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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


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)



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!


New for consulting: Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods

Qualitative methods of research are essential to nursing research. Often denigrated as inferior to quantitative research, qualitative research methods answer “the why questions that researchers have in mind when they develop their projects.”

encyc_qualitative_research_methodsBecome better acquainted with the elements of qualitative research by browsing the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, now available online along with  over 200  other specialized and authoritative encyclopedias produced by Sage Publishers.

As an added bonus, the Sage e-reference collection offers a citation tool allowing you to cite encyclopedia articles in correct APA style. Other useful features are the numerous active hyperlinks to supplemental readings, as well as the capability to send articles by   e-mail.

The Sage encyclopedias are accessible via the Library’s subject guides (nursing, medical and health sciences, psychology), the E-Reference Resources list and the online catalog.)

Here are other titles in the Sage collection that you will find invaluable for nursing:

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