Learn how to search for genetic information on NCBI at our free workshops this Fall

Overwhelmed by the number of databases that the National Center for Biotechnology Information has to offer on nucleotide sequences, genes and proteins?

Wondering which database you should always start with?

Would you like to learn how to set up an NCBI account to link articles in PubMed to records in other databases?

Do you know about PubMed’s Gene Sensor? Are you familiar with the concept of linear navigation? Learn all of these tips and more in this session that is designed for anyone who needs to search the NCBI databases for genetic information.

Our sessions this Fall

Tuesday, September 1st, 3:00 – 4:00pm (Location: East Information Commons)
Tuesday, October 13th, 9:00 – 10:00am (Location: East Information Commons)
Tursday, November 5th, 10:00 – 11:00am (Location: West Information Commons)

Register online for this or any of our other free workshops.
If these times don’t work for you, you can request a personal session.

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Learn to search PubMed faster with our free workshop Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2-3pm17

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to the medical literature and includes over 22 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 next session is Tuesday, August 18, 2-3pm, Information Commons East, 2nd floor

Can’t make this session?  Sign up for a personal session with a librarian.


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Interim, shorter hours begin Saturday, August 8 – Sunday, August 23

Hardin Library’s hours will change during the August interim period.  The 24-hour study will remain open when the library is closed.  Apply for 24-hour study access in person at the library.

Saturday, August 8 10am-2pm
Sunday, August 9 Noon-4pm
Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, August 15 10am-2pm
Sunday, August 16 Noon-4pm
Monday, August 17 – Friday, August 21 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, August 22 10am-2pm
Sunday, August 23 Noon-4pm
Monday, August 24 regular hours
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Learn to manage citations with EndNote @ Hardin Library August 5 or 6

Learn how to organize and format your citations with our free workshops.  EndNote logo
EndNote Desktop is a reference management tool that helps you to easily gather together your references in one place, organize them, and then insert them into papers and format them in a style of your choosing. This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations. The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end.  EndNote Desktop is available for faculty, staff and graduate students at no charge.
EndNote Basic is a web-based citation management software that is freely available to all UI affiliates. It allows you to import, organize and format citations for papers, articles, etc. EndNote Basic is not the same as the desktop software, Endnote.

No time for class?  See our guide for help!

August Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

marcello2MARCELLO MALPIGHI (1628-1694). De pulmonibus observationes anatomicae. In Thomas Bartholin’s De pulmonum substantia & motu diatribe, Copenhagen, 1663

Marcello Malpighi

Marcello Malpighi

Anatomist, embryologist, physiologist, and microscopist, Malpighi was instrumental in the development of embryology and histology and also a great microscopic anatomist.

Malpighi made many scientific contributions, but many  consider his discovery of the pulmonary circulation the most important.

De pulmonibus observationes anatomicae was initially written in the form of two letters to Borelli at Pisa.  Malpighi described his microscopic studies of the lung of a living frog. Malpighi showed that the lungs were vesicular in nature and described how the branches of the trachea terminate in the alveoli.

In the final letter, he presented his description of the capillaries which he observed linking the arterial and the venous circulation. In so doing, he provided the final proof of the validity of Harvey’s theories on the circulation of the blood.

You may view this work 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.





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Want to write a systematic review? Hardin can help!

Are you interested in conducting a systematic review?  We have two workshops to help you get started.

Step one-
Systematic Reviews: Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review

This class provides a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review, including:

    •  standards and criteria to consider
    • establishing a plan
    • registering a protocol,
    • developing a research question,
    • determining where to search
    • identifying search terms
    • reporting search strategies, and managing references.

Monday, July 13th, 12:00 -1:00pm (Location: East Information Commons)

Step two-

Systematic Reviews: Literature Searching

This class focuses on  tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a systematic review. Topics include

    •  techniques for developing search strategies
    • deciding which databases to search
    • how to seek out grey literature for a given topic
    • selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies
    • saving and organizing references.

Monday, July 20th, 12:00 – 1:00pm (Location: East Information Commons)

Sign up for these workshops or request personal appointments online or by calling 319-335-9151.

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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University of Iowa Libraries Open Access Policy Statement

On June 18, 2015 the University of Iowa Libraries adopted an Open Access Statement.  Library staff will make their publications freely available and ensure long-term preservation and findability.  This policy complements the Libraries’ support of open access to scholarship.

For more information about scholarly publishing, open access and author’s rights, please see our guide.

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