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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.


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.







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.


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


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


“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


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


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.


DSM-IV online trial – New instructional videos

Welcome to the 2010-2011 academic year!

Barbara and Robin will be available for consultation in Driscoll 313 (x96231) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Stop by and say hi!
We are also available by appointment in our Falvey Library offices. Contact us at




Online version of DSM-IV available for trial

Falvey is currently running a trial of the online version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. (affectionately known as the DSM-IV), published by the American Psychiatric Association.  The manual provides clear descriptions of more than 300 mental health disorders for both children and adults, as well as known causes, statistics regarding gender, age at onset, and prognosis, and recommended approaches to treatment.
Access the DSM-IV
Trial ends Sept. 30. Let Barbara know what you think.

Lights…camera…instructional videos!

Are your students unclear about how to search CINAHL with Full Text or PubMed? Do they have difficulty locating the full text of articles? Recommend that they view these short (5 min or less!) videos:

Searching CINAHL

Setting Search Limits in CINAHL

Searching PubMed

Finding Full Text of Articles in PubMed

Videos can be easily accessed by clicking “Subject Guides” at the library homepage and then choosing “Nursing,” and then “Tutorial Videos,” or just by typing tutorial videos into the search box at the top of the library homepage and then choosing Nursing.



Updates: PubMed and EndNote with APA 6th

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: November 17, 2009
  • Filed Under: APA style, research

Introducing PubMed’s Sleek New Interface

PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s premier database for biomedical information, has unveiled a new search interface.


Although PubMed searching is free to the public, Villanova University users should always access the database by starting at the Falvey homepage, clicking Databases A-Z and then choosing PubMed. This will allow you to link to full text articles included in the library’s online journal subscriptions.

The following YouTube videos will introduce you to PubMed’s new look and  help you locate some of your old favorite search features.

Where did they move my cheese? Comparison of old and new PubMed homepages
(U. of Manitoba)

Saving records from PubMed and importing them into EndNote
(HINT: It changed a bit.)

The new Advanced Search, Part 1
(Health Sciences, U. of California, Davis)

More video guides to the new PubMed interface from UC Davis:


Latest EndNote Release Now Includes APA 6th Output Style

EndNote recently released version X3.0.1 for Windows, incorporating the APA 6th into its output styles. If you already have version X3 installed on your PC or laptop, you can download the update by clicking Start –> Programs –> EndNote –> Update EndNote.


If you do not have EndNote for Windows or if you have version X2 or older, you may take advantage of the free update available on the Falvey website. When on campus, download version X3.0.1 from https://library.villanova.edu/Help/FAQs/EndNote
NOTE: Download will work on campus only! If you wish to install the program on an off campus computer, please borrow the CD available at the Falvey front desk.

Version X3 for Mac is also available at https://library.villanova.edu/Help/FAQs/EndNote or on CD at Falvey front desk.

Need assistance finding information? Contact
Barbara Quintiliano (X95207) barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu or
Robin Bowles (X8129) robin.bowles@villanova.edu


Can’t get enough of that good data?

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: September 30, 2009
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Do you know about ICPSR, the treasure trove of data files?

ICPSR is the acronym of the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research. But don’t let the title fool you. There is a wealth of data of interest to the College of Nursing community, including the Health and Medical Care Archive. This collection includes data files such as Chronic Illness and Caregiving, Community Tracking Study- Physician Survey and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Employer Health Insurance Survey.


How do I access ICPSR?

1. Start at the library homepage. Click Databases, A-Z and then choose ICPSR

2. In order to download data sets, you must register for a personal account. Click MyData Login/Create Account once you are in the database. Most of the data sets can be downloaded into SPSS for analysis.

3. Highly recommended: Data Use Tutorial.

Online Biennial ICPSR Meeting

The Biennial ICPSR Meeting will take place next week from Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 9. Please take a look at the program. This year’s meeting will be completely online, which means that you will be able to follow live presentations, ask questions and join online discussions from the comfort of your office.

No pre-registration is necessary! Log in via the Webinar Session Links in the program to join the online meeting at the time indicated.

Learn about  tools that support data analysis and about using data files such as the Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the Integrated Fertility Study Series and much, much more.

power_analysisHarness the power!

Bausell, R. B., & Li, Y-F. (2002). Power analysis for experimental research: A practical guide for the biological, medical and social sciences. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge U. Press.  2006 digital reprinting.
Available at Falvey: R 853.S7B375 2007

(From the back cover) “Power analysis is an essential tool for determining whether a statistically significant result can be obtained in a scientific experiment prior to the experiment being performed. Many funding agencies and Institutional Review Boards now require power analyses to be carried out before they will approve experiments, particularly when they involve the use of human subjects.”

This work will show you how to conduct power/sample size analyses, even if you have only a basic understanding prior knowledge of summary statistics.
For more information contact Barbara Quintiliano  (tel. x95207)


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