Database of the Week: PsycINFO

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

The database: PsycINFO PsycINFO

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under P in the databases A-Z list.
The PsycINFO database covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas. PsycINFO’s coverage is worldwide, and includes references and abstracts to over 1500 journals in more than 35 languages, and book chapters and books in the English language. Over 50,000 references are added annually. Popular literature is excluded.

Use it to find:

  • Journal articles, book chapters, book reviews,  editorials
  • Clinical case reports, empirical studies, literature reviews
  • Includes disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics,etc
  • Includes topics such as: Advertising, Marketing, Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, Job performance, Organizational Behavior, etc.

Tips for searching:

  • Use the Easy Search or Advanced search options
  • Use the sidebar on the left to narrow your results
  • PsycINFO does not provide full-text. Always search our e -Journal listings to see if we have access to the journal. See a tutorial here.PsycINFO2

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

Learn to find ASTM, ISO, ADA, NFPA standards |@Hardin Library| Tuesday, Sept. 29, 3-4pm

Introduction to standards and specifications. Learn how to access a wide variety of standards including ASTM, ISO, ADA, NFPA (Fluid), and the US Code of Federal Regulations. Featuring a new database, TechStreet, to gain electronic access to these standards and more.

Our next session is
Tuesday, September 29th, 3:00-4:00pm, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Instructor Kari Kozak Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Instructor Kari Kozak
Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Get an introduction to American Psychological Association Style |@Hardin Library| Sept. 30, Noon-1pm

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) provides guidelines for formatting papers or manuscripts used by nursing, social sciences,apa manual and most allied health sciences disciplines. In this hands on session, you will learn basic rules of APA formatting as well as gain experience applying APA formatting to journal, book, and web references. Resources for future referral will also be provided.

Our next session
Wednesday, September 30th, 12:00- 1:00pm, Hardin Library, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

News From Special Collections 9/19 – 9/25/2015

From the Web and Social Media:

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Slate featured the Hevelin Collection Fanzine Digitization Project this week.  You can read their coverage of the UI Libraries’ work digitizing 1930s-1950s science fiction fanzines here.




New Acquisitions:

Agricola. Trattenimenti sulle vernici. Ravenna 1789.

This book bridges several of our collection areas, covering a very broad array of topics; overall, it could be considered an early “how to” guide. Painting, printmaking, sculpting, cartography, conservation, cooking, gardening, rat extermination, and stain removal are all addressed, and are accompanied by an extensive bibliography.

Book spine Book title page Book illustration


Staff Publications:

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Amy Chen led a group of current and former Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) postdoctoral fellows to write a piece for a CLIR report that is now available online here.

Changing and Expanding Libraries: Exhibitions, Institutional Repositories, and the Future of Academia, by Amy Chen, Sarah Pickle, and Heather Waldroup appears in The Process of Discovery: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Future of the Academy, edited by John C. Maclachlan, Elizabeth A. Waraksa, and Christa Williford.


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Learn how to find U.S. Patents & Trademarks | Sept. 22, 3-4pm |@Hardin Library

The purpose of this hands-on class is to introduce several resources found on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website that may be used to locate information on patents, trademarks and patent applications. Google’s patent searching feature  will be also be covered.

Our session:
Tuesday, September 22nd, 3:00-4:00pm (Location: East Information Commons, 2nd floor, Hardin Library)

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Instructor Kari Kozak Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Instructor Kari Kozak
Head, Lictenberger Engineering Library

Database of the Week: Passport

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

The database: Passport (Consumer Industries) – Euromonitor International

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

NB: HawkID login is required for all users.
Passport is Euromonitor International’s global market analysis software platform, which analyses the industry in countries around the world. It monitors industry trends and gives strategic analysis and a market size and market share database for products across all key countries.

