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Want to write a systematic review? Hardin can help!

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.

Monday, July 13th, 12:00 -1:00pm (Location: East Information Commons)

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.

Monday, July 20th, 12:00 – 1:00pm (Location: East Information Commons)

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 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


University of Iowa Libraries Open Access Policy Statement

On June 18, 2015 the University of Iowa Libraries adopted an Open Access Statement.  Library staff will make their publications freely available and ensure long-term preservation and findability.  This policy complements the Libraries’ support of open access to scholarship.

For more information about scholarly publishing, open access and author’s rights, please see our guide.


4th of July Holiday hours @Hardin

Thursday, July 2 7:30am-6pm
Friday, July 3 Closed for holiday
Saturday, July 4 Closed for holiday
Sunday, July 5 12pm-9pm
regular hours resume

24-hour study will be open when the library is closed.
24-hour study requires an access card.

photo  by liz west @Flickr

photo by liz west @Flickr


Lighting Being Upgraded in the Information Commons

The Information Commons East is closed through Friday, July 10 for the installation of new lighting, as well as heating and cooling work.   The East Commons will reopen from Saturday, July 11 through Sunday, August 9, but will close again August 10-August 14.  The West Commons remains open during construction in the East Commons.

The West Commons will receive similar upgrades this summer and will be closed from July 13-July 31. The East Commons will be open during this time.


June Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

wood block cut from Margarita phiilosophica by ReischGREGOR REISCH (ca. 1467-1525). Margarita philosophica. 2nd ed. [Freiburg?: Johannes Schottus, 1504].

Reisch was a Carthusian prior at Freiburg and confessor to Emperor Maximilian I, as well as assistant to Erasmus.  Margarita philosophica, might be called the first modern encyclopedia. Its twelve divisions cover the trivium, the quadrivium, and the natural and moral sciences.

The illustrations are fine examples of wood-block cutting, and include music, a large folding map of the Eurasian continent and parts of Africa, and astronomical, astrological, and zoological figures.  The book so popular sixteen editions were made in the 17th century.  This edition, the second edition, was preceded by the first edition of 1503.

wood block prints from Margarita philosophica

wood block prints from Margarita philosophica by Reich

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.




Learn to manage your citations with Hardin Library’s EndNote Basic workshop Wednesday, June 24, 1-2pm

EndNote Basic is a web-based citation management software that is freely available to UI students and staff.
EndNote Basic allows you to:

  • import citations
  • organize and format citations for papers and articles

Hardin Library is offering two sessions this summer:
Wednesday, June 24th, 1:00-2:00pm (Location: West Information Commons)

Register online for either workshop or by calling 319-335-9151.

No time for a class?  Use our help guide which includes video tutorials.



Hardin Undergoing Specialized Cleaning

cleaning liftThe “upper reaches” of Hardin Library will be undergoing deep-cleaning beginning June 15 and continuing until June 30.  A hydraulic lift has been brought into the library so that the upper ledges, windows, and vents can be reached.  Furniture may also be shifted for a day or two to allow access to the areas being cleaned. We are sorry for the noise and disruptions this will cause, but these areas of Hardin have not been cleaned for at least 15 years, so it needed to be done.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director, at or 319-335-9870.


Learn to manage your citations with EndNote Desktop

EndNote is a reference management tool that helps you
  • gather your references in one place
  • organize them, and then
  • insert them into papers and
  • format them in a style of your choosing.
This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations. The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end.
Our next session is
Monday, June 15th, 10:00 – 11:00am (Location: East Information Commons)

EndNote Desktop is available free for UI affiliated faculty, staff, and graduate students.

No time for the class?  See our guide.


OrthoEvidence – international evidence tool for clinicians – now available

Hardin Library now subscribes to OrthoEvidenceTM, an international evidence summary tool designed for orthopedic clinicians. The collection contains over 3000 evidence reports (advanced clinical evidence or ACE) authored by experts in the field.

ACETM reports are intended to help the busy practitioner to  review the evidence from important journals efficiently to support sound clinical decision making. The  database also contains educational videos about research methods and evidence-based practice.

Check out this resource from the health sciences resources A-Z  list or directly OrthoEvidenceat:

Mobile is available for  iOS devices. To view directions for installation, visit the Hardin Library Mobile Devices guide (or

Please contact your liaison librarian or the Hardin Library Reference desk with questions or problems with this or other resources.


Birthing, Midwifery, and Obstetrics through History – Exhibit @Hardin Library through August


Professional midwifery organizations began in 1452.

This exhibit highlights items from the John Martin Rare Book Room at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

The exhibit addresses antiquity, medical perspectives, innovations, pioneers, and notable books.