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Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers

Conference proceedings removed from subscription databases after scientist reveals that they were computer-generated.

Full article available at: http://www.nature.com/news/publishers-withdraw-more-than-120-gibberish-papers-1.14763

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RefWorks downtime – Feb. 15th

RefWorks will be unavailable due to maintenance for approximately 8 hours starting at 4AM on Sunday, February 15th.

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Workshop: EndNote Web

Are you starting a new research paper or project looking for a way to manage your references? Then join us for this useful and informative workshop about EndNote Web, a web-based citation management tool available for free to UI students, faculty and staff.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for a free account;
  • Import references from popular databases;
  • Organize and share your references;
  • Use tools to automatically format citations and bibliographies;
  • Use add-ons to Microsoft Word to include preformatted citations in your paper.

This workshop is open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring you lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions or if you’d like to request a workshop for your class/group, please contact Sara Scheib at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Time: 12:30pm – 1:20pm
Presenter: Sara Scheib
Location: Sciences Library Classroom (102SL)
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Study: 1990s Research Data Lost

From MSN News: “According to a study by Timothy H. Vines, et al. titled ‘The Availability of Research Data Declines Rapidly with Article Age,’ published last week in Current Biology, most raw data from scientific papers published twenty years ago is unobtainable – either because authors have since changed their contact information and can’t be reached or because the data was stored using outdated technology, like floppy disks.”

This study confirms the importance of policies requiring proper archiving of research data. For more information about data archiving, please contact the Sciences Library.

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Scopus Workshop

Have you tried Scopus, our new database? The UI Libraries provide free access to Scopus, an excellent multidisciplinary citation database. Join us for a Scopus Workshop and learn advanced techniques that will help you conduct your research more efficiently and effectively.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Access Scopus from off-campus;
  • Use refine options to retrieve more relevant search results;
  • Create reports to analyze your results;
  • Save citations from Scopus to RefWorks, EndNote and other citation managers;
  • Save searches and set up alerts to keep up with the literature in your field;
  • Find the full-text of citations retrieved in Scopus;
  • Get help when you need it!

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Time: 12:30pm -  1:20pm
Location: Sciences Library Classroom (102SL)
Branch: Sciences
Presenter: Sara Scheib
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Workshop: Web of Science

Do you use Web of Science in your research? The UI Libraries provide free access to Web of Science, an excellent multidisciplinary citation database. Join us for a Web of Science Workshop and learn advanced techniques that will help you conduct your research more efficiently and effectively.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
Web of Science Workshop
12:30-1:20pm, Wednesday, October 30th
102 SL (Sciences Library Classroom)

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Access Web of Science from off-campus;
  • Use Advanced Search to retrieve more relevant search results;
  • Analyze search results by author, organization, publication year, etc.;
  • Save citations from Web of Science to RefWorks, EndNote and other citation managers;
  • Set up Saved Searches and Citation Alerts to keep up with the literature in your field;
  • Find the full-text of citations retrieved in Web of Science;
  • Get help when you need it!

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

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Support for PeerJ Memberships

PeerJ Logo. License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Available: https://peerj.com/about/press/

PeerJ Logo. License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Available: https://peerj.com/about/press/

 

Calling all Biological and Medical scientists! The University Libraries is pleased to begin supporting PeerJ memberships for all interested University of Iowa faculty and researchers through the Open Access Fund. The University Libraries and the Office of the Provost established the Open Access Fund to pay the processing fees related to open access publishing.

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. – Peter Suber

PeerJ is an Open Access publisher of scholarly articles in the biological and medical sciences [full list of subject areas]. Rather than charging a per-article fee for making an article Open Access, PeerJ charges a one-time membership fee for authors [Breakdown of membership types]. All interested UI faculty, graduate students, and research should contact Chris Diaz for more information about setting up a PeerJ membership.

Originally posted on October 3, 2013 at http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/transitions/?p=1084 by Chris Diaz.

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Workshop: Staying Current

Staying Current Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch @ the Sciences Library Workshop

Staying Current: RSS, Search Alerts and More!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
12:30-1:20pm
Sciences Library Classroom (102 SL)

How do you keep up with the news and research in your field? Would you like to learn how to use technology to find new information for you? Join us for a Staying Current workshop and learn how to use RSS feeds and other alert options to keep up with blog posts, news and scholarly articles.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Use an RSS Reader to keep up with blog posts and news articles;
  • Use Google Alerts to monitor the web for relevant information;
  • Use Saved Searches in various research databases to keep up with scholarly communications;
  • Use Citation Alerts in Web of Science or Scopus to monitor your citations;
  • Use Journal Table of Contents Alerts to keep up with your favorite journals;
  • Use BrowZine to find journals and read articles on your iPad.

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

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KNODE – Researcher profiles for life scientists

The University of Iowa has partnered with KNODE Inc. to help connect researchers at Iowa and elsewhere and to provide direct links to scientific content. KNODE is a Cloud-based tool which provides a comprehensive view of a researcher’s expertise. Currently, KNODE is focused on researchers in the life sciences. Researcher profiles are automatically generated from a variety of data sources, including MEDLINE/PubMed journal articles, NIH grant projects, biomedicine patents, and ClinicalTrials.gov. KNODE automatically generates and continuously updates expert profiles, eliminating the requirement for manual editing. If you wish, you call also claim your automatically generated profile to update certain information.

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SciFinder Non-Java Structure Editor now available

The latest SciFinder update includes a new version of the CAS Structure Editor that does not require a Java plugin. For more information and a listing of other new features, please visit What’s New in SciFinder.

If you would like to learn more about SciFinder, please contact the Sciences Library at 335-3083 or lib-sciences@uiowa.edu.

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