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Scopus Trial Underway (concluded)

The Scopus trial has been concluded.  Thank you for participating.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with flexible tools to track, analyze and visualize research..  Scopus is strong in all areas of the sciences. Updated daily, it indexes over 18,000 peer-reviewed journals and includes the content from Embase.  The trial will go until May 4th.

Trial link:

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Updated daily, Scopus offers
• +18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers
• Over 1,200 Open Access journals
• 520 conference proceedings
• Over 600 trade publications
• 350 book series
• 34 million abstracts
• Results from 435 million scientific web pages
• 23 million patent records from 5 patent offices
• 41 million records, of which 24 million records include references going back to 1996 (75% include references)
• 17 million pre-1996 records go back as far as 1823

Please send comments to Janna Lawrence, Hardin Library Assistant Director.


RefWorks Enhancements

With the New Year comes a new release of Refworks!  In addition to general stability improvements, the new release has several enhancements.  Of these, one of the most exciting is the new Drag-and-Drop functionality for the Quick Access bar which means that users can click on the grey bar above any reference summary and drag the item to the Quick Access bar.

This image shows the ability to click on a citation and drag it into a folder.

In addition, usability revisions include new icons in the Organize & Share Folders area for Twitter, Facebook and over 300 other social bookmarking cites. You can easily share folders with all your Facebook friends or on Twitter with the click of a button.

Image of icons in RefWorks for sharing ciations to social media.

 Also, users will now be able to create New Folders directly from the Add to Folder icon. This makes the process much more seamless since you won’t have to change screens if you need a new folder after importing new references.

 This is an image of the option for creating new folders.


As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you with RefWorks whether you are just starting out or a long time user.


PubMed and Internet Explorer 6

As of September 1, PubMed may no longer work with IE 6. The current version of Internet Explorer is IE 9 and if you look at the Microsoft Internet Explorer download page, it doesn’t go back further than IE 7.

You can find out which version of Internet Explorer you are using, you can find that information listed at the top of the browser under “Help” and then “About Internet Explorer” or under the gear icon on the top right of the browser and there is an option for “About Internet Explorer” near the bottom of the list.

If you are located within the hospital, you might want to contact HCIS to see if they can update your browser.  Other users should contact their IT support folks if they do not have administrative rights to their computers.

Another option is to work through Virtual Desktop. This site allows UI users to utilize software programs without downloading them to a computer.

If you have any questions or comments about accessing or using PubMed, feel free to contact us at (319) 335-9151 or



Printing Chapters from AccessMedicine and AccessPharmacy

Beginning September 1, 2011, the ability to print a chapter at a time will no longer be available in AccessMedicine and AccessPharmacy.   Printing by section will still be possible.  The following message from the publisher (and copyright holder), McGraw-Hill, explains why:

Last week, only a few days after it had posted to AccessMedicine, the newest version of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine was discovered circulating on a number of digital lockers, torrent sites, and other means of illicit file sharing. A quick examination of the file revealed that the party (or parties) who had created it simply printed every chapter of Harrison’s, then “bound” it as an ebook and started distributing it. Presently, the “Print Chapter” view makes it far too easy to accomplish a task like this.

To address this issue with digital piracy, we will remove the “Print Chapter” option on all Access products. This is scheduled to be effective Thursday, September 1, on AccessMedicine.  However, the “Print Section” option will remain.


DynaMed is Getting a Makeover

Sometime during the week of July 18, the point of care database DynaMed will be getting a new look along with some new functionality.  A beta version of the new design  is available.  The company that produces DynaMed is asking users to provide them with feedback so some of this new functionality may change before the new design is officially released.

It may be useful to look at the current interface of DynaMed side-by-side with the new version.  Below are some screenshots with the most noticeable changes.

The new homepage for DynaMed is much cleaner than the current one. In addition, there are now links to “Search other Services” included near the bottom right corner. In addition, a lot of the menu options that are seen on the left side of the page in the current (soon to be old) version are now located in a thin menu at the top of the page. 

Screen shot of new and current DynaMed homepages

Search Results
A quick search for the topic “GERD” yielded slightly different results in the new interface than the current one. As you see below, the new interface places “Gastroesophageal reflux disease” at the top of the list.  There may be some improvements to the search algorithm along with the changes in design.  Although not available in the beta version, when the new interface is released, a new spell checker will be provided for search results. The second thing that you may notice in the new interface is that the links for Tx (treatment) and Dx (diagnosis) are no longer there. Instead, when the mouse hovers over the topic, a menu appears on the right side of the screen with options for not only treatment and diagnosis, but also for other subsections of the topic, as well.

Images of Search Results in new and current DynaMed interfaces

Viewing Topics
There is a noticeable difference in the two layouts for topics. In the new version of DynaMed, the options for the left menu have been expanded. There are “+” symbols that allow quicker navigation to areas of interest within the topic. In addition, there is a link for searching other services for information. Clicking the links for other services simply takes you to the other service’s homepage where a new search must be carried out.

As illustrated in the image below, both versions of DynaMed start their topic pages with information on the latest updates right below the title of the topic. However, in the new version of DynaMed, only the latest update is listed. A link is provided for access to previous updates.

There have also been improvements to the “Search within Topic feature.” The new interface will have a search box and then a system for navigating through the results.  Links to appropriate clinical calculators will now be included within the text of topics, as well.

Lastly, the links for emailing and printing topics has been moved to the far right of the topic in the new version. In addition, there will be a new feature for receiving alerts whenever a topic of interest changes (this feature has not been turned on in the preview version of the database).

Topics view for new and current DynaMed interfaces

Other Changes
Another change for DynaMed involves their Current Updates feature.  There is a new filtering system to allow users to find updates on a specific subject. In addition, users now have the ability to check a box for “Practice Changing Updates.” This box can be used with a filter or without one.  An alert can be set up for this part of DynaMed as well as for specific topics. 

More Information
For more information on the upcoming changes, see EBSCO Support’s “DynaMed New Features and Functionality.”

As always, if you have questions or need assistance with DynaMed or other library resources, feel free to contact us.


Faculty of 1000 Posters: Open Poster Repository for Biology and Medicine

From the University of Iowa Libraries Scholarly Communications blog Transitions…a posting about the open access resource Faculty of 1000 Posters.




SciFinder Access Changing Now – June 30th Deadline

University Libraries will be moving to the web version of SciFinder Scholar

Access to the client version (desktop application) of SciFinder we currently use will be discontinued on June 30, 2011.

You must register by June 30th to be able to convert your files to the web version. (Convert your client-saved .sfr files to .akx files using the new SciFinderfile conversion tool)

Registration is required…you must create your own id and password and you must use a email address.

Click here to access the registration page. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions for registration.

A campus e-mail is required for registration with the suffix “” After you submit the registration form, CAS will send you an e-mail with instructions for completing the registration process.   This e-mail should arrive within 30 minutes and you must reply within 48 hours.  The registration confirmation e-mail may be identified as spam by your e-mail application, so check your spam folder.

For more information, contact the Sciences Library,

The web version offers:

  • Powerful features not found in the client version
  • Convenient access, anytime, anywhere
  • Simple and intuitive interface
  • Same CAS content

Additional Information :

You can get a product overview and system requirements, as well as training support, on

View an interactive demo of the web version of SciFinder

View How to Guides featuring Exploreby Research Topic, Exploreby Chemical StructureExploreby Substructure, and ExploreReactions