Sign Up for an ORCID iD–Your Research Identifier


orcid1The UI Libraries, partnering with Information Technology Services, the Office of the Provost, the Division of Sponsored Programs, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance are leading an initiative to help all research active University of Iowa staff and faculty obtain an ORCID iD and/or link their existing identifier to their University of Iowa email address.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-profit, platform agnostic registry of unique author identifiers. Many publishers, funders and academic institutions have already adopted ORCID and may be requiring its use in the near future.

Having an ORCID iD

  • makes your work discoverable by others
  • connects your research to you throughout your career, no matter how your name appears in publication
  • distinguishes you from other researchers with similar names
  • minimizes the time you spend filling out forms when submitting research or applying for grants
  • is being required by major journal publishers and funders
  • gives you access to an ImpactStory page (an altmetrics tool)

Click the green button below to sign up for your ORCID iD (Iowa Hawk ID and password required)




To learn more about ORCiD at the UI, see the UI Libraries information page.

If you have any questions about ORCiD please contact your liaison.

Sample ORCID iD page

Sample ImpactStory


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Learn more about NCBI Molecular Data, NCBI Blast and EDirect | Workshops


The University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library is hosting a series of National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) workshops in October 2016.  Dr. Peter Cooper and Dr. Wayne Matten, of NCBI will conduct the workshops that will be streamed and available in Room 401, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.  No registration required.  Free and open to all.

Tuesday, 10/4, 8am-11am- Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Using the Integrated Entrez System and BLAST. This workshop provides an introduction to the NCBI molecular databases and how to access the data using the Entrez text-based search system and BLAST sequence similarity search tool. You will learn the varied types of available molecular data, and how to find and display sequence, variation, genome information using organism sources (Taxonomy), data sources (Bioproject) and emphasizing the central role of the gene as an organizing concept to navigate across the integrated databases (Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, dbSNP and other resources).

Wednesday, 10/5, 9 8am-11am- A Practical Guide to NCBI BLAST. This workshop highlights important features and demonstrates the practical aspects of using the NCBI BLAST service, the most popular sequence similarity service in the world. You will learn about useful but under-used features of the service. These include access from the Entrez sequence databases; the new genome BLAST service quick finder; the integration and expansion of Align-2- Sequences; organism limits and other filters; re-organized databases; formatting options and downloading options; and TreeView displays. You will also learn how to use other important sequence analysis services associated with BLAST including Primer BLAST, an oligonucleotide primer designer and specificity checker; the multiple protein sequence alignment tool, COBALT; and MOLE-BLAST, a new tool for clustering and providing taxonomic context for targeted loci sequences (16S, ITS, 28S). These aspects of BLAST provide easier access and results that are more comprehensive and easier to interpret.

Thursday, 10/6, 8am-11am- EDirect: Command Line Access to NCBI’s Biomolecular Databases. The EDirect suite of programs allows easy command line access for searching and retrieving literature (PubMed) and accessing NCBI’s biomolecular (Gene, Nucleotide, sequence databases, etc.) records. Its advantages include direct command-line access to NCBI’s databases without writing Perl or Python scripts, construction of custom pipelines for processing data, built-in batch access, and the ability to generate highly flexible custom output reports. During the optional first hour of this workshop (8-9 AM), you will get a basic introduction to the Unix/Linux command line interface. The main workshop (9am-11am) will cover how to use EDirect to set-up simple pipelines to retrieve and process data from PubMed, Gene, and the Nucleotide and Protein sequence databases. Access to EDirect installed in a Linux environment on a cloud service will be provided.

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.


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Nominate a librarian for UI Libraries Benton Award for Excellence


The University Libraries is seeking nominations for the Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence. Funded by a generous endowment, this prestigious award acknowledges a library staff member’s professional contributions in the practice of librarianship, service to the profession, scholarship, or leadership which has had a significant impact or innovation to the operations of the Libraries or the University of Iowa.

The $1,500 award may be used to support professional development activity expenses for conferences or workshops in support of research projects and publications related to services, or it may be taken as a cash award.

Any member of the University of Iowa community may make a nomination, or self-nominations are accepted. The nomination form is available at: .

Jennifer DeBerg, Users Services Librarian at Hardin Library, won the award in 2012.

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Find results faster with PubMed! | Free workshop Wed. September 21, 2-3pm


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 Fall:

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2-3pm  pubmed2
  • Tuesday, October 4, 1-2pm
  • Wednesday, November 16, 1-2pm

Register online.  Free and open to all!

Basic searching in PubMed tip sheet from Hardin Library

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Learn to find records not in PubMed with EMBASE | workshop Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10am

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EMBASE is a biomedical and pharmaceutical database containing bibliographic records with abstracts. Although there is overlap with records from PubMed, there are also many unique records.  This hands-on session will show you how to conduct basic searches using EMBASE’s quick search box, how to conduct searches using EMTREE subject headings, and how to use subheadings for drug and disease topics.
Register online.  No time for a workshop?  Use our tipsembase square
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Become proficient with APA Style | Workshop @Hardin Library Tuesday, Sept. 13 | 1-2pm

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Learn how to format your papers and references in American Psychological Association (APA) Style, version 6.

You will learn how to do basic formatting with APA style and how to apply APA formatting to journal, book, and web references.  Speed up your writing with our free workshop!

Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 – 2:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library)

Register for this or any of our other workshops online, or by calling 319-335-9151.

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Dr. Helkiah Crooke : Historical and Literary Legacy | History of Medicine Society | Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30pm

Jillian Linster
PhD Candidate, English Department, University of Iowa

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to attend the first talk of the semester.

Jillian Linster PhD Candidate, English Department, University of Iowa

Jillian Linster
PhD Candidate, English Department, University of Iowa

Jillian Linster, PhD candidate, English Department, University of Iowa
speaking on: Dr. Helkiah Crooke (1576-1648): The Historical and Literary Legacy of an Early Modern Physician.

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:30-6:30   Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Room 401

Dr. Helkiah Crooke wrote the first comprehensive English anatomy manual. His book, Mikrokosmographia, was printed by William Jaggard, who also published Shakespeare’s First Folio. But both Crooke’s and Jaggard’s careers were endangered by their decision to produce this controversial text, which made detailed medical knowledge available to the general public. A close examination of Crooke’s career as an author and physician provides insight into shifting views on medical authority at a crucial point in the history of Western medicine.

Mikrokosmographia by Helkiah Crooke

Mikrokosmographia by Helkiah Crooke

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.