SpringerMaterials Database


The UI Libraries now has access to the SpringerMaterials database, a unique and authoritative source SpringerMaterialsfor numerical and graphical data on the properties of materials. This database contains more than 500,000 online documents covering 3,000 properties spread across 250,000 materials and chemical systems. It consists of seven major parts:

  1. The Landolt-Börnstein Series: 461 volumes, 290,000 substances and 1,400,000 citations.
  2. The complete Linus Pauling Files: A comprehensive database covering the properties of inorganic solid phases and containing 255,000 documents with 129,000 interactive structures.
  3. A subset of the Dortmund Database of Software and Separation Technology which covers the thermophysical properties of pure liquids and binary mixtures, with 472,000 data points.
  4. An Adsorption Database covering over 1,500 reversible, equilibrium isotherms on 66 adsorbents.
  5. A Polymer Thermodynamics database containing 30,000 data points covering 150 polymers.
  6. The MSI Database, a collection of 4,100 critically evaluated reports on binary/ternary elemental systems and 7,500 interactive phase diagrams.
  7. Corrosion Database, compiled from various literature sources by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), contains 24,724 unique records of corrosion rates/ratings of 1,026 different materials in 288 different environments, under various exposure conditions.

You can use SpringerMaterials to search by keyword, element, or structure. There’s also a separate Corrosion Search. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, you can also browse by collection. Property information is already collected and formatted, so you don’t need to retrieve and analyze the primary literature sources.

UI students, faculty, and staff can access SpringerMaterials on or off-campus using the links on the Libraries’ websites. It is linked from the Chemistry and Physics subject guides. It’s also listed in the A-Z Databases list and in the library catalog. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your HawkID and password.

If you have questions about SpringerMaterials or would like a demonstration, please contact the Sciences Library for assistance.

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Free webinar on Team-Based Learning | Wed. November 9, 1-2:30pm

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Hardin Library for the Health Sciences will host the Medical Library Association’s webinar, Don’t Flip Out! Exploring Team-Based Learning on Wednesday, November 9th, 1:00-2:30 pm in Room 401 Hardin Library.

Presenter Rebecca Graves, Educational Services Librarian at the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri–Columbia

Presenter Rebecca Graves, Educational Services Librarian at the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri–Columbia

Explore common (and not so common) learning theories, how they’ve influenced us and how we can use them to design our teaching.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • define instructional design and learning theory
  • distinguish among the schools of learning theory
  • identify and adapt a theory that best fits their values and students
  • draft an instructional plan using a learning theory

If you plan to attend, please register online.  No charge for attending.  Questions?  Contact Matt Regan.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Matt Regan at 319-384-1407.




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Database Trial: Bureau van Dijk’s Orbis and Zephyr databases


Trial access has been arranged to Bureau van Dijk’s  Orbis and Zephyr databases. The trials end November 28th.   The Database trials are available on or off campus through IP range and UI Libraries proxy service.

Orbis is a global dataset for public and private company information. It allows researchers to access financials, ownership structures, patents, board members, and more in one standardized resource.

Zephyr is the most comprehensive database of M&A, IPO, private equity, and venture capital deals. Not only are researchers able to track large public deals they are able to track private to private and cross border deals as well.


Please send comments/feedback about the databases to Kimberly-bloedel@uiowa.edu.

Happy 130th Birthday to the Statue of Liberty!!


Happy 130th Birthday, Lady Liberty!!


“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

from Emma Lazarus’ sonnet “New Colossus”

Those widely recognized words come from the sonnet New Colossus by Emma Lazarus. She wrote it for a fundraising auction raising money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now sits. The sonnet is not, as many assume, on the tablet that is held in her hand. The tablet is inscribed with JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776), which is the day the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence. A plaque with the entire New Colossus poem is inscribed and mounted inside the pedestal of the statue.

The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in Upper New York Bay and the entrance to New York. She has been welcoming visitors and immigrants to New York City since 1886! She was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and built by Gustave Eiffel (yes, that Eiffel!), and dedicated on October 28, 1886. She was originally known as Liberty Enlightening the World.

