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Learn about measuring scholarly impact at Hardin Library’s open workshop July 2nd

This class will teach participants how to use tools such as Ulrich’s, Journal Citation Reports, Web of Sciences, and Scopus to determine the impact that journals, articles, and authors have had on a particular field.

Topics such as impact factors, Eigenfactors, and H-indices will also be discussed.

Our next session:

Tuesday, July 2nd  1:00-2:00 pm (Location: East Information Commons, Hardin Library)

Register online ( or by calling 319-335-9151.
Coming from the East Side?  Take the Pentacrest Finkbine-Arena Cambus.


Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, April 2013

History of Medicine Society Presentations and Events 2013/2014

Thursday, September 26, 2013,  5:30-6:30.    Dayle DeLancey, Asst. Professor, Dept of Medical History & Bioethics, Univ. of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  “African American Print Culture and the History of Medicine”.

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5:30-6:30.   Russell Currier, Past President, American Veterinary Medical History Society, “2,000 Year History of Scabies: From Humoral Beliefs to Contagion to Modern Understanding”.

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 5:30-6:30.    K. Lindsay Eaves, MA, PhD candidate. Research Asst., UI Biological Anthropology Lab and  Report Manager for Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc., Anamosa, IA,  “An Uncorseted Life: The Medical Basis of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker’s Suffrage and Dress Reform Activism”.

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 5:30-6:30.    Asitha Jayawardena, Medical student, Univ. of Iowa.  Winner of Sparks Essay Contest. “Expedited ‘Diffusion of Innovation’: A reflection on the Ponseti Method in the current era of medicine”.

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:30-6:30.    H. Stanley Thompson, Emeritus Prof. Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Univ. of Iowa, “Abraham Flexner’s Contributions to the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine”.

Thursday, March 27, 2014,  4:30-7:00     John Martin Rare Book Room, 4th floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa   “Open House in the John Martin Rare Book Room”

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00-9:00 History of Medicine Society Banquet.   W. Bruce Fye, Professor of Medicine and Medical History, Mayo Clinic, “Franklin Roosevelt’s Secret ‘Serious Heart Ailment’ and the 1944 Presidential Campaign.” Location to be determined.



The Black Death : the Plague, 1331-1770 – John Martin Rare Book Room annual Open House

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society and the University Libraries invite you to an Open House in the John Martin Rare Book Room.

The Black Death: the Plague, 1331-1770

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 4:30-7:00

John Martin Rare Book Room, 4th floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Books published  1485-1750 will be on display.    Amidst the chaos, the fear and the despair, rats scurried from home to home.  If you suspect that symptoms of the plague are starting to appear, you need not worry, because a Plague Doctor will be present at the event.


picture of Napolean with plague victims


Learn to speed up your research with Scopus! Free workshop at Hardin Library, Tuesday, February 19

Scopus is a multidisciplinary database with substantial international coverage.  All citations that are in EMBASE are also in Scopus.

Scopus also allows you to measure an author’s scholarly impact and to track an article’s cited and citing references. Come to this hands-on session and learn more!

Our next session is Tuesday, Feb 19th from 1:00-2:00pm at Hardin Library, Information Commons East, 2nd floor.


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Xiaomei Gu appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in College of Pharmacy

picture of Xiaomei GuXiaomei Gu, Clinical Education Librarian at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy.

Professor Gu teaches drug information search and medical literature as part of required Pharmacy Practice Laboratories for PharmD students.  These help students develop pharmacy practice skills.  She also works with graduate students, training them to search and then organize literature.  Xiaomei is an active member of the Medical Library Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

She maintains two LibGuides for use by PharmD students, faculty, and researchers:


Some of her publications and presentations are available in Iowa Research Online.


Need help managing citations for your papers? Learn RefWorks @HLHS Thursday, January 24th, 10-11am

Want some help writing your next paper? Come to Hardin Library’s class on RefWorks and learn about this web-based bibliographic management tool.   RefWorks is available for free to anyone affiliated wtih UI and can also be accessed remotely. Sign up to learn more about RefWorks and save yourself a lot of time next time you have to write a paper.
In this class, you’ll learn how to:
  • import citations from PubMed,
  • enter references,
  • create a quick bibliography, and
  • add end and foot notes to your papers (Write-n-Cite).

Our next session is Thursday, January 24th, 10:00am-11:00am.  Register online ( or by calling 319-335-9151.

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Later hours Friday and Saturday at Hardin Library

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photo by Furya@flickr

Do you need to spend some time getting ready for finals?

Looking for a quiet place with lots of room?

Come to the  Hardin Library for the Health Sciences on Friday or Saturday!  The library is open until Midnight both Friday and Saturday.

We will be serving free coffee beginning on Friday at 6pm all through finals week.


Learn how to use RefWorks for citation management at Hardin Library on Tuesday, Nov. 27

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Want some help writing your next paper?  Come to Hardin Library’s class on RefWorks and learn about this web-based bibliographic management tool.  You’ll learn:

  • how to import citations from PubMed
  • how to enter references
  • how to create a quick bibliography
  • how to add end and foot notes using Write-n-Cite

RefWorks is available free for anyone affiliated with UI and can be accessed off campus.  Save time if you have to write a paper using RefWorks.

Our next session is:
Tuesday, November 27, 10-11am (Hardin Library East Information Commons)

Register online ( or call 319-335-9151.


Presentations Insider : software for engaging audiences class on November 7 at Hardin Library

In this training, a group of SITA (Student Instructional Techology Assistants) will outline major presentation-making software such as Powerpoint and Prezi. Techniques for conference presentations and classroom lectures will be covered.

Come prepared with an idea for a presentation as a portion of the training will focus on applying learned techniques to your upcoming presentation!

Register for Wednesday, November 7th, 12:00-1:00pm (Location: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Information Commons East, 2nd floor)


Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature exhibit, activities


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“Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) traveling exhibit that explores  the original novel, adaptations, and cultural uses.  Published in 1818 by Mary Shelley when she was still in her teens, Frankenstein has captivated people ever since, exposing hidden, sometimes barely conscious fears of science and technology. The exhibit considers how Shelley’s unfortunate creature frequently provides a framework for discussions of contemporary biomedical advances such as cloning, which challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.

The exhibit is on display at the second floor south entrance of University Capitol Centre (UCC) through Nov. 2.

A public talk will echo the exhibit’s themes. “Genetics in Literature, Life, and the Laboratory,” will be the subject of a talk by Ellen Wright Clayton and Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University professors who have worked together on NIH projects. The talk begins at 7pm., Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.

A panel discussion follows the talk.  Panelists include Sheldon Kurtz, Law Professor, Dr. Christian Simon, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Bioethics and Humanities, and Amy Sparks, In Vitro Fertilization and Reproductive Testing Lab, UIHC.

For more information on Frankenstein, please see the guide prepared by Hardin Library Staff: