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SciFinder Enhancements

SciFinder has released a new update to help scientists increase their productivity by improving “precision and evaluation of reaction answer sets, and…collaboration with other SciFinder users.”

Learn more…


Library 101 Workshop (10/3)

Please join the Sciences Library for:

Lunch @ the Library: Library 101

At 12:30-1:20pm on Wednesday, October 3rd in 102 SL (Sciences Library classroom)

You may bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What kinds of resources and services are available at the University of Iowa Libraries.
  • How to use My Library Account, Smart Search, the InfoHawk catalog and InfoLink to find the information you need for your research.
  • How to access library resources from off-campus.
  • What to do when the library doesn’t have the materials you need.
  • How to get help when you need it.

Science of the Civil War exhibit

Science of the Civil WarThe Sciences Library has a new exhibit on display for September: the Science of the Civil War.

The exhibit features books from the UI Libraries collection and some great Civil War era artifacts, including:

  • Bullets
  • Cannonballs
  • Confederate cap
  • Camera
  • Surveying tools

The library would like to thank the Geoscience Department and Vera Jean Fitzgerald for loaning us these items.


USGS Reports: Mississippi River Flows Backwards Due to Isaac

Here’s an interesting news story:

“Strong winds and storm surge from Hurricane Isaac’s landfall forced the Mississippi River to flow backwards for nearly 24 hours on Tuesday, August 28.”



Fall Semester Hours at the Sciences Library

From August 20 – December 14, 2012, the Sciences Library will be open:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 1:00pm – 9:00pm

The Sciences Library will be CLOSED on September 1, 2, and 3 for Labor Day.


Scopus is here!

The University of Iowa Libraries has added a new abstract and citation database to its collection. Scopus is similar to our current database Web of Science (WOS). While it has fewer years of journal coverage than WOS, for more recent years, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database. It includes peer-reviewed titles from international publishers, Open Access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, and quality web sources. It’s subject coverage includes: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering ; Life and Health Sciences ; Social Sciences, Psychology and Economics ; Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Scopus is available to students, faculty and staff of the University of Iowa and can be accessed both on and off-campus at: http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/scopus.

Scopus features include:

  • Linking to full-text articles and other library resources.
  • Author Identifier to automatically match an author’s published research including the h-index.
  • Citation Tracker to simply find, check and track citations in real-time.
  • Affiliation Identifier to automatically identify and match an organization with all its research output.
  • Journal Analyzer provides a quick insight into journal performance.
  • Alerts, RSS and HTML feeds to stay up-to-date.
  • Document Download Manager to easily download and organize multiple full-text articles simultaneously.
  • Interoperability with SciVerse ScienceDirect, Reaxis and ProQuest’s CSA Illumina.
  • Data export via bibiliographic managers such as RefWorks, EndNote and BibTex.

For more information about Scopus, please visit About Scopus. View tutorials and other information at Scopus Help. If you have questions or would like to arrange a demonstration of Scopus for yourself or your class, please contact the Sciences Library at 319-335-3083 or lib-sciences@uiowa.edu.


Summer Interim Hours

The Sciences Library Interim Hours:

July 28 – Aug. 17

Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Sat and Sun Closed



Good News From the Sciences Library

We had an upgrade at the Sciences Library!  We have all new computers on the first and third floor. They are faster and the screens are bigger for much easier reading. We were also lucky enough to get two scanners. One is located on the first floor by the printer and the other one is on the  3rd floor in the computer cluster room. We are very excited about these changes! If you need help using the scanners please feel free to ask anyone at the desk and they will be glad to show you.


New reference database: AccessScience

The University of Iowa Libraries has added a new reference database to its collection: AccessScience. AccessScience is available to students, faculty and staff of the University of Iowa and can be accessed both on and off-campus.

AccessScience (video demo) allows researchers to browse by topic or use keyword searching to find:

  • Over 8,500 online articles from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th edition, written by more than 5000 researchers;
  • Research updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology;
  • 110,000+ definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms;
  • 2,000+ biographies of well-known scientists from the Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography
  • Science and technology news and videos from Science News and ScienCentral.

Other features include:

  • Multimedia collections of animations, videos and images;
  • Q & A section with user-submitted questions and expert answers;
  • Topical study guides and ideas for essay topics;
  • Bibliographies with literature citations organized by topic.

AccessScience is an excellent place for science & technology researchers to begin their search. It provides an authoritative general overview of science & technology topics and guides researchers to other relevant and reliable sources for further study. If you would like a demonstration of this new database, please contact the Sciences Library (335-3083).



Patent & Trademark Workshop

Join Bill Fuhr from the Davenport Patent and Trademarks Resource Center for a Patent & Trademark Workshop. There will be two sessions:

  1. Focus on Engineering & Science: Wednesday, June 27th at 10:00am – 11:30am in the Engineering Library (2001C SC)
  2. Focus on General Research: Wednesday, June 27th at 1:00pm – 2:30pm in the Main Library (1015A)

Register at: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/forms/patent.html.

Workshop Description:

  • Overview of Patents & Trademarks
    • Types of patents (utility, design, plant)
    • Components of a patent
    • Structure of classification system
    • Trademarks searching
    • When should you seek legal advice?
  • Demonstration/examples
  • Electronic application discussion
  • Comparision of interfaces between USPTO and other search mechanisms (Google, etc.)
  • Resources at the Davenport Patent & Trademark Resource Center