Pharmaceutical Substances Structure Query

There is a known problem with the Thieme Pharmaceutical Substances Structure Query function. The error messages differ based on your browser. In Internet Explorer: Application Blocked by Java Security. In Chrome: This plugin is not supported. Thieme is aware of the problem and it will be fixed with the next version, scheduled for release early next year.

In the meantime, there is a workaround for Internet Explorer, but you must manually add it to the Java Security Exception Site list:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Java > Security
  2. Click “Edit Site List…”
  3. Click “Add”
  4. Type in the Location field
  5. Click “OK”
  6. Click “Continue”
  7. Click “OK and “OK” again to exit the Java Control Panel and save the changes

There is no work around for Chrome.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Sciences Library at or 319-335-3083.

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Data Management for Researchers

Data Life Cycle

Image courtesy of University of Virginia Library

Are you confused about funding agencies’ new data management and sharing policies? Or do you need some help managing your research data? You’re not alone and we can help! Join us for one of five upcoming workshops (each session is identical):

The purpose of this workshop is to explain research data management and its importance, help identify some common data management issues, and learn about best practices and resources that are available. This workshop is open to all UI students, faculty, and staff. Registration is requested. To register, please click on one of the dates above.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to request a session for your group, please contact Sara Scheib or Marina Zhang.

Fall 2015 Workshops

Join us at the Sciences Library for our Fall 2015 workshops! Follow the links for descriptions and other details.

These workshops are open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register, unless otherwise indicated. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to request a workshop for your class or group, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.

ACS Journals on Mobile Devices

The American Chemical Society has a new mobile site called ACS2GO. If you have an Apple, Android or Blackberry device, you’ll be able to use this site to access our institutional subscriptions both on and off-campus for 120 days. But first, you need to set it up:

  1. On your mobile device, make sure you’re connected to the campus network “eduroam”.
  2. Go to
  3. You will be prompted to add ACS2GO to your home screen using the download button.
  4. Use the navigation button and go to My Account.
  5. If everything worked properly, it should say “Your device is paired with UNIV OF IOWA.”

If your access expires, you can renew by repeating this process. If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Sciences Library at 319-335-3083 or

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Math Journals Moving

To improve findability of the journals held in the Main Library, the math collection journals are being moved from the 2nd floor to the 3rd floor and will be located adjacent to the other journals. Bookstacks staff are beginning to move these materials upstairs and in a few months you will be able to find the math collection journals in the northeast corner of the third floor. In the meantime, if you have problems locating a title, please contact the Service Desk staff on the 1st floor.

If you have any questions, please contact Leo Clougherty at the Sciences Library. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.

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New Life Sciences Preprint Server: BioRxiv

From Science 14 November 2014:
Vol. 346 no. 6211 pp. 792-793
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6211.792                        

BioRxiv at 1 year

“A year after its launch, a new preprint server for life sciences is off to a healthy start, its creators say. BioRxiv, a free site sponsored by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has attracted more than 800 papers (see graph). Submissions span many disciplines—such as cell biology and cancer research—in which preprint sharing hadn’t been routine. About 28% of authors, who come from 44 countries, have revised their papers, presumably after getting feedback from readers, says John Inglis, executive director of CSHL Press. For scientists who might worry that posting a preprint will jeopardize its chances at a journal, Inglis points out that one-fourth of bioRxiv’s papers have later appeared in journals including Science, Nature, and Cell.

BioRxiv is indexed in SciFinder, but not Web of Science, Scopus or PubMed. If you have any questions or if you’d like a demonstration of this database, please contact the Sciences Library.

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Staying Current workshop

Lunch @ the Sciences Library Workshop

Staying Current: RSS, Search Alerts and More!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
3rd floor computer room

How do you keep up with the news and research in your field? Would you like to learn how to use technology to find new information for you? Join us for a Staying Current workshop and learn how to use RSS feeds and other alert options to keep up with blog posts, news, and scholarly articles.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Use an RSS Reader to keep up with blog posts and news articles;
  • Use Google Alerts to monitor the web for relevant information;
  • Use Saved Searches in various research databases to keep up with scholarly communications;
  • Use Citation Alerts in Web of Science or Scopus to monitor your citations;
  • Use Journal Table of Contents Alerts to keep up with your favorite journals;
  • Use BrowZine to find journals and read articles on your iPad.

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.

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EndNote Workshop

Are you starting a new research paper or project and looking for a way to manage your references? Then join us for this useful and informative workshop about EndNote! EndNote is a citation management program supported by the UI Libraries. The web version is available for free to the entire UI community and the desktop client is available for free to UI faculty, staff, graduate and professional students.

EndNote Workshop
12:30-1:30pm, Wednesday, October 8
3rd Floor Computer Room, Sciences Library

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for (or download) EndNote for free!
  • Transfer existing references from other services to EndNote;
  • Export references from popular databases for importing into EndNote;
  • Use EndNote to organize and share references;
  • Use EndNote to format a bibliography in one of thousands of different styles;
  • Use the Cite While You Write plugin for Microsoft Word;
  • 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.