Searching Nutrition in PubMed is Difficult – Hardin Class will teach you HOW – Thursday, July 24

Nutrition is a trending subject that’s important in many areas of the health sciences. Nutrition is one of the most difficult subjects to search in PubMed, because relevant aspects of the subject are scattered among multiple  subject terms.

We’re offering a class to help you optimize your searches for nutrition, diet and food in PubMed. The class is appropriate for all health sciences specialties.  It will be taught by Janna Lawrence and Eric Rumsey, both of whom are experienced in searching nutrition and other subjects in PubMed.

Time: Thursday, July 24, 10:30-11:30 AM

Location: Hardin Library  EAST Information Commons Classroom, 2nd floor

Register online:  http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/workshop/ 

Questions? Contact us by calling (319) 335-9151 or email us at lib-hardin@uiowa.edu.

As background for the class, or if you’re not able to attend, we have written several blog articles on nutrition searching in PubMed. This one will get you started, and lead to our other articles:

Searching for Food, Diet & Nutrition in PubMed

 

The Treasure in the Old Will: Iowa Women’s Archives Inherits Valuable Nancy Drew Collection

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There were no missing documents, phony relatives, or suspicious fires — just a straightforward bequest from Peggy Wirt, whose mother, the late Mildred Wirt Benson, was the original ghostwriter of the Nancy Drew series. But the collection that was recently left to the Iowa Women’s Archives calls to mind another mystery trope – the hidden treasure: the gift of 150 books, written and signed by Benson, was appraised at $115,000. According to IWA Curator Kären Mason, however, the true value of the donation lies in further documenting an important figure in American popular culture.

The first student to earn a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, Mildred Wirt Benson wrote the original Nancy Drew novel, The Secret of the Old Clock, in 1930 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. She completed nearly two dozen more titles in what has become one of the most successful children’s book series ever. Benson published numerous other children’s novels, both as a ghostwriter and under her own name, before turning to a career in journalism. The Peggy Wirt bequest will be added to the IWA’s Mildred Wirt Benson collection, used frequently by scholars and fans alike, that was donated by the author in 1992 and subsequent years until her death in 2002.

Two additional sets of new acquisitions complement the book donation. Purchased at auction from the estate of Peggy Wirt are a vintage typewriter of Benson’s, along with several photo albums. The latter include the original snapshot of an image that has become iconic to fans of the author: a college-age Benson, circa 1925, making a daring swan dive into the Iowa River near the current site of the UI’s student union.

The other recent donation comes from UI Journalism Professor Emerita Carolyn Stewart Dyer, who gave the IWA her collection of foreign-language Nancy Drew novels. The covers of these French, Japanese, and Swedish translations depict a Nancy both familiar and strange – renamed Kitty or Alice, holding a gun, her trademark titian hair changed to brown or blonde.

In any language, the character continues to serve as a feminist icon who inspires women “to persevere, to achieve, to ask questions and find answers,” according to Dyer. While coordinating the UI’s 1993 symposium on Nancy Drew, she heard from many women who grew up on the series:

Most compelling of the many elements of the stories women told us about reading Nancy Drew were the accounts of how, as girls, they saw in Nancy an alternative to conventional notions of what a woman could be. Women in many occupations told of learning from Nancy to see adventure in solving problems and the joy of self-reliance. These qualities, they said, led them to the futures they chose as lawyers, researchers, librarians, and detectives, among other roles. (1)

The Mildred Wirt Benson materials may be viewed at the Iowa Women’s Archives. Selections from the collection have been digitized and made available at the Iowa Digital Library: digital.lib.uiowa.edu/mwb

  1. “The Nancy Drew Phenomenon: Rediscovering Nancy Drew in Iowa” by Carolyn Stewart Dyer, in Rediscovering Nancy Drew, edited by Carolyn Stewart Dyer and Nancy Tillman Romalov (University of Iowa Press, 1995)

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From top: the bequest of novels from Peggy Wirt, waiting to be processed; a vintage typewriter used by Benson; Benson’s photo albums; foreign-language versions of Nancy Drew novels, donated by Carolyn Stewart Dyer. Photographs by Hannah Scates Kettler

Art Library materials usage during flood.

As a result of the closing of Art Building West (ABW), the staff of the Art Library have made arrangements to provide resources for art faculty and students.

  • Art Library books checked out by UI graduate students and faculty will be automatically renewed.
  • Materials on Reserve will be placed at Main Library Reserve.
  • Materials currently on hold at the Art Library will be at the Service Desk in the Main Library.
  • Materials may be returned to the Main Library.

 

Please use Interlibrary Loan for all needed materials (library staff will not have access to ABW).

Please contact the Art Library staff (lib-art@uiowa.edu) or Main Library Circulation staff (lib-maincirc@uiowa.edu) with any questions.

Art Library CLOSED

With the closure of Art Building West (ABW) due to possible flooding, the Art Library will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on July 2 until further notice.

  • Materials on Reserve will be placed at Main Library Reserve.
  • Materials currently on hold at the Art Library will be at the Service Desk in the Main Library.
  • Materials may be returned to the Main Library.
  • Please use Interlibrary Loan for all needed materials (library staff will not have access to ABW).

