EndNote X7 for MAC now works with Microsoft Word 2016

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endnote_logoGood news!  EndNote X7 for the Mac now works with Microsoft Word 2016.  When you open the desktop version of EndNote, it should tell you that that there is an update available, but you can also select Check for Updates in the EndNote X7 dropdown menu.  EndNote Basic (the online only version) will also prompt you to install the new Cite While You Write plug-in for Word.  Whether you are using the desktop or online version, you also need to have the latest version of Word 2016  (currently version 15.18) installed.

Once Word and EndNote are both updated, the EndNote Cite While You Write tools should appear as a tab in Word. The first time you launch Word 2016 after updating EndNote, you will be asked to “grant access” to an EndNote .plist file. Simply click Grant Access; you should not be asked this again.

More information about the update, including some troubleshooting in case the tools do not automatically appear in Word, can be found at http://endnote.com/kb/138936.  More information about updating Word, with a more complete explanation about “granting access,” is at http://endnote.com/kb/138936.

If you have questions about EndNote, please contact your Library Liaison or Janna Lawrence.

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Learn how to write a systematic review | Free workshops


Are you interested in conducting a systematic review?  We have two workshops to help you get started.

Step one-
Systematic Reviews: Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review

This class provides a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review, including:

    •  standards and criteria to consider
    • establishing a plan
    • registering a protocol,
    • developing a research question,
    • determining where to search
    • identifying search terms
    • reporting search strategies, and managing references.

 Thursday, February 4th, 10-11a – East Commons, 2nd Floor 

Step two-

Systematic Reviews: Literature Searching

This class focuses on  tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a systematic review. Topics include

    •  techniques for developing search strategies
    • deciding which databases to search
    • how to seek out grey literature for a given topic
    • selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies
    • saving and organizing references.

 Thursday, February 18th, 10-11a – East Commons, 2nd Floor

Sign up for these workshops or request personal appointments online or by calling 319-335-9151.

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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2 Minute Medicine now available


2mm2 Minute Medicine is now available from Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.  Go to AccessMedicine, and look under Readings.

2 Minute Medicine®  provides concise, curated, and authoritative medical reports of breaking medical literature as well as seminal studies in medicine.  Practicing healthcare professionals write these reports.

Topics include chronic disease, emergency, imaging and intervention, oncology, preclinical studies, and public health.

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Database of the Week: Mergent Historical Annual Reports

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

The database: Mergent Historical Annual Reports (available in Mergent Archives)StdbkrAnnRep1960

“Dating back to the mid 1800’s, Mergent’s Historical Annual Reports collections offers over 1,000,000 documents available in .PDF format for the United States, Canada and Europe. Access an extensive library of high-quality historical documents featuring rich textual details and in-depth analyses on thousands of global companies.”

Where to find it: You can find it here, or under “M” on the Databases A to Z page.  Note: Mergent Historical Annual Reports are within the Mergent Archives platform.

Use it to find: Public company annual reports and various other company documents.



Tips for searching:

  • Basic: Enter the company name, specify the date range of interest (optional), and identify the type of document you are looking for: annual report, 10-K, etc. (optional).
  • Alternatively, to find reports for companies from a specific city/town, choose the “Or” option and select the desired country, state, and city.
  • Advanced: combine these two elements by including company name, date range, document type, and location information.
  • Browse alphabetically by company name from the main search page.

On a related note: be sure to look at our recent profile of another great source for public company annual reports: ProQuest Historical Annual Reports.

Want help using the Mergent Historical Annual Reports database? Contact Jim or Kim to set up an appointment.

Open Web Resource Spotlight

datagovhomeThe U.S. government has long been an active gatherer and disseminator of information. In recent years, with the roll out of the data.gov website, it has made strides to make this data more accessible and useable by the public, researchers, app developers, and businesses. The site serves as a gateway to publicly available datasets from not only the federal government, but also state and local governments as well as universities. These data cover a wide range of subject matter including: education, employment, agriculture, and public safety.  According to the site, the number of datasets available currently stands at over 192,000.  The site also provides examples of businesses and organizations that rely on the data to power their sites/applications.

As some reviewers have pointed out, data.gov is not without its limits. For example, the currency of the data provided varies; in some cases, more recent data can be found on an agency’s own website. In addition, the file formats provided vary quite a bit, from HTML to XML, CSV, and others. The scope and depth of participation by federal agencies with the data.gov initiative vary as well; details can be found here.

To search the available datasets from the main page, enter a keyword(s) in the main search box. Or, to browse available datasets, select a topic from the “Browse Topics” icons. Then select the “Data” or “Data Catalog” tab to view the available datasets. These sets can then be narrowed using the filters on the left side of the screen. Results can be filtered based on the file format, the agency supplying the data, and other attributes.

Learn to use American Psychological Association (APA) Style @Hardin Library | Feb. 3, 12-1p

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apa coverThe Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) provides guidelines for formatting papers/manuscripts followed by nursing and most allied health sciences disciplines.
In this hands on session, you will have the opportunity to learn basic rules of APA formatting as well as gain experience applying APA formatting to journal, book, and web references.
Our next session is
Register online.
The easiest way to get to the Hardin Library is to take Pentacrest Cambus and get off at the VA Loop stop.

