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Library News: Library News 2020

Library News: May 2020 - Maps and Datasets

Maps and Datasets
This new guide is linked into the footer of every library page and is comprised of four pages:
Visual Literacy, Finding Maps, Geospatial Technology & Datasets and Using Maps.
The purpose of the guide is to: 
  • place maps into the context of visual literacy, 
  • share maps of specific use to students, 
  • explore data applications in geospatial technology,
  • clarify the application of copyright rules to visual media.
The guide also features a streaming box of map images, including one from the WHO showing the extent of COVID-19 outbreaks around the world as of April 20, 2020. The image changes every 30 seconds showing a different type of map.
If you have any questions about this guide, or about the library in general, please contact the librarians at:

Library News: April 2020 - Florence Nightingale

May 12, 2020 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of nursing icon Florence Nightingale!

Nursing schools, associations and cultural institutions are creating exhibits and planning events to celebrate the life and legacy of 'the lady with the lamp'.
The American Sentinel Virtual Library has brought together some online resources and activities in a guide to highlight how Nightingale's contributions are still influencing healthcare systems around the world.
As part of the Nursing Theory Guide in the library, Florence Nightingale: 200 Years 2020 is ready for you to explore.
As the world healthcare community works together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, we can reflect on how Nightingale's legacy impacts current public health best practices, as evidenced in the continual broadcasts to:  Wash Your Hands!
Let's celebrate both the legacy of Florence Nightingale and the ongoing efforts of our local and international healthcare workers and professionals to keep us safe and healthy!

Library News: March 2020 - COVID-19

The library team is responding to the changing face of the pandemic by gathering a range of content on COVID-19 into the library for your access.

  • A dedicated page on the Open Access Guide has now been set up with content previously posted in the Library News for March

In addition to the open access links to current research on the virus, find: 

  • links to maps and other visuals that track the spread of the virus.
  • links to ALL the content described below, click here to go to the COVID-19 page in the library.

The Librarians will continue to bring you new resources as they come to our attention.

Maps & Visuals: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Brought to you from international health agencies such as the WHO and the U.S. CDC as well as institutions like Stanford University and The University of Washington.

Open Access Research for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A number of journal publishers, in addition to the international and domestic public health agencies (e.g.WHO, CDC) are providing free access to current research on the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.

MedCram Videos on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Current and relevant information about the pandemic on YouTube

Library News February 2020 - Understanding Scholarly/Academic Research

How do you know if an article is scholarly or academic?
And what is peer-review anyhow?
To help answer those questions and others concerning research formats, the library has this guide:
In the guide, you will find:
  1. a description of scholarly research and learn about the structure of a research article
  2. a chart showing credible formats that are NOT scholarly
  3. information about the peer-review process
  4. out how to determine the relevance of content to your project
  5. descriptions of quantitative and qualitative methodologies
  6. out how evaluate the credibility of online sources
  7. a description of seminal works.
Scroll down to the foot of any library page to access:

Library News: January 2020 - Healthcare Statistics

January 9, 2020

Do you find yourself at a loss when looking for healthcare statistics ? The library has a guide to help you understand, locate and use healthcare datasets from home and around the world. Access content on the topics of:

Getting Started with Statistics: difference between data and stats, access to healthcare workforce statistics, tutorials and online units on data analysis, data management in research, data distributions, study design, probability, variables, distributions and intervals. 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: links to statistics gathered by various agencies of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services including: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Mental Health.

Epidemiology and Other Health Factors: epidemiology statistics & datasets and applications for managing the data

You can access that page by scrolling to the foot of any page in the library and clicking on the link to Healthcare Statistics & Datasets.