Nineteenth Century Davenport as a Hotbed of Controversial Alternative Medical Schools : Nettleton speaks Thursday, June 19

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society and the Iowa Women’s Archives
invite you to hear:

Greta Nettleton

Greta Nettleton

University of Iowa Press author and historian, resident of New York speaking on:

Nineteenth century Davenport as a Hotbed of Controversial Alternative Medical Schools

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Mrs. Dr. Rebecca J. Keck was a controversial, self-taught eclectic physician and the owner of Mrs. Dr. Keck’s Infirmary for All Chronic Diseases in Davenport, Iowa. Although largely forgotten today, she served up to 15,000 patients on her itinerant circuit. She successfully defended herself in court five times in Illinois for practicing medicine without a license from 1879 to 1900. Greta Nettleton will explore her extraordinary career and how it serves to illuminate the birth of other alternative medical theories such as the chiropractic method.

This event takes place:

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 5:30-6:30

MERF Room 2117 (Medical Education and Research Facility across from Hardin Library)

For more information, visit the HOMS at http://hosted.lib.uiowa.edu/histmed/.

Nineteenth Century Davenport as a Hotbed of Controversial Alternative Medicine Schools

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society & the Iowa Women’s Archives invite you to:

Nineteenth Century Davenport as a Hotbed of Controversial
Alternative Medicine Schools

Featuring Greta Nettleton, University of Iowa author and historian
Thursday June 19, 2014, 5:30-6:30 PM
MERF Room 2117 (Medical Education and Research Facility across from Hardin Library)

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Mrs. Dr. Rebecca J. Keck was a controversial, self-taught eclectic physician and the owner of Mrs. Dr. Keck’s Infirmary for All Chronic Diseases in Davenport, Iowa. Although forgotten today, she served up to 15,000 patients in her itinerant circuit. She successfully defended herself in court five times in Illinois for practicing medicine without a license from 1879 to 1900. How does her career illuminate the birth of other alternative medical theories such as Chiropractic?

View the event on Facebook

If you are a person with a disability requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Donna Hirst, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences (donna-hirst@uiowa.edu), 335-9154. The UI Histort of Medicine Society website is located at http://hosted.lib.uiowa.edu/histmed.

Hardin Deputy Director Lawrence wins MLA Beatty Volunteer Service Award

Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director of Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, was awarded the 2014 Virginia L. and William K. Beatty Medical Library Association (MLA)  Volunteer Service award on May 20 at the MLA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The award was established in 2007 to recognizes a medical librarian who has demonstrated outstanding, sustained service to the Medical Library Association and the health sciences library profession.

The nominee must be an “unsung hero” of MLA and have not served in an elected national leadership position or received a national MLA award prior to or at the time of the nomination. The award is named in honor of Virginia L. and William K. Beatty and recognizes their significant contributions to MLA and the profession as longtime volunteers to the association.

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Virginia L. Beatty and Janna Lawrence

Workshop : How to Determine Your Scholarly Impact, Thursday May 15 @Hardin

This class will teach participants how to use tools such as Ulrich’s, Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science, and Scopus to determine the impact that journals, articles, and authors have had on a particular field. Topics such as impact factors, Eigenfactors, and H-indices will also be discussed.

HOW workshops are hands-on and free for UI students and affiliates. There will be time for questions at the end.

Our next session takes place:

Thursday, May 15, 3-4 pm

Location: Hardin Library East Information Commons

Register online here or by calling 319-335-9151.

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Finals Week in the Libraries

As you finish prepare for your exams, the Libraries have some things planned to help you stay balanced.

Study all night, Main Library will be open 24/7, May 9-16.

Pet a dog, 4-7PM, May 13 — Therapy Dogs of Johnson County will be in Main Library room 2032 for you to cuddle and relax with.

May 11-13, each night from 10PM until it runs out, there will be free coffee at Food for Thought Cafe.

Eat some free popcorn at midnight, May 12, in the Learning Commons. We will also have a Confess Your Stress photobooth confessional at that time. 

Post a secret anytime from May 9-May 20 in the Learning Commons.

Send a postcard home anytime from May 9-May 20 in the Learning Commons, Hardin, and the Business Library. Postage will be paid by the University of Iowa Alumni Association and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow.

Finally, make a button or do some coloring from 8-10PM on May 14 at the craft table in the Learning Commons.

Over at the Sciences Library, you can also find free coffee and treats, de-stress with Legos, and challenge your study partner to a game on the Wii.

At the Business Library, you can get treats and take a few minutes to refocus your mind with some puzzles.

You can always check what is happening in Main Library by checking the calendar.

Database of the Week: SimplyMap

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Simply MapSM-Iowa_City

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under S in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • An array of data that can be applied to maps (from all of the USA to Census tracts and block groups)
  • More than 75,000 data variables related to demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences, and public health.
  • Plot business using: business names, NAICS / SIC codes, sales volume, and number of employees
  • Business information, including address, sales, volume, number of employees, and contact information

SM-_IofITips for searching:

  • Use your UI email address to create an account and save whatever you are working on.
  • Create a new map, tabular report, or ranking by clicking the top buttons
  • Select your variables (must select a variable), locations, and businesses on the left, or use the the map, report, or ranking “Wizard” to guide you through
  • Take note of the tabs on the top right (data filters, display options, and actions)

Demos: Demos can be viewed directly in SimplyMap – just go to help in the top right hand corner, or click below.

Map Tutorial

Business Points Tutorial

Report Tutorial

Want help using SimplyMap? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.