Monday, September 14, 2020

Copyright Awareness Part 4: The Copyright LibGuide is Back!


Pop Quiz!*

1.     True or False: Once a work is printed, recorded or otherwise fixed; it is automatically protected by copyright. No copyright symbol is required.
2.     True or False: You can freely share documents found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
3.     True or False: The “Fair Use Checklist” is a tool to help you determine use of a particular work.
4.     True or False: You need to assess permission before using material found on the internet, in journal articles, or books.

[Scroll down for the answers.]

You can find the answers to these and other copyright questions on the AW Copyright LibGuide. This Guide pulls together related content about copyright in one location for easy reference. This can be found on the Ascension Wisconsin Library Services home page under the Libguides/Research Guides tab.

The Copyright LibGuide covers the following topics:
  • Copyright Basics
  • AW Copyright Compliance Policy
  • Copyright Requests & Permissions
  • The Copyright Decision Tree
  • Fair Use - Public Domain - Creative Commons
  • Free Images & Videos
  • Additional Sources
  • Giving Credit with Proper Citation / Attribution
  • Plagiarism

Copyright is not black and white. The rules are not exact but we do need to be aware of how copyright impacts the work we do.
When in doubt, always ask for permission and remember, your Librarians, Michele Matucheski and Kellee Selden are available to help you with copyright questions as well as other reference and research needs.  
*All answers are true

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Copyright Awareness Part 3: Fair Use

Fair use of a copyrighted work for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research, is NOT an infringement of copyright.  Fair use is determined on a case by case basis considering these four points: 

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes 
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

Note on Fair Use in education:  Education in a corporate environment (such as Ascension Health Care) has more restrictive permissions than those granted in an academic environment such as a school or university.   For example, it would be permissible to show a segment of film in an academic classroom as part of a course.  Showing a segment of a film, even for educational purposes, in a corporate educational program or meeting would require permission.

Learn more about Fair Use on our Copyright LibGuide.

Once you have decided that you would like to use a work:
  • Look for “Terms of Use,” Creative Commons or other information that may outline permissions. 
  • If you are unable to determine permission, use the Copyright Decision Tree for assistance in determining the best action for what you would like to use.  (Adapted from Wayne State University Libraries - Used with Permission)
  • See the Copyright Requests & Permissions Tab for more info on how to obtain copyright permission and documentation.  
  • When requesting permission to use a work, remember to request for Ascension Wisconsin, not just for your department or facility. 

Want to learn more?  Visit the Copyright LibGuide.

Remember, your Librarians, Michele Matucheski and Kellee Selden are available to help you with copyright questions as well as other reference and research needs.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Copyright Awareness Part 2: About Free Content

Public Domain:  Public domain works are not restricted by copyright and do not require permission to use. Public domain status allows the user unrestricted access and unlimited creativity.

The three main categories of public domain works are:
  1. Works that automatically enter the public domain upon creation, because they are not copyrightable:
    • Titles, names, short phrases and slogans, familiar symbols, numbers
    • Ideas and facts (e.g., the date of the Gettysburg Address)
    • Processes and systems (e.g., gardening)
    • Most Government works and documents (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, etc.)
  2. Works that have been assigned to the public domain by their creators
  3. Works that have entered the public domain because the copyright on them has expired
Note: Use of some works, such as ideas and symbols, may be restricted by other laws, such as patent, trademark, or trade secret.


Creative Commons:    A nonprofit organization which provides a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use creative works.

  • Materials found on the internet that have a Creative Commons License have less restrictive permissions.
  • There are different levels of Creative Commons licensing    (See “Terms of Use” at the bottom of the webpage )
  • Watch this 3 minute animated video “Wanna Work Together?” to learn more about Creative Commons

Free Images: Images are often needed for PowerPoint presentations, flyers, newsletters and other forms of communication or education.  

Attribution:  Providing credit to the author of a work and the source of the information.  

  • All works referenced, used, copied or adapted (with or without permission) must have an attribution or a citation
  • Attribution does not take the place of permission
  • Used with permission” in a citation means that the author of the document you are reading has obtained permission.  To use the content you will also need to obtain permission. 
  • There are several formats for attribution.  Contact your Librarians for assistance if needed. 
Want to learn more now?  Visit the Copyright LibGuide.

Remember, your Librarians, Michele Matucheski and Kellee Selden are available to help you with copyright questions as well as other reference and research needs.  

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - September 2020


September 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 guideline below, Managing Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19, from NursingCenter.
JBI Evidence Synthesis

Are Antibiotics Useful in Acute Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations?
Implications for APRN Practice

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, July/September 2020

Dysautonomia: Getting a handle on POTS
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, July/August 2020

Low voltage on the 12-lead ECG: A warning sign
The Nurse Practitioner, September 2020

Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in NICU Nurses
Advances in Neonatal Care, August 2020

Design and Evaluation of Low-Fidelity Visual Display Prototypes
for Multiple Hospital-Acquired Conditions

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Publish ahead of print

Fall Prevention Decision Making of Acute Care Registered Nurses
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, September 2020

The vaping epidemic: Calling nurses to action
Nursing, September 2020

Therapeutic Options for the Treatment of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, October/December 2020

An Exploratory Study of a 3-Minute Mindfulness Intervention
on Compassion Fatigue in Nurses

Holistic Nursing Practice, September/October 2020

Frailty Syndrome: A Risk Factor Associated With Violence in Older Adults
Journal of Forensic Nursing, July/September 2020

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

Friday, September 4, 2020

Copyright Awareness Part 1: The Basics

The AW Librarians have unofficially designated September to be Copyright Awareness Month!   

