Lighting Being Upgraded in the Information Commons

The Information Commons East is closed through Friday, July 10 for the installation of new lighting, as well as heating and cooling work.   The East Commons will reopen from Saturday, July 11 through Sunday, August 9, but will close again August 10-August 14.  The West Commons remains open during construction in the East Commons.

The West Commons will receive similar upgrades this summer and will be closed from July 13-July 31. The East Commons will be open during this time.

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

wood block cut from Margarita phiilosophica by ReischGREGOR REISCH (ca. 1467-1525). Margarita philosophica. 2nd ed. [Freiburg?: Johannes Schottus, 1504].

Reisch was a Carthusian prior at Freiburg and confessor to Emperor Maximilian I, as well as assistant to Erasmus.  Margarita philosophica, might be called the first modern encyclopedia. Its twelve divisions cover the trivium, the quadrivium, and the natural and moral sciences.

The illustrations are fine examples of wood-block cutting, and include music, a large folding map of the Eurasian continent and parts of Africa, and astronomical, astrological, and zoological figures.  The book so popular sixteen editions were made in the 17th century.  This edition, the second edition, was preceded by the first edition of 1503.

wood block prints from Margarita philosophica

wood block prints from Margarita philosophica by Reich

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.



New Resource : Pharmaceutical Substances

The library now has a subscription to Pharmaceutical Substances, a reference resource with more than 2,600 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) of interest to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It is updated biannually.

The default search box allows keyword searching. After clicking on the Advanced Search button, users can draw a structure or reaction on the right side of screen and search by structure or reaction. To return to keyword searching from the advance search page, simply type in the keyword in the search box before the search button on the right top of the screen.

Pharmaceutical Substances is listed on the Health Sciences Resources A-Z page. We’re very interested in hearing how you like this new database. Email us at or call (319) 335-9151. Don’t forget you can also find SciFinder on the A-Z page, which is a more comprehensive database of literature, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.thieme

Learn to manage your citations with Hardin Library’s EndNote Basic workshop Wednesday, June 24, 1-2pm

EndNote Basic is a web-based citation management software that is freely available to UI students and staff.
EndNote Basic allows you to:

  • import citations
  • organize and format citations for papers and articles

Hardin Library is offering two sessions this summer:
Wednesday, June 24th, 1:00-2:00pm (Location: West Information Commons)

Register online for either workshop or by calling 319-335-9151.

No time for a class?  Use our help guide which includes video tutorials.


Learn to manage your citations with EndNote Desktop

EndNote is a reference management tool that helps you
  • gather 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 session is
Monday, June 15th, 10:00 – 11:00am (Location: East Information Commons)

EndNote Desktop is available free for UI affiliated faculty, staff, and graduate students.

No time for the class?  See our guide.

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OrthoEvidence – international evidence tool for clinicians – now available

Hardin Library now subscribes to OrthoEvidenceTM, an international evidence summary tool designed for orthopedic clinicians. The collection contains over 3000 evidence reports (advanced clinical evidence or ACE) authored by experts in the field.

ACETM reports are intended to help the busy practitioner to  review the evidence from important journals efficiently to support sound clinical decision making. The  database also contains educational videos about research methods and evidence-based practice.

Check out this resource from the health sciences resources A-Z  list or directly OrthoEvidenceat:

Mobile is available for  iOS devices. To view directions for installation, visit the Hardin Library Mobile Devices guide (or

Please contact your liaison librarian or the Hardin Library Reference desk with questions or problems with this or other resources.

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Honoring Dr. David Sackett, father of evidence-based-medicine

Dr. Last week Dr. David Sackett, considered by many to be the father of evidenced-based medicine, passed away. He founded the first department of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics in the world at McMaster University, Ontario in 1967 and established the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in the UK in 1994.

In honor of Dr. Sackett’s tremendous impact on evidence-based practice, we are sharing a small sample of citations to articles and books from the Hardin Library collection below.


Sackett DL, Rosenberg WM, Gray JA, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn’t. BMJ (Clinical research ed). 1996;312(7023):71-2.

Sackett DL, Cook RJ. Understanding clinical trials. BMJ (Clinical research ed). 1994;309(6957):755-6.

Jaeschke R, Guyatt GH, Sackett DL. User’s guides to the medical literature: III. How to use an article about a diagnostic test: B. What are the results and will they help me in caring for my patients? J Am Med Assoc. 1994;271(9):703-7.

Laupacis A, Sackett DL, Roberts RS. An assessment of clinically useful measures of the consequences of treatment. New England Journal of Medicine. 1988;318(26):1728-33.

Sackett DL. Bias in analytic research. J Chronic Dis. 1979;32(1-2):51-63.

 Guides by Hardin Librarians

Evidence Based Practice

Systematic Reviews

 clinical epi  how to practice and teach EBM


Sackett DL. Evidence-based medicine : how to practice and teach EBM. Edinburgh ; New York :Churchill Livingstone; 2000. Print book, call #: RC48.E85 2000

Sackett DL, Sackett DL. Clinical epidemiology : a basic science for clinical medicine. Boston :: Little, Brown; 1991. Print book, call #: RA652.C45 1991

Additional Information

Obituary from BMJ

Wikepedia on David Sackett

Vox Science and Health