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Sciences Library Fun Days!

Come and join the Sciences Library Staff

1-3 pm on Monday, August 24th

Sciences Library Courtyard

Games, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks!



Pi Day at the Sciences Library

Apple Pi Day 3.14159265359 bites are coming to the Sciences Library on Fri March 13, 8:30 until they are gone. We will also be providing coffee and tea. So come and join us and see what Pi Bites are all about.


New Scanner at the Sciences Library

Excellent news at the Sciences Library! We have a brand new open face color scanner. Want to know more? Come in and contact us! Try it out soon!

New Sciences Library scanner

New Sciences Library scanner


Staying Current Workshop

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.


Wed April 16, 12:30-1:20

Sciences Library Classroom (102SL)

Sara Sheib


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.


Planck Spacecraft Map

“Europe’s Planck spacecraft has obtained the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe. The map results suggest the universe is expanding more slowly than scientists thought, and is 13.8 billion years old, 100 million years older than previous estimates. The data also show there is less dark energy and more matter in the universe than previously known.”

From Science@NASA Headline News


Library Application Maintenance

Several library applications will be unavailable for 2-3 hours on Saturday morning at 7:00am while Windows updates are installed on our servers.

The services impacted will be: SmartSearch, InfoLink and the Iowa Digital Library.

Please contact the Sciences Library if you have any questions or concerns.


Workshop: Evaluating and Citing Sources

Are you overwhelmed with sources and citations for your research project? Please join Sciences Research and Instruction Librarian, Sara Scheib, to learn how to evaluate the credibility of sources and manage your citations using web-based tools.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library: Evaluating and Citing Sources
12:30-1:20 pm, Wednesday, November 28th
102 SL (Sciences Library classroom)

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to evaluate the credibility of websites, articles and other sources
  • How to use citation management tools like RefWorks and EndNote to organize and share your sources, plus format citations and bibliographies
  • How to export citations from major research databases like Web of Science and Scopus to citation management tools

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


Thanksgiving Recess Hours

Sciences Library hours during Thanksgiving Recess (November 16-25, 2012):

Friday, November 16 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat-Sun, November 17-18 CLOSED
Mon-Wed, November 19-21 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thurs-Sun, November 22-25 CLOSED





Please contact the Sciences Library at (319) 335-3083 or lib-sciences@uiowa.edu if you have any questions.


Workshop: Citation Management Tools

Due to popular demand, the Sciences Library will be offering three workshops on Citation Management Tools, next week in W238 CB. Sessions will be held on:

  • Monday (10/15) at 5-6 PM
  • Tuesday (10/16) at 5-6 PM
  • Friday (10/19) at 8-9 AM

RefWorks will be the main focus of these sessions, since all UI students, faculty and staff are eligible for a free account, but questions regarding other tools such as EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, etc. will be addressed. At this workshop you will learn:

  • How to set up a free RefWorks account;
  • How to export citations from databases into RefWorks and other tools;
  • How to use RefWorks to organize and share citations;
  • How to use RefWorks to format footnotes and bibliographies in Microsoft Word using multiple formatting styles.

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, you are welcome to stop by E258 CB during the Librarian Office Hours (Tuesdays 11 AM – 1 PM; Wednesdays 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM; and Thursdays 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM) for individual or small group instruction on this topic and others. You can also meet with Sara Scheib one-on-one, or stop by the Sciences Library, at your convenience.

Please contact Sara Scheib if you have any questions.