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What I do

Currently I am a PhD candidate at the University of Denver studying research methods and statistics. Before that I worked as an academic reference librarian for three years at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. In my spare time I love to lounge with my cats, blog, tinker, and enjoy the outdoors.

Places to Find My Work


Teaching Google Scholar: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians Series). (July, 2016). Rowman & Littlefield.

Academic Publications

Alfonzo P & Batson J. (2014). Utilizing a Co-Teaching Model to Enhance Digital Literacy Instruction for Doctoral StudentsInternational Journal of Doctral Studies. 

 Alfonzo P, Sakraida TJ & Hastings-Tolsma M. (2014).  Bibliometrics: Visualizing the Impact of Nursing ResearchOnline Journal of Nursing Informatics, 18(1).

 Vincent D, Hastings-Tolsma M, Gebhart S & Alfonzo P. (2014). Nurse Practitioner Clinical Decision-Making and Evidence-Based Practice. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In Press.

 Sakraida TJ, Alfonzo P & Hastings-Tolsma M.  Use and Impact of Nursing Theory by New Nurse Scientists. Under Review.

Professional Writing

Computers in Libraries: Using Twitter Hashtags for Information Literacy Instruction (September, 2014)

Edutopia Guest Blog Post: Frictionless Formative Assessment with Social Media

Texas Association for Literacy Education: Summer Literacy ActivitiesFangirl (book review), The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (book review)

Public Service Quarterly Software Reviews of Snapchat (volume 10, issue 4), Stencyl (volume 9, issue 3) and Easel.ly (volume 9, issue 2)

Things I Love

  • Steaming cups of tea
  • Perfectly brewed espresso at the ideal temperature
  • Macaroons and other sinful pastries
  • Perusing literature (I am a librarian after all)
  • Delving into data

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