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Clinical Care, Point of Care, & Background Informaton
Health Disparities & Minority Health
AIDS/HIV

AIDS.gov

AIDSource  From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to ensure that the source of HIV/AIDS information is reviewed for quality  [from both inside and outside the Federal Government].

HIVinfo  - resources from HIV.gov (CDC) and the NIH (National Library of Medicine) combined into one site. 

NCHHSTP Atlas Survellance data from the CDC on  HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB). Also includes socioeconomic data on these diseases.

Core Article Databases
Open Access (Non subscription databases)
  • BioMed Central- BMC is an independent open access publisher that provides 300 peer review journals about biology, medicine, simulation medicine, technology, genome science, and public health. 
  • EthicShare - is for scholars in the field of ethics. Features everything from scholarly articles to blogs.
  • MedlinePlus - produced by the National Library of Medicine for patients, providing reliable, up-to-date health information information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in non-technical language. Freely available.
  • National Academies Press Digital Library - provides full-text book length research studies and policy reports and includes IOM (Institute of Medicine) titles.
  • Nurses-Medscape - free from WebMD targeted at nurses. POC information for drugs, diseases, procedures. Medscape Mobile available for iPhone/Pad, BlackBerry, Android. See Medscape homepage for instructions
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PubMed Tutorials & Videos
Drug Information
Visual & Physical Exam Databases
Introduction to CINAHL
Searching CINAHL
Revising and examining results in CINAHL
Emailing and saving search results in CINAHL

 
WorldCat Search
Finding eBooks and Print Books

Searching via the Library catalog:

In addition to "Keyword" searching, click on the arrow (right of "Keyword" in box below) to find other choices from the drop down menu. For instance, select "Subject"to see all the nursing eBooks.

e-books at UM Libraries

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Nursing Journals
eBook Collections for Nursing & Health Sciences
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What is Grey Literature?

Grey literature is information not commercially published.

"Grey literature stands for manifold document types produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats that are protected by intellectual property rights, of sufficient quality to be collected and preserved by library holdings or institutional repositories, but not controlled by commercial publishers i.e., where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body."  (2nd International Conference for Grey Literature, 2010)

General Government Information Sources
Types of Grey Literature
  • Reports from government agencies (e.g., WHO or UNAIDS), organizations, societies, etc.
  • Professional and Special Interest Groups
  • Health Institutes
  • Universities, Research Centers
  • Conference proceedings
  • Listservs, Blogs, Emails, Phone calls
  • Newsletters
  • Theses & Dissertations
  • Primary resources: Manuscripts, Notes, Letters, Diaries, other personal information
  • More Types of Grey Lit Documents - from Grey Lit International 2018  
Note: Before using any information sources, interogate them - based on 5 criteria.
 
Grey Literature Resources
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AIDS/HIV

AIDS.gov

Objectives: "Expand visibility of timely and relevant Federal HIV policies, programs, and resources to the American public; ... increase use of new media tools to reach communities most at risk; increase knowledge about HIV and access to [services for high risk people]".

AIDSource

"AIDSource offers access to HIV/AIDS-related resources ... developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to ensure that those seeking information about HIV/AIDS have a source of quality reviewed current content [From both inside and outside the Federal Government]. In 2005, it was linked to AIDSinfo to make access easier for users of both sites".

HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Atlas (NCHHSTP) CDC
"A tool that gives you the power to analyze, map, and create tables using more than 10 years of data." For direct access, click on NCHHSTP Atlas.

Evidence Based Practice - What is it?

The evidence based process originated in the field of medicine where it is referred to as Evidence Based Medince (EBM). The process has migrated into other professions which refer to it as Evidence Based Practice. In Nursing it is sometimes called Evidence Based Nursing (EBN).

Definition: Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is "the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research." Sackett, David L, et al. "Evidence Based Medicine: What It Is and What It Isn't." BMJ 1996; 312: 71-72.

4 components EBM (or EBP or EBN):

(1) clinical expertise and (2) patient preference which "may override the other components of the model for a given decision. "For example, clinical expertise must prevail if the nurse decides that the patient is too frail for a specific intervention that is otherwise âbestâ for his condition, and the patient's preference will dominate when he declines a treatment that [even though] (3) research evidence indicates the treatment is best for his condition. All of these factors, however, have to be considered in the light of the fact that (4) resources for health care are limited."
DiCenso A, Cullum N, Ciliska D. "Implementing evidence-based nursing: some misconceptions" [editorial]. Evidence-Based Nursing 1998 Apr;1:38-40.

How to do a Systematic Review and Other High Enders
Systematic Reviews and Other Expert Review  (Welch Medical Library | Johns Hopkins University)
This guide outlines the Systematic Review process starting with formulating a research question all the way along to reporting results. Simple to follow and relevant for other reviews, e.g., scoping reviews and intergrative reviews.
Evidence Based Practice Databases
Filtered Sources
Databases
Cochrane Library
Joanna Briggs  EBP
PubMed - filter for Systematic Reviews or RCT's by clicking on Clinical Queries (top right)
CINAHL - for EBM reviews, go to limit options; filter or add Sys. Rev., Meta Analysis, RCT, to  the search.
Embase - a biomedical and pharmacological database
Web of Science
TRIP
since 1997 - easily find the highest-quality material available on the web - to help support evidence based practice.