Sharing journal articles, videos, forms, tools and other resources found on the internet helps us be more efficient in our work but sharing also means we have a responsibility to respect copyright law.  Watch for our weekly posts this month!

Let’s start with the Basics:
  • Once anything is written or recorded, it is automatically copyrighted.  No copyright symbol is required.  
  • Most forms, tools or other resources found on the internet or in books or journals require permission to use or modify.
  •  Scroll to the bottom of a web page and click on “Terms of Use” to get more information on permissions.
  • Become familiar with the Ascension Wisconsin Policy on Copyright Compliance
  • Watch the animated video clip Copyright Basics (6 minutes).  It is an excellent (and entertaining) overview of copyright. 

Want to learn more now?  Visit the Copyright LibGuide.

Remember, your Librarians, Michele Matucheski or Kellee Selden are available to help you with copyright questions as well as other reference needs.  

Thursday, September 3, 2020

NRC Plus Mobile App for Nursing


Question: Where do I get the NRC Plus Mobile App?

Answer: To get the download link, scroll down to the bottom of the NRC Home Page.

Click on the NRC Plus Mobile App Access link at the bottom of the NRC+ home page. 

Enter an email that you’ll be able to access on your mobile device.  After you submit, NRC+ will send you an email with instructions to download the app along with an access key.  Follow the instructions …  This grants access for 9 months.

See also:

  • [Step-step-instructions from Ebsco.] 
More info on our NRC Plus Search Tips page

See additional medical, nursing and health care mobile apps.
  • Most of these are all associated with our library resources.

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

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Learn More about PubMed's New Features in this short video


The National Library of Medicine’s PubMed is the most heavily used biomedical literature citation database in the world. PubMed provides free access to more than 30 million citations and is searched by more than 2.5 million users daily. It is a critical resource for helping researchers, health care professionals, students, and the public share information and learn more about the latest developments in life sciences.

Earlier this year, NLM launched an updated version of PubMed with an enhanced design that provides advanced technology to improve the user experience on mobile as well as desktop devices. This modern interface includes updated web elements for easier navigation and enhanced search results, including previews with highlighted text snippets that can help you scan your results.

Instead of telling you more about these new features and how they work, I invite you to check out a few of them in this video. [It's only 2 min 40 sec]

New Features:

  • Getting to Fulltext
  • Citation Feature
  • Expanded Automatic Term Mapping

[Borrowed from a guest post by Bart Trawick on The Musings from the Mezzanine Blog.  The full post includes the complete transcript of the video.]

Don't forget that if you use the PubMed links on the AW Library web pages, you'll tap into our full-text offerings.

PubMed Search Tips & Tutorials

Questions or comments, contact your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

                                    Michele Matucheski   and   Kellee Selden

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

2021 (60th) edition of Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment is here!

The brand new, 60th Anniversary Edition of CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2021 is now available on AccessMedicine


For 60 years, CURRENT Medical Diagnosis and Treatment has been delivering the authoritative information students, residents, and clinicians need to build their medical knowledge, expertise, and confidence.  

Covering the latest clinical developments in all facets of medicine and fully focused on bedside clinical issues, this new edition provides 

  • the latest guidelines
  • reference
  • drug prices
  • approved drugs
  • and evidence-based coverage of more than 1,000 diseases and disorders
  • all formatted to enable you to find the answers you need quickly and effortlessly.  

This landmark guide covers 
  • inpatient and outpatient care
  • focusing on the diagnostic tools relevant to daily practice
  • and reviews all primary care topics, including 
    • gynecology/obstetrics
    • dermatology
    • ophthalmology
    • geriatrics
    • preventive medicine
    • psychiatry
    • and neurology.

A MAJOR new feature for this 60th Anniversary edition is “Year in Review: Key Clinical Updates in CMDT 2021.”  This section provides an easy-to-read format, highlighting more than 180 recent medical advances that are further detailed in the new edition.  Additional highlights include:

  • Essentials of diagnosis for most diseases/disorders
  • Hundreds of quick-access drug treatment tables with indexed trade names 
  • Diagnostic and treatment algorithms present important information in an at-a-glance style
  • Up-to-date references provide peer-reviewed, evidence-based information
  • Seven bonus chapters available online, featuring expanded content and annual review of advances in HIV treatment and critical information on emerging viral infections

You'll find a handy link for the CMDT-21 on The Physician & Provider Tool Box / Clinical References.

Questions or comments, contact your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

                                    Michele Matucheski   and   Kellee Selden