Use it to find:    Passport2

  • Global industry data / analysis
  • Industries include:Alcoholic drinks, Apparel and footwear, Beauty and personal care, Consumer appliances, Consumer electronics, Consumer finance, Consumer foodservice, Consumer health, Eyewear, Fresh food, Health and wellness, Home and garden, Home care, Hot drinks, Ingredients, Luxury goods, Packaged food, Packaging, Personal accessories, Pet care, Retailing, Soft drinks, Tissue & hygiene, Tobacco, Toys and games, Travel.
  • Each industry contains categories to choose from
  • Industry trends
  • Competitive analysis
  • Sales by sub category
  • Company shares
  • Brand shares
  • Forecasting
  • Distribution
  • Company profiles

Tips for searching:

  • Use the search box – top right
  • Alternatively, choose one of the options at the top – Search, Industries, Economies, Companies
  • By choosing “Search” – you will be able to search within specific content – Categories and Topics, Companies, Brands, packaging, Closures
  • By choosing “Industries” – you can pick an industry

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

News from Special Collections 9/18/2015

New Staff:

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Alonso Avila is a new librarian and will begin his residency at the University of Iowa Libraries by spending a year working in Special Collections & University Archives. In May 2015, he received his Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to UIUC, Alonso worked as a special education tutor at a charter high school in Chicago, and also served two years in Peace Corps Jordan. Alonso’s research interests include the intersection of youth culture and social justice, as well as the interrelationship between librarianship and hip hop’s 5th element, knowledge AKA information literacy. While at The University of Iowa Libraries, he plans on building and gaining a new set of skills that will help him become a successful academic librarian whether in Chicago or any other institution around the world.


From the Web and Social Media:

1. Iowa Public Radio Interview

Image of Peter Balestrieri holding zines


Librarians Peter Balestrieri and Laura Hampton were interviewed on Iowa Public Radio this week about digitizing 1930s-1950s science fiction fanzines.  You can hear the four minute interview or read the transcript here.





2. Cheryl Jacobsen Calligraphy Video

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Cheryl Jacobsen, professional calligrapher and Lettering Arts instructor for the University of Iowa Center for the Book spoke about historic black letter hands from Medieval manuscripts at the Iowa Bibliophiles meeting last week.  While there, she did a calligraphy demonstration and Colleen Theisen put together this short video of her work.



New Acquisitions:

1. Emblem book

Paradin. Devises Heroïques. Lyon 1551.

This is the first edition of the first illustrated book of devices, or emblem book. Iowa has a growing collection of emblem books, which are frequently used for class sessions, but none are quite like this. Paradin’s devices went without explanation until  the second edition was printed in 1557 with more text. This first edition, with its complete lack of explanation, is oddly appealing in its vagueness.

Cover image of 1551 emblem book Emblem Book Images first emblem

2. Facsimiles of Historic Bindings

Two wonderful new facsimiles have arrived that are extremely high quality reproductions of early types of medieval manuscripts and their bindings.

The first is Historia Langobardorum by Paul the Deacon which is a 9th century text that is fundamental to understand the relationship between the Lombards, the Franks, the Byzantine Empire and the Papacy.  The bare boards binding allows students to view how the quires are assembled and sewn in the text.

Facsimile of 9th century manuscript Facsimile of historic book with exposed spine

The second is Liber Precum, a facsimile of a 16th century book with a girdle style binding.  The manuscript combines two Latin texts, each written and decorated separately and apparently unique in the forms found in this book: the first portion of the manuscript is a series of prayers on the life and Passion of Christ, and the second is a set of sermons and prayers in prose and verse, many attributed to distinguished spiritual authors, among them Saints Anselm, Gregory, Bernard, Jerome, and Thomas, as well as Jean Gerson and others.  It includes 41 full page miniatures.

Images of early bindings Facsimile of girdle book binding


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Deconstructing the body: medical art | History of Medicine Lecture | Sept. 24, 5:30pm

Dr. Richard Kerber

Dr. Richard Kerber

This lecture will demonstrate how primarily Western artists have portrayed the human body, physicians, illnesses and their treatments from 1500AD-present.

Dr. Kerber will review the rise of medical imaging in the 20th century, and show how artists have incorporated these new imaging technologies into their art.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm
Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) 2117

Fore more information on the History of Medicine Society, or to donate, please see

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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.

Learn to manage your citations faster with our EndNote Basic workshop @Hardin Library

EndNote Basic is a web-based citation management software that is freely available to all UI affiliates. It allows you to import, organize and format citations for papers, articles, etc. EndNote Basic is not the same as the desktop software, Endnote.

This free, hands-on workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 15th, 9:00 – 10:00am, Hardin Library, Information Commons West, 2nd Floor.
Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Can’t attend this session?  See our EndNote Basic guide.