Finding and using research evidence: Summary sheet  

Point of Care Tools
DynaMed & Up to Date Point of care tools offering best available evidence from systematic reviews, RCTs, and observational studies when appropriate for assessing the benefits and harms of treatments.

Journals
BMJ - offers critical reviews of  research studies
EBP (or EBM) Websites & PDFs
Clinical Questions ~ Study Design~ EBM Resource

Finding good resources involves not only selecting appropriate databases and websites, but also type of study design. Different study designs produce different levels of evidence are organzied hierarchically. See blue pyramid and note that study designs at the top, e.g., meta analysis, systematic review offer the highest level of evidence. 

Research Question and Corresponding Study Design
WA Health Libraries - Question Type and Corresponding Study Design
Duke University Library - Question Type and Corresponding Study Design * See pg. 2
Critically Examining the Literature - Appraising the Evidence
3 main criteria for appaisal - quality, validity, & sample size
Guidelines in Databases
CINAHL
1) On top bar, click on Evidence Based Care Sheets and Quick Lessons (under More), then type in the topic, condition, procedure.
2) In Advanced Search, type the topic (such as a condition, symptom, or clinical procedure), then select Publication Type and select Practice Guidelines in the limiter section,

Clinical Key
Click on Guidelines menu in the top toolbar to search for guidelines. Search by  organization name, specialty, or topic.

PubMed
Before or after running a search (1)  look  to the left and (2) under Type of Article, (3) click Customize and (4)  select Practice Guidelines (PG). PG will then show up in the listing above "Customize" - click on PG again.

DynaMed or UptoDate
Type in condition, procedure, etc., select one of the results. For additional information, look to the left under TOPIC OUTLINE.

 
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Nurse Caring for Infant

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Nurse Caring for Infant, 1958. From University Archives, University of Miami Historical Photographs Collection.

Information Through Numbers

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Do you need a refresher on how to present statistics? Visit lyndaCampus (access through Databases on the library homepage), create your free lynda account and learn how to use spreadsheet software.

Evidence Based Practice Resources for Public Health | University of Massachusetts Med. Sch.

Evidence Based Resources

Pre-Formulated and Filtered Searches of Published Studies

Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (National Library of Medicine) â Provides specialized searches of the PubMed database to find research articles related to selected Healthy People 2020 objectives.

PubMed Health Services Research (HSR) Queries (National Library of Medicine) â Provides specialized PubMed searches on healthcare quality and costs. (Change filter to Cost)

Public Health Online Journals

Public Health Databases

STATISTICS
Federal Health Statistics

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Data & Statistics

National Institutes of Health NIH (from the Department of Health and Human Services)

National Institute of Mental Health NIMH

National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA (from National Institute of Health NIH)

HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Atlas (NCHHSTP) CDC
"A tool that gives you the power to analyze, map, and create tables using
more than 10 years of data." Click on NCHHSTP Atlas.

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

HealthData.gov

Kaiser Family Foundation KFF.org
Select 'Topics' on the horizonal tabs bar to discover site offerings, which include information on policy, cost, health reform, Medicare and Medicaid, etc. Explore the 'Perspectives' tab for policy insights.

Public Health Partners
A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. Global, Federal, State and County

SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
Stated mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable

From the Admin. of Aging (AoA) at the U.S. Dept.or HHS, this site offers statistical and program information for this growing demographic.

Women'shealth.gov

  •  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality HHS
Population and General Statistics

United States Census Bureau

FedStats
Statistics gathered from over 100 U.S. government agencies

(Federal) Statistical Abstract (2012)
Provides statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Sources from Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other Federal agencies.

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research)
Archive of digital social science data

NationMaster
Statistics from CIA World Factbook, OECD, WHO, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO and additional sources. Data presented graphically.

Statista
Though this is a partly a business site, it's not to be overlooked. It offers excellent quantitative data, statistics and demographics (US and International) and health information. On home page, click on United States (mid page - last tab) and also try Health & Pharmaceuticals in the search box.

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012 (131 Edition)
Published from 1878 to 2012, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Discontinued

U.S. Data and Statistics
Long an organized list of sources for federal government data.

State and County Stats
State

Public Health Partners
A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. Global, Federal, State, and County

State Health Facts (from Kaiser Family Foundation)

Florida

Florida Charts - Florida Public Health Statistics
Behavior risk factor data obtained by survey of adults in Florida to obtain county level estimates of health behaviors contributing to morbidity and mortality.

County

Miami-Dade County Health Department: Disease Control
Includes Monthly Disease Report and Vital and Morbidity Statistics links

Country Health Rankings and Roadmaps  
The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.

Global

eldis
Aim of oganization is to share the best in development policy, practice and research. Content from over 7,500 development organisations - all available free to download.

Institute of Developmental Studies (IDS) | University of Sussex
Global institution producing various materials â journal articles, research and evidence reports, policy and rapid response briefings, and working papers.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

UNICEF: Monitoring & Statistics
Links to statistics globally and by country

World Bank
Links to data and research, countries, projects and more.

