Iowa Climate Festival – April 26

Detail from Iowa River Ideology/Function (2011) by Brendan BaylorClimate in Iowa: What is happening?  How does it work?  And what can you do?  Come talk with climate scientists, learn about local climate issues, conduct climate science experiments, and join us for an ice cream social!  All events will be held at the University of Iowa’s Museum of Natural History on April 26, 2014.  Visit our website for free registration and details.

Celebrating Pi Day with…

Pie with the symbol PiPie, of course! Before you head out for Spring Break, stop by the Sciences Library to get your free apple pie bites on Friday, March 14 for the celebration.

Think back to your high school geometry class; Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi is approximately 3.14159, but has been calculated to over two trillion digits, it goes on infinitely without repeating or becoming a pattern. Science would not exist without Pi.  Mathematics, statistics, engineering, geography, geology, computer science, etc. all rely on Pi.

More information about Pi can be found at Wolfram MathWorld:

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Workshop: Web of Science

Do you use Web of Science in your research? The UI Libraries provide free access to Web of Science, an excellent multidisciplinary citation database. Join us for a Web of Science Workshop and learn advanced techniques that will help you conduct your research more efficiently and effectively.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
Web of Science Workshop
12:30-1:20pm, Wednesday, March 5th
102 SL (Sciences Library Classroom)

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Access Web of Science from off-campus;
  • Use Advanced Search to retrieve more relevant search results;
  • Analyze search results by author, organization, publication year, etc.;
  • Save citations from Web of Science to citation managers;
  • Set up Saved Searches and Citation Alerts to keep up with the literature in your field;
  • Find the full-text of citations retrieved in Web of Science;
  • Get help when you need it!

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.

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Workshop: EndNote Web

Are you starting a new research paper or project looking for a way to manage your references? Then join us for this useful and informative workshop about EndNote Web, a web-based citation management tool available for free to UI students, faculty and staff.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for a free account;
  • Import references from popular databases;
  • Organize and share your references;
  • Use tools to automatically format citations and bibliographies;
  • Use add-ons to Microsoft Word to include preformatted citations in your paper.

This workshop is open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring you lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions or if you’d like to request a workshop for your class/group, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Time: 12:30pm – 1:20pm
Presenter: Sara Scheib
Location: Sciences Library Classroom (102SL)
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New Resource: Astronomy Image Explorer

Astronomy Image Explorer:

“The Astronomy Image Explorer (AIE) has been designed as a convenient and efficient tool for researchers working in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics to gain access to images published in peer-reviewed journals.  At its launch in December of 2013, the AIE was populated with hundreds of thousands of images published in the journals of the American Astronomical Society.”

Study: 1990s Research Data Lost

From MSN News: “According to a study by Timothy H. Vines, et al. titled ‘The Availability of Research Data Declines Rapidly with Article Age,’ published last week in Current Biology, most raw data from scientific papers published twenty years ago is unobtainable – either because authors have since changed their contact information and can’t be reached or because the data was stored using outdated technology, like floppy disks.”

This study confirms the importance of policies requiring proper archiving of research data. For more information about data archiving, please contact the Sciences Library.

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SCOAP3 Open Access initiative to start 1/1/14

From CERN Press Release:

“After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN1 has today confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries2, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.”

For more information, please see the CERN Press Release.

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