Trial: Sociometrics EBP (Evidence-Based Programs) and Capacity-Building Tools

NYU Libraries has arranged TRIAL access to Sociometrics EBP Evidence Based Programs and Capacity-Building Tools through January 15, 2018. 

Sociometrics produces three categories of rigorous behavioral and social science-based products that are useful to a variety of health practitioners and researchers. In addition to our current subscription to Datasets that support primary and secondary analyses by researchers, professors and their students, we are TRIALING 2 add-on components:

  • Evidence Based Programs and Curricula for delivery to students, patients and community members by health educators.
  • Capacity-Building Tools to enhance the professional development of healthcare professionals.

Access to all with an NYU id here: Sociometrics
Next click on “Institutional Subscribers” to view:

  • Professional Education/Capacity-Building Tools

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Trial Database: BMJ Best Practice

NYU Libraries has arranged trial access to BMJ Best Practice now through December 31, 2017.


BMJ Best Practice is a new concept for information delivered at the point of care. In a single source there is a combination of the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Best Practice provides a second opinion without the need for checking multiple resources. Its patient-focused approach represents an advancement in information delivery at the point of care.

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Welcome to Fall 2017: Start here!

Health-Specific Library Research Guides help you navigate available resources with guidance from your Health Sciences Librarians.

Self-Paced Nursing Tutorial

An online instructional tool to orient users to the NYU virtual environment: books, databases, articles, more.

Health: (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health)

Guide to locating health evidence, link to “Background” (Ebooks/Texts) and “Foreground” Studies (Articles/Databases).

Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy   

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Zotero workshop @ the College of Nursing, July 6

Learn how to organize your research and format papers by using an easy personal database called “Zotero”

Date:  Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time:  3:00pm – 3:45pm
Location:  College of Nursing, 433 1st Avenue, ROOM 630

Prior to class, install Zotero in Firefox or Chrome:


The workshop will:

  • get you set up with your personal database,
  • show you the basics of adding to and maintaining your database
  • creating a PDF library of full text articles, sharing your database
  • show you how to automatically create bibliographies in your desired style (APA, MLA, etc) directly from your account.

In this class emphasis is placed on importing references from the PubMed database.






Calling all visual-learners! (How to access streaming video resources).

Through our library subscriptions, you have access to a variety of video streaming options, from complex surgery techniques to counseling and rehabilitation therapy videos. These video streaming options are great for supplementing learning that occurs in simulations, clinical rotations, and the classroom.

Through this link, access 15 different streaming tools that focus on specific health science topics!

GN2303- Nursing Research PICO Search Project Support Sessions

Students in GN2303 (Nursing Research)– Don’t forget about the PICO Search Support Sessions hosted by your Health Science Librarians on February  21st and 28th.

To register for one of the sessions, click on the date you’d like to attend and enter your information:

February 21st- Room 760, College of Nursing – 3pm-4:30pm

February 28th- Room 630, College of Nursing – 3pm-4pm

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Welcome Back!

Use the Spring Semester as an opportunity to grow your research skills repertoire!


Health-Specific Research Guides are intended to help you navigate through the available resources with guidance from your Health Science Librarian. These guides are time-savers that are tailored to specific programs. See some of the available guides here:

Self-Paced Nursing Tutorial

An online instructional tool to orient users to the NYU virtual environment: books, databases, articles, more.

Health: (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health)

Guide to locating health evidence. View the EBP “pyramid” and link to tools for locating relevant research.

Physical Therapy

This guide presents a starting point for Physical Therapy students and faculty locating health evidence in books, journal articles, databases, and the web.

Occupational Therapy   

This guide presents a starting point for Occupational Therapy students and faculty locating health evidence in books, journal articles, databases, and the web.

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

This guide presents a starting point for locating sources for students and faculty in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

Go to THIS PAGE & click on “Health, Nursing, Allied Health, and Medicine” to see the other subject-specific guides that we offer!


Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies

NYU now subscribes electronically to the
Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies

Volume 1, Number 1, starts in January 2016Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies logo

JIVS provides a forum for scholarly and practice-based engagement with voice as a phenomenon of communication and performance, and a methodology or metaphor for analysis. This peer-reviewed journal draws on an interdisciplinary series of lenses, including cultural studies, critical theory, performance studies, inter-culturalism, linguistics, visual culture, musicology, architecture and somatics.

Using Web-Scale Discovery Tools in the Health Sciences

Many searchers ask about the efficacy of using Web Scale Discovery (WSD) tools to search the health sciences literature.  You may have noticed that NYU promotes EDS (Ebsco Discovery Service) on our main databases page.

Should you use this tool?

  • For most keyword searches in the health sciences, many thousands of hits are retrieved.  For a very obscure, very new, or very narrow topic, the results may be useful and manageable, as in the following examples:
    • Example: I am seeking an Author, Valeria Esquivel, 17 results on 12/2/2016.
    • Example: I am seeking an article with a known Title phrase: “hills are alive with the sound of music”  205 results on 12/2/2016.
    • Example: I know Kovner published about “novice nurses” in a scholarly journal in 2016. A search: Kovner novice nurses 2016 limited to scholarly journals= 28 hits on 12/2/2016.
  • The EDS tool lacks the filtering functionality of CINAHL, Pubmed, PsycINFO and others (the ability to limit by study methodology, e.g., a clinical trial, an RCT or systematic review, etc.). A keyword search might  retrieve highly relevant hits on the first few pages of results, but a comprehensive search of the evidence for a topic leaves the searcher wondering what might be buried or missing in the next thousands of results!
  • The EDS tool does some mapping to standard vocabularies, but novice searchers often use one search term when they should consider synonyms. Specialized health sciences databases assist searchers to translate synonyms.
  • No single search tool or database is comprehensive. While EDS promises to search among “more than 7 million+ scholarly journals, magazines, news & more,” like googlescholar or google it doesn’t include every published source.  Always use several databases, and of course, ask a librarian for help.
  • The best strategy is to go ahead and try it! But use web-scale discovery tools as an adjunct to a more rigorous and tailored search in specialized recommended core databases linked here.