AVICENNA | September 2016 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library


AVICENNA (980-1037). Canon medicinae. 4 vols. in 3. Lyons: Johannes Trechsel, completed by Johannes Clein, 1498.



Avicenna’s spinal manipulation techniques

Known in the Persian world as the Chief or the Second Doctor (Aristotle having been the first), Avicenna (Arabic Ibn Sīnā) was an accomplished physician as well as a noted philosopher. He wrote widely on theology, metaphysics, astronomy, philosophy, law, and medicine, and it has been estimated that he was the author of more than one hundred books.

The Canon was his greatest medical compilation and “stands for the epitome of all precedent development, the final codification of all Graeco-Arabic medicine.”  A large encyclopedic work on medicine, it is, for the most part, based on the writings of Hippocrates and Galen although Avicenna included many original observations and noteworthy clinical descriptions. Canon medicinae was a dominant force in medical thought, practice, and writing for more than five centuries.

This massive and beautiful incunable is the first edition of Avicenna to have been printed in France and is a landmark in the history of French printing.

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.

Memorial Day Weekend schedule | Library closed Saturday, 9/3 and Monday, 9/5


The Hardin Library will have different hours this weekend because of the home football game and the Labor Day Federal Holiday.

Saturday, September 3 CLOSED (home football game)
Sunday, September 4 12pm-9pm (shorter hours)
Monday, September 5 CLOSED (US holiday)
Tuesday, September 6 7:30am-Midnight (regular hours resume)

24-hour study is available when the library is closed.  Apply for access at the 3rd floor desk.

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Use EndNote Basic to import citations, build reference lists | free workshop Thurs. Sept. 1 @Hardin Library


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.

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Instructor Chris Childs, Outreach Librarian

EndNote Basic is not the same as the desktop software, Endnote.

Our sessions this Fall:
Thursday, September 1st, 2:00 – 3:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library)
Wednesday, October 12th, 1:00 – 2:00pm (Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151

Getting to Hardin

Tips on EndNote Basic

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 contact Janna Lawrence in advance at 319-335-9871.


First Folio the book that gave us Shakespeare | exhibit and events begin

University of Iowa Libraries’ Gallery will host the only stop in the state of Iowa for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio.

First Folio will be on display at the Main Library Gallery from August 29 through September 25, 2016.  Location and hours

Many events are scheduled throughout both the campus and community in celebration of the event.  Complete information available online.

Organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the tour is produced in association with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association. First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare offers a rare glimpse of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most significant books, as it visits all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Many of Shakespeare’s plays were not published during his lifetime. The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. Two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations. Without it, we would not have 18 of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It. All 18 appear for the first time in print in the First Folio.


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Hardin News 2016-08-24 21:03:40


Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa is currently seeking a Biomedical Sciences Librarian who will serve as a liaison to biomedical research programs, centers, and departments in order to develop library partnerships in support of their research. Examples of groups that the Biomedical Sciences Librarian will liaise with include the departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Physiology at the Carver College of Medicine, the Biomedical Science PhD Program, and interdisciplinary programs in genetics, neuroscience, obesity, and human toxicology.

This Specialist Librarian position requires an MLS and a minimum of two years of professional experience in a science-oriented library. For more information including salary range, see https://jobs.uiowa.edu/pands/view/69615 .  Applications will be accepted through September 18, 2016.

For questions or to recommend someone, please contact Janna Lawrence (janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu), Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

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Fall hours begin 8/22; Hardin Library closed for home football games


The Hardin Library resumed regular hours on Monday, August 22.

Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-Midnight
Friday, 7:30am-8pm
Saturday, 10am-6pm **closed for home Iowa football games**
Sunday, Noon-Midnight

A 24-hour study area is available when the library is closed.  Apply for access to the study at the reference desk.

Complete hours available online

Library closed for football Saturdays:
September 3, September 10, September 17, October 1, October 22, November 12

Longer hours start this week

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Learning something new @Hardin Library | Fall workshops on Scopus, Systematic Reviews, EndNote & More


Hardin Library’s Open Workshop fall schedule is now available!
18 workshops free and open to all.  Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.
Classes include:

  • APA Styleapa 6
  • PubMed
  • Embase
  • EndNote
  • Finding Images
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Open Access Basics / Predatory Publishers
  • Searching for Gene, Nucleotide Sequences & Protein
  • NIH Public Access, Open Access, Author’s Rights
  • Standards: Guides and Regulations
  • Measuring Scholarly Impact
  • Scopus & Web Of Sciences
  • Data Management for Researchers


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InfoHawk+, UILink replace library catalog and InfoLink


Infohawk + is the new public catalog which searches by default all UI Libraries holdings + many of our subscribed literature databases. Infohawk, the traditional catalog, has retired.

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This tool is similar to SmartSearch in that it is a discovery tool, which means that it is iintended to be a starting point for finding information. When an thorough literature search is needed, we recommend use of literature databases directly (PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus). If you would like to learn more about using Infohawk+, please view our tutorials, or contact us.

UILinkUI Link is replacing Infolink from all databases. It continues to be bright yellow and serves the same purpose: to link to electronic full text if UI libraries has a subscription or to direct you to request an item through interlibrary loan when electronic access is unavailable.

UI Link is active for many databases, such as Pubmed and CINAHL, and the transition will continue to take effect for all resources occur over the next month.

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UILink search box

Because this is a new system, the implementation team is working to resolve problems. One known issue is that the link to borrow from interlibrary loan (borrow from another library) does not initiate a request with pre-population of the request form, as it previously did with Infolink.

Please let us know about other issues you encounter so that we can continue to work toward improving functionality.



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Find relevant literature faster, set up searches with PubMed | workshop Wed., 8/10 at 2pm


pubmed graphicPubMed 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.

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Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director

Our next session:
Wednesday, August 10, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Information Commons East)
Instructor: Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director, Hardin Library

No time for class?  Check out tutorials and help or request a personal session!



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