New CRC Handbook

The 95th edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is now available in print and online.

The new edition is expanded with 22 new tables, including:

  • Common Symbols Used in Gas and Liquid Chromatographic Schematic Diagrams
  • Abbreviations Used in the Assessment and Presentation of Laboratory Hazards
  • Incompatible Chemicals
  • Explosion (Shock) Hazards
  • Water-Reactive Chemicals
  • Testing Requirements for Peroxidizable Compounds
  • Tests for the Presence of Peroxides
  • Pyrophoric Compounds – Compounds That Are Reactive with Air
  • Flammability Hazards of Common Solvents
  • Selection of Protective Laboratory Garments
  • Laser Hazards in the Laboratory

Revised tables include:

  • Update of Bond Dissociation Engines
  • Major Update of Electron Stopping Powers
  • Major Update of Interstellar Molecules
  • Update of Atmospheric Concentration of Carbon Dioxide, 1958-2013
  • Update of Global Temperature Trend, 1880-2013
  • Update of Sources of Physical and Chemical Data

In addition, for those interested in the history of chemistry and physics, beginning with the 94th edition and in each succeeding edition, highlights of the achievements of renowned chemists and physicists will be included.

The 95th edition features: Galileo Galilei, James Clerk Maxwell, Marie Sklodowska Curie, and Linus Carl Pauling, who follow last year’s group: Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, Antoine Lavoisier and Dmitri Mendeleev.

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New Resource: BioOne.1 Journals Collection

The UI Libraries has acquired access to the BioOne.1 Journals Collection. This collection provides full-text access to 108 research journals from 82 publishers, focused on the biological, biomedical, ecological, and environmental sciences.

You can access the BioOne.1 Journals Collection directly from this link: http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/bioone, or from the A-Z Databases List,  the library catalog, or the Biology, Environmental Sciences, or Geoscience subject guides.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the BioOne.1 Journals Collection, please contact Sara Scheib at 335-3024 or sara-scheib@uiowa.edu.

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RefWorks to EndNote Transition Workshops

As you may have already heard, the University has acquired a campus-wide license for EndNote and the UI Libraries will end its subscription to RefWorks on December 31, 2014 (more info). Any free RefWorks accounts you have created will not be available after that date, but you can transfer your references to another service quickly and easily. In order to help our RefWorks users make this transition, we are offering several RefWorks to EndNote Transition workshops this summer:

  • Friday, June 13, 10-11:00 am
  • Monday, June 23, 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 8, 2-3 pm
  • Wednesday, July 23, 3-4 pm
  • Thursday, August 7, 4-5 pm
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2:30-3:30 pm

In each workshop you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for a free EndNote Basic account;
  • Transfer your references from RefWorks to EndNote Basic;
  • Export references from popular databases for importing into EndNote Basic;
  • Use EndNote Basic to organize and share references;
  • Use EndNote Basic 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!

All workshops are free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. Workshops will be held in the Sciences Library classroom (102 SL). There is no need to register. If you would like assistance with transitioning from RefWorks and are unable to attend one of these workshops, please contact Sara Scheib to arrange a one-on-one consultation. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib.

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Finals De-Stress Activities at the Sciences Library

The Sciences Library is not only a great place to study for finals, we’ve also organized some fun activities to help you de-stress. Here’s what’s going on:

  • Refuel with free hot beverages and treats. (During Sciences Library hours, May 11th – 16th.)
  • Take a break from your studies to build your own creation! Legos, K’NEX and idea books provided. Bring your imagination! (During Sciences Library hours, May 11th - 16th.)
  • Exercise your brain with card games, Phase 10 and Uno! (During Sciences Library hours, May 11th - 16th.)
  • Challenge your study buddy to a game on our Wii console! (6-10PM, May 11 – 15)

Sciences Library hours during Finals Week:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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The Merck Index Online

Now available from the UI Libraries: The Merck Index Online (http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/MerckIndex)

An authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals, the Merck Index Online offers the same highly authoritative information as the print edition in a convenient and easily searchable full text database. It contains over 11,500 monographs – including historic records not available in the print edition. The Merck Index Online will be updated regularly with accurate information curated by experts.

This acquisition was made possible by generous donations from Chemistry Department alumni. Thank you!

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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: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Pi.html

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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 sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

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