WHO: Research Tools
Includes links to burden of disease statistics and much more.

Data Online for Population, Health and Nutrition (DOLPHN)
Selected demographic and health indicators from sources for selected countries.
 

 

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Statistics from Associations

American Heart Association

National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (2008)
Survey of RNs reports personal, professional, employment characteristics of RNs living in the U.S. Conducted every 4 years.

Female Anopheles Mosquito

Anopheles

During blood meals taken from persons infected with malaria, mosquitoes pick up parasites and transfer them into another host, possibly a human. In 2008, malaria caused nearly one million deaths, mostly among African children (WHO). Content Providers(s): CDC/ James Gathany

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National Association of Hispanic Nurses

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This peer reviewed journal is edited by Dean Nilda Peragallo (UM Dean of Nursing 2003 - 2016) and Dr. Elias Provencio-Vasquez (UTEP Dean of Nursing).
NAHN

Professional Organizations & Journals
Virginia Henderson Repository Global Nursing e-Repostitory
Offers a plethora of nursing resources including lists of associations and organizations, journals, websites, research guidelines, statistics for nursing, etc.

List of Nursing Associations
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Citation softwares

  

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EndNote X9: Online Manual

Video guides
EndNote X9 Tutorial with timestamps (for finding sections quickly) - very good
EndNote X9 Windows: short course
EndnoteX8  Basics  Video (LaTrobe Uni.)

How to create a "new" library, and very importantly, how to manage your library's files (.enl file (extension) & .data file).
 
**Do not back up your EndNote desktop files on an online cloud environment
Backing up your EndNote library (RMIT)

Endnote Support
If all else fails, this service is excellent.
 

 

APA Citation Style Guides

In this section you will find information for both the new APA and the experienced APA users.
Online

APA Print Edition:
Current editions are held in our reference collection, call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010 . An additional copy is kept at the Information and Research Assistance Desk on the 1st floor of Richter Library
Plagarism

What is plagarism?

Ideas - and the words that express them - can belong to people. So when you use someone else's words and ideas, especially in your essays and written assignments, you have to tell people where you got your ideas and quotes from. If you don't cite your sources, it's considered a type of stealing.

Don't be an idea thief!

Use the links and videos on this page to learn what plagiarism is, and why your professors don't want you to do it.

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Photos from the archive
Nursing Class Early Nursing Class, University of Miami. Photo from University of Miami Digital Initiatives, University of Miami Legacy.


Births at a California Relocation Center 1943Nurses hold four new arrivals to the Tule Lake, Calif., Japanese Relocation Center May 21, 1943.

Nurses from left to right are: Mary Nitta, Ruby Fujicki, Masako Nakadoi and Katsumi Ogawa. (AP Photo)
Nursing History: Titles in Richter Library

Bibliography adapted from Celebrating Nursing History: What to Keep by Margaret (Peg) Allen the list can be found at the Nursing and Allied Health Resource Section of the Medical Library Association.

Twenty Thousand Nurses Tell Their Story
Hughes, EC, et al.
Richter 9th Flr Stacks, RT82.H78 c.3
The ANA commissioned this study of the practice of nursing in the 1950s; this is the final report.
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Hospital Sketches
Louisa May Alcott
Richter 7th Flr Stacks, E621.A34 1960 and as an e-book.
Chronicle of the nature of Civil War nursing. Portrayal of realities of everyday nursing in Alcott's letters home.
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The Path We Tread:Blacks in Nursing Worldwide, 1854-1994
M. Elizabeth Carnegie
Richter 9th Flr Stacks RT83.5.C37 1995
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Nurse and Spy in the Union Army: The Adventures and Experiences of a Woman in Hospitals, Camps, and Battlefields
S. Emma Edmonds
Richter 7th Flr Stacks E628.E36 1999
Originally published in 1865.
Makers of Nursing History
Pennock, MR
Richter 9th Flr Stacks RT34.P4 1940
Originally published 1928.
I Served on Bataan
Redmond, Juniata.
Richter 7th Flr Stacks, D767.4 .R4
Originally published 1943.
A History of Nursing
Nutting, MA and Dock, LA
Richter 9th Flr Stacks, RT31.N95 2000
Published as a 2 vol set in 1907; expanded to 4 volumes in 1937.
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Reminiscences of Linda Richards - America's First Trained Nurse
Linda Richards
Off-Campus Gifts, G-1175
Originally published 1911.
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Eminent Victorians
Lytton Strachey
Online via above link and Richter 7th Flr Stacks, CT782 .S8 1918b c.2
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Notes on Nursing: What it Is, and What it Is Not
Florence Nightingale; Anita S. Kessler M.S.N. M.Ed.
Spec Coll RT51.N68 1860
Special Collections holds an 1860 edition. Other editions available, Richter 9th Flr Stacks RT40 .N5 1992 and online open access.
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Florence Nightingale on Public Health Care
Florence Nightingale; Lynn McDonald (Editor)
To access the series of Nightingale's collected works online via the University of Miami Libraries catalog search Nightingale as author and select Internet Resources from the drop down menu.
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