Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room : Gautier’s Anatomy

DAgotyImageJACQUES FABIAN GAUTIER D’AGOTY (1717-1785). Anatomie de la tête. Paris: Chez le sieur Gautier, M. Duverney, Quillau, 1748.

Gautier, a French printmaker, was an assistant to Le Blon and, like Ladmiral, claimed the color printing process as his own. Gautier published some ten collections of colored plates of various portions of the anatomy, and he was the first person to print anatomical plates in color on a large scale.

Choulant writes that “his anatomic illustrations . . . impress the critical observer with their arrogance and charlatanry and do not recommend themselves to the student of anatomy either for their faithfulness and reliability or for their technique” (Choulant-Frank, p. 270).

The dissections and preparations for the eight large figures in this atlas of the anatomy of the head were prepared by Joseph Guichard Du Verney, and some of the plates are among the most elaborate produced by Gautier, especially notable for the intricate network of blood vessels which are meticulously indicated by direct color printing.

This extremely rare work is an important piece of book and anatomic illustration.  You may view this work in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Make a gift to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences by donating online or setting up a recurring gift with The University of Iowa Foundation.

Database of the Week: Small Business Reference Center

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

The database: Small Business Reference CenterSmall_Business

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

Use it to find:

  • Full-text periodicals
  • Full-text reference books
  • Business videos
  • State-specific resources
  • Business Basics
  • Start-up Kits & Business Plans
  • Industry Information by Small Business Type


Tips for searching:

  • Use the search bar at the top to search by keyword
  • Browse by: Business Ares, Industry Information by Small Business Type, Business Basics, Start-up Kits & Business Plans
  • Check out the popular sources along the bottom
  • Browse start-up information by state in the bottom right-hand box
  • Take a look at small business videos by clicking on the top right-hand box



Want help using Small Business Reference Center ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Lecture on Pain, Global Inequality, Palliative Care and Human Rights at MERF January 22

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear Christopher de Boer, MS, 2nd year Carver College of Medicine Student and winner of the Robert D. Sparks Writing Contest.

Mr. de Boer will speak on “The Price of Pain: Examining Global Inequality in Palliative Care and a Human Rights Response” on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Medical Education Research Facility (map)  room 2117.

picture of Christopher de Boer








For more information on the History of Medicine Society, or to donate, please see: .

1.5 Million downloads from IRO in 2014!

Iowa Research Online had an impressive 1,506,333 items downloaded in 2014. When all supplemental content is included, this number increases to 1,558,358!

While most use came from the United States, 15% of the use came from other places, including the United Kingdom, India, Canada, Germany and Australia, and 187 other countries.

Our theses and dissertations are downloaded more than anything else in IRO. All together, they total close to 60% of the total downloads!

Almost one third of the total downloads come from our books, journals and magazines. Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and Medieval Feminist Forum receive the most use.

Our highest use items are

Congratulations to all the authors and journal editors!

Library Exhibit Space Renovation to Begin Monday, December 22

Construction on the Main Library Exhibit Space – Room 1001 next to Shambaugh Auditorium – begins on Monday, December 22nd. Workers will be installing barriers and pathways inside and outside the north entrance, with demolition also scheduled to begin next week and continue over winter break.

At this point in time, at least one north door will remain available for entry and exit, although this may be closed off at any time depending on construction. Outside the north entrance, crews will be fencing off a perimeter that will include part of the pedway and encompassing the bike rack area. The bike racks may be relocated, but no decision has been made at this time. The construction perimeter will be used to locate a crane (for roof work), a dumpster, and a trailer for management, staging, and materials.

Primary demolition work is scheduled to occur during winter break with construction continuing through August 2015. We will keep you informed as the project moves forward.

Thank you for your patience!

Database of the Week: Mergent Online

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

The database: Mergent OnlineMergent

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

Use it to find:

  • Company information on both public and big private companies
  • Business summary information – history, properties, subsidiaries, long-term debt, capital stock, business segments
  • Executive information
  • Ownership information
  • Equity pricing and reports
  • Access to company news
  • List of company competitors
  • Quick access to Annual Reports and other SEC filings
  • Industry reports: automotive, banking, food & beverage, heavy construction, insurance, media, , pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, healthcare, oil & gas, retail, etc.
  • Company News

Tips for searching:

  • Search by company name or ticker symbol
  • Use the “Advanced Search” to search fro companies by: state, city, zip code, year incorporated, number of employees, number of shareholders, auditor, etc.
  • Use the tabs across the top to do a: executive search, government filings search, report search, ownership search or bond search

Take a look at our tutorials below:

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

Database of the Week: FAITS – Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies

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

The database: FAITS – Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies

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

Use it to find (from their brochure):

  • Technology tutorial reports – provide intelligence about emerging and mature technologies
  • Marketplace reports – offer an excellent way to stay current on all the latest trends and advances in the IT and communications market segments
  • Implementation guide reports – provide users with the know-how to keep a project running on a budget
  • Standards reports – examine the major IT and communications standards and protocols currently in place
  • Product profile reports – provide a concise summary of the leading products and suppliers, examine product strengths and limitations, and analyze current pricing strategies
  • Company profile reports – review business goals, sales and marketing strategies, and financial stability of the leading vendors
  • Comparison and selection guide reports – offer the intelligence user need to make the best product and service selections
  • Topics include: IT infrastructure, Telecom, Technology vendors, Linux/Open source, Healthcare IT topics, Wireless communication, Data networking, etc.

FAITS_TabletsTips for searching:

  • Start with a simple search in the search bar, or
  • Browse by topic or report type
  • Take a look at the “help with searching” page for additional suggestions – link above the search bar

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

Database of the Week: Business & Economics Portfolio

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

The database: Business & Economics Portfolio (The Conference Board)

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

Use it to find:

  • “Essential economic data coupled with superior business management research and insights from the world’s most widely-quoted source of management and economic research.” (from the website)
  • Economic data sets, including: Historical Data for Key Economic Indicators, the Conference Board Total Economy Database (macroeconomic time series on global output, input, and productivity for over 100 countries)
  • Business Management Research publications database. Topics covered include: Consumer Dynamics, Corporate Governance, Global Value Chains, Labor Markets, Risk Management, Sustainability, etc.

confernence_boardTips for searching:

  • Search Business Management Research by clicking on the search button
  • Browse by topic unless you know the report title or number
  • You can also do a keyword search, but it only searches within titles
  • Reports are listed with most recent at the top

Want help using Business & Economics Portfolio ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.


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.


Wed, Dec 3 12:30-1:20

3rd floor 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. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.