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Study Space Furniture

The new furniture has arrived for the study space on the third floor of the Sciences Library!

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May Summer Session Hours at the Sciences Library

May Summer Session Hours, May 18, 2013 – June 10, 2013:

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

 

 

All Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.

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Mobile Topographic Data

“Android and iPhone users can now use their mobile devices as digital topo maps, leveraging USGS maps together with the power of GPS to zoom in on their precise location while hiking, biking, running, or any other activity that benefits from precision navigation. The type of data that are available includes USGS imagery and topographic maps from The National Map, as well as road and contour layers.”

More information from the USGS: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3580&from=rss_home

Topography by quinn.anya on Flickr

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RefWorks Workshop

Are you starting a new research paper or project and looking for a way to manage your references? Then join us for this useful and informative workshop about RefWorks! RefWorks is a web-based citation manager and it’s free to all University of Iowa students, faculty and staff.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
RefWorks Workshop
Wednesday, May 8 @ 11:30am – 12:20pm

Sciences Library classroom (102 SL)

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to sign up for a free RefWorks account;
  • How to export references to RefWorks from popular research databases;
  • How to use RefWorks to organize and share your references;
  • How to use RefWorks format citations and bibliographies;
  • How to download and use the free Write-N-Cite add-on to Microsoft Word to include preformatted citations and bibliographies 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, please contact Sara Scheib at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

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Workshop: Managing Privacy Online

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube… The options for sharing your life online seem to be endless. But in this age of social media, maintaining privacy is increasingly challenging. Join Kelly McElroy, Undergraduate Services Librarian, and Sara Scheib, Sciences Research & Instruction Librarian for a discussion of privacy in the social media age. Share your strategies for managing privacy online and learn from others in this informal and open workshop.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
Managing Privacy Online
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, April 24
102 SL (Sciences Library Classroom)

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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Open Access Fund

Open access is an electronic publishing model that allows free and immediate access to research, and  also allows authors to retain intellectual property rights to their research.  Many open access journals charge authors publication fees, which can be a barrier to publishing  in such venues.

To help offset the cost of publishing in open access journals the Office of the Provost and University Libraries have established a small fund to assist with authors’ fees.

Researchers may apply for funding to be applied toward publication fees up to:

  • $3,000.00 for publication in full open access journals that allow immediate, free access to all their articles upon publication (check the Directory of Open Access Journals: http://www.doaj.org/ for titles that qualify).
  • $1,500.00 for publication in “hybrid” open access journals.  These are subscription-based journals that allow open access only to articles for which author open access fees have been paid (check Sherpa/RoMEO’s list of Publishers with Paid Open Access Options: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/PaidOA.html).

Funding is not available to researchers with grant funding that could be used to pay open access fees.

For more information and an application form, go to: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/OAfund

Questions about the process may be directed to Mike Wright, Interim Associate University Librarian, Collections and Scholarly Communication (michael-wright@uiowa.edu).

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Earth Day Presentation

Join the Sciences Library to celebrate Earth Day!

Sustainability at the UI: What’s Happening and How You Can Help

3:30 – 4:30 pm on Monday, April 22
102 SL (Sciences Library classroom)

At this presentation, Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability, will bring us up to date on the many sustainability efforts here at the UI and identify some ways you can help.  Liz will describe some simple changes you can make as an individual to have a positive impact on our environment and identify some campus and community organizations you can join to help save the planet! Sara Scheib, Sciences Research & Instruction Librarian, will identify some sources you can use to find more information about environmental issues.

After the presentation, enjoy some refreshments and browse through the Sciences Library’s new Earth Day exhibit, featuring endangered species specimens from the UI Museum of Natural History.

This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions, please contact Sara Scheib at (319) 335-3024 or sara-scheib@uiowa.edu.

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Workshop: Staying Current

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.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
Staying Current
11:30 am – 12:20 pm, Wednesday, April 17th
102 SL (Sciences Library Classroom)

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.

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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Workshop: Get Organized

Do you struggle to stay organized as the semester progresses? Are your notes and files scattered about in notebooks, folders, and various electronic storage devices? Would you like to share your own tips and tricks for staying organized with others? Join us for a Get Organized workshop to learn about free software tools you can use to get organized and stay organized all semester long and share your organization solutions with the chronically disorganized.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
Get Organized
11:30 am – 12:20 pm, Wednesday, April 10th
102 SL (Sciences Library Classroom)

In this workshop, you will learn how to use free software such as Evernote and Dropbox to:

  • Take notes electronically;
  • Keep your notes organized;
  • Access notes from any computer with an Internet connection;
  • Save your files to the cloud;
  • Access your files from any computer with an Internet connection.

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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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.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
Scopus Workshop
11:30am- 12:20pm, Wednesday, March 13th
102 SL (Sciences Library Classroom)

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.