Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Think Summer, ICPSR 2014 Summer Programs in Quantitative Methods of Social Research Registration Now Open

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is pleased to announce the 2014 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. For detailed, up-to-date information about the Summer Program, visit icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog
The ICPSR Summer Program offers lectures and workshops in a wide variety of topics in research design, quantitative reasoning, statistical methods, and data processing. Many of these courses are presented in two four-week sessions held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first session runs from June 23-July 18, 2014. The second session runs from July 21-August 15, 2014.
From May through August, the ICPSR Summer Program also offers more than 35 three- to five-day workshops on both statistical and substantive topics. Many of these short workshops take place in Ann Arbor, but several are held in other locations, including Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; Manhattan, NY; and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Several noteworthy features of the 2014 Summer Program include:
  • A 15% discount on registration fees for returning Summer Program participants
  • A 15% discount on total registration fees when you register for two or more 3- to 5-day workshops (does not include sponsored substantive workshops)
  • A continuing emphasis on data science, network analysis, and multilevel modeling
  • Courses of special interest to diverse audiences, including "Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity," "Collaborative Multi-Racial and Ethnic Political Survey," and "The Pathways to Desistance Study: Analyzing the Life Event Calendar Data for Substance Abuse"
  • Several new 3- to 5-day workshops, including "Bayesian Methods for Prevention and Intervention Science" and "Latent Class Analysis in Social Science Research"
  • The new four-week workshop "Empirical Modeling for Theory Evaluation," exploring EITM-themed materials
The course list for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Program reflects the expressed interests of the social scientific research community and provides coverage of statistical procedures of increasing importance to methodologists.


Registration is now open for all 2014 courses. For further information, including a full list of courses, course descriptions, faculty, registration information, fees, and financial support, please visit the ICPSR Summer Program website at icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog
Questions? Contact the ICPSR Summer Program at (734) 763-7400 or sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu
or contact Barbara Mento at barbara.mento@bc.edu

Monday, January 27, 2014

Resources for Health Research from ICPSR

 Resources for Health Research from ICPSR

Webinar on February 26

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

The objective of this webinar is to provide information to Official Representatives, research scientists, faculty, and students about the wide variety of health-related data available from ICPSR.  The presentation will describe the kinds of data and other resources housed in our archive, how you can access them, and the tools available for statistical analyses.  Directors of the following specialized archives at ICPSR will discuss their mission, archival holdings, and research resources:  Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR), Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA), National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP), National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging, (NACDA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA).

Identify and describe data files available for secondary research
Discuss online analysis tools
Provide information on other health-related resources and tools available from these ICPSR archives
Highlight training opportunities

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation.

Resources for Health Research from ICPSR
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet 

Questions? Contact ICPSR OR Barbara Mento barbara.mento@bc.edu

Monday, July 18, 2011

American Hospital Association Annual Survey Database

Hello Everyone,
We are fortunate to be able to offer the American Hospital Association Annual Survey Database to the Boston College Community.
This database contains comprehensive hospital data from 6,500 hospitals surveyed about their operations. Topics include: demographics, organizational structure, facilities and services, utilization data, community orientation indicators, physician arrangements, managed care relationships and expenses.

The wealth of data will be of use to many subject areas besides the health care fields.
Social work, sociology, and education are interested in how health care affects people in the community and in the quality of their lives.
Psychologists would want to know what services are available in the psychiatric care units, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
The data can be used to track health care trends and inform health care policy proposals. The economic, financial and business aspects of health care are apparent. Communications and the media cover all of these aspects of health care data. The uses of this date are limitless.

Both Barbara Mento and ITS Research Services are available for assistance.
CSON Faculty, Students, and Staff please contact the CSON Nursing Research Office for further directions.
It would be beneficial to know if the AHA ASD data is used in any faculty or graduate student research or publications.
Thank you, Wanda and Barbara
***Please see access procedures below.

AHA Annual Survey Database™ Fiscal Year 2009AHA Annual Survey DatabaseTM is an invaluable reference for market research reports and health care industry analysis on hospitals. Identify important health care trends with comprehensive hospital survey data including more than 800 data fields on 6,500 hospitals surveyed about their FY 2009 operations. New facility and service categories are added each year.
You'll find healthcare information on:
• Demographics
• Organizational structure
• Facilities and services
• Utilization data
• Community orientation indicators
• Physician arrangements
• Managed care relationships
• Expenses
• Staffing
Using this database, you can:
• Extract structure and organizational information to compare and benchmark selected hospitals.
• Identify which services are delivered by a hospital or through another organization in the area.
• Evaluate opportunities for new service lines.
• Run time series analyses and develop forecasts with historical data sets since 1980.
• Merge with data from other sources for customized statistics and research.
• Study a hospital's self assessment of its community benefits.
• Analyze utilization information, staffing, expenses and other characteristics.

