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Support for PeerJ Memberships

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 by Chris Diaz.


Workshop: Staying Current

Staying Current Workshop








Lunch @ the Sciences Library Workshop

Staying Current: RSS, Search Alerts and More!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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 or (319) 335-3024.


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


Get Organized Workshop

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
12:30 – 1:20 pm, Wednesday, October 2nd
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 using text, audio and images;
  • Keep your notes organized and sync across all your devices;
  • Access your notes and files from any computer with an Internet connection;
  • Share your notes and files with others.

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 or (319) 335-3024.


Everglades Exhibit

Check out the new Everglades exhibit at the Sciences Library. Thank you to the UI’s Museum of Natural History for the loan of so many interesting items. My photography skills are sadly lacking, so you really need to see it in person.


RefWorks/EndNote 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 and EndNote! RefWorks and EndNote are two citation management programs available for free to all University of Iowa students, faculty and staff.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library Workshop
12:30-1:20pm, Wednesday, September 18
102 Sciences Library (120 Iowa Ave.)

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to sign up for a free RefWorks or EndNote account;
  • How to export references to RefWorks or EndNote 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 or Cite While You Write 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 or (319) 335-3024.


Trial: EBSCOhost eBook Academic Collection

The UI Libraries have arranged a trial of a new resource, the EBSCOhost eBook Academic Collection. This collection contains a large selection of multidisciplinary eBook titles representing a broad range of academic subject matter. There are nearly 120,000 eBooks in this package, including titles from leading university presses such as Oxford University Press, State University of New York Press, Cambridge University Press, University of California Press, MIT Press, Harvard University Press and many others. Additional academic publishers include Elsevier Ltd.; Brill Academic Publishers; Taylor & Francis Ltd; Sage Publications, Ltd. and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The trial ends on December 9, 2013. Please send comments to Michael Wright.

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Library 101 Workshop

Do you need a brief overview of the resources and services available at the Sciences Library? Do you have a question about the library or it’s resources that you’ve never had the chance to ask? Then join us for the first Lunch @ the Sciences Library workshop of the semester! Wednesday, September 4th at 12:30pm – 1:20pm in the Sciences Library classroom (102SL).

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to view your library account to renew materials or see what you have checked out;
  • How to search for books, videos, journals and articles using the library catalog and popular databases;
  • How to get materials from other libraries (interlibrary loan);
  • How to get library materials delivered to your office or favorite branch library;
  • How to get help when you need it.

There’s no need to register, just show up if you’re interested. Bring your lunch if you wish. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sara Scheib at (319) 335-3024 or


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.