Author: Susan Kaplan Jacobs

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.






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.

Trial “Access Physiotherapy”

NYU affiliated faculty and students, please help us evaluate these Physical Therapy collections from McGraw-Hill. Our trial runs through November 30.  Send feedback to

Access Physiotherapy

“from McGraw-Hill Medical is devoted exclusively to the study, instruction, and practice of physical therapy. Updated regularly, this comprehensive online physiotherapy resource integrates leading physical therapy textbooks, procedure and exercise videos, image galleries, self-assessment tools, and a unique cadaver dissection tool –optimized for viewing on any device.

Access Physiotherapy/F.A. Davis collection

“The F.A. Davis PT Collection on AccessPhysiotherapy is the most comprehensive digital subscription product for educators and physical therapy students. This partnership between F.A. Davis and McGraw-Hill Education brings you a comprehensive online PT resource that covers the entire spectrum of physical therapy—for viewing on any device”

Welcome Week!

Welcoming new students at the Steinhardt PhD orientation and the College of Nursing Masters orientation.

Connect to get started with library resources:

for OT:

for CSD:

for nursing:

Get a jumpstart at the Nursing Online Tutorial:

Library Help:

Wisdom From a Chair – Thirty years of Quadriplegia (Andrew I. Batavia and Mitchell Batavia)

Congratulations, Mitchell Batavia, Department Chair, NYU Steinhardt Physical Therapy, on the publication of:

Wisdom From a Chair – Thirty years of Quadriplegia
Andrew I. Batavia and Mitchell Batavia, Inc 2016
ISBN 978-1-63491-079-8

Copies on order at NYU:

Andrew Batavia’s memoir leaves the reader with the lasting impression of his remarkable “adjustment” to his disability. Following an accident as a teen that left him with high-level quadriplegia, he went on to attend Stanford and Harvard, become a lawyer, a scholar, a professor of public health policy and rehabilitation research, an activist for independent living and the right to die, and an implementer and proponent of the American Disabilities Act of 1990. He marries and becomes a father of two. The memoir, published posthumously (Batavia died in 2003), focuses on what he did, not what he could not do.

In Batavia’s words: “I did my very best to make [people] feel comfortable with my disability, a skill that I have since perfected to the extent that many people say they forget that I have a disability after being with me for a little while.” Batavia achieves this comfort level for the reader as well. Although the reader can’t help but keep his physical constraints upmost in our minds, Batavia’s voice is strong, assured, confident, and independent, as well as witty and pragmatic.  Co-author and younger brother, Mitchell Batavia, provides more context, highlighting both Andrew’s scholarly achievements as well as wrenching background, with commentaries that give context for the accident from the family’s viewpoint.  A memory of a 13-year-old visiting his newly injured older brother confined in a CircOlectric bed, and being asked to, please, “scratch his nose,” only begins to hint at the anguish and consequences for patients’ families in the aftermath of such a devastating injury.  Compelling reading, it turns out to be a page-turner, as we root for Batavia’s recovery and accomplishments.

Highly recommended for library collections serving healthcare professionals, caregivers, policymakers, administrators, and software developers of assistive technologies, as well as the general public.