***The AHA Annual Survey Database (AHA ASD) CD-ROM has been loaded onto the GIS/Statistical Software computer B3 in the O’Neill Library EIC (this computer has SPSS and Stata already installed). A documentation manual describing the various data elements is available at the Reference Desk .
The License for Usage with Terms of Agreement is very strict. Only current members of the Boston College community may sign-up to use the AHA ASD at the O’Neill Library Reference Desk. Library staff staffing the Reference Desk will check to be sure that the person has a current Boston College ID. The person will then sign-up at the Reference Desk on the GIS/Statistical Software and AHA ASD sign-up sheet for B3, which will include a separate page with the following agreement, and a place for the signature and date to be entered:

1. Accepting the Terms by Health Forum LLC ( “HF”)
1.1 In order to use the Services, you must first agree to the Terms. You may not use the Services if you do not accept the Terms.
2.1 You can accept the Terms by:
(A) Signing below to accept or agree to the Terms, where this option is made available to you by HF through Annual Survey Database. You understand and agree that AHA will treat your use of the Services as acceptance of the Terms from that point onwards.
3. Use of the Services by you
3.1 Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a separate agreement with HF, you agree that you will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade or resell the Services for any purpose.
4. Proprietary rights
4.1 You acknowledge and agree that AHA own all legal right, title and interest in and to the Services, including any intellectual property rights.

3. etc.

The Reference Desk Staff will then log-on the user to the AHA ASD software. Users will be asked to log off when finished with the AHA ASD database. Printing will follow the same directions as for GIS.
The Online Catalog indicates

O’Neill Electronic Information Center as location. AHA ASD is also cataloged in the

Statistical Data Catalog.

Barbara Mento and I shall be glad to answer any questions.

Thank you, Wanda and Barbara

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Join us for a Hands on OECD Workshop: April 11,2011

Join us for a Hands on OECD Workshop

International or cross national data is critical for researchers across disciplines. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is among the most widely used sources of cross national data.

Training by: Loren Pani, OECD Student Ambassador

April 11th 10:00 a.m. O’Neill Library Room 307

April 11th 2:00 a.m. O’Neill Library Room 307

Note: Second daily session repeats first session.

Questions? Contact Barbara Mento

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Effect of daily aspirin on long-term risk of death due to cancer:

The article from Lancet, Effect of daily aspirin on long-term risk of death due to cancer: analysis of individual patient data from randomised trials is in press.
The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 7 December 2010doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62110-1
Authors: Prof Peter M Rothwell FMedSci, Prof F Gerald R Fowkes FRCPE, Prof Jill FF Belch FRCP, Hisao Ogawa MD, Prof Charles P Warlow FMedSci, Prof Tom W Meade FRS

To obtain the article, search Lancet in QUEST using the Journal Titles Catalog tab.
At the top of the Lancet page enter the title in the "All fields box" and click on
"Search Science Direct."
Direct link is through:

As an "in press" article not all bibliographic information is included.
Once this article is published it may be obtained directly from the Boston College O'Neill Library Lancet online edition link.
--Wanda Nursing Reference Librarian anderswb@bc.edu

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Based Database

Through the additional funding provided by the Provost, the O’Neill Library has been able to add the Joanna Briggs Institute database

JBI COnNECT+ (Clinical Online Network of Evidence for Care and Therapeutics)

JBI COnNECT+ (Clinical Online Network of Evidence for Care and Therapeutics) provides access to resources to help the health care professional find and use evidence to inform clinical decision-making

• This database will add to our Evidence Based Nursing Resources. This resource consists of JBI databases (including the JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, Best Practice Information sheets, Evidence Summaries and Evidence Based Recommended Practices)
• There are basic and advanced searching capabilities
• Searching can also be done by “nodes” or areas of care
If there are any questions, please let me know,
Wanda wanda.anderson@bc.edu

Monday, November 1, 2010

IMAGES on PubMed

PubMed continues to add features that allow you to link to information and resources contained in other NCBI databases.
• A NEW Images Database will be linked to those citations that contain images in PubMed Central articles. If an article in PubMed Central contains images, thumbprints of several of the first images will display below the citation in the abstract view. A link to see all images will be available. In addition, mousing over the image will bring up a preview. Read the Technical Bulletin for more information with screen shots about this new feature. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so10/so10_pm_display_ncbi_images.html

The Images Database is searchable on its own as well. Check it out here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/images. It is included in the list of databases from the drop down menus in PubMed and NCBI resources.
Remember that Copyright Restrictions may still apply to materials found in PubMed Central. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/about/copyright.html

• Also, please note that PubMed is in its annual “Year-End Processing” where changes to citations are being made to conform with 2011 version of MeSH and other changes. This means that NLM temporarily suspends the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations.
Background Information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/policy/yep_background.html
Impact on Searching: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/policy/yep_activities.html

Other additions to PubMed include:

• A Books & Documents indicator displays below citations where a link to the Free Text from the NCBI Bookshelf is available.
• Enhanced My Bibliography: A selection for My Bibliography has been added to the Send to menu in PubMed. More in the Technical Bulletin http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so10/so10_pm_my_bib.html
• Dietary Supplements subset to be added to PubMed: Read more: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so10/so10_dietary.html