If you need assistance contact the librarians at

Library News: June 2020 - Finding Knowledge Syntheses

Student researchers often need to develop their own or find existing knowledge syntheses. 
They may need to:
  • research and write up a literature review  
  • use a critical appraisal tool to find content on topic e.g. PICOT 
  • find and consult existing literature reviews e.g. within dissertations or research articles
  • find clinical systematic reviews through credible agencies.
For more in depth information in the library on knowledge synthesis resources and protocols:
  • access the Knowledge Syntheses guide in the library.
  • explore a broad range of Critical Appraisal tools linked in the library that: track your research, measure levels of public health evidence and usability of patient education tools.
  • access the Literature Review Guide for finding literature reviews in the library and for helpful tips when conducting your own literature review.
  • explore the world of Systematic Review sources and methodologies
For assistance with these research activities or other types of library research, the library team is ready to assist you through email, seven days per week at:

Library News: August 2020 - Health & Medical News Sources

Health & Medical News Sources

Not only is the library rich in news on COVID-19 and the fight to treat people and find a vaccine. There is a great deal of other health related news available to you through this university resource.

Here are some of the resources featuring content on health news for you to explore, subscribe to for your daily or weekly dose, or simply browse.

Library News: November 2020 - Using RefWorks

Do you have a process for gathering citations for your projects, or is it a mad scramble to get them together when you are done the writing?  

Refworks is the solution for organizing your citations as soon as you collect them.  It is also a tool for generating your reference lists, after double-checking citations all for accuracy, using your APA Publication Manual  or an online resource such as the OWL at Purdue. For information on APA access the library guide, APA Style Writing and CItation.

To learn about how to sign up for a RefWorks account through the library and where to find information on how to use it, there is information in the library to assist.

  • click into the guides linked at the foot of every library page:  Refworks,  Video Tutorials.

As always, if you have questions about how to use the library resources, please reach out to the librarians at

The librarians are available via email: 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Library News December 2020: Happy Holidays!


This Photo byUnknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC

Your team of librarians wishes you all Happy Holidays!


Did you know that the Virtual Library is online accessible year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

As long as you have an internet connection, you can access the library and the resources.


Did you know that the librarians are here to answer your email reference questions,

7 days a week, 365 days a year? 

Including holidays.

So when you get bored entertaining the children, surfing the web, watching movies and making sourdough bread, reach out to your lonely librarians who are just waiting for you to ask them a reference question.


How do you reach the librarians, you ask?

Send an email to:


Library News: July 2020 - Open Science Framework

The librarians would like to bring to your attention an open source research workflow/sharing tool (free to use!). 

  • The Open Science Framework (OSF) is an online research collaboration platform.
  • OSF does not disrupt your existing process, but enhances it, allowing you to share as much or as little as you wish, at any point in your research.
  • Set up your free account here and start sharing your research.
  • Research is not just the final published article, but is as well: the data, the method used to collect the data, the means of analysis.
  • OSF helps ensure that future scholars  have access to your research data.
  • Reproducibility is a main principle of the scientific method, and a primary driver for the development of evidence based processes and treatment in medicine.

For further information on this resource access  the Nursing Programs and Management Programs guides.  Please email the librarians for assistance:

Library News: September 2020 - Impact Metrics: Citation Tracking, Journal Impact Factor (JIF), Altmetrics

Have you ever wondered  how the impact of individual articles and journals is determined, or how scholarly credibility is measured at the author level?

The librarians have prepared a guide to this complex topic, providing an overview of library and open web resources that assist with measuring research impact through:

1. Citation Tracking – article, author
2. Journal Impact Tracking – journal
3. Altmetrics – author, journal/other formats, article

To access this comprehensive guide  click on the link to the Research Guides section in the library (using the links  found on the foot of every library page.

Contact the librarians at: for assistance with these or any other library resources. 

LIbrary News: October 2020 - Student Success in Online Learning

Have you ever tried to find out how to access the library on a mobile device, or how to use an ereader?  What about how to use video-conferencing software?  Many of these types of skill sets are invaluable for students in the online learning environment.  

To assist with these and other questions, the librarians have combined existing library pages and added new information to create a multi-page guide featuring a range of very practical hard and soft skills to support student success. 

The Student Success in Online Learning guide currently features the following topics:

Academic Integrity & Plagiarism APA Style & Writing Critical Thinking Online
eReaders Evaluating Online Sources Learning Styles
Mobile Device Access NET Etiquette Note Taking | Document Sharing
Open Science Framework (Sharing Research) RefWorks (Citation Management) Studying | Test Taking
Time | Task Management Videoconferencing Applications  

For assistance with these or any other  topics in the library, please reach out to the librarians at: The librarians monitor this email 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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