It is said that the idea of the monument came about in an after-dinner conversation between Bartholdi and Edouard René de Laboulaye (an abolitionist and supporter of the Union during the Civil War). Others claim this is just legend, but legend or not, Laboulaye wanted to honor the Union victory and proposed a gift be built for the United States on the behalf of France. The Statue of Liberty represents the Roman goddess, Libertas. She holds a torch, a ‘tabula ansata’ (a tablet evoking the law), and a broken chain lies at her feet. The broken chain is said to be a symbol of the movement away from slavery.

sof_under_constructionThe Statue of Liberty was the tallest metal statue in the world at that time. It was constructed of copper sheets and used Bartholdi’s 9-ft model. It was shipped – in 350 carefully marked pieces and packed in 214 crates – to New York City in 1885, reassembled, and dedicated in 1886. The Statue was reassembled on the pedestal in 4 months.

She originally served as a lighthouse, but in 1901 the operation was transferred from the United States Lighthouse Board to the War Department. The monument’s original boundaries were within Fort Wood, but were enlarged to encompass all of Bledsoe’s Island in 1937. In 1956 the name was changed to Liberty Island and in 1965 Ellis Island became part of the National Park Service (NPS). The base of the statue is an 11-pointed star, part of old Fort Wood and the 154-ft pedestal, built through American funding, is made of concrete faced with granite.

Renovation, which was completed in October 2012 (in time for 126th anniversary), added three new elevators and upgraded the stairs from the top of the pedestal to the crown and were among the $30 million “Life and Safety Upgrades.” Visitors in wheelchairs and other accessibility issues are now able to reach one of the observation decks at the top of the pedestal for the first time. A NPS official estimated that the renovations will allow 26,000 more people to visit the interior of the monument annually. In order to reach the crown from the top of the pedestal, visitors without accessibility issues must climb 393 steps.

Another renovation is a sophisticated rescue elevator which is used for emergency and maintenance activities and is the only elevator installed within the statue. It reaches from the pedestal to the crown and replaces an elevator that was over 30 years old. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been closed since 1916 for safety reasons.

Fun Facts:

  • There are replicas of the Statue in more than 20 countries, the most notable of which are found in Paris, France and on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Andy Warhol’s painting of the “Statue of Liberty” from his Pop Art series is estimated to be worth more than $35 million.
  • When winds are strong (around 50 miles-per-hour), Lady Liberty can sway up to 3 inches with her torch swaying up to 5 inches.
  • With a size 879 shoe, the Statue of Liberty might just have the largest feet on earth.
  • Lady Liberty has many film credits including – but certainly not limited to – The Saboteur, Titanic, Planet of the Apes, Independence Day, and The Day After Tomorrow.
  • It is believed that Lady Liberty is struck by lightning around 600 times each year.
  • The Statue of Liberty’s nose is 4 ft. 6 in.
  • The crown has seven points, representing the seven seas and seven continents. Each individual ray of the crown weighs about 150 pounds, and measures up to 9 ft.



Motion Control: Statue of Liberty rescue elevator. April 1, 2013. Control Engineering. April 2013. Volume 60, Issue 4, pages 20-21.

Kelpin, Sarah. June 17, 2015 #The10: 10 Fun Facts About the Statue of Liberty on Its 130th birthday. Travel About Media Group Ltd.

Topic Page: Statue of Liberty. The Columbia Encyclopedia, © Columbia University Press 2016. Credo Reference.

Statue of Liberty. wikipedia.com Date Accessed Oct. 26, 2016

How Tall is the Statue of Liberty? Howtallisthestatueofliberty.org Date Accessed Oct. 26, 2016

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus. Poetry Foundation, 2016.

The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island, Foundation, Inc. The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. Date Accessed October 27, 2016


Other Resources:

Statue of Liberty Under Construction. Arvind Pariti. Arvind’s. Date Accessed Oct. 26, 2016

Liberty Island Chronology. Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Date Accessed October 27, 2016.

Blakemore, Erin. Nov. 24, 2015. The Statue of Liberty Was Originally a Muslim Woman. Smithsonian.com


Victorian Popular Culture – Trial ends 24 November 2016

Victorian Popular Culture is a portal comprised of four modules, inviting users into the darkened halls, small backrooms, big tops and traveling venues that hosted everything from spectacular shows and bawdy burlesque, to the world of magic, spiritualist séances, optical entertainments and the first moving pictures.

