Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Q&A: How do I cite a website for an article I wrote?

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Question: How do I cite a website in an article I wrote?

Answer:  It depends on the citation format required by the publisher or your instructor.
For something more informal (ie, a blog post, newsletter, local policy, memo), you might be able to choose the format.  Either way, check out the Library's Citing Sources LibGuide.


Citing sources is much easier than it used to be!   This page has a number of tools to help with your question from the "Anatomy of a Citation" to links that will help with proper citation formats for APA, PubMed, AMA, and others ...

For your specific question about how to cite a website, I would recommend one of the citation generator tools that allow you to enter a url, and the tool will scrape that page for the necessary citation info, and then spit out a usable and properly formatted citation.  

Try it:

APA Citation Generator (You could pick other formats-- I tend to like AMA and APA for our health care setting.)
> This one should be all set for you to pop in a website url

EasyBib is another tool that formats citations
    > Choose "Create Citations"
    > Choose your Source: Website
    > Copy and paste the url, and follow the on-screen prompts to add any missing info.
    > Be sure to check and see what the tool created for you.  You may need to make some corrections or adjustments.  But it should do most of the work for you.  

Then you should be able to copy and paste the formatted citation into your paper or article.

Here's an APA formatted citation for the Citing Sources LibGuide noted above:

  • Matucheski, M., 2020. LibGuides: Search Tips & Tutorials: Citing Sources. [online] Ascension Wisconsin Library Services.   Available at: <http://ascension-wi.libguides.com/SearchTips/CitingSources> [Accessed 20 May 2020].

Note the url and the date accessed.  These are important bits of information often left out when citing sources on the ever-changing world wide web.  If things change on this website in future, we know it was there on this date when you referenced it.  Additionally, a complete reference gives us clues to track it down in case it moves [It happens!] somewhere else on the web.  

These citation generator tools work well for single citations.  If you have a more involved list of references / citations, you may want to check out more fully-featured tools like Zotero or Mendeley.  

Questions or comments?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Training & Tutorials for New PubMed




The NEW PubMed will become the default as of May 18, 2020.     
The National Library of Medicine has updated and created new training materials to help you learn to use the new PubMed.    Get yourself ready with the following tutorials:




NEW PubMed FAQs & User Guide (linked on bottom of new PubMed home page)

Tips for Using PubMed (2-Page PDF Fact sheet)

NEW PubMed Transition FAQs - Answers general and common questions.




If you have questions about how to do something in the new PubMed, please use the streamlined, green feedback button on the bottom-right side of each page in the new PubMed.


Don't forget these local tips for Ascension Wisconsin users:
  1. If you use the PubMed links on the Ascension Wisconsin Library pages, you'll tap into our full-text offerings.
  2. If we don't have it, you'll be able to easily order the article through Ascension Wisconsin Library Services
  3. We have a New PubMed Search Tips page with all of these helpful tips and tutorials.  


Questions or comments, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians: 
 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - May 2020



May 2020
See what your fellow nurses are reading! Browse this month's round-up of the top 10 most read articles from Lippincott's prestigious list of nursing journals.

Check out the link below "Interventions for COVID-19 ARDS".
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal

Reflections on Nursing Ingenuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Publish ahead of print

Managing Pain in Critically Ill Adults: A Holistic Approach
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, May 2020

Acute kidney injury: Challenges and opportunities
The Nurse Practitioner, April 2020

A quick guide to the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, May/June 2020

Exercise Interventions in Cardio-oncology Populations:
A Scoping Review of the Literature

Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Publish ahead of print

Navigating the peaks to Pathway success
Nursing Management, May 2020

Nurse Continuity at Discharge and Return to Hospital
Nursing Research, May/June 2020

Navigating a Minefield: Meta-Synthesis of Teen Mothers' Breastfeeding Experience
MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, May/June 2020

Confronting compassion fatigue in oncology nurses
Nursing, May 2020

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, Patient Safety,
and Magnet Designation in the United States

Journal of Patient Safety, Publish ahead of print


* List and links courtesy of Anne Chaney at Wolters-Kluwer/Ovid.
* Questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians: 
 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Friday, May 8, 2020

Q&A: Is there an approved list of abbreviations for Ascension Wisconsin?



Question: Is there an approved list of abbreviations for charting at Ascension Wisconsin?

Answer: After checking with Informatics, clinical educators and others in-the-know, we determined that there is currently NO official list of approved abbreviations for Ascension Wisconsin for documenting care in the EHRs.   Some sites may have their own approved abbeviations lists, but there is nothing standardized statewide.   

For reference and patient safety, there are several DO NOT USE abbreviation lists:


For a complete listing of what's possible, see
Dorland's Dictionary of Medical Acronymns (c2016) via Clinical Key.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Contact Tracing is the Key to Reopening America - But how does it actually work?



Contact tracing is key to reopening America. But how does it actually work? 
(Wednesday, April 29)
States across the country are laying the groundwork to launch massive contact tracing efforts 
to identify people who may have contracted the new coronavirus. Some public health experts 
say the efforts are crucial to relaxing social distancing measures intended to curb America's 
Covid-19 epidemic. But how does it work?  Read on ...

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

How to Partner with a Clinical / Medical Librarian

Find A Partner Clipart

Partnering With Librarians RDownload PDF

Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 2020-01-01, Volume 34, Issue 1, Pages 1-1.
Copyright © 2019 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

The role of the librarian is to locate, organize, make available, and often disseminate information. Librarians in the 21st century primarily work with digital resources to ensure that clinicians have easy access to the information needed to practice, research, and teach, and for lifelong learning. The focus of this editorial is to highlight the value the librarian brings to writing and publishing. Moreover, as you work in other settings, be sure to think about collaborating with a librarian to raise the level of productivity in the areas of teaching and clinical practice.   
How can the librarian be a partner?   Read more ...
Link to PDF    (via Clinical Key)

Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians are here to support you and the work you do in our ultimate goal of excellent patient care.   Contact us for more info ...

Michele Matucheski      and    Kellee Selden

The Ascension Wisconsin Libraries Intranet Site

Saturday, April 18, 2020

4 New Nursing eBooks on R2: AORN 2020, Lippincott, AWHONN, and Merenstein

Ascension Wisconsin Library Services purchased online access to the following new nursing eBooks through the R2 Digital Library.

Follow the direct links below to take a look, or bookmark them for future reference.

You can also access these (and many others) anytime through our AW Library Catalog.

They are also linked in context on the respective Nursing LibGuides as noted below.











 by Sandra Gardner, RN, MS, Brian Carter, MD, FAAP, et al.


Questions or comments, contact your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

                                    Michele Matucheski   and   Kellee Selden

Friday, April 17, 2020

How to Obtain a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen: NEJM's Videos in Clinical Medicine



NEJM is offering a new Clinical Medicine Video on 
How to Obtain a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen, as for Covid-19 testing.

The video is about 5 minutes long and covers the following topics:
1) Overview
2) Preparation & Equipment
3) Procedure
4) Handling the Specimen
5) Removing Personal Protective Equipment
6) Summary

A complete write-up accompanies the video.

Did I happen to mention it's FREE?