Database of the Week: PsycINFO

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: PsycINFO PsycINFO

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under P in the databases A-Z list.
The PsycINFO database covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas. PsycINFO’s coverage is worldwide, and includes references and abstracts to over 1500 journals in more than 35 languages, and book chapters and books in the English language. Over 50,000 references are added annually. Popular literature is excluded.

Use it to find:

  • Journal articles, book chapters, book reviews,  editorials
  • Clinical case reports, empirical studies, literature reviews
  • Includes disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics,etc
  • Includes topics such as: Advertising, Marketing, Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, Job performance, Organizational Behavior, etc.

Tips for searching:

  • Use the Easy Search or Advanced search options
  • Use the sidebar on the left to narrow your results
  • PsycINFO does not provide full-text. Always search our e -Journal listings to see if we have access to the journal. See a tutorial here.PsycINFO2

Want help using PsycINFO? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Hardin Librarians activity at Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association Meeting | 2015

Hardin Library staff will be presenting posters and paper at the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
The conference theme is Librarians + Evidence = Proof.

Eric Rumsey, Janna Lawrence and Xiaomei Gu will present a paper Food Diet & Nutrition: A Tricky Search in PubMed.
This paper details their research on searching food, diet, and nutrition (FDN) in PubMed, how to do comprehensive searching on FDN, and potential changes in Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) coming later this year.

Amy Blevins will be a panelist for The Party Crashers Reunion: More Tips and Tricks for Connecting With Our Faculty, Students and Clinicians.
This panel will discuss the status of liaison librarian activities at 5 institutions, and how librarians establish meaningful ongoing relationships with those they serve.

Jennifer Deberg and Elizabeth Kiscaden will present a poster Discovering Trends in Locally Published Systematic Reviews.
The poster shows results of an environmental scan of locally authored systematic reviews, and how librarians can provide service to improve quality of future research.

Xiaomei Gu, Eric Rumsey, and Janna Lawrence will present a poster The Growth of Food-Diet-Nutrition Literature in PubMed.
The poster analyzes growth of FDN subjects, and publication trends.

Eric Rumsey, Janna Lawrence, and Xiaomei Gu will present a poster The Most Important Plant-Based Food Families in PubMed.
This poster examines how PubMed’s MeSH tree structure facilitates searching for plant-based foods, including searching by family of plants.

Xiaomei Gu will present a poster Introducing Embase to the College of Pharmacy through Active Learning Activities.
The poster shows how to use different active learning activities to teach Embase to new users at multiple levels.


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New Exhibit: Creating a Terror-ific Halloween!

Halloween is coming up fast! (I know, scary, right?)

We have just the exhibit to get you in the mood!!

Engineering Library Halloween Exhibit

Engineering Library Halloween Exhibit

We have a series of books tailored for the “evil genius” in you. Including Holography Projects for the Evil Genius. You might just find the way to build the perfect hologram to scare your roommate.   Or how about a voice transmitter to “throw” your voice? More Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius has all the info you need to make your own!

Interested in making your own Halloween costumes and scary decorations? Check out Make: Technology on Your Time, a journal that can help you do just that, and walk you through how to make your scary ideas come to life (so to speak….).  More Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius will tell you how to make your own light saber and how about a Wookiee pumpkin to go along with that? The Star Wars Craft Book will show you how! (Don’t miss the tip on the bottom of page 72 – use a fake pumpkin and it won’t rot and you can use it for years!)

Or do you just want to know how those Gummi Worms are made? Check out How It’s Made and see how some of those Halloween staples are made – learn about special effects makeup, hard candy, holograms, chocolate, and gummie candy!

And since Halloween isn’t complete without a skeleton, we have a skeleton of a Macaque monkey on display!  Interested in the biomechanics of animal and human bodies? Biomechanics of the Musculo-skeletal System is a comprehensive resource!   A big thank you to the Museum of Natural History for the loan of the skeleton!

No matter how you plan to spend your Halloween, stop by our Terror-ific Halloween exhibit!


More Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius. Engineering Library QP301 .B565 2007

More Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius. Engineering Library QP301 .B565 2007

Iannini, Robert E. 2006. More electronic gadgets for the evil genius. New York : McGraw-Hill. Engineering Library TK9965 .I253 2006

Make. 2005 – . Make: technology on your time.  Sebastopol CA : O’Reilly Media. Engineering Library, no call number.

Burton, Bonnie. 2011. The Star Wars craft book. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books. Engineering Library TT157 .B87 2011.

How it’s made (Television Program). 2010. How it’s made. Seasons 1 and 2. [Silver Springs MD] : Discovery Communications. Engineering Circulation Desk Video Record 37144 DVD.

Biomechanics of the musculo-skeletal system. 2007. Chichester, West Sussex, England : Hoboken NJ : John Wiley & Sons. Engineering Library QP 301 .B565 2007.

More Resources:

Ultimate Fog Chiller. Date Accessed Sept. 25, 2015.

Make your own gummy worms. Todd’s Kitchen Date accessed Sept. 25, 2015.

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Company Information Xpress Class TOMORROW at 2:30 p.m.

We are offering 30 minute Xpress classes Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. They will take place in the Library Multipurpose Room (2001C SC).


Want to know more about the companies you will be talking with at the Career Fair on the 6th? This class will teach you how to use several different databases to learn how to find company information and data. Be prepared for those interviews!

Willow Fuchs, Business Reference and Instruction Librarian in the Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library, will be teaching this class. Willow will be available after class if you have any further questions.

Stop and learn more about researching company information!


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Celebrate Banned Book Week 2015!

Banned Book Week was launched in 1982 in order to bring attention to a surge of challenges that schools, bookstores and libraries were getting. The American Library Association (ALA) reports that more than 11,300 books have been challenged since then. According to the ALA, “A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported.”

Banned Book Week September 27 - October 3, 2015

Banned Book Week September 27 through October 3, 2015


The Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 311 challenges  in 2014.

Here are a few books of interest to Engineering and Science that have been banned at one time or another:

  • Banned in 17th Century Europe:  Any writing or discussion demonstrating the heliocentric nature of the universe.
  • Writings by Physicist and Astronomer Galileo Galilei: He was charged and convicted of heresy by the Inquisition in 1632 for writing, “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems”  Main Library QB41 .G1356 1967
  • Banned in schools in Tennessee following the Butler Act of 1925:  Books and teaching materials on Darwinian evolution theory, including The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin  Main Library QH365 .O2 1979.
  • Banned in Menifee School District, California:  Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary   Hardin Library For Health Sci Library PE1628 W4M4 1993 banned for having definitions that were too explicit.
  • Banned in the United States for being too accurate in its scientific initiative: The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, written in 1960 by Robert Brent and illustrated by Harry Lazarus.

Many books which are considered classics have also been targets of challenges and attempts to ban them. Check out which books here:  There are also links to the top 100 fiction and top 100 nonfiction titles.

We have many resources that relate to Darwin, Galileo, and da Vinci. Come explore our library and find these titles and more!


Banned & Challenged Books. 1996-2015. American Library Association.

Banned Book Week.

Baron, Dennis.  Webster’s Banned for too much sex.

Other Resources:

Banned Books. Powered by Weebly. Date accessed: September 23, 2015

Don’t Take the Freedom to Read for Granted. September 22, 2015.  American Libraries: A publication of the American Library Association.

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Learn to find ASTM, ISO, ADA, NFPA standards |@Hardin Library| Tuesday, Sept. 29, 3-4pm

Introduction to standards and specifications. Learn how to access a wide variety of standards including ASTM, ISO, ADA, NFPA (Fluid), and the US Code of Federal Regulations. Featuring a new database, TechStreet, to gain electronic access to these standards and more.

