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Scopus mobile app: Scopus Alert for iPhone


The Scopus Alert for iPhone app allows you to 1) do keyword search, 2) email, bookmark, and tweet an article, and 3) receive email alerts when articles get cited. Keep in mind that you can only view abstracts, and full-text links are NOT available. A workaround is to email an article to oneself and access the fulltext outside of the app.

Before you download and install SciVerse Scopus Alerts (institutional subscriber’s version) from the App Store on your iPhone, you need to create a Scopus account at You will be prompted to enter your Scopus log in and password and your UIowa email when you first open this app. Detailed instruction can be found at SciVerse Scopus iPhone app User Guide (PDF file).


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 Hardin Library on Tuesday, Feb 19th, 1:00-2:00 pm and learn more about Scopus. Register for the class at


Problems with Logging into NCBI and Proxy

It has come to our attention that some people are unable to access their NCBI accounts from off-campus.  Occasionally, access from on-campus is also not working. With this problem, attempts to log into NCBI accounts result in the page failing to load completely. Sometimes, there is a notice at the bottom of the screen that you can click to allow the page to completely load, but that isn’t always the case.

It turns out there is a problem with the way that the library’s proxy server is interacting with the NCBI login page.  (The proxy server is what makes the links to full-text work.) The issue is being addressed, but in the meantime, if you want to use your NCBI account through the Hardin Library website, please use the following link: PubMed NCBI. You should use this link instead of the link at the top right of the PubMed website.

Picture of NCBI link in PubMed

Once you are logged into NCBI, you can access PubMed by using the link at the bottom of the page as shown in this image.

Picture of the PubMed Link from the NCBI page

If you continue to have problems accessing your NCBI account or have any other questions, please contact Hardin Library.



Changes to Write-N-Cite and Refworks Webpage

If you are a RefWorks user, you may notice that when you log into your RefWorks account and select tools,  you will see that a new version of WNC 4 was released Jan 4, 2013. There are new features and bug fixes in this version. However, this newest version does not work with Microsoft Office 2013.

Office 2013 users should continue using earlier version of WNC 4 if you already have it installed. You could also use WNC 3 or One Line/Cite View to format in-text citations and bibliographies.


We have asked RefWorks for an estimated time of release of updated WNC version compatible with Office 2013, and they are unable to project. They have confirmed that WNC 3 will continue to be supported/updated for some time.


Also, we have updated the webpage that appears when the RefWorks link from the Hardin Library home page is selected. The information previously on this page has all been moved to a new display format, with a news/updates box at top of page. Note other important link relocation in below screenshot.  



Please continue to contact the reference desk or your  librarian liaison if you have questions or problems with RefWorks or WNC. We will direct you to RefWorks technical support when necessary.



New Compounding Resources from USP

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently added a new page on its website dedicated to compounding information including USP standards.  USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations can be downloaded  free of charge, at least for now.

Contact us if you have questions. Don’t forget Hardin Library’s subject guide on Clinical Pharmacy Resources also has a subpage for compounding resources.



New Google search feature: drug information directly shown on results page

If you have not noticed it yet, type a drug name into Google search box and you will see a quick information box on the right side of your results page. Google announced this new feature on Dec 11, 2001 on Google +.

At the bottom of the box, sources are acknowledged and a link for reporting errors provided. A prominently placed disclaimer states “Consult a doctor if you have a medical concern.”



What is Metadata?

Research has become increasingly data-intensive. Many funding agencies, such as National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have started to implement policies and guidelines regarding data management and sharing. In such context, metadata is a term that is often used but not always explained or defined.

A recent blog post by Bonnie Swoger, a librarian at SUNY Geneseo, does an excellent job in explaining metadata using examples many , if not all, can related to. Swoger blogs at Information Culture, a Scientific American blog.

Read on and happy holidays! What is metadata? A Christmas themed exploration.

Christmas tree at Hardin

Christmas Tree Made Out Of Hardin Books/Journals


January 1, 2013 changes to NCBI Web Pages Browser Support

The National Institute of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will no longer support Internet Explorer version 7 and Firebox version 3 browsers as of January 1, 2013.  NCBI will also no longer be able to guarantee the browser’s  functionality, as they are no longer going to do any further testing of the web applications.  This means that if you are currently using one of these browsers, some  NCBI web pages might not display correctly.

These changes could affect how you are able to view web pages in PubMed ( or in any of the NCBI genetic databases, such as the Taxonomy database ( All of the NCBI databases can be found at

For a complete listing of all the browser support changes starting in 2013 and trick and tips to resolve web page errors, go to

Please contact your technology administrator for assistance with upgrading your browser(s).


Web of Knowledge enhancements

Do you use Web of Knowledge or Web of Science? Some new enhancements were added to the abstract and citation database this week, including improvements to the Author Search (previously known as Author Finder), editing results sets, ReseacherID, Citation Alerts and the new Data Citation Index.

The Data Citation Index allows cross-disciplinary searching and easier connections to data sets.

To learn more, view this short video or read the Web of Knowledge upgrade announcement.

If you need additional help with Web of Science, please contact your librarian.


Trip Database Redesign

Coinciding (approximately) with their 100 millionth search, Trip has announced that the latest version of their website has been released.

It’s a complete overhaul with a new design (including logo), new features and some powerful new tools (including a PICO search interface). They have produced a brief screencast to demonstrate some of the new features but it’s probably best to try the site yourself –

If you aren’t familiar with Trip, it’s a free online database designed to provide integrated results from a variety of clinical resources including evidence-based synopses, systematic reviews, guidelines and original articles. Trip searches multiple resources, including but not limited to PubMed, National Guideline Clearinghouse, NICE, and Cochrane.

You’ll notice that there’s an option for creating an account for Trip, but it isn’t required. You can simply click the “x” on the top right corner of the pop-up box and start searching.  Since Trip includes both free and subscription based resources, you may need to locate full text in Hardin Library resources after identifying the citation in Trip.

As always, if you have any questions of comments, don’t hesitate to Contact Us.


figshare: a Free Multidisciplinary Data Repository

figshare is a multidisciplinary repository where researchers can share their research data online under the Creative Commons license. It gives users unlimited public space and 1GB of private storage space for free. All file formats can be published, including figures, datasets, media (including video), papers (including pre-prints), posters and filesets (groups of files). All research data including negative data published on figshare is allocated a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) at point of publication.

Like many other digital repositories, figshare promotes the concept of open access publishing and makes research data easily citable and discoverable.