Please send additional comments to Chris Africa.

*Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

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Open Access Week | Guest Post by Leonardo Marchini, DDS, MSD, PhD Preventative and Community Dentistry


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During Open Access week (October 24-30, 2016) we will be highlighting a number of guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty and Staff who have personal experience making their work Open Access. marchini_leo_051716_200x300_0

 Leonardo Marchini, DDS, MSD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventative and Community Dentistry.

See his Iowa Research Online deposited publications here.

I consider open access publishing a better way to share research findings, since by removing the financial barrier to access it allows for a larger audience to read and use the findings worldwide. It also allows for authors to share their publications more widely, by promoting it in research oriented social media and e-mailing it to groups of researchers in the same field, allowing for even more exposure.

However, most journals in my research field are not open access. In a recent work with a broader focus, I searched for a journal capable of reaching a larger audience and then selected an open access Journal with a higher than average impact factor in my field. The submission process happened as usual, and the peer review was intense, but the manuscript was accepted after a couple review rounds.

However, the publication fees for this journal would be a problem if I was not supported by the UI Libraries Open Access Fund. My experience with the Open Access Fund was amazing! I applied and got funded really fast!

Since then the article has been published and received great attention from the scientific community in many countries, as we had a lot of comments and requests for additional information through channels that would not be available for non-open access articles, like researcher networks. I hope it will reflect in more citations in the near future.

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Guest Post: Walt Whitman Quarterly Review – an OA Journal

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During the month of Open Access week (October 24-30, 2016) we will be highlighting a number of guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty and Staff who have personal experience making work Open Access.  We appreciate their contributions. folsom

The fourth guest post is by Ed Folsom, the Roy J. Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa. He is the editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, co-director of the Whitman Archive , and editor of the Whitman Series at The University of Iowa Press. He is the author or editor of numerous books and essays on Whitman and other American writers.

The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (WWQR) is now in its second year as an online open-access journal, and we could not be more pleased with our new format and open distribution. We are reaching a wider audience than ever before, since scholars, students, and the general public can now freely access the entire thirty-three-year run of the journal. Our third online-only issue, published last fall, was a testament to (and a test of) our new open-access platform. We published the complete book-length text of Whitman’s newly discovered Manly Health and Training along with an introduction by Zachary Turpin, who made the find. The discovery received front-page coverage in the New York Times and was the subject of feature articles in The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, The Observer, and over a hundred other newspapers and websites around the country and around the world. Interviews about the discovery were broadcast on NPR, BBC, and CBC. Most outlets that reported on the find linked to the WWQR website, where readers and listeners could (and still can!) freely access the complete text of Whitman’s journalistic series. There were over 20,000 downloads of Manly Health during the first weekend following the Friday New York Times story. This meant we had thousands of first-time visitors to WWQR, and we hope many of those folks will return often to check out the latest work on Whitman. The journal is always free and open, and we welcome our new readers from every continent. Our website offers a daily map of downloads from WWQR, which demonstrates that our readers do indeed come from around the world.


While not every issue of WWQR contains a new book by Whitman, every issue contains important new discoveries and readings. The online open-access format of the journal has now allowed us to enhance articles by including high-quality scans of Whitman manuscripts. We are working now to add an HTML version of each new issue along with the PDF format. Our ability to publish longer works, like Manly Health, is a tremendous advantage, and WWQR has another major surprise in store for our forthcoming winter/spring 2017 issue—a discovery that will again generate international media coverage. The details are a secret for now, but everyone should be watching for another dose of big Whitman news this coming February.