Our next session is
Tuesday, September 29th, 3:00-4:00pm, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Instructor Kari Kozak Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Instructor Kari Kozak
Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Get an introduction to American Psychological Association Style |@Hardin Library| Sept. 30, Noon-1pm

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) provides guidelines for formatting papers or manuscripts used by nursing, social sciences,apa manual and most allied health sciences disciplines. In this hands on session, you will learn basic rules of APA formatting as well as gain experience applying APA formatting to journal, book, and web references. Resources for future referral will also be provided.

Our next session
Wednesday, September 30th, 12:00- 1:00pm, Hardin Library, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Remodeling on 3rd floor started Monday, September 28

Part of Hardin Library is getting a new look!  Work begins on Monday, September 28 on the 3rd Floor.

remodeled space

remodeled space will look like this

  • 4 new group studies with added technology
  • Updates to group studies on 3rd
  • One Button video recording studio
  • Standing computer desks
  • Some new furniture
  • Accent color walls
  • New exhibition area

Looking for a quiet study areas?
4th Floor, Information Commons West, 24-hour study area

Want to sit with a group?
1st Floor has larger tables and is not a quiet area

picture of library with furniture removed

Day 1 most of the furniture removed

Day 3 - furniture delivered and installation started

Day 3 – furniture delivered and installation started

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News From Special Collections 9/19 – 9/25/2015

From the Web and Social Media:

Slate logo

Slate featured the Hevelin Collection Fanzine Digitization Project this week.  You can read their coverage of the UI Libraries’ work digitizing 1930s-1950s science fiction fanzines here.




New Acquisitions:

Agricola. Trattenimenti sulle vernici. Ravenna 1789.

This book bridges several of our collection areas, covering a very broad array of topics; overall, it could be considered an early “how to” guide. Painting, printmaking, sculpting, cartography, conservation, cooking, gardening, rat extermination, and stain removal are all addressed, and are accompanied by an extensive bibliography.

Book spine Book title page Book illustration


Staff Publications:

Image of Amy Chen

Amy Chen led a group of current and former Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) postdoctoral fellows to write a piece for a CLIR report that is now available online here.

Changing and Expanding Libraries: Exhibitions, Institutional Repositories, and the Future of Academia, by Amy Chen, Sarah Pickle, and Heather Waldroup appears in The Process of Discovery: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Future of the Academy, edited by John C. Maclachlan, Elizabeth A. Waraksa, and Christa Williford.


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DIY for the Weekend: Build A NERF® Blaster!

Who doesn’t love a NERF® blaster? And what could be better than a blaster that you build yourself and can be used either manually or autonomously?

Autonomous NERF Blaster created by Bryce Bigger

Autonomous NERF® Blaster created by Bryce Bigger

Bryce Bigger’s book, Build Your Own Autonomous NERF® Blaster is aimed towards those who are less familiar with coding and physical computing – however, if you are more knowledgeable about coding and tinkering, he provides more advanced alternatives to “level up” your project.

Both a Processing and an Arduino crash course are provided. By using open-source, cross-platform creative coding, Bigger provides an inexpensive way to begin. Lots of screen prints and step-by-step instructions will have you processing before you know it and give you “mad new skills” to take you into the Arduino crash course. Again, the many pictures and careful instructions will get you to the point where you will be able to use your new processing and Arduino skills to move to the next stage of building your own blaster!

Once you have those basic skills, Bigger will walk you, step-by-step, through understanding and setting up a motion detection system and creating the brains and eyes of the blaster are also carefully spelled out. He then explains his tinkering process and how he ended up designing the foam blaster for MailChimp®. All phases of the NERF® blaster development are explained clearly and include photographs and screen shots.

A complete list of parts (and some places where they may be purchased) is also given.

So, pull out your NERF® guns and enjoy the weekend!

NERF Sentinel from AdobeMAX Keynote from The Bigger Design on Vimeo.


Engineering Library TJ223 .P76 B544 2013

Engineering Library TJ223 .P76 B544 2013


Bigger, Bryce. 2013. Build your own autonomous NERF Blaster : programming mayhem with Processing and Arduino. New York : McGraw Hill. Engineering Library TJ223 .P76 B544 2013


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