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Learn to use EndNote Basic at Hardin Library’s workshop Monday, April 21

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 EndNote desktop software. This workshop is hands-on and free for UI students and affiliates. There will be time for questions at the end.

Our next session is:

Monday, April  21, 2-3 pm

Location: Hardin Library East Information Commons

Register online or contact us at 335-9151 or by emailing

No time for class? We offer an easy online tutorial for EndNote Basic.


Refworks down for maintenance Saturday 8pm – Sunday 4am

RefWorks will be down for scheduled maintenance beginning Saturday, February 15 at 8pm.  Service is expected to resume on Sunday, February 16 at 4am.



Announcing the completion of the William Osler Pamphlet Collection

About William Osler

Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet (July 12, 1849 – December 29, 1919) was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Osler created the first residency program for specialty training of physicians, and he was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. He has frequently been described as the “Father of Modern Medicine.” Osler was not only a physician but a bibliophile, author, historian, and renowned practical joker. He had numerous ties to the University of Iowa. Special Collections holds letters between Osler and Campell Palmer Howard, a faculty member at the University, and Osler’s desk is housed in the John Martin Rare Book Room at Hardin (Room 401).

Hardin’s Osler Pamphlet Collection

From 1972 to 2010 the Hardin Library received a significant collection of documents by and about William Osler, including several copies donated by Dr. R. N. Larimer. The Rare Book room staff has provided helpful guides and online versions for much of this material. An index for the collection, which contains 317 items ranging from 1878-1976, can be found here.

[Osler at his desk]


Asitha Jayawardena: “Expedited ‘Diffusion of Innovation’: A Reflection on the Ponseti Method in the current era of medicine”

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear: Asitha Jayawardena on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30-6:30 in Room 401.

Sparks Essay Contest winner and College of Medicine Student Jayawardena will describe the history and cultural context of clubfoot and treatments developed by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti. He will then describe diffusion theory as Ponseti’s treatment spread through the world. Visit the UI History of Medicine Society for more info or call Donna Hirst in the Rare Book Room at 335-9154.

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<p>The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear Asitha Jayawardena, College of Medicine student and winner of the Sparks Essay Contest, on the history and diffusion of the Ponseti Method for treating clubfoot. This event will be held in Room 401 from 5:30-6:30 on Thursday, January 23.


Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, December 2013

Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, December, 2013

JOHANN CASPAR LAVATER (1741-1801). Essai sur la physiogno-monie : destiné à faire connoître l’homme… 4 vol. 1781[-1786].

Lavater was born in Zürich; he was a poet and a physiognomist. His name would be forgotten but for his work in the field of physiognomy. The fame of his book, which found admirers in France, England as well as Germany, rests largely upon the handsome style of publication and the accompanying illustrations.

The two principal sources from which Lavater de-veloped his physiognomical studies were the writings of the Italian polymath Giambattista della Porta, and the observations of Sir Thomas Browne in his Religio Medici. This pseudo-scientific analysis of the human face, and all the feelings it is capable of expression, was partially written by Goethe, a leading expert in craniology. To defend the science of physiognomy, Lavater drew upon the work of Haller, Herber, Leibnitz and Sulzer.

Although this work remains controversial, it is highly valued for its superb engraved illustrations. There are numerous portraits of famous writers, artists, musicians, scientists, and contemporary personages including Goethe, Samuel Johnson, Locke, George Washington, Voltaire, Heidegger, Wren, Diderot, Isaac Newton, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

JOHANN CASPAR LAVATER (1741-1801). Essai sur la physiognomonie


Expedited Diffusion of Innovation: A reflection on the Ponseti Method

The Univ. of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear:  Asitha Jayawardena, medical student and winner of the Sparks Essay Contest, speak on  “Expedited Diffusion of Innovation: A reflection on the Ponseti Method in the current era of medicine.”

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 5:30-6:30.   Room 401 Hardin Library

A cast from the past– Our speaker will describe the history and cultural context of clubfoot and treatments developed by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti.  He will then describe diffusion theory as Ponseti’s treatment spread through the world.


Learn to search for patent information with our upcoming open workshop @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 also be highlighted as a source for finding information on patents.

Our next session takes place:

Monday, November 4, 11 am-12 pm (Location: East Information Commons, Hardin Library fro the Health Sciences)

Register here or by calling 319-335-9151.

More resources available on the US Patent website.



Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room      August 2013

MARC JEAN BOURGERY (1797-1849). Traité complet de l’anatomie de l’homme, comprenant la médecine opératoire.  Paris: 1831-1854.

Bourgery’s work is without question one of the most beautifully illustrated anatomical and surgical treatises ever published in any lanBourgery-1569-tome 1-fp-001guage. The 726 hand-colored lithographs were executed after drawings by Nicolas Henri Jacob (1781-1871), a pupil of David. Jacob made his drawings from dissections and other anatomical preparations. Bourgery studied medicine at Paris where he interned under Laennec and Dupuytren and won gold medals for excellence from the Paris faculty of medicine and hospital administration. After ten years as health officer at Romilly, Bourgery returned to Paris to continue his career in anatomy and surgery. Bourgery divided his treatise into four parts which covered descriptive anatomy, surgical anatomy and techniques, general anatomy, and embryology and microscopic anatomy. Four volumes of the set are devoted to surgical anatomy and cover in detail nearly all the major operations that were performed during the first half of the nineteenth century.



Nuclear Neighborhoods Exhibit at Hardin Library

Logo for nuclear neighborhoodsDeveloped by Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility (I-PSR), Nuclear Neighborhoods is a group of exhibits on display during the month of August at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Iowa City Public Library, and the Solon Public Library, and at the Iowa Memorial Union during September.

The Nuclear Neighborhoods exhibits trace nuclear energy’s legacy, both as a weapon and as an industry.  For more information about the exhibits, please see .

The Nuclear Neighborhoods project includes public lectures and film screenings held at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street.


Get introduced to PubMed in 30 minutes with our free workshop July 11

graphic of pubmed

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to the  medical literature and includes over 17 million bibliographic citations in life  sciences. This 30-minute session will show you how to find relevant articles fast using some of the basic features in PubMed.

Our next session is

No time for class?  Ask your librarian for a private consult! We will also offer this workshop on Wednesday, April 24th.