Latest Headlines

Pharmaceutical Substances Structure Query

There is a known problem with the Thieme Pharmaceutical Substances Structure Query function. The error messages differ based on your browser. In Internet Explorer: Application Blocked by Java Security. In Chrome: This plugin is not supported. Thieme is aware of the problem and it will be fixed with the next version, scheduled for release early next year.

In the meantime, there is a workaround for Internet Explorer, but you must manually add it to the Java Security Exception Site list:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Java > Security
  2. Click “Edit Site List…”
  3. Click “Add”
  4. Type in the Location field
  5. Click “OK”
  6. Click “Continue”
  7. Click “OK and “OK” again to exit the Java Control Panel and save the changes

There is no work around for Chrome.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Sciences Library at or 319-335-3083.


Data Management for Researchers

Data Life Cycle

Image courtesy of University of Virginia Library

Are you confused about funding agencies’ new data management and sharing policies? Or do you need some help managing your research data? You’re not alone and we can help! Join us for one of five upcoming workshops (each session is identical):

The purpose of this workshop is to explain research data management and its importance, help identify some common data management issues, and learn about best practices and resources that are available. This workshop is open to all UI students, faculty, and staff. Registration is requested. To register, please click on one of the dates above.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to request a session for your group, please contact Sara Scheib or Marina Zhang.


Fall 2015 Workshops

Join us at the Sciences Library for our Fall 2015 workshops! Follow the links for descriptions and other details.

These workshops are open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register, unless otherwise indicated. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to request a workshop for your class or group, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.


Sciences Library Fun Days!

Come and join the Sciences Library Staff

1-3 pm on Monday, August 24th

Sciences Library Courtyard

Games, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks!



ACS Journals on Mobile Devices

The American Chemical Society has a new mobile site called ACS2GO. If you have an Apple, Android or Blackberry device, you’ll be able to use this site to access our institutional subscriptions both on and off-campus for 120 days. But first, you need to set it up:

  1. On your mobile device, make sure you’re connected to the campus network “eduroam”.
  2. Go to
  3. You will be prompted to add ACS2GO to your home screen using the download button.
  4. Use the navigation button and go to My Account.
  5. If everything worked properly, it should say “Your device is paired with UNIV OF IOWA.”

If your access expires, you can renew by repeating this process. If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Sciences Library at 319-335-3083 or


Math Journals Moving

To improve findability of the journals held in the Main Library, the math collection journals are being moved from the 2nd floor to the 3rd floor and will be located adjacent to the other journals. Bookstacks staff are beginning to move these materials upstairs and in a few months you will be able to find the math collection journals in the northeast corner of the third floor. In the meantime, if you have problems locating a title, please contact the Service Desk staff on the 1st floor.

If you have any questions, please contact Leo Clougherty at the Sciences Library. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.


Finals Week

Need a place to study? Stress getting to you? If you said yes to either of these two questions then you need to come to the Sciences Library. We will have KNex, Legos, color pages and stress bags to help you get ready for your finals! If you need something to keep you awake we will also  have coffee, tea, cookies and brownie bites. Come take a load off, relax and let us give  you a quiet place to study!


Pi Day at the Sciences Library

Apple Pi Day 3.14159265359 bites are coming to the Sciences Library on Fri March 13, 8:30 until they are gone. We will also be providing coffee and tea. So come and join us and see what Pi Bites are all about.


New Life Sciences Preprint Server: BioRxiv

From Science 14 November 2014:
Vol. 346 no. 6211 pp. 792-793
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6211.792                        

BioRxiv at 1 year

“A year after its launch, a new preprint server for life sciences is off to a healthy start, its creators say. BioRxiv, a free site sponsored by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has attracted more than 800 papers (see graph). Submissions span many disciplines—such as cell biology and cancer research—in which preprint sharing hadn’t been routine. About 28% of authors, who come from 44 countries, have revised their papers, presumably after getting feedback from readers, says John Inglis, executive director of CSHL Press. For scientists who might worry that posting a preprint will jeopardize its chances at a journal, Inglis points out that one-fourth of bioRxiv’s papers have later appeared in journals including Science, Nature, and Cell.

BioRxiv is indexed in SciFinder, but not Web of Science, Scopus or PubMed. If you have any questions or if you’d like a demonstration of this database, please contact the Sciences Library.


New Scanner at the Sciences Library

Excellent news at the Sciences Library! We have a brand new open face color scanner. Want to know more? Come in and contact us! Try it out soon!

New Sciences Library scanner

New Sciences Library scanner