New Exhibit on Thomas Edison!

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Thomas Edison, Feb. 11, 1847 to Oct. 18, 1931

Thomas Edison, Feb. 11, 1847 to Oct. 18, 1931

We  have a brand new exhibit honoring Thomas Edison’s 169th Birthday!

Thomas Alva Edison was born February 11, 1847 and died October 18, 1931 at the age of 84. Even though his primary school teacher, Rev. G.B. Engle, believed him to be “addled,” Edison went on to be awarded 1,093 U.S. Patents. When his foreign patents are included, he was received a total of 2,332! Our new display honoring him highlights some of those inventions.

To say he was creative and inventive seems well, obvious. However, much of that comes from his ability to learn from his failures and re-use and refine ideas and machinery. This ability is summed up in this famous quote:

I haven’t failed.
I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
— Thomas Edison

The fact that Edison and his team of researchers tested more than 3,000 designs for the light bulb between 1878 and 1880 is evidence of his persistence and ability to learn from his failures. In 1879 he filed for a patent for an electric lamp with a carbon filament. But even after the patent was awarded, he continued to test over 6,000 plants until it was discovered that a carbonized bamboo filament could burn for more that 1,200 hours.

It is reported that Edison’s favorite invention was the phonograph. He developed a way to record sound on tinfoil-covered cylinders. The first thing that Edison recorded? “Mary had a little lamb!” He suggested there were many other uses for the phonograph, such as books for the blind music boxes and toys, and a connection with the telephone so messages could be recorded, So many are now reality!

Acme Motion Picture Projector. Patented in 1922.

Acme Motion Picture Projector. Patented in 1922.

From 1888 to 1893 Edison worked with William Dickson on a motion picture camera. Edison always worked with very capable assistants, but this is the first really clear case where Edison took sole credit for a joint project. Dickson was a photographer and provided the photographic knowledge and Edison worked on the electromechanical parts. Edison and Dickson were only some of the many inventors who were working on motion pictures at the time but Edison is credited with introducing the first commercially viable system.

Even though the first projector used by the Edison film company was called the Edison Vitascope, Edison really didn’t have much to do with projector technology. Edwin S. Porter, a former Edison Studios cameraman, directed The Great Train Robbery, in 1903. He used innovative techniques which included composite editing, location shooting, and cross cutting. And some, but not all, of the prints from The Great Train Robbery were hand colored. This was the also the first movie that presented a story and not short skits. The Great Train Robbery is now largely considered to be the first American action film.

The Great Train Robbery. youtube.com

Our thanks to The University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections for the loan of several books for this exhibit. Thanks also to The University of Iowa Libraries Main Media Collection for lending us a copy of The Great Train Robbery. The University of Iowa Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering donated the motion picture projector and the film reels. Our thanks to them, also. Their contributions are invaluable to the exhibit.

So stop by and see our latest exhibit!! 

Our exhibit celebrating Thomas Edison

Our exhibit celebrating Thomas Edison

Interesting facts:

Edison had 3 children with his first wife, Mary Stillwell: Marion Estelle Edison was nicknamed ‘Dot,’ and Thomas Alva Edison, Jr. was nicknamed ‘Dash.’ The 3rd child, William Leslie Edison was also an inventor, but had no nickname…

Edison developed “foam concrete” which was used in building concrete homes. These homes were inexpensive, and easier to heat and cool. Ten of the 11 homes were still standing and occupied in 2009.

Edison also invented a ‘spirit phone.’ It was intended to open the lines of communications with the spirit world…


Jonnes, Jill. 2003. Empires of light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the race to electrify the world. New York : Random House. Engineering Library TK18 .J66 2003.

After a Schoolteacher Called Thomas Edison “Addled,”….  TurthOrFiction.com Accessed Jan. 12, 2016.

Edison’s concrete piano : flying tanks, six-nippled sheep, walk-on-water shoes, and 12 other flops from great inventors. 2009. Toronto : ECW Press. Engineering Library T47 .W42 2009.

10 Inventions by Thomas Edison (That You’ve Never Heard Of).  HowStuffWorks. Accessed January 13, 2016.

Motion Pictures. February 20, 2012. The Thomas Edison Papers. Rutgers.

The Great Train Robbery. youtube. Accessed January 13, 2016

The Great Train Robbery (1903 Film). Jan. 24, 2016. Wikipedia.

Edison Invents the Phonograph. America’s Story from America’s Library. The Library of Congress. Date accessed Jan. 28, 2016.

Other Resources:

The Papers of Thomas A. Edison. October, 13, 2015. Rutgers.

Who Invented the Light Bulb? Palermo, Elizabeth. Feb. 15, 2014. livescience.com

Thomas Edison’s Most Famous Inventions. 2014. Edison Innovation Foundation.

Filmsite Movie Review: The Great Train Robbery (1903).  2016. AMC Networks.

Sustainable Business: Book Display in Business Library & Online

SustainablebusinessThis semester the business library book display theme is Sustainable Business. The display is located by the entrance of the business library. If you are unable to stop by in person, you can view the display online. All of the books are available for check out. New materials will be added during the semester.

Thank you to Dave Collins for his support in the development of this collection and to members of the Tippie Sustainability Committee for their title suggestions.