Learn to conduct a systematic review literature search with our free workshop Wed., April 22, 12-1pm

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

Topics include:

  • learn to develop a search strategy
  • 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.

This class meets Wednesday, April 22 from 12-1pm in Information Commons East.

Can’t make this time?  Request a personal session of this or any of our other workshops online.

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Learn to save your research citations and format your papers with EndNote Basic, Tues. April 21 – 10-11am

EndNote logoLearn how to use EndNote Basic at our free workshop on Tuesday, April 21.

EndNote Basic is a web-based citation management software available free to download.

EndNote Basic lets you import, organize and format citations for papers or articles.  You can format your citations in seven different styles, including MLA and APA.

The workshop will be held in East Information Commons, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, from 10-11am.

Register online.



Learn how to find Standards : Guides and Regulations for building or evaluating resources @Hardin Tues. April 21, 3-4pm

Get an introduction to standards and specifications. Learn how to find a wide variety of standards including:

  • ASTM
  • ISO
  • ADA
  • NFPA (Fluid)
  • US Code of Federal Regulations

Learn to search our new database, TechStreet, to find these standards online and more.  Taught by Kari Kozak, Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library.

Tuesday, April 21

3-4pm, East Information Commons, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

Learn nuts & bolts of a systematic review – Wednesday, April 15

This class will provide a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review. Topics will include the following: 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.


Our next session is Wednesday, April 15, 12pm-1pm, Information Commons East

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Medicinal Plants of the Mediterranean – History of Medicine Society, R. Palmer Howard Dinner – April 24, 2015

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Alain Touwaide

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to attend the R. Palmer Howard reception, dinner,  and presentation on Friday, April 24, 2015.  Alain Touwaide of the Smithsonian Institution will speak on Medicinal Plants of the Mediterranean : A Unique Tradition.  The event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Iowa City, beginning at 6pm.  Reservations and payment are due by April 17.  ( printable registration form, including menu) Physicians of Antiquity collected  information about the therapeutic uses of natural resources, particularly plants. This knowledge, best illustrated by Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Galen, was handed down through centuries from one generation and one culture to another in an uninterrupted chain. Touwaide will illustrate this unique phenomenon by following the legacy of Antiquity in its odyssey around the Mediterranean until the dawn of Modern Science, focusing on exceptional and ordinary books that transmitted this legacy.   Picture4

Changes in Authentication Software for Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery

We adopted new authentication software for our interlibrary loan/document delivery services library-wide. Due to the change in software, all users will be required to register with the system once again. Your borrowing history has not been lost! Within 1-3 business days after re-registering, your new account will be merged with your old account and you will be able to view your history.


The new software will allow users to place requests from databases using prepopulated request forms without the need to open a new tab and log into the system. The software also allows for better authorization of users within our system.


Note that you will see a new pick-up library location titled ‘Office Delivery’ when you re-register. We will be mailing interlibrary loan items to office locations for users that request this option. If you choose office delivery, please be certain that your campus address is correct!


We are experiencing several issues surrounding the migration to the new software, and our staff are working to resolve these as quickly as possible.


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Learn to organize your references with our EndNote Desktop workshop Wednesday, April 1

EndNote 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.

Our next sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 1st, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Location: East Information Commons)
  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Location: East Information Commons)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

EndNote Desktop is available free to faculty, staff, and graduate students.

For more information or help, see our guide to citing sources or contact your librarian.

Birthing, Obstetrics & Midwifery – John Martin Rare Book Room open house March 26, 4-7pm

Join the University of Iowa History of Medicine Society and the University Libraries at an open house in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, on March 26, 2015 from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

28 books from 1551 to 1894 will be on display, covering:  Birthing

  • anatomy
  • midwifery
  • early obstetrics
  • disease

For more information on the History of Medicine Society, or to donate, please see:  http://hosted.lib.uiowa.edu/histmed/index.html