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Welcome to everyone from the Sciences Library!

Welcome back and a warm welcome to all of our new students this Fall!

Come and check out the Sciences library. We have three floors for studying, 22 computers, two big tables to study on, two computer areas, and bean bag chairs. We are also serving coffee so please come and join us.

Our hours are the following:

M-Th 9am – 9pm

F- 9am – 5pm


Sun 1pm – 9pm

Make sure you stop by and check out our library. It is very comfy and quiet!



Iowa Bird Photography By Kai Weatherman

Iowa Bird Photographs by Kai Weatherman

We are displaying some of Kai Weatherman’s beautiful pictures of birds in Iowa.  Please come and visit this colorful display.  

Kai is the library assistant to the Sciences Library.  The Paper birds in the case are done by one of our talented students Mary.  


New SciFinder Access Changing June 30, 2011





The University of Iowa Libraries will be moving to the web version of SciFinder.  Any University of Iowa faculty, staff or student wishing to use SciFinder must register to use the web version.     Access to the client version of SciFinder we currently use will be discontinued on June 30, 2011.

The web version of SciFinder — It’s the SciFinder you know and love, only better!

The web version offers:

  • Powerful features not found in the client version
  • Convenient access, anytime, anywhere
  • Simple and intuitive interface
  • Same CAS content you’ve come to expect

Be even more productive in your research process with the web version of SciFinder.


Only University of Iowa faculty, staff and students can register.  A campus e-mail is required for registration with the suffix “@uiowa.edu.” For more information, contact the Sciences Library, or go to this web page:  http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/chem


Web of Science not working with IE9

We wanted to let everyone know that Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) does not currently work with IE9. You will have to

use Firefox or Google Chrome.  The Library and ITC computers are still on IE8 so you should be OK there, at least for now.

What we heard from the the company is: “At present, Web of Knowledge is not compatible with IE9.  Product Development is

evaluating the situation but I don’t have a definitive date as to when Web of Knowledge will be compliant with IE9. A workaround

 is to click the Compatibility View toolbar button to display the website as viewed in Internet Explorer 8, which will correct

display problems like missing results, misaligned text, images, or text boxes.   This Compatibility View feature can be invoked by

either clicking on the button with the broken/torn page symbol, or via the menu sequence “Tools -> Compatibility View”,

within Internet Explorer. “


Summer Hours

The Sciences Library will have different hours because of the closing of Hardin Library as they go through repairs.

Hours are:

M-TH 9:00am-12 am

F 9am – 6pm

S 9am – 6pm

Sun 12pm -12am

Thank you and welcome Hardin!


Everything Blooming…

Everything is blooming at the Sciences Library! Our feature exhibit this month is Flowers. In the case we cover everything

from fossils, medicinal and pollinators. So please stop over to see the books we have on display. We would love to thank the

Paleontology Repository for the donation of the frog hopper, insects in the Dominican Amber and the different fossil leaves

that we have. The Pharmacology school donated the mortar and pestle that we are using.


Earth Day April 22, 2011

Earth Day April 22, 2011

Sciences Library is celebrating Earth Day! Our display has some of the different issues that our Earth faces every day.

We have actually taken over the whole library! The third floor covers the environment, second is animals and on first we

have all of them.  Please join us!


Einstein and Pi Day at the Sciences Library!

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. –Albert Eistein

We have a new display with Albert Einstein and Pi Day! Pi is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference  of a circle to its diamerter. Pi Day is celebrated by math entusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…. we don’t have enough room to fit the whole number in.  So please join us and enjoy a slice of pie!  March 21 at 1:59 at the Sciences Library.


ScienceCinema Gives You Searchable Videos

The Science’s libguides has a new link that is a wonderful addition we hope you will use. It is the ScienceCinema. The following is the offical description of it.

Scientific videos highlighting the most exciting research and development sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are now available through ScienceCinema. The multimedia search tool was launched today as part of a one-day workshop, “Multimedia and Visualization Innovations for Science,” jointly hosted by Microsoft and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), held in Redmond, Washington.  Jeffrey Salmon, Deputy Director for Resource Management with the DOE Office of Science, said, “Video, animation, visualization, and other forms of multimedia are now widely used to record, share, and collaborate in science. Because of the U.S. Department of Energy’s central role in science, we are also at the center of technology for collecting and disseminating this new media. ScienceCinema’s pioneering search and retrieval capability provides the public with a way to quickly access and view our multimedia-based R&D information.”

 ScienceCinema uses innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research to allow users to quickly find video files produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities. When users search for specific scientific words and phrases of interest to them, precise snippets of the video where the specific search term was spoken will appear along with a timeline. Users can then select a snippet or a segment along the timeline to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken. The timeline is synced with transcripts of the targeted portion of video.  

It is anticipated that scientific videos, animations, interactive visualizations, and other multimedia will become an increasingly prominent form of scientific communications. ScienceCinema was produced, in part, as a proof of concept to demonstrate the value of speech recognition in the complex vocabulary of science. While the launch of the video database will include an initial 1,000 hours of content, it will continue to grow as new DOE R&D-related videos are produced. 

ScienceCinema was developed by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) in partnership with Microsoft Research. OSTI, within the Office of Science, is responsible for broadly disseminating and preserving the Energy Department’s scientific output. Microsoft Research provides the audio indexing technology for ScienceCinema as part of the Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System (MAVIS) project. MAVIS is a set of software components that use speech recognition technology to enable searching of digitized spoken content. More information about MAVIS and the technology can be viewed at the MAVIS project page.


Welcome back students, from the Sciences Library…

Welcome back to school! Hope you had a wonderful break. We have been busy getting the websites updated and adding our new library guides. If you check out the Chemistry website for example you will find a new way to search and find out news happening in the Sciences Library. Please checkout our current display about snow, and our next one will be about Charles Darwin. We still have free coffee and cookies available so please come and visit us. Don’t forget our wonderful bean bag chairs on second and third floor. If you are in need of help finding books we are here for you. Leo and Kari, our librarians, are here if you have any reference needs.