One more interesting development resulting from last fall’s publication of Manly Health is worth mentioning. While WWQR offered PDF, Kindle, and eBook versions of the complete text of Whitman’s newly discovered journalistic series, print publishers sensed that there was still a market for a commercial edition of the find—in fact, our 20+ thousand downloads indicated that there were probably many readers who would welcome a print edition of Manly Health for their personal libraries. Regan Arts, a New York publisher, approached WWQR about publishing Manly Health as a book, enhanced with illustrations from nineteenth-century newspapers and periodicals. Stefan Schoeberlein, WWQR’s managing editor, and Stephanie Blalock, Digital Humanities Librarian and Associate Editor of the Walt Whitman Archive, joined Zachary Turpin and me in selecting illustrations. The book will be published in December, and WWQR will receive a modest royalty from the publisher, which will help support the journal, now that we no longer have paying subscribers. The evolving interactions between the new online open-access WWQR and the world of print publishing are fascinating and unpredictable. It’s an exciting new era we have entered into, and we remain optimistic about next thirty years of the journal.

Want Those Special Effects for Your Halloween Party?

Happy Halloween: Vol. 6


Want to make that Halloween party extra scary? We have the resources to help you do just that with some DIY special effects!

How about a hologram of a ghoul? We have Holography Projects for the Evil GeniusIt is a DIY resource which includes step-by-step instructions, helpful illustrations, a list of required, easy-to-find components (and a list of sources!). It not only helps you create – and customize – your own hologram, you’ll also master the latest tools and techniques!

Pepper’s Ghost is a special effects technique for creating transparent and ghostly images! It was popularized in the 1800s by John Pepper. This effect has been used in theaters and haunted house since then! The photo below was created with mostly scrap materials in the Engineering Electronics Shop on the Universal laser. Stop by the Engineering Library and check it out. The images in our Pepper’s Ghost move and it rotates through several images.  Makezine has complete instructions on how to make a spooky ghost for your party! While the Pepper’s Ghost below is using a laptop, a computer or special equipment isn’t needed! If you are interested in a more elaborate hologram, How It’s Made : Season 1 & 2 (disc 1) will explain how a hologram is created from the beginning to end.


Pepper’s Ghost created in the Engineering Electronics Shop with mostly scrap materials.


Animotronic Eyes. Make: 3D Printing Projects.

Animotronic Eyes. Make: 3D Printing Projects.

How about creating animatronic eyes? Make : 3D Printing Projects has step-by-step instructions with color illustrations and a parts list! What could be more fun than having a pair expressive, animatronic eyeballs at your party! (We have 3D scanners available in our Creative Space and the Engineering Machine Shop has 3D printers!)

Want to make both your own fog and fog machine? The fog “juice” is made with glycerin and water- which creates a dense vapor when  heated to the point of evaporation, which then becomes cloudy when it hits the room temperature air. (For more info on evaporation check our resources, including: Liquid-vapor phase-change phenomena : an introduction to the thermophysics of vaporization and condensation processes in heat transfer equipment.) The fog machine is quite simple also! All it takes is a large candle (with multiple wicks), a small aluminum pie plate, and the top of a 2-liter plastic soda bottle! You will want to be careful about where you place your fog machine – you definitely don’t want it to be tipped over!

Interested in learning about stage make-up? How It’s Made : Season 1 & 2 (disc 5)  has great information and shows the creation process. You’ll also be able to see the transformation of a young woman to an old woman. A full transformation mask can take a month or more to create and cost upwards of $10,000. Perhaps not the most cost effective for your Halloween party!



How it’s made, Seasons 1 and 2. Discs 1 & 5. 2010. Silver Spring, MD : Discovery Communications. Engineering Library Circulation Desk video (Video Record 37144 DVD)

Harper, Gavin D.J. 2010. Holography projects for the evil genius. New York : McGraw Hill. Engineering Library TA1542 .H37 2010

Drumm, Brook. 2015. Make : 3D printing projects. San Francisco, CA : Maker Media, Inc. Engineering Library TS171.95 .D78 2016

How to Make a DIY Fog Machine for a Spooky Halloween. 2016. Popular Mechanics.

More Resources:

Iannini, Robert E. More electronic gadgets for the evil genius. 2006. New York : McGraw-Hill. Engineering Library TK9965 .I253 2006

The Pepper’s Ghost Illusion. 2016. instructables.com

Carey, V.P. 2008. Liquid-vapor phase-change phenomena : an introduction to the thermophysics of vaporization and condensation processes in heat transfer equipment Engineering Library TJ263 .C37 2008