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Back to School with the Sciences Library

Welcome back! Here are six tips from the Sciences Library to help you hit the ground running and start the semester off right.

  1. Textbooks and more – Check the library catalog to see if your textbooks are on reserve at the library or available to check out. This goes for other books, videos, music and articles too.
  2. Study Space - It isn’t always easy to find a place to meet or study. Fortunately, the Sciences Library has new study areas, extended hours and we still have free coffee.
  3. Guides  - Do you have a paper to write, but can’t find the information you need? Check out our Subject Guides. These guides contain links to library funded and librarian recommended research databases and other resources you can use to find what you need.
  4. We deliver, for free –  Need a book from another Library but don’t want to walk all the way across campus? Click the “Request Delivery” link in the library catalog and we’ll send it to your office or a campus library.  If we don’t have it, fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form and we’ll get it for you as soon as possible.
  5. Workshops – The Sciences Library offers several workshops during the semester to introduce you to new tools and resources and help you learn how to use them.
  6. Ask Us – We’re here to help you. If you have a question or need some help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can call (335-3083), email ( or even chat. And of course, you’re always welcome to visit us in person at 120 Iowa Ave., between Phillips Hall and the Biology Building.

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Extended Fall Semester Hours

We’ve extended the fall semester hours at the Sciences Library. We will now open at 8:30am, Monday through Friday.

Sciences Library Fall Semester Hours
August 26, 2013 – December 22, 2013

Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

New Study Space

Check out the new study spaces we added over the summer.


SciFinder Updates

SciFinder released an update last month that changed their interface and provided some new options and features.

To learn more, check out this quick, interactive tour of the new design or download the overview presentation (PDF).

If you already have a SciFinder account, you can login here. If you do not have a SciFinder account, please register here.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about SciFinder, please contact the Sciences Library at or 335-3083.


Mathematical Research Letters

Online access is now available to Mathematical Research Letters.

Mathematical Research Letters is “dedicated to rapid publication of short complete papers of original research in all areas of mathematics. Expository papers and research announcements of exceptional interest are also occasionally published.”

The journal can accessed through the links in this blog post or by searching the library catalog or the e-journal search page. It is indexed in the MathSciNet and Web of Science citation databases. Use the yellow InfoLink button to access the full-text. Off-campus access is available to students, faculty and staff who use the Libraries’ links and sign in with a HawkID and password.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Mathematical Research Letters, please contact the Sciences Library at or 335-3083.


JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)

JoVEThe UI Libraries is pleased to announce full access to all sections of JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments), including Applied Physics, BehaviorBioengineering, Chemistry, Clinical and Translational MedicineImmunology and Infection, and Neuroscience. The Environment section will be available in September 2013.

JoVE is a peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed video journal that seeks to “increase the productivity of scientific research” through the publication of “biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format”.

You can access JoVE and its sections by  bookmarking the links in this post. You can also search for specific sections using the library catalog or e-journal search. JoVE sections are also listed in their relevant subject guides.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about JoVE, please contact the Sciences Library at or 335-3083.


Electronic Encyclopedias and Handbooks from Wiley

The UI Libraries have added several major electronic reference works from Wiley to the collection:

These publications can be found in the library catalogA-Z Databases List and relevant subject guides.


Study Space Furniture

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


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.


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:

Topography by quinn.anya on Flickr