciences, and now includes Nursing Research and Practice, as well as social sciences titles such as Journal of Anthropology and Urban Studies Research. A complete list of current Hindawi titles is available at the company’s website.

So what is open access (OA)? In the words of SPARC researcher Peter Suber, “Open Access is a publishing model that provides immediate, worldwide, barrier-free access to the full text of research articles without requiring a subscription to the journal in which these articles are published.” (Read more about open access here.) Publication costs are usually covered by the authors, the author’s institution or research funds. The OA business model facilitates the rapid sharing of scholarly research. It also offers an alternative to traditional subscription-based journal publishing, whose ever -soaring costs threaten to consume academic library budgets.

Because of Falvey’s institutional membership, the processing fee will be waived for all Villanova University authors whose articles are accepted for publication in Hindawi journals. (Please note that this fee waiver applies to articles submitted on or after February 15, 2012, the starting date of the library’s institutional membership).

Articles submitted to Hindawi journals undergo the same rigorous peer-review process as those submitted to subscription-access journals. In addition, many Hindawi titles are part of the International Scholarly Research Network (ISRN), a series of peer-reviewed, open-access journals with a 28-day review cycle.

For a list of Villanova University scholars participating in Hindawi journals as authors, editors, and reviewers, visit http://www.hindawi.com/institutions/villanova.edu/

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Social Capital Forum, Dec. 1 at PHMC

The Community Health Data Base (CHDB) staff cordially invites members of the Villanova University community, one of its supporting institutions, to a forum and discussion of social capital in the Philadelphia region. This forum will take place on Thursday, December 1st from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on the 18th floor at Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, located at 260 South Broad Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

As part of this forum, CHDB staff will present key findings on social capital from the latest Household Health Survey; additionally, CHDB staff will release a Social Capital Brief about these findings. The forum will also include a panel of speakers, including Andrew Swinney from the Philadelphia Foundation, Dr. Allen Glicksman from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and Dr. Lorraine Dean from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  Dr. Glicksman and Dr. Dean will present case studies of how they have used CHDB’s social capital data in their respective work.

Light refreshments will be served. All members and affiliates are welcome to attend. To RSVP for this event, please contact Johanna Trowbridge at: 215-985-2548 or johannat@phmc.org.

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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.

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Need a Measurement Instrument? C’mon, Get HaPI!

Want to gather data in some area of health or psychosocial sciences? Wondering if a questionnaire, interview schedule, checklist, rating scale or some other measurement instrument already exists? Now you can stop wondering and get HaPI. Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) is a database that provides references to journal articles and monographs containing information on approximately 15,000 measurement instruments.

While the full-text of the instruments is not included in the database, HaPI can help you discover the titles of instruments that exist and determine their reliability and validity. The library has access to many of the journals and books cited in the database or can obtain them for you through ILLiad. In addition, the full text of instruments are often included in the appendix of dissertations and can be found by searching the instrument titles in Dissertations and Theses Full Text.

To access HaPI:

  • Start at the Falvey home page: http://library.villanova.edu
  • Click Databases A-Z.
  • Choose HaPI.
  • NOTE: HaPI is not to be confused with the database bearing the same acronym, Hispanic-American Periodical Index.

 

 

 

 

 

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New Falvey Resource: The Cochrane Library

Falvey users now have full text access to the Cochrane Library’s systematic reviews of health care interventions. 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

How do you access the Cochrane Library? Start at the library homepage (http://library.villanova.edu) and click Databases A-Z, then choose Cochrane. There is also a link on the Nursing Resources page.

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Free Workshop on Asking the Right Questions: An Overview of the Survey Design Process
Asking the right questions is the key to getting the data that you need. Come to this training to learn about the survey development process, including when to conduct a survey, what type of survey to use, how to develop good survey questions, and how to best administer the survey to meet your agency’s needs.
Free! Tuesday, April 19th, 9:30am-12:00pm at PHMC, 260 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
To register, call Johanna Trowbridge at 215-985-2548 or johannat@phmc.org

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Smart Searching Hint

Q. How can I tell if the library has electronic access to a journal?

A. Click Journal Finder at the library homepage. Type in the title of the journal.  If the library subscribes, you’ll get a link indicating the volumes/years available and connecting you to the publication. No hits? Click the Search tab and do a journal title search to see if the library has print holdings.

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

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“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:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/medlineplus.html

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Sí, se habla español con Mango!

Brush up on your Spanish (or French or German or Italian, or any of the 12 languages offered) with Mango.  Access  at the Falvey homepage.  Click Databases, A-Z, and choose Mango. Create a profile to start learning at your own pace and track your progress.
The new health care reform legislation – 10 steps to successful implementation in your health care organization

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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

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

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First pie chart served up by Florence Nightingale


 

First pie chart served up by Florence Nightingale

pie_chartAccording to BBC reporter Marcus du Sautoy, Florence Nightingale was the first to use pie charts to present statistical data in visual form in her work Mortality of the British Army (1857). Hugh Small, author of Florence Nightingale: Avenging Angel, though  disputing the absolute first-use attribution,  asserted in his presentation at the Florence Nightingale Museum that “she may have been the first to use [charts]  for persuading people of the need for change.” A high quality reproduction of her  chart can be found on page 204 of Barbara Montgomery Dossey’s Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer, available at Falvey (RT 37 .N5 D67 2000). Small’s book available also (RT37.N5 S56 1999).

Public domain illustration from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nightingale-mortality.jpg
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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

joanna_briggs

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.

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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!

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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!

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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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