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 (

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:

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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.”