Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff: Be more efficient with PubMed | Free workshops!

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to the medical literature and includes over 26 million bibliographic citations in life sciences. This one-hour session will show you how to improve your search results by using subject headings (MeSH) and advanced keyword searching techniques.
Our sessions this semester:
Tuesday, January 24th, 2:00pm-3:00pm (East Information Commons)
Thursday, February 9th, 10:00am-11:00am (East Information Commons)
Wednesday, March 1st, 2:00pm-3:00pm (East Information Commons)
Monday, April 3rd, 1:00pm-2:00pm (East Information Commons)

Register online for any of our open workshops!

Posted in Uncategorized

Early American Newspapers – Trial ends 25 February 2017

Early American Newspapers documents the daily life of hundreds of diverse American communities, supported different political parties and recorded both majority and minority views. This growing digital collection of early American newspapers is the most extensive resource of its kind.

NB: This trial includes University-subscribed content (Series 1, 2, 3, 6, 7) as well as trial-only content (Series 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13).

Please send additional comments to Matthew Braun.

Posted in Uncategorized

Dr. Richard Shope, Flu Research Pioneer | History of Medicine Lecture | Thursday, Jan. 26

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to a lecture by Russell Currier, Past President, American Veterinary Medical History Society.

Iowa’s Richard Edwin Shope MD: His Contributions to Influenza Research and One Medicine/Health

Thursday, January 26, 2017
2117 MERF (Medical Education and Research Facility)

Richard E. Shope, MD

Richard E. Shope MD (1901-1966) was a pioneer microbiologist who investigated a variety of human and animal diseases. Dr. Shope joined the laboratories of the Rockefeller Institute at Princeton to work with Dr. Paul Lewis, the discoverer of polio virus.

In 1928, he left tuberculosis research to investigate hog cholera where he observed his first outbreak of swine influenza. Later he isolated the virus from pigs and its co-pathogen “Haemophilus influenzae suis”, and postulated that the swine virus was related to the human 1918 pandemic virus.

Please consider donating online to the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society to sponsor events. 


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871

Posted in Uncategorized

Library closed Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Regular hours resume Tuesday, January 17

Poster designed by Tabitha Wiggins and IMU Marketing & Design

The Hardin Library will be closed on Monday, January 16 for the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

The University of Iowa celebrates with the MLK Day of service event on Monday, January 16, and celebrates human rights week with a variety of events across campus.

Poster designed by Tabitha Wiggins and IMU Marketing & Design

Poster designed by Tabitha Wiggins and IMU Marketing & Design

Posted in Uncategorized

John Hunter | History of the Human Teeth | January 2017 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

John Hunter. 1813 painting by John Jackson


John Hunter. 1813 painting by John Jackson

John Hunter in an 1813 painting by John Jackson

JOHN HUNTER (1728-1793). The natural history of the human teeth. London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1771.

John Hunter was an anatomist and surgeon, practicing in London. His tireless energy helped him to overcome whatever obstacles his educational and cultural lacks may have provided. “Hunter remains one of the great all-round biologists like Haller and Johannes Müller, and with Paré and Lister, one of the three greatest surgeons of all time. . . . Hunter found surgery a mechanical art and left it an experimental science” (Fielding H. Garrison).

One of Hunter’s most important works was this treatise on the teeth. This book was the first scientific study of the teeth and is basic to all modern dentistry.

You may view this book in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Make a gift to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences by donating online or setting up a recurring gift with The University of Iowa Foundation.


Posted in Uncategorized

Water shut off | Wednesday, December 28


All water will be shut off in the Hardin Library on Wednesday, December 28.  The water shut off is for maintenance and we expect water to be turned on Thursday, December 29.

The library will be open 7:30am-6pm.  The closest public restrooms are at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Posted in Uncategorized

Information Commons East CLOSED for remodeling

The Information Commons East is closed for remodeling through winter break.  If you have a class scheduled in the Commons East classroom, you will be able to attend.

The Information Commons East will receive new carpet, paint, furniture and best of all–two group studies!  The classroom will remain as is.



Posted in Uncategorized

Best Science Books of 2016

Best Science Books of 2016

Looking for something to read over break? Looking for gift ideas for the science nerds in your life? Well, you’re in luck. It’s the end of the year, which means everyone has a list of their picks for the best science books of the year. Here are some of my favorite lists:

And many scientific journals and magazines regularly publish book reviews. Here are some of the most popular:

Before you go out and buy anything, check the library catalog to see if we have it. If we don’t (and you think we should) you can recommend a purchase and we’ll add it to our collection!

Posted in Uncategorized

IWA Graduate Assistant Rachel Black Graduates from SLIS

Image of Rachel Black holding a bookRachel Black, IWA graduate assistant completed her studies and graduated from the School of Library and Information Science. She will walk tomorrow at graduation.

Earlier this month, Rachel successfully defended her poster, “Community Building and Humanizing Social Media.”

Earlier we highlighted Rachel’s work on her blog, “@ Your Local Library.” You can read more about the project here.

Please join us in congratulating Rachel and wishing her the best in her future career.
Two SLIS students at their poster sessions

Posted in Uncategorized