Author: Susan Kaplan Jacobs

New Physical Therapy Database and E-book collection

for accounts only:

(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.
Includes National Physical Therapy Exam® Review Section (NPTE Review) and simulated exam.

F.A. Davis PT Collection (textbooks, cases, quick reference, multimedia)

What is a Systematic Review?


Library research often starts with a request for a summary of “best practices,” “best evidence,” a “review of the literature,” or the need to conduct a “systematic review of the literature.”

A true “systematic review” refers to a very specific synthesis methodology, a “meticulous summary of all the available primary research in response to a research question” (Clarke, 2011).

  • Are you looking for a Systematic Review to support a literature search?
  • Are you embarking on conducting a “systematic review” or another synthesis method?

START by reading this one page article from the Research Made Simple series in Evidence Based Nursing:

Clarke, J. (2011). What is a systematic review? Evidence-Based Nursing, 14(3), 64–64.

Spring 2019: evidence synthesis projects

Both students and faculty in the health sciences are increasingly conducting some type of evidence synthesis project

  • Undergraduate through doctoral nursing students have “PICO” projects,
  • PhD candidates are writing “integrative reviews,”
  • DPT student teams are conducting “systematic reviews,”
  • OTD students are conducting evidence synthesis literature reviews for their portfolios. 
  • Faculty are embarking on scoping reviews, integrative reviews, and systematic reviews 

Has your professor has assigned one of the following?
-integrative review
-a PICO project (or PICOT, PICOC, etc?)
-Scoping review
-Systematic literature review
-Systematic Review of randomized controlled trials?

There are more review types apropos of research questions. The review methodology selected usually depends upon the results of an initial “scoping search” of the literature, to determine the state of the science, the breadth and depth of a topic area, or perhaps a gap in the literature.

To get started with a review, begin with a birds’-eye view of the Steps, Tools, and Examples listed in this library Research Guide. 

Recommended reading from Evidence Based Nursing, 1-page “What is a Systematic Review”

PICO drop in sessions, Summer 2018, May 25

PICO search help @ College of Nursing, room 110
Bring your PICO question and preliminary results (a few relevant studies) as you scope the literature for evidence.
Librarians will be available to assist in refining your strategy, considering other databases,

One rep for a group should RSVP and add additional number of attendees:
RSVP for May 25:

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.






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.